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Middlesbrough's Intasites leads the way on induction process for local business

Intasite, a North East-based online induction specialist, has helped streamline the induction process for Sirius Minerals in Yorkshire.

The newly-struck business relationship comes off the back of a mentoring programme, delivered by NEPIC and Innovate Tees Valley.

Intasite combines digital guidance with health and safety induction knowledge to produce bespoke site entry platforms that can be delivered remotely.

This approach allows visitors, contractors and workers to carry out an induction programme assessment from their computer, mobile or tablet in advance of gaining site access, saving firms both time and money.

Intasite director, Danielle Croce, commented: “The Intasite platform stands on its own merit, having built up an intimate client base across the UK.

“However, without INNOVATE Tees Valley support, the introductions needed to secure an opportunity with Sirius Minerals and other companies in the process sector would not have been possible.

“NEPIC provided opportunities to present to industry professionals and gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of the sector.”

NEPIC INNOVATE Tees Valley programme manager, Joanne Rout, commented: “This is a fabulous outcome for both Intasite and Sirius Minerals. It is also testament to the INNOVATE Tees Valley approach, the support we receive from industry mentors and the determination and ambition of the region’s small business community.”

Impressed by Intasite’s multi-site induction platform technology, one of NEPIC’s mentors referred Intasite to Sirius Minerals.

The UK-based fertiliser company is currently constructing what will be the world’s largest polyhalite mine near Whitby in North Yorkshire, with processing facilities on Teesside.

With construction due to commence, Sirius Minerals required a low-cost, time effective health and safety induction solution for several types of visitors to their mine sites.

Furthermore, due to the expanding nature of the project, the firm required a solution that could be easily modified to take on board new regulations, and cover expanding areas, during the planned three-year construction phase.

The platform includes assessment to ensure that visitors have engaged with and absorbed the essential information in the induction video. There is an option to send out automated messages, informing those due for renewal when their validation will expire, and remind them to re-sit their induction.

Nigel Chapman, Sirius Minerals’ health and safety manager, added: “The speed at which Intasite was able to deliver our induction package was hugely impressive, and their flexibility was invaluable.

“Working with local businesses and having a local supply chain is also very important to us, so to find a good provider in Teesside was a huge bonus.”

Intasite has been built to help organisations streamline the induction process and create engaging induction video content that prepares inductees for site access.

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