Data from the ILO indicates that approximately four people die from occupational hazards every hour, globally. Within the time it takes you to read this article, someone, trying to earn a decent living will get hurt, an aspect of the environment will be negatively impacted, and a business will expose a worker to an unsafe occurrence.
We investigated this problem to try to understand how digital transformation capabilities can help in this area. People ought to be safe at work and return home to their loved ones. We sampled many operating companies and spoke to many front-line workers. We also looked at the tools businesses use to track Occupational Health and Safety concerns. Here’s what we found:
- Many businesses do not have a proactive digital strategy around their OHS and regulatory compliance procedures. While we see many companies delve swiftly into machine learning, predictive analytics, and AI to try to get an operational edge, we found a troubling lack of application of the same tools to managing operational safety data.
- Many businesses still rely on analog non-digitized pieces of paper or standalone forms to manage safety data. We found cases where concerns were reported, but not followed to closure because of the absence of a proper action tracking and monitoring system.
- Many front-line safety professionals who are a critical line of defence against safety incidents were often burdened with low-value repetitive data entry activities, robbing them of critical wrench time at work locations or in planning meetings to ensure people are kept safe.
- Companies within highly regulated sectors spent significant resources trying to demonstrate compliance. Preparing for audits was usually time-consuming as auditees usually had to move and transform data or records into locations or formats in preparation for the assessment.
- Most astoundingly, we found that many business leaders did not have real-time information to make strategic interventions that could make their businesses safer. The tools and systems being used were simply not robust and nimble enough to provide leaders with reliable data in a proactive manner.
Considering these, the Pilot OHS was built to help businesses digitize and commence the digital transformation of their OHS operations. Pilot OHS is built on Microsoft’s Power Platform, making it seamless for businesses already utilizing Microsoft products to integrate. With Pilot OHS, your team can digitally report and track actions to closure, record the outcomes of inspections, and plan to safely execute jobs in a structured manner.
We believe that employees should not be burdened with unnecessary transactional activities that can be simplified by digitization and automation. Pilot OHS will help your workers reduce the amount of time spent entering and processing safety-related data.
We recognize that every unsafe act reported should be followed to closure and should not be left to the memory of an assigned party, or a piece of paper doomed to gather dust at the bottom of a pile. We have built an action tracking system within Pilot OHS to ensure open items remain visible, allowing you to focus on making your business safer with the right decisions to ensure everyone goes home safely, every day.
Internal inspections to assure regulatory compliance are also standardized with actions properly captured for necessary closure and future follow-up. Discover more about the Pilot OHS today and get started.