The digital age has changed just about everything. We communicate differently, we work differently, and we even face different kinds of health and safety risks. Thankfully, Health and Safety Managers now have an arsenal of innovative digital technologies they can use to combat these risks.
Let’s take a look at some of the risk and safety management goals businesses are trying to achieve in the digital age, and outline how your organisation can use new technologies to achieve them.
Reduce Risk With OHS Software
If your organisation can manage to reduce the risk of accidents and injury, your employees will be safer, your business will be more profitable, and you’ll be better able to focus on your mission. Effectively reducing risk has been the focus of workplace safety for decades. However, today’s Health and Safety Managers have access to technology that simplifies the practice like never before.
OHS software allows you to centralise emergency management, stay ahead of incidents and accidents, formalise your investigations, and create Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) guidelines. All of these tasks can be completed with risk management tools that collate everything in one place.
Manage Compliance with Health and Safety Software
Traditionally, compliance requirements have equated to administrative burdens. Managing all of the requirements outlined in ISO 31000, AS/NZS 4801, ISO 9001, ISO 45001 (or any other standard that might govern your management systems) can be a complex web of responsibilities.
However, with a digital compliance management system, you can handle all internal processes, take corrective action when necessary, and store and maintain all of your compliance documents in one place.
Does internal governance have an impact on your organisation’s culture of safety? Absolutely. When you have your finger on the pulse of everything that’s happening in your business, you’re in a much better position to recognise risks and take action before they evolve into incidents.
OHS software can help you to manage internal governance by mapping out strategy and operations, dividing tasks and assigning them, and providing maximum visibility of your entire system.
People are the heart of your business, but it can be difficult to ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to risk and safety management. Fortunately, the digital age is empowering safety professionals with comprehensive tools for people management.
For instance, when an accident occurs, software can help you to generate claim forms for every state in Australia. You’ll be able to manage personnel records, including training, medical information, and employee inductions. You can also record information about any third-party individuals who are involved in incidents. Communication is also improved by the ability to get the right forms to the right people immediately.
Track Qualifications and Training
Successfully training and qualifying all employees is not an easy task. As qualifications periodically change, organisations must continually review which staff require new training in order to stay competent and compliant.
Using a program like VQUAL to monitor employee and contractor competencies allows you to measure these against required training. VSync will even synchronise your employee records with your payroll or HR system, seamlessly keeping all employee records in one place.
Improve Your Efficiency With OHS Software
As you can see, there are some incredible tools available to help you to manage your organisation’s risk and safety. Which of these will be most helpful for your unique organisation?
Begin by evaluating where you are now with your risk and safety management. Are there areas in which you continually have problems? Do you run into compliance issues frequently? Does employee training bog you down and keep you from being as productive as you’d like?
To see how Vault’s OHS software can help your business improve efficiency, get a demo today.
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