Interview: Ari Salminen, Safety and Environment Manager, Vantaa, Metso Flow Control Ltd
When the old auditing system with papers, pictures, and rewriting it all afterwards, began to feel rigid and time-consuming, Metso Flow decided to speed the process up with InstaAudit system. “We wanted to enhance our work flow by adopting a mobile application”, says Ari Salminen, Safety and Environment Manager, Metso Flow Control Ltd. “Deployment of the new system was surprisingly effortless, and we were delighted to see our own development ideas being implemented quickly”.
According to Salminen, InstaAudit’s flexibility and versatility made it stand out among different mobile applications in the market. In fact, there was a similar system that was piloted for HSE-audits for quite a long time. “But we finally ended up using InstaAudit because we saw it as the most flexible option and we were able to use it for multiple purposes”, says Salminen.
After the deployment, the feedback given by directors, managers and employees has been positive, and the whole personnel seems to think that InstaAudit is logical and easy to use. Moreover, it was stated by the company’s Health and Safety Representative that due to the explicit reports of InstaAudit’s inspection system, corrections of the faults have accelerated. “The system, certainly, is not supposed to be just a tool for safety experts. The results of the usage have to materialize in the factory level as improved working environment and lower level of risks”, explains Salminen.
InstaAudit is a valuable tool that Metso Flow uses in the factory’s monthly HSE audits, fire safety inspections, comprehensive safety and environment related risk assessments, statutory workplace reports, accident investigations, as well as radiation inspections (of the products that require maintenance).
At Metso Flow, InstaAudit platform is mostly used on mobile devices, e.g. Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 8”, which has an integrated protective case and a stylus. Because it’s not too heavy, it’s easy to carry around. “For instance, earlier today we made an internal fire inspection, and the report was sent to the responsible person immediately after the inspection”, says Salminen. As for risk assessment finalization, also mobile phones and computers are in use.
InstaAudit system was modified to meet the needs of Metso Flow. For instance, company’s risk assessments has to be done in accordance with organization’s requirements, for which reason it was necessary for Metso Flow that those requirements were immediately exported to InstaAudit system. That was an absolute requirement for making risk assessments with a mobile application, and it turned out to be success. In addition, the inspection round templates are modified to reflect the aspects of work safety that need to be emphasized at that moment.
Metso Flow hasn’t ordered any customized dashboards yet. The existing graphs and statistics have been sufficient for now. However, InstaAudit’s customer service support is praised by Salminen: “We really appreciate the fact that we can do so much ourselves, but in case there is a problem, the support replies very quickly. That’s the most important thing, to be able to reach customer service in case of emergency.”
After the usage experience of one and half years, Metso Flow is satisfied with their choice. “At the moment, I would still choose InstaAudit because of its diversity. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the new modules that will be added to the system”, says Salminen. In fact, Metso Flow has a lot of internal ideas for further utilization and expansion of InstaAudit system. The new chemical registry, documentation of the lifting equipment investigations, as well as registration of devices should all be done within the same platform in the future.
Salminen is also looking forward to implementing the new chemical registry once it’s released. “Managing chemicals is a major part of our actions.” The success of the chemical registry module is based on the simplicity, as only the most necessary features are included. According to Salminen, the module has many benefits and the system is simple enough to use. Furthermore, he thinks that both the Quick Guide for Chemicals feature, as well as the Risk Assessment Implementation, seem promising.
”Mobile applications are evolving quickly and I’ve paid close attention to what’s going on in the market. I believe that this system will suit us also in the future”, tells Salminen. Metso Flow’s trust for InstaAudit’s development team has been good throughout the cooperation. “When you can trust people, you can also trust their tools, and their desire to respond to forthcoming challenges in this constantly changing HSE field.”
Metso Flow Control Ltd, Vantaa
Safety and Environment manager
Phone: 040 707 2518
Email: ari.o.salminen at metso.com