In any revolution, some entities stand out and others wither away. Many a company have been disrupted and condemnded to the business doldrums with the explosion of data in the 4th Industrial Revolution as coined by Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum.
One of the best kept secrets of business success in the information age has been the use of data to get actionable health and safety insights. In as much as people are afraid that robots are taking over their jobs, it is the organisations that have found a way of really taking care of their most priced asset, the human employees, that are reaping the fruits of this world-wide digital transformation.
It is never enough to rely on untested assumptions and expert intuition to make strategic decisions that affect how employees’ health and safety are taken care of in the age of sensors and high compute capabilities.
Safety professionals are constantly looking for ways to maintain and improve a safe workplace for employees. More and more data is being used to drive decisions in implementing new proactive ways to prevent injuries.
Tracking, investigating and managing safety processes is a demanding and challenging job. While working close with our customers, we have identified some of the top challenges as follows:
How to track & measure near misses and employee injuries -> how to make sure the records are updated on a constant basis?
How to engage and communicate near miss and injury information to employees and other relevant stakeholders?
Safety communication is a critical part of the process. Unless the insights and findings are not communicated to employees, the proposed changes and corrective actions on operational level will not be implemented.
Successful companies are implementing data-driven safety management solutions to measure injuries, accidents and overall safety performance. In many cases, the key stakeholders especially blue collar workers, do not have personal workstations or laptops and a daily access to the digital safety records and insights. So how do you communicate and engage with the key stakeholder group?
- Spread the word – Use live visualizations. Use dynamic data and visualizations of enterprise health & safety records to increase overall awareness about the strategic initiative.
- Communicate information that drives action.
- Show the injury levels work as reminders about the importance of the safety culture.
A simple setup of dynamic information screens at locations around the site where they can be seen well and can replace the old notice and bulletin boards.
Acalytica Labs has done some exciting work in the mining industry to test the performance of safety signs in communicating health and safety messages to both visitors and employees. You can check out the case study here.
Beyond the health and safety signpost predictive placement, Acalytica could have built data visualization apps for information screens around enterprise health and safety had it been in the project’s scope.
Using live visualizations on information screens organisations can see the following results:
Reduced downtime in production lines reduced absence from work.
Improved health & safety records.
Improved employee satisfaction.
Improved productivity & cost savings from manual process in updating Workplace safety data.
The common target for enterprises is to:
- Achieve zero lost time due to injuries
- Strengthen the safety culture requires action from all employees.
- Increase the awareness around safety and to drive action, live data visualizations running safety records on information screen is an increasing important asset in the safety communication toolkit.
To audit your health and safety communication performance, contact us and our consultants will gladly work with you in hypothesis and problem statement formulation, experimentation and analysis of the results for optimal decision making.