How CMMS Software Helps You Manage Hazardous Materials

12th April 2016
12th April 2016

Maintenance workers often work with hazardous materials. From chlorine to cleaning materials and from flammable liquids to corrosive chemicals, it’s highly likely your maintenance team comes in contact with some sort of hazardous material on a frequent, if not daily, basis.

That also means the responsibility of managing hazardous materials usually falls to the maintenance team. And like most job responsibilities, there’s the easy way to do it… and there’s the hard way.

You probably have firsthand experience with the hard way—paper, spreadsheets, manuals, forms, phone calls, etc. The logistics of hazardous waste management are hard to manage. There’s simply too much to keep track of and too much to document.

But there is an easier way.

The Easy Way to Manage Hazardous Materials

CMMS software helps maintenance managers track and manage hazardous materials. The power of CMMS means everything is in one place: safety procedures, schedules, inventory, compliance documentation, disposal information, training, reporting criteria, and much more.

Most maintenance managers first think of regulatory compliance issues with hazardous materials, which is certainly a big part of it. But managing hazardous materials is necessary throughout the life cycle—from purchase to storage to use to disposal.

CMMS Software Makes Maintenance Visible

The key to managing hazardous materials is visibility. With CMMS software, it’s clear what has been done and what needs to be done.

CMMS software helps the maintenance team answer questions like…

  • How much of these materials do we have on hand?
  • Where do we store these materials?
  • When do we need to order more?
  • What safety procedures are necessary?
  • What compliance tasks are due?
  • What’s been done in the past?
  • Who has completed the appropriate training?
  • Is everything labeled correctly?
  • What do we do an emergency?
  • How do we properly dispose of materials?
  • How much does all this cost?
  • And much more.

With CMMS software, this information is available at the click of a button. The result is your peace of mind because everything is in one place and you know exactly to find it.

As an MPulse customer said to me today: “Steve, it's so much easier when you know what needs to be done.”

That’s true for maintenance in general, and it’s certainly true for managing hazardous materials.

How does your organization deal with hazardous waste? How could CMMS software help your maintenance team? Leave a comment below or contact me.

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