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Using Smartphones for WHS Compliance

 

App2Smartphone ownership in Australia is sitting at 81% with predictions that we are looking at a saturation point of around 90% of people having them by 2017. About 84% of users take their smartphone wherever they go and 71% never turn them off.

The same owners have embraced a strong uptake in the use of mobile apps. A US study by research firm Nielsen found that the average number of apps used per month wast 26.8 in 2013 and that users spent on average 30 hours a month using apps on their Android or IPhone devices.

Using Apps for Compliance

This presents  huge opportunities for Work Management systems to be mobilised. The benefits of moving current WHS systems  to an app on the smartphone are obvious.

  • Reduce time spent on data entry by allowing workers in the field to enter data wherever they are.
  • Enable work from any location to allow access to policies and procedures.
  • Replace inefficient manual processes and expensive paper forms.
  • Improve collaboration and sharing across the organisation.
  • Allow access from remote and distributed workforces.

The cost of going mobile is coming down as well. In the past businesses have expected to spend anywhere between $25,000 and $200,000 developing their own app. On top of that each app is treated separately so you end up with a large number of apps sharing real estate on the phone screen. Now new mobile solutions are arriving that allow the customer to take more control and build their own app for a fraction of the cost.

New Mobile Platform

A new option is to use a Mobile Platform such as the Safety Concepts App. One platform can host any number of processes meaning you have one App replacing your manual system of WHS forms, templates, policies and processes. The savings of using a platform are significant. With no programing there are no IT costs. And the number of manual processess you can convert to the app are unlimited meaning that it can grow as the needs of the business grow.

Right now the Safety Concepts App is being used to virtualise complete manual Health and Safety systems. From site inspections to audit forms , from incident reports to Take Five checks the Safety Concepts App hosts any processes that the typical WHS system might do manually. The result is a boost in productivity and also savings in time and resources.

 

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Safety Concepts is an online resource providing up to date insights and covering issues in the field of Workplace Safety.

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