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Bringing Safety to the Last Mile with Vehicle Inspection Apps

In a world where we "almost always" have a smartphone within reach, it's imperative to drive vehicle-safety compliance through last-mile mobile apps. 

Organizations operating in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) space need to leverage comprehensive technology to improve their productivity, decrease overhead costs and improve their workplace safety culture. Rather than relying on the manual pen and paper strategies of the past, EHS businesses should take on more digitized approaches. One area in which your organization may transition your strategies toward a more technological approach is in vehicle inspection.

There are a number of vehicle inspection apps that can drastically transform your business's safety culture. We have highlighted a few that you may find most useful! 

Powered Industrial Truck Inspection

When your organization leverages this form of app, you can ensure that all forms of inspections on all types of industrial trucks are being properly conducted. These checks are crucial in making sure all forklifts and other vehicles are operating safely, and, in the instance a piece of equipment is not performing up to standards, ensuring they are placed out of service immediately.

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This technology provides EHS organizations with a configurable checklist that shows workers the condition of vehicles instantly and notifies them of any deficiencies that make it unsafe to operate trucks. Additionally, a high-quality powered industrial truck inspection app makes it simple to retrieve historical inspection records, giving workers, supervisors and managers a transparent view of vehicle inspection.

There are two major types of powered industrial trucks that must be inspected: Electric and Diesel/Gas/LPG. As they are different types of vehicles, they require different forms of inspection. That's why a comprehensive EHS platform will provide apps that provide inspection techniques for both types of operators.

Driver's Vehicle Inspection Report App

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set a requirement that all drivers and operators must inspect their vehicles and make sure all motor equipment is in safe working condition before using them. To ensure your organization is meeting this basic level of compliance, it may be essential to integrate a comprehensive vehicle inspection report app into your regular functions.

A high-quality Driver's Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) app is meant for workers operating straight trucks, school buses and step vans. Rather than a manual approach that plenty of businesses currently use to inspect their vehicles, a digital method allows operators to easily and efficiently document any inspections, report all deficiencies that may present an issue and review all past inspection records. Workers can access this information and make any changes to these records directly on their mobile devices, therefore allowing data in the system to be as up-to-date as possible. In addition, they can direct any defects directly to maintenance for review and repair, so all vehicles can be fixed immediately, leading to lower downtime.

There are plenty of specific types of DVIR apps for use with specific types of vehicles, such as:

CSA Pre-Trip

To work in compliance with FMCSA's Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, your organization might implement a DVIR app that works with tractor trailers and tanker trucks. This type of app includes the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs), a component of the checklists that make up this software. A CSA pre-trip app allows drivers to document inspections, review previous inspection records and report defects quickly and simply, making it easier to store and alter information.

Light Duty

Another type of vehicle that a comprehensive driver's vehicle inspection report app can support is pickup trucks and light-duty vans. This component of the app helps to satisfy any Department of Transportation vehicle inspection requirements and reduce the risk of compliance violations. As a result, your organization can focus more attention on the work these light-duty vehicles perform and less time filling out the tedious paperwork involved with manual reporting.

Non-D.O.T.

Your EHS business may be interested in integrating a DVIR app that supports Non-D.O.T. vehicles, such as cars, pickup trucks and SUVs. In addition to giving drivers the ability to look closely at the safety of their individual vehicle components, this app helps ensure operators have the right safety equipment and personal protection equipment before they travel to a worksite.

By integrating driver's vehicle inspection report apps, your organization can make sure your fleet of vehicles are ready for the road, therefore cutting down on costs and reducing the chances of incidents.

Connect with us today to learn how our solutions can future-proof your vehicle safety program.

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