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Break free from the status quo! Transform your risk assessments with RiskPal

Time and again, Health and Safety professionals tell us the most common problems they face with risk assessment are:

  • Receiving outdated, irrelevant or copied content
  • Wasting time reformatting or updating unwieldy templates 
  • Chasing input and approval from management
  • An inability to extract valuable health and safety data
  • Missing oversight of all risk assessment documentation

Sound familiar? You are not alone! At RiskPal, we speak to many risk assessment users – both risk professionals and not – who share the same frustrations. Inefficient workflow leads to poor engagement, resentment of the process and less time to focus on actual safety controls.  

There is another way. RiskPal uses smart design, unique features and easy collaboration tools to produce great user experience and take away the pain of risk assessment. Access to relevant templates and safety advice create more time for actual risk assessment and discussion, and less time pulling your hair out. Your colleagues will thank you too!

In addition, RiskPal gives you all the benefits of a digital solution, giving access to valuable data, scalable storage and easy configuration.  

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OPINION: Employee safety in the logistics industry starts with data collection and analysis

Logistics organisations are under unprecedented pressure to improve not only efficiency, but also employee safety. The COVID-19-inspired spike in demand has highlighted endemic performance problems and created new workplace challenges; how can companies recruit and retain staff in a highly competitive market when the transport and storage industry exhibits a higher rate of injury at all levels of severity compared to other sectors?

Digital transformation provides a chance to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance responsiveness to customers, and transform the day-to-day experience for employees. This can only be achieved, however, if organisations get the right data collection and analysis solutions in place that quickly and effectively deliver new insight to logistics teams, explains Peter Ruffley (pictured), CEO, Zizo, and Ian Brown, CEO, Excelpoint…

Data Capture Challenge

While there are many technologies associated with digital transformation, in essence it is about data; using data to both automate processes and gain better understanding to drive business improvement.  

For many organisations, however, that simple statement is the stumbling point. What data is required? Where is it located? How is it accessed? Can it be used in combination with other sources? Is there any contextual information? How often does it change? 

The first question, of course, is: how can data be collected? For warehouse operations still reliant upon many manual, even paper-based processes, data collection is complex and time consuming. It can require significant effort to entice any insight from systems – information which is then out of date in this fast moving environment.  Inefficiencies remain unchecked and safety risks ignored.

Extracting Value

Achieving fast, effective data capture is a priority. No-code automation software that can be configured into a range of solutions for business-critical processes can quickly improve access to information, eliminating the need for multiple inputs across numerous systems. Such software helps businesses to streamline the way they manage people, systems and information, in turn, improving the workforce’s welfare, achieving flexibility and significant cost savings. 

For example, from a safety perspective, simple, automated solutions for logging, recording and resolving incidents can both ensure Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) compliance and provide vital insight to ensure the incident is not repeated in the future; while automated safetyaudits create a structured process where information driven insights support employee safety while meeting compliance regulations. 

In addition, the deployment of sensors or wearable devices, connecting to an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform or at the edge, can very quickly deliver new business insights.  For example, data from smart controls, such as loading docks, blind intersections and door openings can be used for operational improvements, as well as ensuring employees are safe and following protocols. 

Employee Safety

With a holistic overview of operations, logistics managers gain confidence to make better decisions regarding both performance and employee well-being.  Workforces can identify areas where incidents could happen, highlighting risks before an accident occurs. In addition, information gathered from wearable devices can pick up an individual’s lifting techniques, body temperatures, heart rate or distance travelled in the workplace – providing managers with the ability to intervene in any unsafe practices in real-time.

This insight also creates a unified picture of what is happening across the factory or warehouse by highlighting patterns of behaviour that previously may have been undetectable, information that can be used within a feedback loop to drive continual improvements. For example, employees can be offered specific interactive and data-driven training – which will not only enhance employee wellbeing, but also improve employee productivity, in turn, increasing their satisfaction. 

This is crucial as, according to the Health and Safety Executive, ‘training helps people acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make them competent in the health and safety aspects of their work.’ Such programmes, driven by data-insight, can ensure that individuals performing a task have the competence to do so without putting the health and safetyof others or themselves at risk.

Conclusion

Good employees are hard to find right now. For an industry experiencing a significantly higher number of safety incidents – for example forklift accidents account for approximately 85 deaths and 34,900 serious injuries each year – more must be done to both improve the operational risk environment and create tailored employee training and education. 

Furthermore, employee safety is a great place to kick off a digital transformation programme. With wearables and no-code solutions, the process is simple and creates zero disruption; and the insight is both immediate and accessible for logistics staff. Critically, it builds confidence in the value of data amongst logistics teams, accelerating their commitment to transformation and helping to create an appetite for data driven change.

Once businesses realise the benefits and can see the impact, such as better employee safety, warehouse managers will begin to question what else they can do. What else can be improved? What else can be changed for the better? And this is the foundation to driving the digital transformation.

Scotland air pollution ‘concerning’

The British Safety Council says it is concerned by data analysed by Friends of the Earth Scotland, which showed that air quality breached legal limits during 2021 in Glasgow despite traffic levels continuing to be lower due to Covid restrictions.

Peter McGettrick, Chairman of British Safety Council, said: “It’s concerning to see how air pollution levels in Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland rose again last year, having fallen back in 2020, and on Hope Street levels of Nitrogen Dioxide even broke the legal limit.

“It’s why I took to the streets of Glasgow in November during COP26 to show people the impact air pollution has on our health, and especially people whose work means they don’t get to choose the air they breathe.

“It is also why British Safety Council wants the UK Government to be ambitious when it sets new air quality targets later this year and match the World Health Organisation’s new and ambitious limits.”

British Safety Council says it has been campaigning since 2019 to raise awareness of the impact that air pollution can have on the health of outdoor workers.

One of the drivers of its campaign, Time to Breathe, has been the call for more and better data on how air pollution affects people such as outdoor workers. There is little research on the impact air pollution has on workers like street cleaners, refuse workers, traffic police, cycle couriers, construction or maintenance workers, newspaper sellers, gardeners, teachers or security guards working on busy roads.

For more on Time to Breathe, visit: https://britsafe.org/campaigns-policy/time-to-breathe-air-pollution-campaign/time-to-breathe/

You can read the analysis by Friends of the Earth Scotland here: https://foe.scot/press-release/pollution-levels-rebound-in-2021/

Why LEAD indicators allow you to elevate your health and safety organisation

By Steve Williams AMBCI, MIIRSM, Managing Director, BCarm

1 in 2 businesses say they don’t have safety performance metrics in place that allow them to measure and manage workplace safety every month*.

Given the potential consequences of safety not performing, why wouldn’t you want to know how you are performing, and if you do, how would you go about it?

Why are LEAD indicators so important?

Health and safety differ from many management disciplines because success results in the absence of an outcome (injuries or ill health). But a low injury frequency is no guarantee that risks are being controlled and will not lead to injuries or ill health in the future. 

This type of data is a LAG indicator, telling us what has already happened. Whilst important measures, they don’t allow us to influence our safety environment. It’s a REACTIVE indicator. This is why LEAD indicators are so important, they tell us where issues could arise so we can take pre-emptive action; they are PROACTIVE indicators.

What’s a LEAD Indicator

These are 2 types;

  • A level of activity that needs to happen as part of our safety organisation, e.g. How many Risk Assessments are proactively monitored in a given period against a monitoring regime? 
  • The performance of that activity within our safety organisation, e.g. How many of the control measures defined in a Risk Assessment are in operation and being complied with?

So, why isn’t LEAD indicator reporting the norm?

A significant factor can be data capture, and the time it takes, particularly in paper-based or electronic systems. Software, like BCarm, can provide a solution, providing it produces LEAD performance data and not just workflow, document management, or task scheduling. 

Watch our on-demand webinar on how to transform your health and safety with LEAD metrics. In the webinar, we cover:-

  • How can performance metrics make a difference to health and safety?
  • Getting ahead of the curve with LEAD indicators
  • What LEAD indicators you might want to look at.
  • Using metrics to create visibility, accountability, and engagement.

Watch now.

*BCarm Survey

1.7 million workers suffering from a work-related illness, says HSE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published statistics that cover work-related ill health, non-fatal workplace injuries and enforcement action taken by HSE, in the 2020/21 period.

In total, 1.7 million workers are suffering from a work-related illness, around half of which were stress, depression or anxiety.

In addition, two new estimates have been developed to measure the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic;

  • 93,000 workers self-reported catching COVID-19 at work; 52,000 of these worked in the human health and social work sector
  • 645,000 workers reported that their work-related illness was caused or made worse by the coronavirus pandemic; 70 per cent of these were cases of stress, depression or anxiety.

The HSE says the pandemic has affected certain data collection and impacted on assessment of trends, therefore there is no new data on working days lost and the associated economic cost for 2021.

It is not known whether some of the people reporting a coronavirus-related ill health condition would have developed and reported an ill health condition if pre-pandemic working practices had continued. The HSE says it is therefore not possible to assess the scale of work-related ill health independent of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

HSE’s Chief Executive, Sarah Albon, said: “These annual statistics are important to give us a clear picture of the health and safety risks faced by workers in the Great Britain and help to inform the measures HSE, employers, policy-makers and workers themselves need to take to ensure everyone can go home from work safe and well.

“The 12-month period in question coincides with the first national lockdown and the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. There have been significant impacts on the labour market, which is reflected in our reporting.

“We worked differently too in responding to the challenges posed by the pandemic, advising across Government, helping to shape guidance for businesses and implementing our Covid Spot Check programme to ensure workplaces were kept as safe as possible.”

Of the 1.7 million workers who suffered from a work-related illness (new or long standing) in 2020/21, 800,000 were stress, depression or anxiety, and 28% were musculoskeletal disorders (500,000 workers).

Albon added: “The latest figures on work-related stress reinforce our previous concerns around the scale of this issue in workplaces. Just last month we announced our new Working Minds campaign, in partnership with a number of key organisations, to help employers make recognising the signs of work-related stress routine.

“HSE continues to act as a proportionate and enabling regulator taking the most appropriate actions to achieve the best and quickest result. However, where employers fall short of expected standards, HSE will not hesitate to hold those responsible to account.”

WEBINAR REWIND: Learn how to transform your health and safety performance

Many businesses have performance data on sales, cash flow and stock holdings – but few have performance metrics on health and safety measures in the workplace. Find out how to unlock this knowledge in this unmissable webinar from BCarm.

The webinar will give you practical take-aways on how to use metrics to transform your health and safety performance and increase employee engagement.

You’ll hear from Steve Williams AMBCI, Managing Director at BCarm, who works with companies across the UK helping them to improve their health and safety culture and build resilience for competitive advantage, encompassing:

  • How can performance metrics make a difference to health and safety?
  • Getting ahead of the curve with LEAD indicators
  • What LEAD indicators you might want to look at.
  • Using metrics to create visibility, accountability and engagement.

This webinar is unmissable for risk managers, company directors and those involved in managing the health and safety culture in their organisation – watch below, or click here.

And if you have any questions regarding the webinar, please contact Izzie Sadiq-Shirley on isadiq-shirley@bcarm.co.uk.