As market analysts forecast a robust post-pandemic economic rebound, organizations across all sectors must re-invest and re-focus on their health and safety programs so that injuries do not compromise their financial recovery or future growth. But where should you be looking to improve your health and safety performance? Investing in a unified health and safety software solution can empower your organization to improve communication, enhance productivity, lower costs, and ultimately reduce injuries and illnesses.
There’s ample evidence available to show the benefits of a health and safety digital transformation. By leveraging technology, organizations are provided with enhanced visibility into the data and insights they need to improve strategy, decision-making and resource use, while reducing administrative burdens and streamlining processes that lead to greater efficiency and lower costs.
Yet it’s not uncommon for different stakeholders with unique needs and challenges, and separate budgets, to invest in separate technologies. The lack of connection between health and safety software used by different groups can create barriers to communication, lead to interrupted workflows, create task redundancy or simply introduce gaps that can undermine health and safety objectives.
When these solutions are integrated, however, organizations are able to quickly realize additional gains from more seamless collaboration and data sharing that help them detect and manage operational risk more proactively, efficiently, and cost effectively.
Let’s take a closer look at the 6 key benefits of integrated health and safety software:
1. Standardized Processes
Better results start when teams are aligned and moving in the same direction. An integrated health and safety platform that simplifies communication across departments leads to better efficiency and process reliability by reducing the chance for misunderstanding and errors that can cause key tasks and projects to go off-track.
2. Reduction in Duplicate Efforts
Your Safety & Occupational Health staff spend a lot of their time daily inputting the same data into their separate systems, resulting in wasted effort and increasing the risk of errors that compromise data integrity. By sharing data between departments in a single, unified solution, you eliminate the need to manage redundant data and instead allow your teams to focus on more critical EHS issues.
3. Better Data Visibility to Manage Risk
With an integrated system, your visibility into operational risk across all business units is enhanced. With a clearer view of risk in your operations, your leadership teams can make better, data-driven decisions on health & safety strategy, and front-line workers have more information to manage risks in their work environment in real-time.
4. Elimination of paperwork
With an integrated solution, manually sending files between departments will be a thing of the past. This ensures your people are not spending their time chasing paperwork or waiting on information. With integration, data flows between functions effortlessly, reducing the administrative burden of managing paper.
5. Better Employee Engagement
Pulling all your EHS data together in a centralized, unified, and mobile-accessible platform ensures that staff have access to the full power of your EHS program anywhere, at any time. That accessibility enables them to be an active, engaged and contributing team member who’s committed to advancing health and safety performance at your business.
Related: Light the Fire Within: How to Build Strong Employee Engagement for Safety
6. Reduced Costs
By reducing duplicate efforts, improving processes, and eliminating reliance on paper, spreadsheets and email chains, your organization can improve operational efficiency and lower costs, leading to better bottom-line performance. Eliminating multiple, redundant IT solutions will also result in lower licensing and maintenance costs.
Learn more about the value of integrated health and safety software
No one should come to harm at work, and it’s incumbent on organizations to make the necessary investments today to realize better – and safer – performance tomorrow. And moving toward an integrated SaaS solution that allows your business to break down silos between health and safety functions is a logical place to start.
For more information on how to improve your health and safety programs, check out Better Together: The Power of Integrated Health and Safety Software Solution.