The pandemic, if anything, demonstrated the importance of Health and Safety to business resilience. But business resilience, as it turns out, isn’t just maintained from workers avoiding illness.
Employers must also ensure that their day-to-day efforts are making workers safer, the company more resilient, and themselves free of regulatory sanction.
How’s that going so far? Well, survey data suggest employers still have a way to go. And a major culprit for this underperformance is the persistence of manual processes in Safety Management.
A survey of 500 safety managers and executives found that manual processes were not only hurting quality control but increasing costs.
Digging deeper, nearly 90 per cent of respondents told survey-takers that they spent a staggering 1,300 hours per year assembling data into a usable format. A major consequence of this: nearly two thirds of managers said that manual processes were causing misplacement of work orders.
Meanwhile, almost 60 per cent said that they received incomplete and poor-quality data through manual data collection.
How prolific were manual systems themselves? In the construction industry, where the survey data issue, nearly half of all managers were still using manual systems for data collection, incurring the risk that maintaining patchwork manual systems entails.
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