Technology has completely transformed the way companies are managing health and safety operations, especially when it comes to mobile management.
Health and safety apps are one of the best things to ever happen to corporate EHS. The right app can help you spend less time on tasks without cutting corners, so you can accomplish more in your workday and make a bigger impact on your company’s safety program.
What Does a Health and Safety App Do?
A health and safety app can be one of the most powerful tools in your EHS arsenal. Just like a handheld, on-the-go version of your EHS software, an app can help you streamline daily management activities, assist with training, record workplace observations, conduct audits and inspections, and offer collaboration between team members – all from the palm of your hand.
Ideally, you can manage your entire health and safety program on the go, no matter where you are.
The Benefits of a Health and Safety App for EHS Departments
Everyone who uses apps have likely downloaded a few that never get used, but a health and safety app for your company won’t be one of them. Take a look at how a health and safety app can help you work better every day.
Successful safety managers can’t hide behind their desks all day. They must be actively present in work areas to find and eliminate potential hazards, conduct audits, assess risks, and other tasks to keep employees safe on the job.
Having a health and safety app gives EHS personnel instant access to everything they need to do their jobs. This mobility streamlines their day to day activities by allowing them to work on the go without restrictions. Just like EHS software, they can locate documents and information, record data, create reports, gather insights, and take notes all from the convenience of their smart device.
Best of all, you can keep working even when you’re offline.
Improving the Company's Safety Culture
One of the biggest benefits of a health and safety app is the impact on your company culture. Creating a safe place to work is a top priority for companies, and part of this initiative relies on the strength of your safety culture. But getting engagement from your employees when it comes to workplace safety isn’t always so easy.
A health and safety app is a great way to use technology to connect with your employees via the devices they use every day. In fact, about 77% of Americans are smartphone users. Implementing a health and safety app puts you where your employees already are and give them an easy, convenient way to stay engaged.
EHS software offers powerful reporting features, but those features are largely limited unless you can access them when you need them. Using a mobile app allows you to access reporting features on the go and log data as you work. You’ll save time by avoiding double entry or extensive research about a task.
In addition, a health and safety app can compile data from multiple pieces of your EHS program and deliver deeper insights on how each part affects another. You may discover trends and relations you never knew existed that can help you improve your program.
Total Program Management
There are a lot of moving parts to a company’s environmental, health and safety program, but an app can bring them all under the same platform for easier management. You can assign tasks and send follow up messages to your team wherever you are. Access documents, checklists, and other data you need while in the field.
In addition, smartphones offer voice to text capabilities to save you even more time inputting data.
Your entire program, from incident reporting to compliance to training to audits and inspections, can exist within a single app that allows you to work as easily as though you were sitting at your desk.
Apps are continually reshaping the way we work and live, and your EHS program is no exception. When you have access to the information you need at all times, you’re better able to keep an eye on your program at all times and make better decisions in real time.