Implementation of Technology to Reduce Risk in Conducting Chemical Inventories: A Case Study

The pilot study provided critical information on attributes that needed to be changed to ensure success of the full-blown project. Based on this information, the project was revised and ready for implementation. Essentially, implementation was placed into three stages to ensure success. The stages were as follows:

  • 1. Institutional support
  • 2. Resource gathering and training
  • 3. Equipment procurement
  • 4. Process conversion

With the pilot completed, the benefits validated, the cost, resources, and time to complete the project known, it was now time to gain support from institutional leaders. Presentations were provided to leaders from various groups to incorporate and understand the voice of the customer, to introduce the concept, and to gain support for the project. Many customers overwhelmingly provided their support for the project. Once the prospective of the customer has been gained, a presentation was provided to the senior leadership team to gain support and funding. After institutional support was gained and funding was committed, the project was on schedule to begin.

The next step was to determine the resources needed to complete the project within a one-year time period. To ensure that the appropriate workers were assigned with the needed physical capabilities and skill sets, a job demands that a work sheet was developed and provided to the resource manager. The selection process took longer than expected; however, it was effective in ruling out the candidate who was unable to perform the task successfully. The selection process impacted the schedule, and the schedule was rebaselined taking into account the extension needed to select and train candidates.

Training for some workers took longer than expected. At this point, the realization of yet another potential extension on the project was realized. Once the workers had been trained, and procured equipment was in hand, it was time to begin conversion of the chemical inventory using RFID technology. The process began initially with dispatching two teams, and later additional teams were added to ensure the project would remain on schedule. The cost associated with the schedule extension and the extended time needed for training were not included in the original cost estimates.

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