Do you feel confident in your ability to proactively meet Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) reporting requirements? For small and medium size businesses (SMBs), HSE reporting requirements is an enormous task. Using an automated safety management solution is essential to meeting this challenge. Compliance with a plethora of regulations and the need to manage risk are still the primary drivers when it comes to HSE. Recent research conducted by Aberdeen Group reveals the top two business pressures today are ensuring compliance with HSE regulations (67%) and concern over the risk of an adverse event (42%).

While all companies are subject to the same business pressures, HSE pressures are accentuated for SMBs. Data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) shows that small businesses are more likely to experience workplace injuries and illnesses than their larger counterparts. When it comes to safety and health, smaller establishments experience a disproportionate number of fatalities when compared with larger companies and they have higher rates of serious injuries. These organizations typically have smaller safety budgets and in many cases, no trained safety staff. The common thread of these business pressures for large and small businesses alike is clear: “Reducing risk is paramount.” In this regard, proactive safety management software for automated incident and inspection/BBS is the great equalizer. When evaluating various solutions available on the market today, this software should support standard incident management, standard inspection methodologies, and behavior-based safety (BBS), as well as feature checklists and automated alerts.

Implementing automated inspection management & BBS saves time so organizations can analyze risk and develop a 360° view of safety from an operational perspective. By using automated, proactive, cloud-based incident management, users achieve real-time reporting, real-time monitoring, and flexible reporting based on case type (incident, near miss, unsafe conditions, etc.) Employing a systematic, automated approach to incident management contributes to safe and stable work conditions by tracking causes, consequences, loss potential, and both corrective and preventative actions. By managing the full inspection process (planning, execution, follow-up, and analysis) in software, users obtain a powerful tool for top-down planning and approval as well as bottom-up verification and control. Using a standard inspection methodology, documentation is always at hand, enabling analysis and benchmarking of inspections for greater efficiency. A streamlined system of checklists automatically generates actions and alerts to provide a standardized, transparent, and effective inspection process.

The bottom line is that you will save time, money and most importantly, protect employees by implementing an automated safety management software. By implementing technologies such as incident and inspection management and BBS, Best-in-Class firms have tamed risk to the point that only 36% now view risk as a loss, harm, or detriment.

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