The proper use of safety strategies and tools is essential to the long-term success of your organization. Different industries present different safety risks, and businesses that require workers to navigate large equipment and complex machinery typically have safety methods in place to reduce injuries.
However, they must be able to monitor the use of those methods in order to continually optimize their workplace safety and prevent unwanted and costly issues.
By emphasizing workplace safety and leveraging the following three ways to monitor it, your business will create a safer environment for everyone while maximizing its productivity.
Tracking Safety Requirements
There are many safety requirements that must be met by employers and their workers. Tracking and managing the data related to meeting these requirements is vital to the overall effectiveness of your workplace safety systems.
Today’s technology allows businesses to manage safety requirements from anywhere and at any time and lets you complete any necessary assessments quickly and accurately.
Safety certification renewals constitute one aspect of these requirements. These include the acquisition and renewal of OSSA’s Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry, and Fire Watch certifications.
Using Cloud-Based Tracking Systems
Safety certificates and other requirements can be easily monitored through a cloud-based system. Employees can upload all of the information related to their safety requirements.These include certifications and insurance information and can be placed in a system that’s accessed by management and business owners.
Through the use of personal profiles, these systems allow you to monitor how well your team is meeting the safety needs of the organization. It ensures that all employees and management are in compliance with the requirements of the workplace.
Over time, it creates a comprehensive database that provides you with data related to the expiration and ongoing needs for safety certifications and other requirements.
This keeps everyone current and provides them with the resources needed to renew any necessary certifications. It also improves the organization of your business, as it lets you know what certifications are required and who needs to have them.
Monitoring the Safety of Mobile Workers
More companies are investing in ways to monitor the safety of mobile employees. An industry such as residential contracting has employees in different places at different times, which creates a less predictable “workplace” and presents a new set of safety risks.
These employees are typically tracked through their vehicles, but through the use of new software, businesses can monitor their workers’ safety without needing drivers in their vehicles.
Tracking mobile devices, for example, allows employers to have the up--to-date information on the location and safety of their employees.
If employees take advantage of the flexibility that their mobile work allows, it can create safety issues that could lead to costly expenses for the company. Monitoring platforms let you determine how compliant an employee is with the safety rules that are in place.
It can also provide employees with a greater sense of security and safety, which provides peace of mind to employees who work in high-risk areas.
Automated Safety MonitoringMany of the systems that have been used in recent years are quickly becoming outdated as new technologies emerge. It’s vital for you to have the latest safety monitoring systems in place and avoid unwanted issues.
Many systems lack the features needed to have the real-time data they need to properly respond to any safety issues. This costs them time and money while increasing the chances of injury to employees involved in accidents.
Automation has now made its way into safety monitoring. Devices that can be worn by employees provide valuable information related to the worker’s safety. They create an immediate level of awareness that significantly reduces the risk of injuries.
Over time, this strategy can help you reduce annual costs related to safety issues and optimize the workflow related to safety monitoring. It makes response times more efficient and helps you reduce the cost of insurance.
The biggest benefit is the ease with which automated monitoring systems can be used when compared to traditional safety tracking systems. Alerts that are enabled through GPS tracking are at the core of this system.
It makes the time between an emergency alert and its response much shorter. Alerts can be obtained through the use of SMS text and email, which make it ideal for large organizations working across a many platforms and devices.
The technology allows you to create a centralized station for monitoring worker safety while allowing you to track it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Monitoring workplace safety improves the quality of the working environment for all members of your organization and provides them with a new level of security as they help you grow your business.