A Teesside-based health and safety induction and contractor management firm is celebrating after powering ahead with a new contract and notching up two award nominations.
Intasite, based in Middlesbrough’s Boho One building, has recently delivered an innovative new project for energy firm EDF Renewables.
With 35 wind farm sites, County Durham-based EDF needed a solution when it came to managing site induction programmes for contractors and visitors.
Step in Intasite. Put simply, the Middlesbrough company specialises in offering tailor-made online programmes aimed at simplifying the induction process for companies operating security-conscious sites.
From the process sector to ports, offshore platforms to the construction, chemical and manufacturing industries UK and worldwide, the company has a software solution to help manage visitors easily and quickly.
The six-strong team, packed with digital and developer knowledge backed up by film and video expertise, customised their software system for EDF which included tools to provide necessary information before contractors and visitors even set foot on site.
It meant the whole induction process could be completed remotely and ahead of time, saving valuable business hours.
EDF aren’t the only ones benefiting from Intasite’s expertise. The company has been four years in the making and already clients include; PD Ports, mining company Sirius Minerals and Telefonica O2.
“The Intasite team have worked tirelessly with us to design and refine a bespoke and intuitive induction system for our on and offshore fleet of windfarms. The health and safety of our staff and external partners on site is our priority, and Intasite have worked closely with us to ensure a high standard of induction and internal management of the inductees. The system they have built has allowed us to target general and site-specific site information to the right people, record their responses and verify their competence, increasing the efficiency for all involved,” – Steve Hunter, asset manager, EDF Renewables
“The idea is that personnel or visitors to sites can be inducted from anywhere, which saves time and reduces costs,” says Andy Murphy, Intasite director.
“It is essentially about streamlining the induction process for secure sites.
“About five years ago, we identified there was a gap in the market for doing inductions remotely and we set about building the software to be able to offer companies the possibility to do that.
“The platform took us 18 months to develop.”
Intasite’s clever software can be utilised for any outcome – be it remote health and safety inductions, risk assessments, uploading insurances and qualifications or scanning a QR code to access a secure site.
Reminders can be sent when refreshers are due and a specially developed tool can also send instant messages or alerts to site personnel.
Site managers can see who has completed the necessary ‘paperwork’ and who is on site at any given time. What’s more, the system can be offered in multiple languages.
Their first client was Teesside’s PD Ports, says fellow director Danielle Bloom, and the business has developed from there with an exciting potential for growth in the coming years.
“We specialise in large projects that are quite complex,” she says. “The team we have are really good at what they do.
“Our USP is that our platform can be tailored to our clients and is designed to reflect what they do. We also offer sitespecific video production and animation of sites, mostly specialising in high hazard industrial sites.
“It has really started to take off in the last year. People are changing the nature of site work and how inductions can be done.”
Intasite was recently shortlisted in two categories in the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards, gaining recognition in both Digital Innovation and Business and Product Innovation.
It was a feather in the cap for the firm which takes pride in the expertise and talent it has and what it can offer clients. They very much hope the exposure will help continue to showcase the unique product and services they can provide.
“For me, it’s about identifying something a client needs and coming up with a new solution to it,” adds Andy.