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What Should You be Looking for When Digitizing Safety?

Thu, 02/14/2019

It’s not a matter of if, but when you will go digital with your safety.  So, when you do make that decision, what is the solution you should be looking for?  There are a variety of options.  Of that there is no doubt.  The key question you should be asking yourself when making your selection is – does this resource present attributes that will result in positive impacts on safety at the field level (with the members of the workforce conducting tasks in the areas that present the most potential for incidents and injuries)?  If the answer to that question isn’t immediately evident, you might not be looking in the right place.

One of the larger missteps organizations make when deciding which solution to implement is that their procurement philosophy is driven by the desire for one-stop shopping.  When attempting to influence progress in field safety, you may be let down by an enterprise solution.  Don’t get me wrong – programs intended to improve workflows in a multitude of areas across an organization are great for high-level management of the big picture.  However, none of those programs are purpose-built to improve safety at the field level.  Nor should we expect them to be capable of that level of focused detail.  Their job is to create managerial cohesion between organizational departments – not to improve specific situational awareness and prevent particular incidents and injuries.

All of this isn’t to say that you shouldn’t invest in an enterprise solution that dabbles in many departments, including safety.  Just don’t invest in this type of resource and expect to see expedited and discernable positive change in behavioural safety at the field level.  You’ll need a solution more specifically tailored to the in-the-field environment to accomplish distinguishable improvements in behaviour.   And, both an enterprise and field-focused solution can certainly co-exist, as they each have their own purpose.

When looking for a solution, always remember the pain you are trying to soothe and the outcome you wish to achieve.  Then, simply ensure that the solution you are considering is intended to fulfill that need.  If you are having issues with logistics and inter-departmental cooperation, an enterprise software may be for you.  If you want to innovatively improve safety performance at the worksite, among the people conducting the work – you need something purpose-built for that environment (enterprise software is compatible with desktop environments, not with muddy boots, greasy gloves and harsh conditions).

The SayleSafety App, from its inception, was developed to provide a digital hazard assessment resource for field-level workers.  The motivation to create such a product, purpose-built for the field, was inspired by the creators’ in-the-field observation that situational awareness, across industry, is not where it needs to be.  The SayleSafety App will allow organizations to re-establish a healthy confidence in their quality of field safety, by empowering those conducting the work with the most efficient workflow and the best information and guidance.  Your most direct path to improving safety performance and supporting your Safety Culture is in-the-field solutions, that positively influence behaviour in your environments of highest potential risk.