ISO 20338 and the Route to Maintaining Control of Fire Prevention

Maintaining control over your fire safety
seems like the most obvious measure to take when operating in any building, facility
or workplace. Many organisations underestimate what abiding by international
regulations such as ISO 20338, recently published by the International
Organization for Standards (ISO). Whilst there are many examples of
organisations, individuals and communities that take fire safety for granted,
it’s imperative for all businesses, organisations and individuals to regard
fire safety with the upmost importance. International standards such as ISO
20338 regulate things like the oxygen reduction systems used for fire
prevention; specifying the minimum and maximum requirements for various
machinery, equipment, assets and operating environments. ISO 20338 will help to
specify the design, installation and maintenance of fixed oxygen reduction
systems in particular, applying more to those systems that have nitrogen
abundance in the air. This can of course apply for business with workplace
environments handling particular materials or chemicals, but also for most industrial
size production plants.

ISO 20338 works hand in hand with paperless
inspection and testing applications that today are becoming a mainstay of the
inspection and testing industry. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones
are proving to be a potent tool for recording data and transferring the data
collected in the field to a database in near real time. Paperless inspections
can run specific compliance reports that are tailored to the relevant
regulations such as ISO 20338, and other organisational specific checks and
regulations such as AS 1851. Running of a centralised platform, mobile device
inspection makes full use of digital and paperless, providing automatically
suggested corrective actions, business intelligence integration, lifecycle
tracking of assets and many other features. Inspectors and technicians monitoring
progress of assets or fire protection equipment can take pictures using the device’s’
camera and automatically attach these to online reports for easier visual
analysis, as well as attaching them as reference material for future
inspections and corrective actions. New mobile devices also feature offline
speech-to-text services and barcode or RFID (Radio-frequency identification) scanning.
All data captured is of course fed back into the inspection software that is
either cloud (SaaS) hosted or hosted via in-house servers. This reduces the
potential hazard of dusty, non-inspected warehouses and replaces the inspection
procedure with paperless inspection software. Perhaps the top feature for fire equipment
inspection and testing is the ability to share information quickly with all
stakeholders. Any necessary user can be notified of a failure, non-conformance
or a defect to comply with a regulation such as ISO 20338, and necessary
systems can therefore be shut down until issues are resolved with minimised
risk to the workplace and other employees.

Whilst there are many benefits outlined
above for bringing digital and paperless into your business be it for fire protection
equipment inspection, general productivity raising or simply modernising; the
real value is realised when it is applied to your specific needs and

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