EHS & Quality: Six Key Challenges Facing Workplace Safety Professionals

July 10, 2017 Ian Cohen MS

 

Safety professionals are tasked with maintaining a safe workplace for employees. They must be able to assess risk in the workplace and develop and implement proactive measures that help prevent injuries and illnesses from happening in the first place. They must also be able to track, investigate, and manage safety incidents to identify ways to prevent future occurrences. Lastly, Safety managers need a single system of record to be able to track and analyze data and generate reports.

What requirements are most important to Safety professionals when considering a software solution?

Here are my top six:

  1. Incidents:

Can you easily track not just injuries and illnesses, but also near misses, transportation mishaps, and related environmental incidents? Can you identify the root cause of why an incident occurred so it doesn’t happen again? Are supervisors and managers included in the incident investigation process? 

  1. Proactive risk assessment:

Can you track, analyze, and act on leading indicators? Can you assess Safety risks at a job level, at the process level, and at the task level? Can you quickly identify your Safety risks using risk matrices? Can you use data to develop proactive programs that avoid, minimize or mitigate injuries and illnesses?

  1. Task management:

Is it difficult for you to assign recurring tasks, job assessments, or corrective actions to employees, supervisors, and peers? Is it challenging or time consuming to follow up on the status of these tasks?  Can you run reports that summarize where each of these tasks are in the process, who’s doing what, what’s due when, and if you’re on track?

  1. Communication:

Can you easily track employee lost and restricted work days? Can you exchange injury and illness information seamlessly with the health clinic or case managers without multiple forms and redundant data entry? Do you find yourself spending too much time sending information to your third-party administrator, worker’s compensation group, or insurer?

  1. Training:

Do you have an efficient way of managing training requirements based on job, department, and location? Can you manage the execution of your OHSAS 18001 Safety Management System? Can you easily put together the course catalog, sessions, and manage attendance?

  1. Employee engagement and use of mobile phones and other mobile devices

Can you engage your workforce to easily log and track incidents, access training documents and other resources, deal with escalations, audits, or approvals using any device whether online or offline?

If these challenges sound familiar, we invite you to find out how Cority’s Safety Management Software can help you overcome your challenges, see more Safety Management resources, or schedule a software demo with an EHSQ professional.

About the Author

Ian Cohen MS

Ian Cohen, MS is the Product Marketing Manager responsible for Cority's Environmental and Safety initiatives. Before taking this role, Ian was Cority's Environmental Product Manager, where he was responsible for developing Cority's Environmental Compliance and Data Management Suite. Prior to working with Cority, Ian was an environmental specialist at Florida Power & Light Company, a NextEra Energy, Inc., company, where he led the development, implementation, and management of various environmental management systems and programs. Ian is well versed in the development of enterprise environmental management information systems and is a subject matter expert in corporate sustainability, including program development, annual reporting and stakeholder communications. Ian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Science, both from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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