HANDS HQ joins health and safety software roundtable

by Alex on July 17, 2017

Our CEO, Alex Green was invited to join a IT software roundtable with health and safety industry leaders to discuss the latest the advancements in IT, the positive effect it’s having on the industry, together with any limitations where IT is currently falling short.

On the whole it was agreed that software is having a positive impact on health and safety, with the ability to provide more accessibility to the worker, capturing data from the field that can help health and safety managers make more informed decisions on how to mitigate risk at site level. Alex also mentioned that user experience was key to a successful implementation of health and safety software

Transferring a paper based process to a computer screen really doesn’t work – that’s what we were doing ten years ago. Workflow now is far more important, we need to reflect how people actually work on site.

Without truly understanding the end user, we’ll never have complete buy-in on health and safety from the field, where the accidents occur. Software should provide a collaborative and frictionless approach to health and safety, where staff can feel free to submit issues and continually benchmark their safe working practices with the rest of the business.

Whilst there are many excellent advancements like AR / VR for the safety industry, these technologies are typically only available to the largest contractors in the UK due to cost. Alex mentioned that whilst many larger businesses were represented at the round table, the volume of the market, SME’s is where health and safety still poses the biggest challenge. In fact in CDM 2015 regulations were brought in for this very reason, many of the larger contractors were performing well after the introduction of CDM 2007, with the rate of accidents and fatalities in the supply chain falling, yet the accident statistics were still growing or stagnant for SME’s. It was discussed that software could offer a greater yield for these businesses, allowing them to perform at a similar level to the biggest construction companies and helping them to achieve their many zero harm initiatives.

Software still has a long way to go, often the fragmentation of the software providers and difference workflows for different industries are currently posing the biggest barrier to adoption, but this will be overcome with the advancement of technology and the simplification of health and safety best practices.

You can find the full article on health and safety at work magazine’s website

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