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Stay Safe, and Compliant
by Chris Westberry, Senior Consultant
EAM has had a section for Permits for years, but it was limited in scope and flexibility. With version 11, Infor has greatly expanded the tools available to the user, adding functionality to provide records for work place hazard identification, precautions and true status-
EAM's expanded Permitting and Lock-
In Infor EAM, Permits are not attached until a Work Order is released, helping to ensure that the current approved version is always the one associated with a Work Order when it is time to execute the job.
Imagine one step further: A job requiring a confined space permit is coming due. The plant has multiple confined spaces, so someone needs to verify that the confined space permit associated to the job is correct for the space where it will occur. Since a Permit to Work record has a Status field, as time for the job approaches, an Inbox on the Safety Manager's Start Center can be updated alerting him or her to the need to validate the permit's acceptability to the situation.
After reviewing the information, the Safety Manager can Approve the Permit to Work, letting Maintenance know that the work can be performed, also through Inbox alerts or e-
This combination of statuses, communications options, and time-
A host of new features for permitting comes with Infor EAM v11.x, and this module is part of the base package -
Your team will need to plan how to use the Permit to Work and LOTO features in Infor EAM.
This isn’t just a simple “fill and forget” feature -
Focus on key equipment in your facility and start documenting specific safety hazards and precautions, including needed PPE.
If you don’t have a designated Safety Officer, you’ll want to assign this task to a manager or supervisor to help with the status and review process.
Your maintenance and operations technicians will also need to be part of the plan -
Taking this a step further, the Permit to Work module ties all of these features together into one package, which can be attached to Work Orders, whether they are reactive, Planned, or PM Scheduled generated. Going a step further, Permit to Work also includes time windows in which the work has to be completed before the permission to work expires.
Imagine that a Work Order is coming due to execute, but it was created 6 months ago in Awaiting Release status. Four months ago the Permit for this job was revised. In an older system, the permit would have been attached when the Work Order was created.
NOW IT IS POSSIBLE FOR BUSINESSES HAVE THEIR SAFETY MANAGEMENT BECOME AN ACTIVE PART OF MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR ACTIVITIES
NUTS AND BOLTS FOR INFOR EAM SAFETY MODULES
When you get down to the basics of using the safety management features in Infor EAM, you’ll need to take it one step at a time.
Elements for Permit to Work include:
Once you build your Permit to Work elements and assign them to Equipment or PM Schedules, you will need a designated person to review these elements on a regular basis.
In the end, you get a safety management system that helps keep your maintenance team safe, and your company compliant with OSHA and other regulator groups.
Features in Permit to Work include:
With Permit to Work and Lock-