We recently followed a blog that identified some potentially novel uses for QR codes including using them to provide access to information. The blog discussed the use of QR codes as signs containing information for engineers, and this does seem to have some benefits.
We started to think along these lines and felt that maybe it was a way forward to parcel up information such as:
- Access to key COSHH data;
- Safe operating procedures;
- Risk assessments;
- Planned preventative maintenance schedules; etc.
The key of course will be the need to have mobile devices that are capable of reading the codes and not everyone’s phone is designed to do this. However these barriers could probably be easily overcome for some companies.
But with every good idea the risks of course need to be assessed to ensure you don`t end up creating new problems. Many of the workplaces we go into ban the use of mobile phones for good reason; included in these are:
- That phones can create unwanted distractions that increase the risk of injury in processes using heavy machinery;
- In areas using flammable materials the phone may provide an unwanted ignition source.
However where the risks are not increased or where the risks can be adequately controlled then maybe the use of QR codes does have a place in Health and Safety.