Boosting Workplace Safety
Safety is everyone’s No1 priority!
This mantra is often promoted through a company’s workplace culture from day one. It all starts by having the right qualified personnel, using the right tools for the job, management and safety representatives communicating and managing safety protocols and company reputation, are all great examples of how your team can have a ‘safety first’ conscious.
But workplace safety is not static. Instead, it’s evolution may come about through the change in staff, differing project safety requirements, the introduction of new equipment, facilities or sites, or even new technologies.
Digital tools are becoming increasingly more popular on construction and building worksites and it is easy to see why.
Fast to Complete
Gone are the days of looking for pens, or safety forms that were left in the car or worse - back at the office. Now, having digital safety forms means that they can be accessed right from your phone, any time you need them.
Often these digital checklists will help prompt workers with hazard identification, but they also make it super easy to capture imagery (of the potential hazard, safety event or preventive controls put in place,) as well as help calculate risk severity, all while at the workfront.
Using digital mediums mean that workers have access to use the latest technologies such as voice to text, image annotation, video capture and file upload as well as geolocation to effortlessly report their interactions, details that lead up to the event and immediate controls implemented. All of this data is paramount, not only to effectively manage risks, but to highlight issues during the investigation or company audits, as well as improve safety outcomes by providing future training opportunities, policy updates and improvements to workplace practices.
Being able to report safety quickly means that you are able to capture those seemingly ‘inconsequential’ events or hazards - You know, the "I only need a bandaid, so I don’t need to report it" kind. Small events that can often be overlook, but when analysed on mass have the potential to highlight major issues that can produce sever outcomes.
Instead businesses should look to promote (and possibly reward) safety data collection. Staff should be comfortable in identifying and addressing safety and health concerns that you might have missed. This open communication will certainly improve your safety culture, company reputation and staff morale.
Fast to Communicate
Should a hazard be identified, or a safety event occur, automated notifications can be triggered, sending real time communications to team members.
Be sure to implement a digital audit that can help calculate risk severity on site. This calculation allows workers to quickly ascertain if it is safe to undertake the task at hand. Being able to quickly communicate any findings to other teams can also prevent a similar incident from simultaneously happening at another workfront.
Implementing digital tools that promote open and fast communication of safety concerns or events will help to build trust within your teams, as well as confirm your company’s safety commitment and reputation.
Fast to Close Out
Post incident, event investigations can commence.
Here digital safety platforms can help automate, expedite and send you ‘gentle’ reminders of any outstanding close out actions. It can also be used to help communicate your findings, prompt you to update existing safety policies and procedures, track event frequency or create new training content.
When it comes to managing your safety documents, some platforms will show you the geo location that the hazard was identified at, set and track safety KPI’s, automatically update your risk register with the details of your newly identified hazards, adjust the risk severity (likelihood and consequence) without updating the initial report, as well as assign close out action(s) (and their affiliated dates) to individuals.
Image 2: Example of the QicWorks Risk Register
Integrating your safety platform with your job management platforms means that you can take your safety data one step further with your LTIFR and MTIFR automatically calculated using manhours which have already been recorded against your jobs.
In order to remain competitive, construction businesses need to continue to promote workplace safety programs and safety awareness and following through with any findings. Implementing digital safety tools will certainly boost worker engagement and effortlessly capture more meaningful safety data from the field.
Talk to the QicWorks team today about how together we can deliver a real time safety management system that can protect your workforce and reputation.
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The information contained within this blog is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs or circumstances into consideration. You should look at your own situation and legislative requirements before making any decisions.