Enabling Complex Organizations Meet Shifting Requirements

Maintaining up-to-date chemical inventories, GHS-compliant hazard communication documentation and conformance with increasingly complex global regulatory obligations is no small feat, particularly for multi-national organisations. Finding the right combination of solutions, providers, and partners is crucial for the successful execution of a proactive compliance program.

From managing supplier data obtainment to supporting GHS-compliant SDS and label authoring to ensuring accurate waste and transportation classifications, 3E Company can deliver a comprehensive, cost-effective chemical management solution tailored to your unique compliance requirements. Our 25 years of global EHS compliance experience and award-winning suite of solutions enables us to seamlessly integrate into core workflows within world renowned third party platforms. Our integration with Airsweb, a UK-based leader in EHS, Risk and Compliance management solutions, further demonstrates our continued commitment to forming strategic alliances with select industry-leading system providers to deliver increased value to our combined global customer base.

Airsweb and 3E have collaborated to create a combined solution to promote seamless access to critical hazard communication documentation, substance-level regulatory content and chemical regulatory data across the organisation. Customers can now access our award-winning 3E Online®-SDS safety data sheet (SDS) management platform through Airsweb’s suite of health, safety and environment software solutions.

Airsweb users can seamlessly move from the MSDS module into 3E Online to view and access their SDS repository in any language from any location, worldwide. Providing a flexible, global solution for protecting your people, your assets, the environment and your reputation is central to the mission of Airsweb and a core reason for our collaboration.

A Solution for Increased Efficiency and Reduced Risk

The time, effort and expense required to chase down suppliers and keep SDSs up to date is a burden that leading companies are no longer willing to bear. In response, we have aligned to integrate 3E’s robust solutions and content with Airsweb’s modular, cloud-based EH&S management software, promoting compliance by facilitating the efficient exchange of safety and product data across organisations.

This joint solution can significantly improve GHS compliance by providing companies with automated retrieval of relevant SDSs in the language and jurisdiction required, 24-7-365. Users can not only access current SDSs and critical data attributes, they can utilise a variety of advanced features including labels, waste and transportation classification, regulatory reporting and a database of millions of GHS-compliant SDSs expertly obtained and maintained by 3E’s regulatory specialists.

With 3E and Airsweb you can rely on a single trusted resource for proactive compliance support. Our joint solution delivers:

  • A powerful integrated GRC software platform
  • Instant and efficient access to GHS-compliant SDSs for each chemical, material or product in your inventory
  • Increased efficiency by removing tedious, time-consuming manual processes involved in managing and updating safety data manually within disparate applications
  • Streamlined access to critical data attributes to support key features in the Airsweb platform
  • Live 24-7-365 3E EH&S Call Center support for SDS requests as well as emergencies including spills, inhalations and exposures
  • 3E’s industry-leading SDS database—the world’s largest
  • Increased workplace safety, reduced risk and improved compliance with regulatory requirements including GHS

Call today +44 (0) 151 289 6811 or info@airsweb.com

Why Health & Safety is ImportantHealth and safety is an integral part of any and every business. Firstly, it ensures that the wellbeing of employees, customers and visitors is protected. Secondly, observing health and safety rules makes sense from a business perspective too: it decreases costs, reduces the chances of prosecution or reputational damage, and decreases the likelihood of reduced profitability.

What is health and safety?

When we talk about health and safety, we’re referring to the fact that employees, visitors, and customers should be able to enjoy freedom from disease, injury or infirmity. They should all have a sense of mental, physical and social well being too.

Health and safety rules are there to protect employees

Good practices ensure that employees do not face unnecessary or uncontrolled risks when performing their jobs – even in industries and roles that are considered more ‘risky’ than others.

Health and safety are the subjects of many laws and regulations, and failure to comply with the law can leave businesses open to prosecution and a myriad of financial, reputational and practical consequences. So, it’s critical that a positive health and safety culture is a central part of every business.

It makes good business sense

As well as being ‘the right thing to do’, there’s actually a very strong business case for observing health and safety as good practices mean that:

  • morale and productivity will rise
  • risks to employees are reduced
  • businesses enjoy greater efficiency
  • incidents are less likely to arise
  • unscheduled absences and illness will be reduced
  • businesses will see a lower staff turnover
  • insurance costs are lower
  • the ‘bottom line’ will be improved as businesses have to pay for fewer accidents and injuries
  • businesses need not fear reputational damage
  • businesses can tender to work using a strong safety performance record.

Attention to health and safety makes good business sense, and as a result, it should be seen as an achievement that’s just as important as any other measurable business objective.

It encourages social responsibility

Finally, businesses have a social responsibility for upholding health and safety in the workplace. In short, this refers to the fact that businesses are accountable for their ethical practices, which extends as far as ensuring that employees, visitors, and customers are never put in harm’s way in the course of business operations.

Airsweb’s Health and Safety Software is an industry leading software solution which helps you to be compliant with industry and legal standards.

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.

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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 associate 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 pellet 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

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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 [3].

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

[3] http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/furtheradvice/stressandmentalhealth.html

Airsweb Mobile - increasing quality data capture

 

Capture incidents and observations as they happen with Airsweb mobile.

Regardless of what type of industry you work in, if you need quality reporting on risk exposure and incidents then Airsweb Mobile can help you lead the way to minimise and reduce reoccurrence in your organisation.

How?

Eliminate paper audits out in the field

Without an effective off site mobile solution capturing incidents or completing audits requires two stage inputting, once at the site and then back in the office. It’s an ineffective use of time and resource, causing delays in vital management decisions which could also lead to increased risk to workers, the environment and customers.

With Airsweb Mobile you capture incidents and identify risks across multiple sites and in the field, in real time, leading to immediate access to quality data, without the doubt of synchronisation issues.

 

Increase data quality

Reporting risks and incidents as they happen means you’re less likely to input wrong information or forget vital details. As time lapses our memory retention elapses by 60% within a 24 hour period, which is a typical desktop entry timeline when inputting data.

Airsweb Mobile - increasing quality data capture

Having instant access to upload key data and information, as quickly after the incident or at the time of an audit delivers far more indepth and quality information that can help support your companies behaviour safety programme.

Provides access to data when and where needed

Using Airsweb mobile EHS management system provides you with access to the offline application without connectivity when and where needed. Ideal for when revisiting or updating an incident at location, auditing, completing a risk assessment and even uploading images and documentation at the site – efficiently and timely.

Airsweb mobile on any device

Airsweb mobile has a responsive design that fits any tablet or device and with its ease of use and accessibility, even with the smallest screens in mind, you can be confident of successful user adoption with contractors and employees.

Airsweb Mobile - increasing quality data capture

Airsweb mobile EHS management software offers increased opportunities to improve productivity and safety performance within your organisation allowing users, and contractors to.

–        Capture incidents and observations as they happen.

–        Schedule, download and conduct audit and inspections remotely

–        Upload supporting visual evidence utilising the device cameras

–        Integrate with your organisations SSO with peace of mind that all data is protected and encrypted in case of loss or theft.

Top tips to help manage risk

The world of business is evolving fast. Increasingly organisations, large and small, are under pressure to be accountable and transparent in their operations. They have a responsibility to their workforce, customers and the environment, including their supply chain. Failing to implement the right health and safety laws can put a heavy strain on a company’s finances and reputation, but more importantly put lives at risk.

Article includes:

Environment, Health and Safety breeches

Acknowledge health and safety as an enterprise-wide challenge

Make the effort to standardise risk assessment across the business

Rules and regulations need to be constantly updated and monitored

Use software to maximise the efficiency of your risk management programme

Environment, Health and Safety breeches

Snap shot of incidents that were preventable:

  • Proposed penalties of $70,000 for Dyson Corporation as worker loses part of a finger. Ohio. Unguarded moving machine part.
  • Royal Mail Group Limited, fined £50,000 after worker’s foot was run over by a reach truck. Medway Magistrates Court. Not providing correct footwear for environment
  • Major frozen food manufacturer fined £80,000 after employee nearly lost his arm. Peterborough Crown Court. Incorrect guards on conveyor
  • Company fined £2.6 million after an employee was crushed to death when a trench collapsed. Preston Crown Court. Inadequate risk assessment.

In February 2016, oil giant Conoco Phillips (UK) Limited were fined after gas leaks on their platform off the Lincolnshire coast put the lives of 66 workers in danger. Releases of gas occurred as a result of a number of deficiencies in isolation and planning, allowing gas to come out of an open-ended pipe connected to the high-pressure vent system. The breakdown in communications across the five platforms meant some workers incorrectly believed the platform was gas-free, which it wasn’t and it was estimated around 600kg of hydrocarbon gas was released. ConocoPhillips (UK) Limited admitted serious failings and were fined £3,000,000 (£1m for each offence) and ordered to pay costs of £159,459(1).

BP has been at the centre of a number of environment, health and safety disasters, including the explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. In another incident that happened in 2005, an explosion resulted in a divesting fire that ripped through BP’s Texas City Refinery. 15 workers were killed and 170 injured. BP was charged with violating federal environment crime laws and has been subject to lawsuits from the victim’s families. The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposed a fine of $87million(2).

Source: HSE.gov.uk  Osha.gov

 

Top tips for EHS managers

Top tips to help manage risk

Acknowledge health and safety as an enterprise-wide challenge

Environment, Health and Safety belongs at every level of the organisation. A unified risk strategy is essential and it needs to apply to every aspect of your company no matter where your employees are located. For example, if you have a 12 hours no alcohol policy for certain positions, rolling it out company-wide shows workers that this is something the company is committed to at all levels. It then involves a process for random testing which is then recorded for audit, action and reporting.

Our client, Greenergy, a UK and Canadian based road fuel supplier, encourages every individual working in the business to observe and respond to hazards as part of their ‘no-blame’ culture, so there is transparency across the business.

 

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Make the effort to standardise risk assessment across the business

One of the most effective ways to make informed decisions across the company is to try and standardise the same processes company-wide.  This ensures a consistent delivery in health, safety and risk monitoring processes. Business intelligence then enables managers to identify potential risk areas and positively implement informed changes as well as adapt to any new regulations and laws.

Our client, Babcock, has implemented Airsweb’s AI, Risk and Pass modules across their Defence, Support and Marine operations, which involves over 35,000 skilled staff with over 300 health and safety staff members. The business intelligence, reporting and real-time visibility of compliance and HSE performance promotes quick and responsive actions to minimise any potential risk or hazard.

 

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Rules and regulations need to be constantly updated and monitored

The regulatory landscape is notorious for constantly changing and evolving to ensure the safety of lives. Many changes can be reactionary, resulting from recent disasters, and they can be highly political, such as the impact on this month’s EU vote for Britain. Keeping a central record of these changes and how they affect the running of your business will ensure your company’s overall governance is improved immeasurably.

With the strong strategic partnerships as part of Airsweb’s portfolio you can manage an integrated and comprehensive­­ range of up-to-date regulatory documents.

  • Enhesa  – who provide regulatory compliance assurance support to industries worldwide.
  • 3E Company –offers a comprehensive suite of data and solutions for environmental health and safety compliance management in the chemical life cycle.

And our partnership with Kwintessential, means language isn’t a barrier, as they are an International Translation Agency, who can draw out the appropriate nuances in technical terms and inferences.

 

Use software to maximise the efficiency of your risk management programme

For Health and Safety professionals, using Airsweb cloud-based software will help make intelligent business decisions, measure performance across the business, identify patterns and probe deeper into potential risk.

Airsweb can help your organisation with all aspects of EHS, Risk, Compliance and Sustainability providing you with robust, usable, live reporting that can be accessed from anywhere including mobile and tablet devices. Our software allows you to report incidents, events and more importantly log and delegate actions in order to implement solutions quickly – ensuring the safety of your workforce and people and the reputation of your company.

 

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Why Airsweb?

Top tips to help manage riskIndependent Analyst Firm, Verdantix, recognised Airsweb as offering Enhanced User Engagement with a highly flexible user interface and Business Intelligence tool.  This means you achieve high user engagement from the start.