National Safety Council Work to Zero Initiative Releases New Research on the Importance of EHS Software and Mobile Applications
White paper shows how these tools can help organizations better understand and manage safety risks
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Advancing its efforts to eliminate workplace fatalities though technology, the National Safety Council released Tuesday a white paper through its Work to Zero initiative: Managing Risks with EHS Software and Mobile Applications. The report builds on the program's initial 2020 research and outlines how employers can use Environment, Health and Safety software and mobile applications to enhance their safety operations to prevent serious injuries and fatalities on the job.
"EHS software and mobile applications are a crucial component of any effective risk management strategy and advancements in these powerful, comprehensive tools have made it easier for organizations of all sizes to access and analyze life-saving insights," said Emily Whitcomb, NSC director of innovation and Work to Zero. "In addition to helping leaders select the best program provider, this report demonstrates how to maximize the benefits of EHS software to help organizations further their unique safety goals and ultimately create safer outcomes for their workers."
For this white paper, the Work to Zero initiative analyzed more than a dozen academic and industrial publications a well as conducted interviews with software providers for high-risk industries, such as construction and warehousing, to assess the latest trends and benefits of four distinct EHS software categories: risk management and hazard identification, permit management, incident management, and safety auditing. In addition, several case studies were conducted with employers that adopted EHS software to further understand the benefits. Compared to utilizing traditional, spreadsheet-based safety tracking, the Work to Zero initiative found organizations that adopt these modules can gain several advantages in preventing workplace injuries and deaths, including:
Despite the many benefits of EHS software and mobile applications, the Work to Zero initiative uncovered common barriers to widespread EHS software adoption, including challenges large enterprises face with customizing their EHS packages and the limited availability of comprehensive EHS software for smaller organizations. In addition, a certain level of technical expertise is needed to operate these platforms, which is why training is necessary or it's important to select a software provider that offers technical support and resources. As with any digital change, educating across all levels of the organization is a critical step in technology deployment.
Funded by the McElhattan Foundation, Work to Zero aims to eliminate workplace fatalities through the use of technology. To learn more about creating a safer workplace and the latest in safety innovation, visit nsc.org/worktozero and attend The Future of EHS 2023 beginning on Jan. 31, 2023 in Long Beach, California.
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