Paperless safety inspections are conducted using smartphones and tablets
with safety inspectors fully relying on these mobile devices in the field.
However, there are several worksites where mobile devices are not allowed as
they are deemed dangerous to be operated in hazardous areas (Zone 1 or Zone 2).
Safety inspection processes can only be carried out in these environments if
the mobile devices are certified Intrinsically Safe.
What is Intrinsically Safe?
Devices that are operated in areas with flammable gases or fuels are
required to be ‘Intrinsically Safe’. This means the device or tool is certified
to offer preventative protection in potentially explosive atmospheres by blocking
the release of sufficient energy that could cause flammable material to be
Hazardous area inspections involve an initial inspection followed by periodic
inspections. The different grades include Visual, Closed and Detailed hazardous
Industries requiring Intrinsically Safe products include petrochemical
plants, oil platforms and refineries, pharmaceutical plants, pipelines, and any
environment where explosive gases, mists, vapours or combustible dusts could be
Intrinsically Safe certifications
Various regulations and requirements dictate how mobile devices are
certified and manufactured in order to be used as Intrinsically Safe devices.
There are mainly two regulatory bodies and certifications: ATEX
(‘Atmospheres Explosive) is mostly recognised in Europe, and IECEx
(International Electro technical Commission) is recognised internationally.
Intrinsically Safe mobile devices
Only a few companies design and manufacture Intrinsically Safe mobile
devices. One of the latest certified Intrinsically Safe tablets is the Zone
1/21 & DIV 1 tablet computer based on Samsung GALAXY Tab Active.
Benefits of using Intrinsically
Safe mobile devices to record paperless safety inspections
Speech recognition has dramatically improved since its introduction and is
now a standard feature in all new mobile devices and tablets. It provides the
safety inspector/ technicians a fast and effective way to record and store
Camera and annotating
Camera technology in mobile devices has continued to evolve with the
user assured of high quality images. Photographs taken during safety
inspections capture the technician’s visual point of view and provide the
company with a specific record of the asset and findings. Onscreen annotation
allows safety inspectors/ technicians to highlight key areas in photographs
that are of interest or require corrective actions as well as describe the
event or the deficiencies.
Reference material such as safety instructions, SOPs, drawings, user
manuals, and relevant codes and standards can be stored on the mobile device
and viewed offline in a matter of seconds with no need to carry heavy documents
or even be connected to the internet.
Limited or zero access to the internet in some inspection sites is no
longer an impediment as some paperless safety inspection applications allow
users to work offline, with data being uploaded to the central database once
the device is connected to an internet service.
Automatic date/time/GPS stamp
Safety inspectors/ technicians can improve their reporting details by
implementing automatic date and time stamps as well as the GPS coordinates
where it was recorded.
Intrinsically Safe for your
Surveyors and inspectors benefit from Pervidi’s tailored service,
ongoing support, mobility and functionality.
Pervidi paperless inspection systems are
available from Techs4Biz Australia.