Environmental health and safety teams across numerous industries continue to search for techniques and tools that might bolster workplace safety. A large number have invested in desktop and mobile applications designed to improve core EHS functionalities, including safety auditing. In fact, almost 60 percent of EHS teams attest to using these assets to assess their facilities and log incidents, according to research from Verdantix. Why? This software comes with numerous benefits:
EHS and operational teams often invest significant amounts of time in safety auditing activities, most of which unfold out on the shop floor. Of course, cutting walkthroughs is not an option as such exercises are essential, no matter the technology in place, environmental engineering consultants from Haley Aldrich found.
However, EHS departments can save time by streamlining the process in other areas. This is where mobile-ready auditing software comes into play. Businesses can leverage these tools to collect, collate and organize shop floor safety data in an automated fashion, negating the need for manual processing work. This not only saves time and reduces the functional burden of workplace safety auditing but also boosts data accuracy and facilitates accelerated hazard mitigation.
"42% of EHS directors expanded their budgets in 2018 to accommodate the adoption of auditing software."
Improved Worker Safety
Traditional workplace auditing techniques can indeed reveal serious dangers and lay the groundwork for improved employee safety. That said, the manual work that accompanies such processes - the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's safety auditing template includes checklists for seven separate operational components - can encourage completion rather than EHS innovation.
This is not the case with auditing software, which supports efficient site evaluation and allows EHS teams to view data-backed insights that might provide the foundation for transformative workplace safety strategies. In the end, workers benefit from this kind of forward-looking approach.
Stronger Compliance Practices
OSHA compliance is an essential concern for modern organizations - and for good reason. With financial penalties as high as $129,000 per violation, EHS teams want to ensure their worksites meet OSHA standards. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.
A good number of businesses struggle in this regard, especially firms in the construction space, where regulations have gotten tighter in recent years, EHS Today reported. Mobile-ready auditing software can promote stronger compliance practices, as it allows EHS teams to easily pinpoint and log hazards and mitigation techniques, while also cultivating sound audit trails. Of course, the worksite safety improvements that come with the technology also reduce the likelihood of citation.
For many companies, these benefits associated with this technology are too enticing to turn down. In fact, an estimated 42 percent of EHS directors expanded their budgets in 2018 to accommodate the adoption of new technological assets, including auditing software, according to Verdantix.
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