When it comes to occupational health and safety management, there can be no room for error. That’s why when you pick a safety management software it’s important that it’s the right fit for your business.
With the right safety management software your business will be able to safely manage risk, remain compliant and have time to focus on the other important elements of running your business.
To help you decide which safety management software to choose, here’s the things to look for in OHS software:
What Does OHS Software Need To Have?
Ensure that your OHS software can be customised
Every business is different, and therefore each safety management solution should be slightly different. Ensure that you can customise the software, as well as checking that the following essentials will be covered on the platform:
- Contractor management
- Job safety assessments
- Training and inductions
- Hazard management
- Incident reporting
Look for a data checking function
An effective OHS system will be able to sift through your data and ensure its accuracy. Doing this manually can be very time consuming and not entirely accurate, so working with software that can check your data and automatically validate your records is essential.
This kind of data management aspect of safety management software also ensures that you remain compliant and are working in line with GDPR. Holding outdated records, or those records that have not been consented to can have serious consequences.
Opt for mobile solutions
Mobile software is becoming more essential in 2020, and to keep on top of safety on your site you need to ensure that your software is mobile.
The benefits of investing in mobile software over desktop or paper-based systems are vast, but in general mobile software is safer, it allows open communication and real-time insights, and also allows remote working, which in the current climate is more important than ever.
Look for occupational health and safety management software that has been recommended and has customer success stories attached to it.
Some of the important things to look for are:
- Do you know anyone who has used it or recommends it?
- Does the company have experience of working with businesses of all sizes across a wide range of industries?
- Do you trust the customer service? What do reviews say about it?
- Has the company received any industry awards for its customer service or products?
Being cost-effective is one of the most important aspects of choosing an OHS software system. You have to ensure that you are spending on a platform that can give you all that you need, at a cost that is reasonable. However, that doesn’t always mean you should opt for the cheapest option, it is about value for money over the cheapest solution.
You may also like to think about the cost savings you could make vs the outgoing cost. Remember also that not having an effective OHS system in place will cost reputation damage as well as financial.
Look for the option of scalability within your OHS software system as the requirements of your business might change over a period of time. Many businesses are now choosing cloud-based safety management software solutions so that their software can grow and evolve as the business does. Cloud-based software is highly scalable and can keep up with your business needs as you grow.
Are You Looking For A Safety Management Solution?
Beakon’s fully customisable Safety Management software offers a digital solution to safety management.
Beakon’s Safety Management software includes:
- Hazards, risk, Incident and injury reporting.
- Risk assessments and action management.
- Clear, simple and intuitive interfaces.
- Simple, ‘open’ workflows, Automated reminders.
- Dashboard reports.
To learn more about Beakon’s market-leading offering, take a look at who we work with for more information. You can also read up on one of our recent articles on how big your business needs to be to invest in safety management software.