To a lot of people, the building of a new industrial area, building or refinery is just digging out a hole and building upwards until it’s all done and the place opens for business. However the process is much more complicated than that and requires a substantial amount of administration and Document Management in order to progress smoothly.
Yes, it is a bit of a case of health and safety gone mad and people walking around with clipboards appearing to do very little – and this angers everyone – but there is a very good reason for it. Without someone keeping track of what is going on, what is done safely and when a specific element of the project has been completed, there could be severe repercussions.
While it’s all very important stuff, it can result in paperwork dotted all over offices, and in some cases those offices can be right around the country with head office having to sign off what has already been signed off by the department at the site. Ultimately, this paperwork runs the risk of being lost and should anything go wrong down the line, there is no solid proof of anything being signed or any concerns being noted. (more...)