The profitability of an industrial organization often hinges on its ability to optimize safety, compliance and productivity. Regardless of the circumstances, the human factor plays a greater role than any other factor in business success.
Industrial facilities of all sizes are often concerned with the management of employees, contractors and visitors. To this end, they’re faced with challenges that include the growing scale of operations; changing safety, security and regulatory standards; demanding worker readiness and compliance management issues, and operational efficiency requirements.
Industrial facilities around the world face challenges to manage their workforce efficiently. They need tools, insights and know-how to make plant and personnel safer, operations more productive, resources more effective, businesses more compliant, and labor costs more controllable.
In particular, plant owners/operators must find better ways to:
Train and certify plant workforce to work in a safe and efficient way
Ensure workforce have right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is inspected and compliant
Maintain appropriate access authorization for all personnel
Gather accurate clock in/out data
Manage all contractors at the site
Identify employees who are fit for work
Enable effective fatigue management
Implement dependable mustering controls
Meeting management challenges
Industrial facilities and other sites are under numerous workforce-related pressures. All-to-often, however, they utilize manual efforts and processes resulting in increased safety incidents and non-compliance—along with associated penalties, productivity loses and financial setbacks.
Common problems include worker data held in disparate, non-integrated systems or isolated in silos, duplicate data entry using paper-based tools, difficult validation checks, and slow and inefficient approval processes. Storing worker information in spreadsheets can lead to errors, limits data visibility to a small group of people, and involves laborious and time-consuming processes.
In addition, industrial firms may lack real-time enforcement of company policies and compliance status, or don’t get prompt notifications of compliance issues. They also deal with lost on-site productivity by employees, as well as excess work hours billing by contractors. And non-compliance risk is always a concern.
Access control at some industrial sites is sub-par, and worse yet, plant managers can only do basic mustering with limited functionality. This problem is exacerbated by poorly integrated point solutions. There is also high cost and maintenance associated with custom software for these applications. Moreover, the software may not scale well across sites or the entire organization.
“Honeywell’s advanced, integrated Digitized Workforce Management solution is intended to improve productivity”
Implementing digitized solutions
Industrial facilities can collaborate with major automation suppliers like Honeywell to put the power of digitization to work to improve their workforce management capabilities. Honeywell’s advanced, integrated Digitized Workforce Management solution is intended to improve productivity, safety, security and compliance for employees, contractors and visitors.
Honeywell provides an end-to-end solution for workforce management featuring seamless integration with the Honeywell EIS access control system, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS). It enables users to deploy a secure, web-based system allowing easy access to multiple stakeholders, while also expanding visibility and measurability to a single pane of glass (SPG).
Honeywell’s broad workforce management solution includes:
Contractor Management (overseeing contractor on-boarding and off-boarding, managing group mobilizations and inductions for shutdowns/turnarounds, and rationalizing the contract workforce)
Access Management (managing visitor entry and workflow processes for access to the site/area, addressing lost card/temporary card issues, and confirming certification prior to site access)
Time and Attendance (integrating HRMS, payroll and contractor systems with access control for time on-site reporting, and reconciling contractor work hours with shutdowns and service orders)
Compliance Management (automatically checking training, certifications, licenses, and purchase orders for each worker, along with fitness for work)
Fatigue Management (managing time on site, exposure, minimum rest rules, and fitness for work)
Mustering (performing a real-time count of people mustered at each location, reconciling people on site and mustered, coordinating gas monitoring solutions with GPS location and man down events, and determining the last known location of unaccounted people)
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)/Reporting (preparing standard configured reports, protecting sensitive information through robust security restrictions, tracking KPI metrics, and distributing reports across departments)
Real time location solution to improve overall safety at site
Benefits for industrial facilities
Industrial facilities employing Honeywell’s innovative digital workforce management solution are able to address a wide range of workforce-related needs. This includes:
Reducing site-mustering time from hours to minutes
Implementing real-time compliance status monitoring and enforcement
Improving compliance through fatigue monitoring and random substance testing
Increasing productivity with time-on-site monitoring
Minimizing overbilling of contract work hours
Ensuring efficient visitor management
Enacting smart on-boarding for employees and contractors
With Honeywell’s proven approach, high-risk industrial operations can expand compliance visibility at any location—at any time. Plant operators reduce the risk of penalties and reputational damage by improving compliance and lowering the probability of safety incidents. They also see up to an 80 percent reduction in mustering time.
Industrial facilities with a large workforce can decrease the time and effort for Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) administration by up to 40 percent compared to offline systems. Likewise, they can reduce the inspection time for PPE and other safety devices by approximately 30 percent.
In summary, Honeywell’s digitized solutions enable companies with a distributed workforce to save time in compliance management, and avoid lost work hours and penalties resulting from worker non-compliance.
Honeywell Digitized Workforce Management is the key to digitally transform safety, security and productivity processes. With this solution, industrial facilities can digitize and automate crucial workforce tasks ranging from onboarding and competency management, to training, certification policies and contractor management. They can also establish a proactive compliance process and a safe work environment, while providing real-time, unified information to different parties throughout the organization.