A safety management system identifies potential hazards, assesses remedial measures, and controls outbreaks. But not all software products are equal. Here are ten factors to consider while choosing a safety management software.
A safety management software ensures the workplace remains free from the risks and hazards of all hues. Various regulatory agencies such as US OSHA lays down safety standards, rules, and regulations for such ends.
A good safety inspection software:
Regulatory standards such as ANSI Z10 recommend an assessment of incumbent safety programs and identify areas of improvement. Such gap analysis measures the extent to which incumbent systems safeguard against the hazards.
Safety inspection software facilitates gap analysis. The software offers a checklist for line employees and supervisors to:
There are different safety management frameworks in vogue today, including the popular ANSI Z-10 and ISO 45001.
Sound safety management systems remain in sync with the recognized frameworks. But there is no magic bullet to identify the best standard. The best standard depends on the nature of the business and also the regulatory stipulations in place.
Safety standards and frameworks notwithstanding, each enterprise is unique. An effective safety plan caters to the specific needs of the enterprise.
Consider a drywall company mandated to have a respiratory program for employees exposed to silica. Welders operating in such environments face exposure to toxic metal particles and fumes. They require tight-fitting air-purifying respirators. But employees performing drywall operations have a lesser exposure to risk and need only N95 disposable masks. Likewise, welders need a more complex medical fitness exam compared to drywall finishers.
A good safety management software is flexible to cater to specific enterprise needs.
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Safety management practices ultimately depend on the basic principles of business management. A successful safety management program encompasses best practices related to planning, controlling, and directing enterprise resources to achieve the policy objectives.
Make sure the safety management software stipulates:
The best safety systems support collaboration effectively. A rigid, bureaucratized, and compliance-based safety management structure may not recognize the latest threats in today’s fast-paced business environment.
To ensure seamless collaboration:
The behavior-based approach to safety observes unsafe or undesirable workplace behaviors and intervenes to change such behavior.
The approach analyzes past accidents, near-miss incidents, and other safety-related disruptions to chalk out a list of safe behaviors.
The success of the behavior-based approach depends on the quality of the checklist. A good safety inspection software offers an index to track safety behaviors. A dashboard delivers an enterprise-level overview of employee safety behaviors. It also makes explicit analytical insights from such data.
OSHA and several other regulations mandate employee safety training. A safety management software complements workforce training in the following ways:
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The efficacy of any safety management system depends on robust recordkeeping.
Record keeping makes explicit:
The Injury Pyramid theory, developed by H. W. Heinrich in 1931, postulates that serious accidents occur after a finite number of minor accidents. History has proved this concept, though widely popular, is fallacious.
A good safety management software is proactive. It covers all potential risks and not just the incidents that have already come to pass.
Safety management software prevents employee injuries, process failures and improves long-term profitability. Accidents and other mishaps attract costly fines and compensation claims and deprive the morale of the workforce.
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