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Lock Out Tag Outs (LOTOs)

Challenges

Standardization

Do the procedures comply with regulations? Are they applicable to the same equipment, irrespective of plant location?

Coordination/Prioritization

What’s to be done with LOTO to move forward? What’s causing bottlenecks?

Knowledge

Does the operator have the skillset, knowledge and experience to deal with the LOTO?

Safety

Unfamiliarity of tasks and induced hazards, the presence of contractors, constantly changing situations and the conflict between achieving optimal results under the pressure of time constraints.

Data Integrity

Quality, accuracy, objectivity and consistency issues related to manually recorded, paper-based data collection not built from standardized checklists.

Complexity & Risk

Increasingly complex equipment and plants, higher demands for quality and safety, and expectation to complete projects on-time and in-budget, despite LOTOs.

Scope

Does the LOTO affect project scope and require additional, unplanned work?

Awareness/Compliance

Are the LOTO procedures being performed completely and by-the-book?

Documentation

Is the relevant documentation to validate the system easily accessible?

Data Availability

Delay in receipt of handwritten documentation/updates, wasting time to move forward and preventing an up-to-date picture.

The Human Factor

Lack of communication, inaccurate decision-making, human error and insufficient/inaccurate reporting.

Scheduling

Masses of moving parts, hundreds of people, multiple tools and constant change around LOTOs, directly affecting scheduling and changing critical paths.

Solution

The Mobideo Platform offers a paradigm shift in the execution of LOTOs by digitalizing workflows, forms and checklists and delivering real-time notifications, alerts, reports, digital wallcharts and KPI dashboards. Integrating with existing systems of record such as schedule and EAM/APM/CMMS solutions, it rapidly digitalizes unique know-how and content captured in operational documentation (such as manuals, SOPs and checklists) and then integrates it in existing planned and scheduled activities as actionable tasks and digitalized checklists that can be dispatched to workers and teams in real-time. This digitalization delivers three important solutions:

Connected Workers

The Mobideo App enables workers to access all the information they need to perform their work at the point-of-service, using any mobile device. Guiding them through the work process with digital checklists – that tell them what to do, how to do it, and how to do it safely – it reduces the likelihood of human error, validates that work is performed by-the-book and enables online communication with managers and peers.

Connected Manager

The Mobideo Control Center connects managers at all levels, giving them real-time visibility and insights into all LOTO work activities. Constantly monitoring and comparing activities to the actions and tasks defined for the LOTO, providing alerts to deviations from plans and schedules and identifying critical risks, it empowers managers with the situational awareness they need for better coordination of workforces, decision-making and resource allocation.

Process Optimization

The Mobideo Optimizer captures all data from the Mobideo App and the Mobideo Control Center, generating a rich data set that is available for immediate BI analysis and for use in real-time digital wallcharts. This valuable data serves a range of purposes – such as KPI measurement and analysis, evaluation of how tasks are actually being executed and identification of trends and work patterns – that drive continuous process improvement in the coordination and prioritization of LOTOs, and strengthen operational excellence.

Benefits

A move from reactive to proactive work culture

Ability to anticipate and resolve issues before they have an impact, and the provision of KPIs to support informed decision-making and shorter execution of LOTO actions and tasks.

Regulation-compliant standardization of paperless LOTOs through digital checklists

Provides digital checklists of relevant tasks in advance, ensuring accurate and consistent procedures for the uniform execution of LOTO actions involving the same equipment in plants around the globe.

Digitalized results and paperless execution of inspections and reporting

Increase in productivity and elimination of out-of-date, paper-based documents and information, manual reporting and human errors, ensuring streamlined, paperless, efficient and accurate execution and reporting of LOTOs.

Real-time availability of LOTO status data in one location

Availability of LOTO status and execution – documents, pictures and results – on a mobile device eliminates paper trails and ensures immediate access to the most up-to-date versions of reference material.

Less time wasted on coordination and prioritization

Real-time views of actual LOTO task execution and immediate understanding of the relevance to dependent tasks facilitate better coordination and prioritization of manpower/tools, significantly increasing efficiency and reducing workforce downtime.

Improved safety and more reliable results

Automatically-generated specific digital safety checklists adapted to each LOTO task, worker and equipment reduces the likelihood of possibly dangerous safety shortcuts and increases the reliability of results.

Streamlined flow of real-time information from discovery to change management

Automated review and approval processes deliver a frictionless experience with all the necessary digital tools – including images and accurate measurements when anything occurs – eliminating the need for onsite presence of all stakeholders.

Accountability and traceability

Time, user and GPS timestamps ensure that you always know who did what, when, and on what equipment.

Capture of knowledge and best practices

Digital capture of LOTO data ensures the retention of knowledge and the consistent execution of tasks at the same high standard.

Real-time visibility for efficient management and insightful decision-making

Real-time visibility provides valuable insights and enables immediate, proactive intervention, coordination, prioritization and escalation, including the reassignment of resources and rescheduling to meet changing needs.

Automatic compilation of LOTO field data in dashboards, databases and final reports

LOTO data and status automatically populates compliance reports, KPIs and dashboards to drive continuous improvement and analytics, eliminate data transposition and associated errors, and improve the quality of data in systems of record.

Immediate response and resolution of issues/delays based on real-time information

Early, real-time awareness and identification of issues and delays allows for improved mitigation, as well as driving continuous improvement during the event and supporting improvement in future events.

The Mobideo Platform offers a paradigm shift in the execution of LOTOs by digitalizing workflows, forms and checklists and delivering real-time notifications, alerts, reports, digital wallcharts and KPI dashboards

Rennie has helped ‘multicultural’ Wallabies bond: Salakaia-Loto

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New coach Dave Rennie has worked hard off the field to bring the “multicultural” Wallabies closer together so that they will work harder for each other on the pitch, forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto said on Wednesday.

More than a third of Rennie’s first Wallabies squad have Pacific islands heritage, including Salakaia-Loto, whose parents were born in Samoa.

New Zealander Rennie has Cook Islands heritage on his mother’s side, and in the leadup to Sunday’s season-opening test against the All Blacks in Wellington the coach has asked the Wallabies to try to better understand each other’s roots.

“He’s done really well in building the culture, getting boys to understand different cultures because we all come from different places,” Salakaia-Loto told reporters from Christchurch.

“We’re such a multicultural group.

“(Work) off the field is such an important part of results . The effort we put in for each other on the field is going to be much stronger, too.”

The players’ bonds were tested last year when Rugby Australia (RA) moved to sack fullback Israel Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, for posting a meme on social media that said hell awaits “homosexuals” and other groups.

A number of Wallabies were vocal in their support of the decision but others expressed sympathy for Folau, including prop Taniela Tupou, who remarked on social media that RA “might as well sack (him)” and other Christian Pacific islands players.

“Maybe in the past we haven’t really understood one another as well as we should have,” said Salakaia-Loto.

“So (Rennie’s) really worked hard on getting us to bond and understand each other.”

The Wallabies may know each other better now but they remain in the dark about their roles in Sunday’s game.

Salakaia-Loto has trained as both a loose forward and lock but said he had no idea where he will line up in Wellington.

“I think we’ll find out in next coming days — we’ve got no idea as of yet,” he added.

New coach Dave Rennie has worked hard off the field to bring the "multicultural" Wallabies closer together so that they will work harder for each other on the pitch, forward Lukhan Salakaia-Loto said on Wednesday.