To reduce incidents and create a culture of safety in the workplace, many leading companies have adopted behavior-based safety (BBS) programs that encourage personal responsibility for safety.
From HR to IT, it’s rare to find a department that doesn’t use some type of enterprise software. Despite the fact that it’s so common, the process of finding and selecting the right system can be a challenge.
To start, everyone has to be on board that there’s a need. Then you have to invest time in research, comparing features, capabilities and long-term value while evaluating how various options integrate with your existing systems. And at some point, you’re going to have to make the case to your boss.
How can you make sure that conversation goes well? The key is to focus on bottom-line business benefits.
Building a culture of safety is no simple job. Why? It’s not running the EHS management system itself, which can automate many essential functions from Incident Reporting to Risk Management to Document Control. It’s the human element. That is, trying to effect behavior change in employees.
OSHA recently unveiled its Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2014, with fall protection, hazard communication, scaffolding and respiratory protection at the top for the third year running. While three on the list are construction industry standards, all hold important lessons for organizations looking to keep workers safe and avoid costly penalties.
Here, we break down some of the most common violations for each standard, plus key steps safety professionals can take to avoid them.
When looking for an enterprise software solution, it is important to take into consideration its potential for long-term value. What exactly does this mean? In a nutshell, long-term value is the amount of savings you can expect after using the software for a long period of time. Are you paying less in the long run or do you end up paying more? Keep in mind that lower upfront costs don’t always equate to lower long-term costs. It’s important to consider this when evaluating software vendors in order to choose the vendor that will provide more for your money…even years down the line.
Compliance is a broad term in business today. It's a term that gets thrown around in meetings, operations, regulations, and covers so many definitions. It almost borders on cliche - compliance is broad. But what does it mean? In simplest terms, "Compliance" means that you are able to do business with confidence. You can operate your business in a manner that means less risk, better quality, safety and governance. It means that you are doing business as you should - as people will expect you to. Compliance management software is designed to help foster this concept, but again, it becomes broad in definition on what can be offered. What do people need in compliance management software solutions? Here are 4 basics:
Sometimes the simplest path is the best path. If you look at the most successful businesses today, they have built their philosophy around very simple ideals. Apple is a great case of simplicity - simple design, simple message, and so forth (but let's not just talk about Apple). Simplicity in business means asking "Why". Simon Sinek, who is a prolific author and speaker boils it down to this concept. Ask yourself why you do business and build out from there - all the complexities of any initiative will fall in line. This can ring true for an organization looking to achieve compliance through risk management - understand the "why" and it won't seem so lofty a goal.
In any organization, the key to a successful business operation is in training your employees to be as knowledgeable in their job responsibilities as possible. With the workplace evolving with both new processes and new people, good training is necessary to ensure that everyone is trained as quickly as possible on their new responsibilities and new processes.
A few weeks back, I wrote an entry about Mobile Audits and the key trends to look for in a mobile auditing solution. Well, I seem to be on a mission to out do myself, and expand my thinking here. When we look at the Compliance paradigm, whether Quality Management, EHS Management, Food Safety Management, Supplier Management, or general corporate governance, I think of a few key areas that are needed in technology:
A few weeks back, I purchased a printer for my parents. Now, my parents are not the most "tech-savvy" folks in the world, so I wanted to make sure that they got the right printer for their needs (which were fairly simple). It needed to have wireless printing, print in color, and produce high-quality images. So I did my research - I went and read reviews, I looked up the specs and compared them and then looked at pricing. I went for the low-cost option. Well, after i purchased the printer, it turned out that the low-cost did not do all the things I wanted it to. In fact, the quality was bad, the wireless connectivity was spotty, and it just didn't meet my needs. So, I returned it and went with another option. It was more costly, but once I got it installed at my parents, it works like a dream, and they couldn't be any happier with it.