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Many organisations continue to face challenges executing effective Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) programmes, despite the widespread availability of digital systems intended to bring structured, user friendly and robust replacements for error prone ‘pen and paper’ approaches.
"Few organisations have explored the potential impact of today’s more innovative technologies on HSE"
There is a strong case for reinvention of the way businesses achieve HSE outcomes. Many incumbent digital solutions were born in a time when the ambition was to replicate paper forms in digital format. Since this period of earlier adoption, the world around us has since progressed at an astonishing rate. Few organisations have explored the potential impact of today’s more innovative technologies on HSE – where a wholesale redesign is possible, rather than a simple ‘digitisation’ exercise (think of the leap to automated passenger recognition via CCTV rather than simply having a ‘digital boarding pass’ on your phone).
There are a number of clear examples where application of the right technology could free up time burned completing ‘HSE processes’, redistributing that effort to focus on managing an organisation’s most pressing HSE risks.
"A need for documentary, rather than documented evidence"
The recent publication of ISO 45001, the first globally recognised standard for health and safety management (replacing BS EN OHSAS 18001), brought a subtle but key change;– a need for documentary, rather than documented evidence – paving the way for organisations to demonstrate compliance beyond the constraints of the written word; video, photographs and audio will be pervasive forms of communication in the HSE management system of tomorrow.
Technology products that leverage ‘non-written’ media will be front and centre of the paradigm shift in HSE management. Solutions that are within our reach today include:
Making use of available technology to achieve HSE outcomes can help bridge the long-standing gap between business expectations and employee engagement levels on the topic; bringing simplification to users, reduce processing time and help make the outputs more impactful.
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Confidence to succeed responsibly
Many of the most impactful opportunities facing businesses today require vision and confidence as they largely don’t exist as ‘off the shelf’ solutions. Technology is advancing rapidly and digitising processes in a business saves time and resources which can be allocated elsewhere in your business. In our current world, where HSE is an ever increasing importance for companies, technology can reduce the likelihood of incidents and in turn increase productivity and general morale for the company.
Callum is a Chartered health and safety practitioner (CMIOSH) with substantial experience of working in complex and multi-disciplinary global organisations in the fields of Safety, Health and Environmental management. Callum leads our Health and Safety service, bringing strategic experience from an industry track record of re-invigorating Health and Safety to become a relevant and effective business discipline. Callum has extensive subject matter expertise ranging from sourcing and implementing organisation wide software systems, resource restructuring and re-defining governance arrangements to ensure success.