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How an Effective Safety Management System Can Help?

Posted by: Chris Duden | October 27, 2017

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In order to ensure safe and congenial work conditions, companies should employ a safety management system that can lookout for all the anomalies and loopholes in an organization’s safety protocol. Employing Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions is a foolproof way to safeguard your employees against potential disasters.

The imperial sugar refinery explosion of 2008 Port Wentworth, Georgia due to a dust explosion is an example of a lacking safety management system leading to a major catastrophe. In spite of three similar fatal accidents earlier in 2003, American regulatory bodies were unable to come up with appropriate safety measures, which resulted in this major disaster killing 13 people and leaving 42 injured. After the event, even the safety board criticized the inadequacy of the system and proposed that the system needs to be improved.

Industrial Challenges and Safety Management Paradigm

Work operations that require manual labor are highly susceptible to accidents at the workplace. In the aforementioned example, we saw that even after employment of new safety standards a major mishap took place. It is easy to assign the blame for this disaster to technical follies and dangerous work environment in volatile industries. Generally, when such a mishap takes place, it results in a blame game between decision makers, regulatory bodies and the government representatives, which does not help anyone. Numerous solutions have been devised for making the task of managing safety easy; however, it has not been possible to develop a comprehensive system that encompasses all aspects of safety management.

How an Effective Safety Management System Can Help?

Best Approach for Handling Safety Management Requirements

The myriad of challenges faced by industries make it difficult to create and employ a plan that covers all elements of safety management, however, it is still possible to negate the risks with the right approach. Two approaches that you can take for addressing safety management issues are:

1. Enforcing Regulatory Compliances in Innovative Ways

Devised by regulatory bodies, compliances are like forbidden boundaries within which the operation of a company should take place. It is tough to enforce regulatory compliances as they restrict a worker and increase the difficulty of their tasks. Most workers will not want to work within the confines of these stringent rules and you need to find a way to change their thought process. Demonstrating the effectiveness of compliances in managing risks is an alternative approach that you can take. You can organize workshops that simulate accidents and teach about precautions or dramatize hypothetical scenarios in form of a skit for putting your message across to the reluctant workers.

2. Incorporating Worker Safety as part of Business Strategy

The strategy of a business organization should be created in such a way that it is able to align the interest of workers and their safety with the overall business plan. Creating a team or a division in your organization that exclusively manages safety standards can go a long way in cutting down the number of accidents. These departments should be headed by a Division Manager, who should be held accountable for any discrepancy in safety management.

AI Powered Systems for Making Safety Management Easy

The power of AI is undisputed as it has become the biggest phenomenon in the software development industry. Management specifics tasks that used to take a lot of time when done through Excel or SharePoint can be done in a fraction of seconds with the deployment of AI powered software. AI utilization has transcended boundaries and it has been used extensively in a variety of industries. With regular use, an AI-powered software learns and enhances itself to provide an effective approach to ensure sound management of an organization’s safety-related needs.

If we take the example of the aviation industry, we can see an increase in the development of AI solutions for flying safety. The case mentioned below is a prime example of the shift in focus towards AI:

There is a large number of sensors on an aircraft. Each sensor generates at least one reading every second. It has been difficult to manage such a huge amount of data and employment of AI has become the most viable option. Programmers are working on a scalable algorithm using which they will be able to check in-flight performance along with safety and predictive maintenance with greater accuracy. Even the aging of the aircraft can be tracked in a better way and authorities will know when to repair or replace their planes.

Predict360’s Safety Management Solution

Just like the in-development software mentioned above, Predict360 Safety Management Solution is AI powered software that can be employed for streamlining health and safety processes and best practices. It helps to manage all aspects of your organization’s safety program effectively and helps your employee stay safe at all times.

About the company

360factors, Inc. (Austin, TX) helps companies improve business performance by reducing risk and ensuring compliance. Predict360, its flagship software product, vertically integrates regulations and requirements, policies and procedures management, risks and controls, audit management and inspections, and on-line training and qualifications, in a single cloud-based platform based on artificial intelligence.

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