By Renée Francoeur
February 10, 2016 – To help reduce paperwork and time spent on documentation and compliance tasks, 3M has developed Active Safety, a personal protective equipment (PPE) management system.
Active Safety uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags and cloud-based software that runs on both mobile and desktop devices. To deploy Active Safety, EHS professionals add each piece of PPE onto the platform. An RFID tag is attached to each piece, and a user scans that RFID tag with a mobile device to record PPE history, usage, and location. The EHS professional can also schedule upcoming events, such as worker inspections and fit testing, and can access data from their PPE program on a simple dashboard.
Additional features include worker-specific PPE record management, inspections and maintenance, PPE audits, inventory management and trackers for employee training, medical evaluations and fit-testing. Active Safety is also configurable, 3M notes, and can be used with existing PPE.