Using drones in health and safety inspections
Drone technologies can assist inspections that are dangerous, expensive or disruptive to carry out. Drones can allow companies to easily access hard to reach or previously inaccessible areas of their plant or equipment.
Guidance produced by the Safety Assessment Federation (SAFed) provides general guidelines and conditions for the use of drone technologies during health and safety inspections. It also provides case studies of various sectors testing the use of drones in their inspections, and compares the results of using drones for these activities and the usual direct methods of inspection.
For businesses who might be considering using drones to assist their inspections, SAFed recommend ensuring that the total operational impact of using drone technology is justified. They recommend that drones will initially be most applicable in the assessment of structures, joints and weldments, mechanical assembly stability and security, and mechanical component condition and security.
From the case studies in the guidance, SAFed is keen to emphasize two aspects that are necessary to ensure a detailed and thorough examination: