QR Codes. Data In Your Hand

QR Codes data in your hand


You have probably seen QR codes on posters, asking you to scan for more information and maybe you already use a QR scanner on your phone to check prices when shopping, but are you taking maximum advantage of QR codes in your workplace?

QR (short for Quick Response) Codes have been around since 1994 when Toyota created them to manage vehicle and parts tracking during manufacturing. They work similar to bar codes but can store more information, without the cost and size limitations associated with bar codes.

The technology is being used in practical safety applications across the world. In Michigan, every school bus is tagged with a QR code to manage a bus fleet of 17,000 within one software system. The old system of assigning a bus a physical number was confusing and often more than one bus ended up with the same number in multiple districts. QR codes have eliminated that and provided transparency during safety inspections. A full inspection history for each bus is recorded and logged in the system. Previous paper-based systems did not allow for data retrieval and searching.

When QR codes are deployed on a vehicle fleet, each unit is assigned its own unique code by the software. Technicians can use a tablet or phone to scan the code on the vehicle and access the vehicle’s “tag”. The tag will bring up the vehicle information and history, including inspection information. Codes remove the possibility of human error.

With myosh Safety Management Software, QR codes can be generated for plant and equipment, contractors and employees or any module.  Ensure that a contractor or employee has the right credentials, completed inductions or simply check instantly on the maintenance status of plant or equipment. By scanning the QR code on the employees ID or that of the equipment, up to the minute data can be accessed via your mobile phone. Try it here.


For more information on QR Codes and how to integrate them into safety management software, visit

By Stacey Wagner

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