Welcome To Airsweb - Video
Airsweb are a fast growing QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, Environment) software solutions provider, focused on helping clients around the globe grow responsibly, and develop sustainably.
Welcome To Airsweb – Video
Mark Swithenbank: In recent years, we’ve witnessed a movement away from the traditional health and safety management agenda, towards a much broader agenda, which is encompassed corporate social responsibility, sustainability and governance risk and compliance.
What’s also happened over the last years, is that there’s been a movement away from historical health and safety information, so lagging indicators such as, accident rates and a movement towards leading indicators. So, if you implement a behavioural safety system, or a risk assessment system, how is that going to influence your lagging indicators.
As a number of legislation increases, we’re seeing companies more focused on the health and safety agenda, but there’s also a moral and ethical responsibility, it’s important that companies protect their people, their assets and their reputation, moreover they need to be good neighbours, and protect the environment and be good employers.
Neil Edmunds: People whose health has been affected at work is costing UK PLC a lot of money. So why as employers are we not now recognising and doing more about controlling things at the source, rather than exposures.
Glenn Hardy: It’s certainly something we are seeing from more and more organizations, not just in the UK, but around the world. The critical piece here is that the leadership that we are seeing from within organisations is coming from the top table. That’s a significant difference, we are not talking about recording accidents and incidents, trying to get people to record near-misses and reporting on them, but we are taking them a lot further. In your organisation where is the leadership position? Is it at the top table? Is it yourself? Where does it all start and end?
Neil Edmunds: I see very much a top table, a board issue and our chief executive is very clear with us that cutting edge health and safety performance is about our licence to trade. It’s not negotiable, it’s something that’s absolutely a given, and why shouldn’t shareholders, employees, contractors, members of the public and other just accept that and demand that exemplar performance. That’s what we are very much driving and comes from the top table in that respect.
Mark Swithenbank: To enable companies to meet these increasing, health and safety corporate social responsibility, sustainability requirements, there’s obviously a much greater need to capture data across the organisation and often on a global basis. It’s important that companies can extract meaningful information as a basis for decision-making going forward.
Neil Edmunds: There is a key part of this for me, with our relationship going back in the fact that why are our leaders taking this more seriously now? Because we’ve got data. Because we are actually being able to paint a picture that actually says this is what the landscape looks like, and all leaders and boards make decisions based on data, whether it’s your bottom line, your turnover or customer satisfaction. Where we have been devoid historically for me, to some degree on health and safety is that we’ve never been able to correll information together to paint that really vivid picture that says there’s a problem here and here’s the solution, which is more important than the data in itself, in other words, it helps make informed decisions about where to go in the future.
Mark Swithenbank: With this in mind, what we’re finding is that more of our clients are looking to purchase a portfolio of products. So traditionally, people would come to us for accident and incident recording, but what we’re seeing now is that people want risk assessment, audit management, environmental management and this makes sense as all of those things are interlinked. So why wouldn’t you want to keep them all in one system?
Sarah Young: We’ve got a very diverse organisation, we’ve got guys out on the road digging up holes, we’ve got people in the office, so we needed a system that was easier for them to use for everybody and to also integrate with our 3,000 plus contractors.
Having a single system is much better than what we had before, prior to Airsweb we had two-systems, and we couldn’t actually integrate what we were seeing, people were reporting all the way through. With the single system, we can now see what is being pro-actively reported, and also our incidents as well. It gives us a clear line of sight from top to bottom.
Mark Swithenbank: As the needs of our clients has changed to meet the broadening health and safety and environment agenda, Airsweb has clearly had to respond to those requirements. The best way we can do this is by actually listening to our clients, over the last couple of years, we’ve put a lot of effort in the Airsweb user group, into product seminars and into feedback surveys. And hopefully, it’s these kind of activities that will help us to shape our product plan which ultimately should meet the needs of our clients.
We continued to evolve our modular software, in line with our client’s requirements. Currently, we have a safe travel module that’s in the final stages of development, we’re prototyping a management of change module and we’re currently in the design phases of a new pollution module. So we are developing our portfolio of products to meet our changing client’s requirements. On top of this, we are also working hard to develop a much more sophisticated sweep of development tools, we are currently testing our software on a mobile platform. So we recognise the changing needs of our clients and the changing QHSE agenda and we are continually developing our software to meet their needs. Our job as a software developer is to provide them with the tools to meet their own objectives, be it quality health, safety, environment, corporate social responsibility or sustainability.