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Written by Charlotte Ashmore
on October 12, 2021

Steel & Tube is presently developing Intelex QHSE Software. Intelex is a system originally designed in Canada and is now deployed globally and rates as one of the ‘best in class’ when compared with other similar systems.

The system is able to cover all aspects of Quality, Health, Safety, and Environmental management in one database. The system comes with access to a mobile platform, which allows various key areas to be completed on the go, without the need of paper based forms to be completed first.

The project is being developed in two phases with various applications being developed in each phase. Phase 1 was successfully deployed in August 2021 with the following applications: EHS Incidents & Hours, Inspections, Observations & Hazard Reporting.

Phase 2 is set to be operational in November 2021 and will include Non-conformance Management, Contractor & Supply Chain Management and Document Control.

“The ability to effectively manage and track quality, health, safety and environmental hazards using a single system is immensely powerful as it allows us to streamline processes. It also supports Steel & Tube’s commitment to sustainability as Intelex allows us to move away from paper-based systems”, says Damian Miller, Steel & Tube’s General Manager – QHSET.    

By moving to a mobile app-based, online reporting will not only eliminate a significant number of paper-based audits, forms and manual based processes, but also provide access to live data which tracks actions from incidents and audit findings. This will help site managers, operations teams and business leaders prioritise the people and resources needed to focus on the most important safety risks. Risk reviews will be completed in hours, instead of days.

A further benefit of the new system methodology will be employees’ renewed willingness to learn from safety incidents and make improvements to prevent them recurring.

Considerable work has been completed on the development of Intelex QHSE Software that has involved application overview training and design workshops to develop the system.

Performance testing of a number of mobile devices has been performed using the Intelex demo application at our distribution, rollforming and reinforcing sites using specific performance criteria to select a suitable device for the business.

The process involved completing Phase 1 configuration between May and June this year. User acceptance test sessions took place in July. In total, we had nine focus group sites and 71 site managers and employees who participated.

We successfully went live on August 3rd this year. The legacy system, Safeguard Rivo, was terminated on August 25th following a three-week transition period.

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