When you imagine a construction site what do you see? For most, they picture people working, driving diggers and operating equipment. What they do not see is the multitude of different logos, company employees and contracting businesses that are involved.
With New Zealand's new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 placing extra emphasis on collaboration between companies to ensure work site safety, communication and information sharing is becoming more and more important.
So what can health and safety leadership do to drive inter-company communication in today's digital world?
Siloed work site safety systems can be a major compliance risk factor.
Cloud software and a collaborative culture
With the cloud moving into its teenage years, and beginning to mature as technology, more and more companies are turning to it to deliver solutions. For instance, a study from the Harvard Business Review shows that 84 per cent of businesses surveyed said that their cloud use has increased over the last year.
The survey also showed that businesses were using cloud technology to drive collaboration, with 72 per cent stating that it was a top benefit. This is no surprise as the cloud is an excellent platform that allows workers to quickly share information and cooperate effectively.
While for most businesses the cloud can speed up the delivery of products, for work health and safety, its use has a whole host of alternative benefits.
Quicker information, swifter solutions
With work health and safety focused on delivering better work site safety, one of the core processes is identifying hazards and implementing measures to ensure they do not lead to an accident. With a cloud-based safety app for instance, multiple parties can collaborate on a single issue and deliver quicker solutions to safety challenges.
By breaking down information silos, workers and organisations are better able to share information and work collaboratively to find solutions to managing health and safety.
But it is not just the communication between organisations and employees that matter. The new laws have also made it essential for companies to communicate better with organisations that are working on the same site. In contrast, manual, paper-based systems restrict communication to one organisation.
Most health and safety systems are siloed behind these logos, which, in most cases, are unable to talk to each other. But there are ways for companies to break these down. One of the most effective is through safety software, such as SiteApp.
If you are looking for ways to create a culture of collaboration on your work sites, talk to the experts at SiteApp today.