Enhanced worker ID cards offer instant access to safety procedures, credential verification in the field

Energy and pipeline workers can now instantly access safety procedures, checklists, emergency contacts and credential verification on their smartphones. The feature was recently added to Credential Verification Service's scannable employee ID cards.

An employee or supervisor can scan their own ID card or employee's badge with a smartphone and the list of all key documents appears on the screen. Any document is then instantly visible with one touch.

"This eliminates scrambling to find a critical piece of information, removing another time-eater," said David Finkelstein, president of Rockville, Maryland-based CVS. "This is particularly useful to field workers who are often working far away from the office."

Each card has an unique quick response (QR) code that when scanned links the worker's smartphone to essential documents stored in the cloud. Documents can be added or modified at any time, ensuring that up-to-date information is always shown, said CVS.

The technology can also ensure workers do only the jobs they're trained for, the company said. The system accesses the employer's database of employee training records so that an employee's current training records can be immediately displayed on the screen. An app lets authorized trainers automatically record attendees who have completed courses so that the trainer can instantly update their training records.

"No employee will ever again have the excuse that they didn't know about a particular policy, couldn't find a specific document or didn't know whom to call in an emergency," said Finkelstein.

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