Safety gets a boost with dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy

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Lead­ing in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als dis­cussed key themes for im­prov­ing Aus­tralian work­place safety lev­els at the re­cent Safety First Con­fer­ence & Expo held in con­junc­tion with Na­tional Man­u­fac­tur­ing Week.

Michelle Bax­ter, CEO of Safe Work Aus­tralia, spoke of the im­prove­ments in Aus­tralian work­place safety over the past 30 years, with Aus­tralian work­ers now be­ing three times less likely to be killed at work and twice as less likely to be se­ri­ously in­jured than in 1985.

How­ever, she warned there are fur­ther gains that still must to be made, if Aus­tralia is to meet its goal as ‘worlds’ best in work­place safety’. Bax­ter said the coun­try needed or­gan­i­sa­tions to move be­yond just com­pli­ance with the laws and for them to show lead­er­ship and ‘de­sign in safety’.

A vis­i­ble and prac­ti­cal com­mit­ment to safety by work­place lead­ers is a strong mo­ti­va­tor for safety com­pli­ance so that work­ers recog­nise their bosses care about their health and safety and so should they.

Dr Miller, also from Safe Work Aus­tralia noted be­yond the le­gal and moral ar­gu­ments there is com­pelling ev­i­dence for the busi­ness case to ‘de­sign out work­place risks’ with a po­ten­tial two to one re­turn on in­vest­ment. Safe Work Aus­tralia not­ing emerg­ing is­sues, in­clud­ing how chang­ing tech­nol­ogy can be used to com­mu­ni­cate health and safety mes­sages. Dr Miller noted that many Aus­tralian work health and safety reg­u­la­tors now use dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to send tar­geted short safety mes­sages some linked to YouTube. On this ap­proach, Dr Miller said that it will be in­ter­est­ing to see the im­pact of this push tech­nol­ogy to help peo­ple be­come bet­ter in­formed. Adrian Manes­sis, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Man­ager of MYOSH Safety Man­age­ment Soft­ware said smart­phones are a pow­er­ful tool in cam­paigns for pro­mot­ing work­place safety. The MYOSH plat­form was de­signed to work on smart­phones, mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to re­port in­ci­dents and haz­ards – which can then be ac­tioned – on the fly.

“When peo­ple see some­thing that they can take re­port or take ac­tion on easily, they’re much more likely to act: which means or­gan­i­sa­tions get much more data about their real safety per­for­mance,” said Manes­sis. “The right sys­tems put safety in ev­ery­one’s hands.”

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