Construction is one of the few industries that still relies heavily on hands-on work. With a job that requires so much hands-on activity, new technologies like a quick response code (QR code) can help improve productivity, reduce downtime, and create a digital network of forms and inspections. This blog will address what a QR code is and how it is being implemented within the construction industry.
What is a QR Code?
A QR Code is a two dimensional barcode that is used to access online information via a digital camera (phone, tablet, etc.). Originally created for the automotive industry for inventory tracking, the QR code quickly gained popularity in other industries due to its readability and larger storage capacity for information. When using a QR code, the black squares are arranged in a unique pattern that allows the data to be interpreted when scanned. Due to its size and features, all QR codes are unique and offer nearly a limitless option for use.
Uses Within Construction
Paperless Checklists and Inspections
Maintaining daily and weekly checklists/inspections can create lots of paperwork and storage problems. Most of these documents can now be made electronically accessible using a QR code. Now employees can scan, fill out the form, and it is tracked/maintained online.
Toolbox Talks and Sign-In Sheets
Sharing the weekly safety information and timesheets with foremen/superintendents can be more efficient with QR codes. Scan the code, fill out the employee information, and send to the office on a regular basis so time and training is maintained effectively.
Emergency Contact Information
Have an emergency on the jobsite? Is an employee injured and not sure who to contact? QR codes are great for sharing contact information like phone numbers in case of an emergency. Quickly scan a QR code to access the project or safety manager’s phone number or scan to find out an individual’s emergency contact.
Equipment and Inventory Tracking
As equipment and tools move from job to job, keeping track of where they are and who has them can be difficult. Using QR codes to check in/out tools can help provide an accurate inventory of equipment and allow for the ability to know when tools need maintenance or removed from use.
Employee Training Management
Having trouble keeping track of employee safety, training, and HR records? Finding it difficult to know when training needs renewed or making sure it hasn’t expired? STAC uses QR codes to help create employee profiles that when scanned, show their training and HR records to remind you when they are close to expiration. Utilizing QR codes for training management allows for easy recordkeeping and a singular storage place for all documents.
These are just a few ways QR codes are being used in the construction industry. There are many other uses for QR codes and even more technologies becoming available that help improve productivity and reduce administrative time on a jobsite. What ways does your company use QR codes? Where could your company see the benefit in using QR codes? To find out more about STAC and the way we use QR codes, scan or click the QR code below.