Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) is a hazardous substance often used in older construction projects. Their storage and handling are highly regulated, and companies and external environmental auditors use PCB inspection checklists to assess how they are controlled and managed. Here we will discuss a few critical points regarding PCB inspections.
- What do PCB inspectors assess during such audits?
- What makes these PCB inspection essential for proper safety, health, and environmental protection?
- How does Fielda help inspectors conduct PCB inspection with greater ease and efficiency?
What typical PCB inspection checklists cover:
Inspectors review the quantum of PCB waste generated, document details about the job site and location, and the storage protocols followed. For instance, once in storage containers, PCB waste must not be stored for over 270 days and must be disposed of properly. They document the storage containers’ condition, suitability for PCB material, and storage dates. They specifically check storage facilities for leaks and damage, for proper absorbent material used, and if adequate signage is in place at the facility.
Why PCB inspections are so vital to health and environmental safety:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has strict regulations regarding handling PCBs and related prohibitions of use. Therefore, it is essential for construction companies, waste management teams, environmental protection managers, and water quality inspectors to ensure that these toxic waste materials are managed according to stipulated norms. Failure to comply with them can result in severe damage to the environment and also pose health risks. Companies are also keen to manage these processes properly to avoid potential fines and penalties for violations.
How does Fielda help inspectors conduct PCB audits:
Fielda enables inspectors to create and adapt digital checklists as required to suit regulatory requirements and local industry norms. They can easily collect data in just a few clicks using Fielda’s digital custom templates. Data gathered can be instantly reviewed, and this helps operations teams plan, schedule, and conduct inspections and follow-ups more effectively. In addition, Fielda’s workflow management function also allows teams to communicate and collaborate faster with digital signing, authorizing, and sharing of silo information to stakeholders as required.
Audit: Increase accuracy and speed of field data collection with custom digital forms
Manage: Submit photos, videos, documents, and maps as additional supporting evidence directly from the mobile device
Monitor: Spot anomalies, trigger remediation measures, and schedule follow-ups to ensure regulatory compliance
About Fielda: Fielda helps companies manage and maintain their assets and gain real-time oversight of all tasks, workflows, and projects to improve operational efficiency, enhance team productivity and impact the bottom line. Whether it’s installations, inspections, repairs, replacement of parts, servicing and maintenance, or routine audits, with Fielda’s mobile data collection, GIS-enabled technology, automated and custom workflows, and analytics, you can eliminate errors, enhance response time, ease workflow bottlenecks, and simplify your field operations.