Three benefits of web-based QHSE software management systemsHealth and safety software management systems and web-based apps were made for each other. While the convergence of health, safety, quality and environmental systems has already delivered considerable benefits, the marriage of these management systems to cloud or intranet web-based technologies has created a QHSE ecosystem workplaces can deploy more effectively than ever before.

Our own suite of products has evolved to embrace this technology, and with good reason – our customers are seeing excellent results.

Through their feedback, we have identified three major ways in which web-based health and safety software management systems are changing the workplace.

First thing’s first – what is a web-based health and safety software management system?

Simply put, web-based health and safety software can be accessed and used via a web browser. This means it can be operated from a multitude of mobile devices as well as the traditional desktop. Scalability (single site to global operators with thousands of users), flexibility, configurability and availability are key benefits of a modular web-based system.

As the business grows additional modules and users can be plugged in without increasing the IT infrastructure or software footprint. So how exactly has web-based health and safety software management delivered change to the workplace?

One – Changing Behaviour

Three benefits of web-based QHSE software management systemsThe health and safety industry has been promoting proactive reporting for years, but web-based tools have made a huge difference in terms of accessibility and reporting rates. Severn Trent Water recently reported to us that their incident reporting rate had almost doubled following the deployment of our web-based health and safety software management system.

By making reporting instant and more accessible through a web browser, the system acts as an enabler and catalyst to nurture a pro-active reporting culture. Reporting moves away from manually manipulating spreadsheets and sheets of paper and into a unified system that can be configured from within a QHSE department. It adds consistency across an organisation and ensures data is more robust, spanning departments across a single site, or multiple sites around the world.

Two – Enhancing Engagement

Safety talks, peer-to-peer assessments, and training have been among the main methods of promoting workplace engagement for many years. They’re still important tools, but add web-based health and safety software management to the mix and this safety culture can be effectively embedded across employee and contractor workforces.

Web based accessibility is portability, it goes with you, so workers can apply their safety training and awareness wherever they are. Paper-based systems meant there was always a risk, for example, that proactive reporting forms were not close to hand, especially in non-office environments. Equally, paper forms can be easily lost or spoiled. Reports not followed up can quickly lead employees to become disenchanted with the system. Web-based systems capture data safely, instantly, so employees know their feedback is being recorded.

Three – Continuous Improvement

A big attraction of web-based health and safety software management is that a whole range of data can be captured in real time. Web-based software can be configured in a multitude of ways and rolled out to employees and contractors as needed. Users can be given different access rights or reporting tools, for example, perhaps depending on department. Comprehensive incident tracking and analysis tools lead to a more responsive proactive and reactive safety regime. While the industry’s focus on reporting near misses can lead to a reduction in injury rates, serious injuries still occur.

Use of web-based health and safety software management and analysis of data should inevitably lead us to learn why this happens, and what extra steps we as health and safety practitioners can do to prevent it. Web-based technology will play a central role in our greater understanding of health and safety and our search for continuous improvement.

 

Risk and compliance in H&S: lead with rules or behavioural change?People in power talk about change. Within the Health and Safety industry, they set goals to change for the better, but are these changes always carried out in the right way, and is it really the public that needs to change?

There is a question of how best to enforce health and safety changes. Should they be enforced or just advised? There is definitely a balance to be made between forcing people to follow the rules and advising them of what is best for their own well-being. The HSE has always had the goal of changing public opinion. In the past, there was a struggle to make people see that the risks involved within the workplace could be greatly reduced. There was a community wide feeling of acceptance in the face of disaster. However, today people are much more aware of their rights, so much so there is a growing demand for accountability when something goes wrong. With the media giving more coverage to high profile incidents, and the industry, there is a tendency for companies to become over enthusiastic in order to protect themselves rather than their employees. There is a thin line between doing too much and not doing enough.

In 2010 the Health and Safety Commission created a campaign to encourage employers to commit themselves to ensuring their working environments were safe. This strategy, ‘The Health and Safety of Great Britain\\ Be part of the solution’ asks organisations to show their commitment to the health and safety cause by pledging to play their part. This campaign relied on behavioural change in employers rather than the enforcement of rules. A forum was created that allowed pledgees to share ideas and advice for improving health and safety. Inspiring employers to help themselves and their peers give hope to a future where attitudes towards health and safety are positive and pro-active, therefore the safety ‘rules’ become a natural part of working life rather than something to be enforced.

Looking back through the history of health and safety, it is a sad but true fact that most advancement has been driven by huge catastrophes. The behavioural changes needed to keep workplaces safe are in most cases only a result of the huge emotional disruption. This poses the question of whether we can afford to wait for behaviours to change naturally or is it necessary to forcefully impose safety rules to prevent such disasters. Fortunately, health and safety companies have learnt many lessons from the past. These companies continue to learn, through real situations as well as hypothetical ones, an example being New Orleans’s reactions to Hurricane Katrina. Post Katrina, many aspects of safety have been evaluated and improved, from flood defences to how people build houses, much more effort is being put into the need for safety and the protection of the people.

Having plans in place before disaster strikes are vital, whether just for small issues or huge problems. Everything, within businesses especially, has its effect and counter effects on staff, clients and customers, therefore having a strong health and safety system in place will minimise these negative effects.

No workplace is the same; each has its own specific environment with different needs. For example, a chef working within a restaurant kitchen faces very different risks to an engineer working on an oilrig. However, there are types of risks and injuries that affect most workplaces. According to HSE over 646,000 people working in the UK were injured in work between 2012 and 2013 [1].

How can employers better understand where the workplace risks lie, in order to avoid adding to these statistics?

Below is a list of some of the most common types of injury in the workplace:

Lifting, Handling, and Carrying

Injuries range from sprains, trapped fingers and cuts, right through to musculoskeletal disorders all caused from lifting objects. This section accounted for the highest amount of working days lost from 2012-13 with an estimated 1,600,000 days lost [2].

Slipping and Tripping

Slips and trips made up over half of non-fatal injuries to UK employees 2012/13 [3]. Although these types of injury rarely result in fatalities, long-term injuries can occur, meaning increased sick days.  In fact slips and trips caused over triple the amount of major injuries as almost any other type of accident or injury and resulted in over 3 million working days lost in 2012/13.

Falling from a Height

Falls from height have the highest fatality rate, at 20% of all fatal injuries in 2012/13 [4]. Half of these occurred in the construction industry and a large chunk within the agricultural industry. For non-fatal injuries, falls from a height still make up a large amount of work days lost, over 700,000.

Struck by a Moving Vehicle

Injuries involving moving vehicles are shown to be most common in industries concerned with storage, manufacturing and wholesale. For minor and major injuries the amount of people stuck by a moving vehicle is fairly low, especially in comparison to other kinds of injury. However, when fatal injuries are concerned, being stuck by a moving vehicle caused 15 deaths in 2012/13 [5], only topped by people falling from a height or death caused by contact with machinery.

Assault

Assault may not seem like a major risk area when health and safety is concerned. However, HSE lists physical assault in amongst their top kinds of injury in the workplace. It is estimated that just under 250,000 work days are lost [6] as a result of assault and over 3000 physical assault injuries resulted in over 7 days consecutive absence from work.

The solution to these issues lies in a number of different areas. Communicating with employees enables an organisation to understand their concerns and tackle any potential issues raised by the people who know the workplace environment best. Although employees can often flag many potential risk areas in the workplace, analytical software can give a much more detailed and in depth outline of where the weak spots lie in your organisation.

Powerful QHSE software such as airsweb® logs minor accidents, analyses potential health and safety and security risks and provides feedback as to where solutions may be needed. These solutions could mean improved education to workers or different equipment needed in certain areas, but by using risk assessment software, risks can be identified and solutions provided on a large scale across an organisation.

When a total of 34 million workdays were lost due to work place related injuries [7]; Can your business afford not to improve its health and safety? Call Airsweb today on: +44 (0)151 289 6811 for more information about our auditing and assessment software and let us help you find the right solution for your organisation.

Lee Davies

Glenn Hardy

[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/STATISTICS/causinj/index.htm

[4] http://www.hse.gov.uk/STATISTICS/causinj/kinds-of-accident.pdf

[6] http://www.hse.gov.uk/STATISTICS/causinj/kinds-of-accident.pdf

[7] http://www.hse.gov.uk/STATISTICS/causinj/kinds-of-accident.pdf

It is not unknown that the oil and gas industry falls under the category of a high-risk working environment. There are many elements involved in employing workers on oil and gas rigs that need to be seriously considered by any safety professional in order to ensure the safety of all workers. As a result of this hazardous environment there are UK regulations in place that are particularly suited to this industry. With this in mind it is thought that there is no other industry that works harder to continuously improve their health and safety on site.

Here at Airsweb we understand the need to constantly improve health and safety in all working environments including the oil and gas industry. Here are our top tips from industry experts and publications to ensure the continuation of this high standard of safety.

Look at all minor hazards

Take nothing for granted; a small hazard can very quickly escalate into a big issue, particularly in such a close contact environment as an oil or gas rig. Ensure you are made aware when smaller incidents occur in order to get on top of the situation. During HSE inspections of oil rig environments even a small cut is noted and in-depth investigations actioned to find a solution.[1]

Locate underlying causes

Major and minor hazards may be easily solved in the short term. However, in the long term it will be extremely beneficial in any industry to understand the underlying cause of such issues. This is the opinion expressed by the HSE in their offshore strategy. Perhaps this will mean increased training to ensure all employees know safety procedures or even enhanced communication systems between workers.

Communicate with workforce

Who better to understand the working order of an oil rig than those who are working on it. Health and safety inspections on oil and gas rigs will always involve representatives of the workforce [2], therefore by communicating with your workforce you will gain a better understanding of where the risks lie, when the workers are feeling uncomfortable with the work they are performing and how solutions can be put in place to resolve these issues.

Constant learning

As with most industries there is always something new to learn and room to develop. Health and safety within the oil and gas industry is no exception to this, industry expert Colin Leyden describes the need for oil and gas production to be “an end-to-end process, listening to delegates and taking learning from a practical experience, but also listening to what the industry needs.” [3] With constant new developments in safety equipment and risk assessment software, to ignore this would be to cause unnecessary risk to your workforce.

Analyse performance

Through analysing the data surrounding your health and safety, you can gain a greater understanding of where potential hazards could occur and develop solutions to prevent incidents before they even happen. Here at Airsweb we have seen impressive results from implementing analytical software, including a near 100% increase in pro-active safety reporting as our recent client case study reveals.

If improving your health and safety measures within your workplace is of a high priority to you then Airsweb could be the perfect solution. Whether in the oil and gas industry or not, Airsweb provide solutions to gather, analyse, and form solutions with data, in order to improve the safety of your organisation and ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of your employees. We work with you to find the right solution as your partner in QHSE.

For more information about how we can help you see results, call our experienced team on 0151 289 6811 or email us today at info@airsweb.com.

Ends

Sources:

[1] http://www.workplacesafetyadvice.co.uk/oil-rig-safety.html

[2] http://www.hse.gov.uk/offshore/offshore-delivering-strategy.pdf

[3] http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/offshore-health-safety—very-6430507

Most of us are familiar with the Health and Safety precautions we have to take in the workplace. These differ from industry to industry; the risks of working on a construction site are a world away from the risks posed working in an office environment.

However, regardless of the ubiquity of health and safety in the workplace, sometimes the day becomes too busy to keep all the rules in place. We’ve scoured the internet and found some of the best health and safety fails from around the web.

1.      Ladders

Whether you’re using a leaning ladder or a stepladder, ensuring that the ladder is the correct height for the task in hand is a crucial health and safety concern. We’re not quite sure the guy in this picture got the memo. We’ve got to give him points for having a friend steady the bottom ladder, at least!

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://www.dumpaday.com/random-pictures/funny-pictures/funny-safety-fails-40-pics/

 

2.      Electrical Wiring

Technology is a key part of the workplace, whether that is computer leads in an office space or wiring a house on a construction site, electricity will no doubt play a part in your everyday work life. Working safely around electrical equipment is of the utmost importance, as the risk of serious injury and even death is always present around electrical currents. Our friend below, however, has adopted a slightly more ‘devil may care’ attitude toward safety around electrics.

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://www.dumpaday.com/random-pictures/funny-pictures/funny-safety-fails-40-pics/

 

3.      Protective Wear

Protective wear, or personal protective equipment (PPE) as the Health and Safety Executive [1] terms it, is essential for any working in an environment where falling materials, contaminated air or corrosive liquids pose a hazard. Goggles would be one such example, but we’re not sure two glasses duct taped to your face quite counts…

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

And while we’re at it, putting an empty water bottle over your entire head, while ensuring greater coverage, doesn’t quite comply with PPE regulations either!

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://www.dumpaday.com/random-pictures/funny-pictures/funny-safety-fails-40-pics/

 

4.      Vehicle Safety

The Health and Safety Executive’s Load Safety Guidelines [2] warn that unsafe loads on vehicles injure more than 1,200 people a year and cost businesses millions of pounds in damaged goods. Securing loaded vehicles prevents loss of goods and accidents to those on the road. This is especially advisable if you’re carrying flammable liquid on a moped, just seems like common sense really.

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit: http://diply.com/interesting-things/25-fails-where-safety-comes-second/33765/5

 

5.      Manual Handling

According to the HSE, manual handling injuries are the most common types of occupational injuries throughout the UK [3].  Therefore, it’s important to ensure the correct posture is adopted when lifting and carrying in the workplace. We feel this is particularly good advice if you happen to be lifting your work colleague out of a manhole by his trousers. We hope he, at least, has a helmet on!

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://www.dumpaday.com/random-pictures/funny-pictures/funny-safety-fails-40-pics/

 

6.      Flammables

A basic awareness of the threats to health and safety posed by flammable materials is applicable in almost any workplace. If flammable liquids or materials are stored too close to a source of ignition, the risk of a fire increases exponentially. Something like, say, a lit cigarette near flammable gas? What was he thinking?

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://diply.com/interesting-things/25-fails-where-safety-comes-second/33765/1

 

7.      Storage

Storage areas should always be clearly designated, stable in structure and an appropriate size for the materials they are meant to be storing. This helps to prevent any unnecessary accidents associated with the storage of materials, such as slips and trips associated with oils, liquids or badly stored objects. We wouldn’t, however, suggest, propping up a pallet of bricks on an unsteady, single pillar of the very same bricks. Just doesn’t seem like a good idea, right?

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://www.dumpaday.com/random-pictures/funny-pictures/funny-safety-fails-40-pics/

 

8.      First Aid

A trained first-aider and a well-stocked first aid kit is a must for every work place. Keeping track of the contents of your first aid kit, and appointing someone to replenish supplies is a must, so as to avoid a situation like this…

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://cheezburger.com/8113032960

9.      Confined Spaces

Confined spaces pose a threat when in the work place for a number of reasons, such as lack of oxygen or the presence of dangerous materials and objects. For this reason, the engine of an aircraft might not be the best place to crawl in to for a work photo.

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit: http://diply.com/interesting-things/25-fails-where-safety-comes-second/33765/1

10.   Alcohol

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that alcohol in the workplace is basically a recipe for disaster. Your judgement is impaired, leaving you unable to perform your job properly and leaving you liable to further accidents. Although we suppose that falling asleep at your desk is the least of your worries!

The 10 Best Health and Safety Fails from around the Globe

Photo credit:http://www.richardtimothy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/25-drunk-at-work.jpg

Contact us today to see how our QHSE software solutions can help you avoid safety fails like this and create measurable and demonstrably safer working environment. For more info email info@airsweb.com or call 0151 289 6811 to arrange a demonstration.

SOURCES

[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/ppe.htm

[2] http://www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport/loadsafety/index.htm

[3] http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg383.pdf

With 1 in 6 people dealing with mental health problems in the work place right now [1] this is a large issue that can pose significant risk within any organisation or business. Work stress and mental health issues often go together, with one regularly triggering or worsening the other.

According to HSE, common mental health problems and work related stress can be differentiated by a number of things. Mental health is described as how we think, feel and behave, whereas work related stress involves a negative reaction to demands and pressures in the workplace. Such reactions can include loss of appetite, whilst fatigue and tearfulness can be symptoms of both, however they can exist independently. HSE say that work related stress can be improved by changes to working conditions, however common mental health problems can be caused by outside events or have no obvious cause at all.

Stress

Stress is a phrase we often use when we are feeling that things are getting on top of us, whether work, issues on your mind, or any situation we do not have control over.

According to the charity Mind, you can start to reduce the effects of stress by discovering the root cause, being aware of this in your day-to-day life and actively finding solutions to help you handle it better. This may be through relaxation techniques or potentially making lifestyle changes [2].

Anxiety

Anxiety can affect anyone at any point in their lives and affects different people in different ways.  Whereas with stress there is often a clear cause, anxiety can cause suffering whether a reason is clear or not. A person experiencing anxiety can often exaggerate problems in their heads, preventing them from finding a solution and often avoiding what causes their fear, rather than facing it.

Anxiety is a normal reaction within the body designed to protect us from danger or physical harm. It acts like an internal alarm, alerting us of the danger and producing a surge of adrenaline to help us fight or run away by increasing the heart rate and the amount of oxygen reaching our body parts.

Mental health problems

Within HSE they use the term CMHP, common mental health problems [4], this describes issues that are more frequent and are commonly treated by GPs rather than specialists. Anxiety and depression fall under this category as the most common mental health issues reported.

It is usual for these CMHPs to be short-term problems and are often treated with medication issued by local GPs. However, if no improvement is seen then a referral a specialist such as a Psychiatrist may be necessary.

Within the workplace stress and mental health issues can affect the work production as well as signalling potential issues within the working environment. Organisations can work towards improving conditions within the workplace to help prevent stress and aid individuals in managing the causes of their stress. Download our eBook to discover a guide for managers and organisations for how they can improve conditions within the workplace and help prevent stress.

At Airsweb we provide software solutions that can form an integral part of your quality, environmental, health and safety programme. Our accident and incident software solution not only allows the user to report physical events but also the cause, which may include stress related incidents. Through the shared learning notice board, safety and health and wellbeing messages can be displayed to improve awareness to workers. For more information on any of our services call us on 0151 289 6811 or email any queries to info@airsweb.com.

Lee Davies

Glenn Hardy

Sources:

[1] http://www.mind.org.uk/for-business/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/

[2] http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/stress-guide/about/?o=6278#.VH2VtWSsXog

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

In March 2011, the European Commission adopted its communication on the 2011 Energy Efficiency Plan. This communication confirmed that the Union is not on target to achieve its energy reduction targets of saving 20% of energy consumption by 2020. In October 2012, the EU then produced the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), specifying all member countries to create an energy audit scheme to ensure the achievement of the Union’s 2020 target on energy efficiency and to pave the way for further energy efficiency improvements.

In 2014 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) established the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to implement this EU Directive in the UK. ESOS is an energy assessment and savings scheme that applies to large undertakings and groups containing large undertakings in the UK. A large undertaking is any UK undertaking that meets either one or both of these conditions (a) it employs 250 or more people and / or (b) it has an annual turnover in excess of 50 million euro (£39,937,770), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of 43 million euro (£33,486,489).

The scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6 billion net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings. An organisation must take part in ESOS if they qualify as a large undertaking on the qualification date. The qualification date for the first compliance period (of which there are three additional four year compliance periods to follow) was the 31st December 2014. The scheme is administered by the Environment Agency.

The penalties for non-compliance are upto £50,000 fine and/or publication of company director details.

Should companies consider this another tick box exercise or are there real benefits?

The ESOS is split into three components (a) a company is required to measure their total energy consumption through energy use in buildings, industrial processes and transport. (2) they are then required to identify energy audit and auditor and (3) they must then notify the Environment Agency when complete. The energy audit is key in all of this, which is why all companies are required to appoint and approved ESOS Lead Assessor. A qualified individual who can carry out the energy audit and sign of the evidence pack with the company director. A detailed energy audit can, on average, identify energy savings of between 10% to 40% and with the 20+ organisations I have worked with this is indeed the case.

Clearly there will be a requirement for capital expenditure and significant changes in operation to realise the bigger savings, but simple housekeeping exercises can yield some good results. These vary of course, however, I believe that ESOS should not be treated as another tick box exercise and should in fact be embraced by all as a real and significant opportunity to save money and reduce carbon emission.

About the author: Dr Stephen Finnegan is a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, a business advisor on ESOS and an editorial board member on sustainability for the RICS.

To find out how Airswebs Sustainability and Environment modules can help support you, call our team today on 0151 289 6811

As the main federal agency enforcing safety and health legislations across the USA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) see many commonalities when it comes to legislations being cited.

Below are the top 10 most frequently cited standards following an inspection. Through understanding where your company is at fault and where your peers fall down, you can find solutions quickly and efficiently.

Top 10 most frequently cited OSHA Standards

1 Fall Protection

The citation Fall Protection (1926.501) had 8,241 violations. This citation aims to protect workers from potentially hazardous working surfaces, leading edges, holes or from falling objects. This protects those working at height and at ground level.

2 Hazard Communication

The second highest cited legislation covered Hazard Communication (1910.1200) with 6,156 violations. This concerns the classification of chemicals and biological hazards in particular the classification and communication of hazards through container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets and employee training.

3 Scaffolding

Legislation scaffolding (1926.451) has 5,423 violations. This runs through the capacity each scaffold should be supporting in relation to the load intended to be used. This also covers connecting ropes and hardware and any platforms attached. This also covers, as mentioned before, fall protection, to protect those working on scaffolding at height and those beneath the scaffolding.

4 Respiratory Protection

Respiratory Protection (1910.134) has 3,879 violations and concerns the prevention of workplace related diseases. This includes details on specific wording, requirements of employers and medical evaluations. This also highlights the proper legislations regarding the fitting and the use of respirators.

5 Electrical , Wiring Methods

Electrical, Wiring Methods legislation (1910.305) with 3,452 violations. This concerns the Metal raceways, cable trays, cable armor, cable sheath, enclosures, frames, fittings, and other metal noncurrent-carrying parts that are to serve as grounding conductors, with or without the use of supplementary equipment grounding conductors. It also takes into account temporary wiring, cable trays and switchboards.

6 Powered Industrial Trucks

The Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) legislation has 3,340 violations. This covers the safety requirements relating to fire protection, design, maintenance, and use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.

7 Ladders

The legislation Ladders (1926.1053) with 3,311 violations covers the requirements of all job made ladders, including what they shall be capable of supporting and the maintenance of such ladders

8 Lockout/Tagout

The Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) legislation has 3,254 violations. This concerns the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the start up of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, could harm employees. This standard establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of such hazardous energy.

9 Electrical, General Requirements

With 2,745 violations Electrical, General Requirements (1910.303) falls second to last on the table of most cited legislations. This covers the examination, installation, and use of electrical equipment. This aims to protect the worker through recognizing that electrical equipment is free from hazards throughout its lifespan.

10 Machine Guarding

Lastly the legislation Machine Guarding (1910.212) has 2,701 violations. This covers the general safety requirements for all machines to protect the operator and other employees. Guards must provide protection while not causing a hazard in itself.

‘Your Software Partner in QHSE’

The world of health and safety is always changing, with new legislations to adhere to. Learning from other’s violations and finding a solution for your business that can adapt to your needs is invaluable. The software we provide here at Airsweb is scalable, flexible and functional for the shifting environment of safety legislations in business.

We will act as you QHSE partner, as a committed and experienced company, working with you to ensure that when new laws and legislations are released your safety solution software can adapt and adhere to them.

Contact the team today on 0151 289 6811 or email info@airsweb.com

Lee Davies

Sources:

https://www.osha.gov/

Managing health risks is no different to managing safety risks. Whilst there has been a significant reduction in fatalities over the last 40 years in the construction industry, there were an estimated 76,000 total cases of work related health of which 31,0000 were new cases.

In a high risk industry such as Construction, it is important to know how to act fast and have a robust programme with the right controls. We break down the HSE 3-step approach in three easy steps.

Firstly, you need to establish who does what in order for any structure to work both in terms of hierarchy and speed of response.

  • Clients – Need to ensure that suitable arrangements are in place for managing health risks during construction.
  • Designers – Identify and eliminate health hazards where possible, and reduce remaining risks.
  • CDM Co-Ordinators – Have a key advisory role to Clients regarding health risk assessment.
  • Lead Contractors – Strategy planning to manage occupational health risks.
  • Contractors – Occcupational health management for any risks your workers may be exposed to.
  • Workers – Self-awareness and responsibility towards the key health and safety issues at hand and co-operation with others.

Once roles and responsibilities have been estabished, a 3 step approach to managing health risks can be implemented.

Step 1 – Assess

Health risks in construction can range widely so it is impoortant to have a clear set of steps to planning:

  • Plan – An overall strategy.
  • Identify – Health hazards linked to work.
  • Assess – Hazard Significance.
  • Involve – Your workers in managing health risks.

Step 2 – Control

Planning is simply one element of manging health risks, setting controls allow for all involved parties to act on them:

  • Prevent – Conduct risk assessments before the work begins.
  • Control – Place controls on any remaining risks identified.
  • Train – Educating workers ahead of the project minimises risk in advance and allows for clear understanding on the action and steps needed throughout the work.

Step 3 – Review

It may be that all the right controls and actions have been set to ensure health risks are being managed. However, making sure that they are working is also key to success:

  • Supervise – Workers need to be managed and a clear hierarchy established.
  • Maintain – Setting and constantly maintaining conrols to ensure all steps are followed.
  • Monitor – Measuring and monitoring controls ensures they remain effective.
  • Act – Setting actions and responding to problems allows for corrective and preventative measures to be set to fix the problem.

Accountability is one of the key messages in managing health risks in such a high risk industry. CDM projects where there are large numbers of third party contractors can often carry many health and safety risks that require a planned approach from the very start.

How can Airsweb Help?

NGF Europe achieved great success by having a planned approach including the Airsweb Permit to Work solution as part of their management and delivery of a large CDM project at Lea Green.

With software solutions available for accident and incident, risk assessment, and action tracking, Airsweb work with you as your software partner in QHSE to build a solution that measures the overall success of the 3 step guide as set down by HSE.

Contact us today on 0151 289 6811 or email info@airsweb.com and let us deliver software solutions that make your QHSE programme deliver the results you need.

Lee Davies

 

Sources 

http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/healthrisks/managing-essentials/managing-essentials.htm

http://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/industry/construction/index.htm

When talking about Big Data or ‘data-driven’ decision making, you may think of a way to target audiences and boost sales within marketing. This is still the case, but recently it has been transformed into a way of revolutionising the health and safety world. At Airsweb we will be running a Big Data series in 2015 to take an in-depth look at the use of Big Data and data based decisions in the real world.

What is Big Data?

Using Big Data in the world of health and safety means that organisations can collect data from a range of different sources both internally and externally. This data is then stored at the company in question, allowing for complex statistical analysis on site and easy fast access to the results. As a result, monthly reporting and the visibility of data at board level is becoming a priority with organisations switching from paper-based systems to a software solution. Using software-based intricate analysis, organisations can be directed to both expected and unexpected circumstances in order to prevent problems before they happen.

What are the benefits?

Big Data presents many benefits in health and safety. The major role it can play is one of preventing accidents before they happen, using data to point out areas of potential weakness and promote behavioural change throughout the working environment. Just look at what Severn Trent Water achieved. In the space of a year they nearly doubled their hazard reporting from 7,000 to 13,000 incidents (1).  It’s not just that “software to do the job” is being deployed, it is the capability of the software to allow QHSE professionals to analyse large levels of data quickly and easily.

From an economical point of view, accidents cost companies a lot of money, therefore preventing them is not only in the interest of employees but companies on the whole. At Airsweb, we tailor our services to each individual company in order to collect the right data to then analyse, measure and direct solutions where they are needed.

We have listed just a few of the many benefits below:

  • Ensuring the correct equipment is available and on-site before beginning a job. Whether this is safety equipment or the correct lighting, this knowledge enables companies to get organised and maximise their time
  • Contractor Management – Understanding the volume of permits issued, completed and signed off can have a huge impact on how effective and costly managing third party contractor services can be.
  • Keep ahead of any potential incidents by tracking data from the field.
  • Have a secure system in place that enables organisations to respond immediately if an accident or incident does occur and find an effective solution.
  • Managing/Minimising Risk – This includes hidden costs involved with accidents including insurance pay outs, disability expenses, loss of working time and time spent training replacements
  • Sustainability – Monitoring and reporting on emission outputs, waste disposal and general environmental aspects of a business can have a huge impact on reducing costs but also the visibility of an organisation.(2)

Industry Opinion

Over the past few years organisations have been slowly realising what a huge impact Big Data could have on their organisation. Although it may be becoming more of a well-known topic, the daunting thought of analysing such a vast amount of data could be putting some companies off. However, the fact that the topic is being brought up and discussed in the industry of health and safety is a positive indicator.

With the potential to save organisations money, reducing risk in the workplace and enhance employees quality of working life, ‘data-driven’ decision making looks extremely worthwhile.

Here at Airsweb we offer a range of QHSE software solutions to collect and use data effectively to reduce risk in your organisation or company. We work in partnership with companies to assess the risks to find effective, personalised solutions and offer action tracking as a fully integrated feature across all our modules, enabling organisations to follow an assignment through to completion. We understand there is no way to know when and where incidents will happen, but by analysing data, a much more accurate prediction can be made.

To find out more about the services we can provide your business call us today on 0151 289 6811 and realise the huge, positive impact that airsweb® have on your health and safety reporting and your company.

Lee Davies

Sources

1 -Airsweb/Severn Trent Water Client Case Study 

2 – http://www.environmentalleader.com/2015/01/08/five-megatrends-for-2015/