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Private vs. Public institutions - Why is there a double standard?

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 01:00 PM

 

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The eternal public vs. private sector debate has (for a long time actually) reached safety standards issues. Why do you ask? The answer is simple. The discussion starts off based on the premises that the private sector and private institutions in general, are not held to the same high standard municipalities (the public sector) are. So why is that?

Most of the times, private businesses are allowed to cut corners, or regulatory organizations look the other way when it comes to safety standards for their employees, for their buildings and the entire workplace in general.

On the other hand, when it comes to the public sector, municipalities are highly standardized, and there's no taking the easy road here. And nor should it be. When it comes to the safety of your employees, private or public, it does not matter. Safety is (or at least it should be!) universal for everybody, no matter the sector of work.

 

Transparency is important for municipalities

Municipalities are held to the highest possible standard and often scrutinized to ensure they are keeping their employees and facilities safe. However, this is not the case with the private sector, where it seems like the norms are looser. 

When dealing with the public, transparency is mandatory, because every contributor has the right to know where their tax dollars are going. But why shouldn’t private entities be as transparent as governmental institutions when it comes to the safety sector?

Shouldn't these numbers be available to everybody? Shouldn't all employees have access to see how much their employer is investing in the safety of the company's employees? 

We think that this is the way of the future because everybody deserves to work in a safe environment which is being checked out on a regular basis to make sure that all the latest safety standards are being implemented.

 

The public sector is one of the largest purchasers of The Checker books

Why is it that a large portion of our customers come from the public sector when the global tendency is to shift to the private sector? It means that although more and more private companies are being founded and starting activities that should be inspected, the number when it comes to implementing safety standards is not growing at the same pace.

 

Takeaway

Here, at The Checker, we offer professional services for both private and public entities, making our book the easiest to use, the most accurate and complete material on the subject available on the market.

We have been providing The Checker Checklist Books since 2000, contributing to more over 20 million successful inspections. If you're interested in taking your company to the latest safety standards in your field, or if you want to ask us for more details regarding our services, be sure to visit our official website, right here.

Topics: safety management, why inspect?, audit software, workplace safety, safety awareness

What Is A Circle Check?

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 @ 02:09 PM

 

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The most common equipment defects are related to tires, wheels, brakes, and coupling devices. Together, they make up around 12% of all heavy machinery accidents. When an accident occurs, there is usually a loss of productivity, downtime, repairs, or even injury..

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance issued a report based on brake violations conducted in a single day on April 25th that stated:

  • 11,531 inspections were conducted in Canada and the USA
  • 1,595 trucks were pulled out of service for brake violations
  • 14.3% had ABS violations.

A proper and detailed inspection of the vehicle before its use will detect any defects. The Highway Safety Act stipulates that heavy-duty equipment needs a review every 24 hours.

What Is a Circle Check?

A circle check is a visual inspection, and requires a physical inspection of the vehicle, be it a truck, trailer, forklift, bulldozer, car, etc. As its name would suggest, the circle check requires the inspector to go around the vehicle and look and check for any signs of risk, damage, or malfunction. 

The operation should become an automatic and implicit element of your safety procedure. It is to be performed every time a vehicle or piece of heavy equipment will be put to use at the beginning of the day. Immediately report any problems or inconsistencies to the supervisor. Before the vehicle is used, the issues must be resolved.  

The purpose of one such circle check is to make sure that all principal components of the vehicle are in proper order and good working condition. It will also ensure that both the owner and the operator are informed about the situation and what repairs are needed. Lastly, this daily inspection will guarantee that there are no vehicles with significant problems operating on the road, keeping both operators and other civilians safe. 

Circle Check Administrative Tips

It is important to remember that ALL road vehicles used for business / commercial and not just road vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg/10,000 lbs or more are required to conduct regular circle checks. These include vehicles such as cement mixers, tank trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, snow removal trucks, vans, pickup trucks, cars, trailers, semi-trailers, road tractors, equipment transport vehicles, buses, tow trucks, etc. The rule also applies to two or more vehicles hitched together and where at least one has a GVWR of 4,500 kg or above. 

All of these vehicles are subject to this inspection, meaning that no driver can get behind the wheel before a circle check is complete. This inspection is usually carried out by the driver or another person designated by the driver. Whatever the case, the vehicle operator will be held accountable. 

If the inspection is carried out by a different person, the operator needs to sign the report and make sure that the circle check is valid. Drivers can also refuse to accept the statement issued by another person, at which time they will have to perform their test and fill out a report. 

The owner's responsibility here is to maintain these vehicles in excellent condition, to repair and report defects, and to obtain these circle check reports from the operator. If there are any minor defects detected, the owner has 48 hours to remedy them. Major faults, on the other hand, require all necessary repairs made before that vehicle is used. 

The Checker Software will allow you or your personnel to perform these circle checks and all sorts of other safety inspections, audits, and assessments on mobile devices - providing you with numerous advantages and efficiencies. For more information about this software, feel free to check our website or contact us directly.

Topics: safety management, why inspect?, audit software, workplace safety, safety awareness

What Is Your Safety Stack?

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 @ 09:41 AM

 

what is your safety stack

Do you know what your Safety Stack is? If the answer to this question is No, then good, because a Safety Stack really isn’t a term that exists but we think it should. In order to tell you  what it is and how it works, the best place to start is to talk about the concept of a technology stack as a whole.

In short, a technology stack, or more commonly known as a tech stack, is a combination of software and various programming languages that are used to create a web or mobile application. A tech stack is like building a skyscraper. You don't start with the fountain in the lobby or the furniture in the rooms. You start at the very bottom, with the foundation and girders to hang everything else on. The tech stack is the skeleton on which everything else is built. 

In more technical terms, one such stack represents all of the underlying elements of a web or mobile application. These include features such as frameworks, languages being used, as well as the software products that everything else relies on. 

If we were to look at a Marketing Technology Stack, for instance, we will see a variety of tech-based tools that are used in combination so as to efficiently execute all sorts of marketing activities across multiple channels.

Depending on the size and needs of a business, its marketing tech stack can be comprised of a variety of tools that can span over multiple departments. One such stack can include such tools like Campaign Monitor for its email marketing platform, Hootsuite for social media, Google Analytics as its analytics tool, and Hubspot for its customer relationship management (CRM). All of these, or a similar combination, are considered a company’s marketing tech stack. And while each tool performs brilliantly at their respective task, together they make an excellent framework for a business to perform all of its marketing activities.  

The Safety Stack

A safety stack, on the other hand, is like the marketing tech stack, mentioned above, but focusing specifically on the tools used to support safety in the workplace. Here, a business could use SAP for its maintenance, Gurock for quality assurance, Process MAP for sustainability, and the The Checker Pro for inspections, assessments, and audits.

The Checker Pro is an audit/inspection management system framework and file structure that allows users to organize, standardize, and utilize all aspects of their inspection program. 

But for the software to work, business processes need to be in place first. Likewise, the most common gap that arises within organizations is between field audits and inspection software. Luckily, however, the Checker Pro manages to bridge that gap by providing the capability to configure and design forms to perfectly suit your business processes and needs.

Because of its high degree of flexibility regarding configurations, The Checker Software allows every user to personalize it according to their needs or those of the organization they work for. In short, The Checker Software will help you improve safety, stay compliant with all health and safety regulations, and reduce costs, in the process. For more details on the system, please feel free to visit our website or contact us directly. 

Topics: safety management, why inspect?, audit software, workplace safety, safety awareness

How Inspections Can Affect Your Brand

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 09:43 AM

 

How Inspections Can Affect Your Brand

There are several reasons why regular inspections are a good thing for a company. For starters, they were shown to reduce the risk of accident and injury by as much as 23%, as well as the cost reported to injuries by 26%. But aside from the obvious benefits, they also have some extra advantages that may or may not be immediately apparent.

Inspections aren’t, as some may believe, just another needless way to spend more of the company’s money. They are there to help prevent accidents that may otherwise hurt your business - and they can do so in more ways than one.

Be it a car crash with a company vehicle, an employee being injured on your company’s property, or even a pile of trash found somewhere that have your brand’s name written on it, all of these can have some indirect negative effects on your business in terms of lost capital, lost business opportunities, as well as a blow to your reputation.

Disruption

In the event of an accident, the first of these indirect consequences will present itself in the form a disruption in day-to-day operations. This disruption will also come from more than one place. For starters, if any equipment or machinery was damaged during the accident, it will need to be serviced, during which time, you’ll either have to make due or find a replacement.

If an employee gets injured, or worse, they will have to go to the hospital and you’ll most likely need to find a replacement. Depending on the nature of your business, the hiring process can take from 12.7 to as much as 49 days, on average. You will also have to take into account the time needed to properly train that person, which can add at least several more days to the whole process.

Depending on the severity of the accident, you should not rule out the possibility of loss in morale among your employees, especially if someone was injured. Though this will not be as ‘visible’ as the others, this disruption will probably end up affecting you the most. Employee morale is strongly linked to productivity and there’s a reason why so many top companies give it so much attention, after all. 

Financial Losses

All of the aforementioned disruption, obviously, have their own price tags attached to them. But among the other direct costs that usually follow a workplace accident involve things like medical costs, employee compensation, insurance premiums and deductibles, death, permanent disability, sick pay, damages to equipment, machinery, or building, government fees, legal fees.

Then, there are the more indirect costs that people don’t usually consider prior to an accident. These include things like loss of talent, the cost of hiring and training, overtime to cover the shifts of the injured worker, lower morale, extra supervisory time, increased premiums, cancelled contracts, change in incident rates, Enterprise Rate Modifier (ERM), etc. Depending on the severity of the accident, these hidden costs can run anywhere from 4 to 10 times the amount of direct costs.

Reputation

Big and moderate accidents can and will hurt your brand’s reputation. If an employee get seriously injured or dies, chances are that your business will make the local news. The same thing can be said about poor waste management. If your brand has some national and/or international notoriety, then you’ll probably make it on the national and international news.

Negative publicity almost always leads to fewer sales, fewer business contracts with potential partners, often times resulting in your sock price going down. Just look at Tesla and how its stock dropped to its lowest in nearly a year after a fatal crash with one of its cars. 

Takeaway

After seeing how your brand can be affected by accidents, it becomes immediately clear that preventive measures are key. Regular health and safety inspections are a great way of doing that and a cloud-based software such as The Checker Pro will greatly increase their effectiveness. For more information about The Checker Pro, feel free to visit our website or email us at info@thechecker.net.

Topics: safety management, why inspect?, audit software, workplace safety, safety awareness

The Front Line Of Safety

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 @ 08:10 AM

 

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The Front Line of Safety

No matter how good your safety policies and procedures are, if your personnel don’t have a safety-first mindset, your safety program won’t be as effective as it should be.

Operators in the field are the closest to any safety issue. They are the ones who see what’s really going on. If they aren’t proactively watching for any safety issues, then your safety program has a big hole in it.

It’s great if you are using safety tools such as The Checker audit/inspection software or checklist books. But even with the right tools, personnel need to go beyond what’s required and take safety into their own hands.

Personnel should be constantly vigilant on the job for any safety issues. A pre-job inspection may not have revealed any problems, but that doesn’t mean problems won’t occur during the job.

Operators with a true safety mindset are alert throughout the day to any possible dangers that occur during the job—whether it be sudden problems with equipment, new hazards, or unsafe behavior by their co-workers.

Safety-First Training

Implementing safety policies and procedures isn’t enough. Neither is enforcement. You also need a training program aimed at changing the mindset of personnel who don’t already “get” safety.

No one wants to get hurt, and no one wants their colleagues to get hurt. So why is it necessary to train personnel to have a safety mindset?

Part of it is simply human nature. We think bad things happen in the news, not to us. We can do something risky—like texting while driving—but most times, we’re okay. Nothing bad happens. It’s easy to become complacent.

There’s also time pressure. Taking time to address an unsafe situation on the job can take time, without reducing the time to complete a task. It’s easy to prioritize work activities that are focused on “getting the job done” rather than keeping people safe.

When developing and refining your safety training, it’s important to recognize and address these natural tendencies to undervalue safety. Drive home the point that being safe isn’t just about following certain steps; it’s about always being on the lookout for any safety issues.

An overriding message of effective safety training is that safety is for personnel. Safety is good business for many reasons, but ultimately the most important reason for safety measures is to protect personnel. If they understand and appreciate this reason, safety issues that arise on the job won’t go unnoticed or unreported, and your safety program will be elevated to a higher level.

Safety-First Management

This training will only stick if there is management support—from the top level to front-line supervisors. Personnel need to know that if they bring up a safety problem on the job, they will be applauded rather than being viewed as “troublemakers.”

If management doesn’t have a safety-first mindset itself, safety throughout the company will become lip service and shortcuts will be taken. Operators will sacrifice safety for “efficiency.” The eyes that you need on the front line for an effective safety program will be looking elsewhere.

Takeaway

In addition to comprehensive policies and procedures and the right safety tools, a strong safety program requires personnel who are consistently watchful for any safety issues that may arise on the job.

Topics: safety management, why inspect?, audit software, workplace safety, safety awareness

Summer Heat: It's Not Just Your Employees You Have To Worry About

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

 

Summer It's Not Just Your Employees

Every season brings with it its share of meteorological conditions that can pose various risks to both employees and equipment. In the summertime, higher temperatures, higher humidity levels, increased sun exposure, or generally dry conditions, are the norm. When combined with a usually higher workload during this time of year, accidents are likelier to happen.   

Your employees should be given the top priority. While some may think that summer heat is nothing more than an uncomfortable nuisance that slows us down, makes us sweat, or pushes us to look for a shady spot to lie down to take a nap. If we are not careful, it can also lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which, in turn, can result in seizures, coma, or even death. 

Nevertheless, your equipment and heavy machinery are also at a higher risk of malfunction which can result in a series of maintenance and repair challenges. Higher heat and humidity, for instance, can cause machinery components to work harder and under more strain, resulting in faster wear and tear. 

Preventive maintenance and close monitoring of this equipment will help you prevent any unforeseen breakdowns, downtime, and repairs. Here are some tips on what to keep your eye on and how to maintain your machinery in proper order during the summer. 

The Day-to-Day Inspections 

Daily inspections, especially during this time of year, are highly critical. Operators should check the coolant and hydraulic fluid to make sure that they are at the proper level to function at higher atmospheric temperatures. 

Most modern radiators are built to run full to eliminate the possibility of air entering the system. Make sure that the coolant expansion reservoir is always at the full mark. Operators should also inspect the radiator cap and ensure proper valve operation and the relief pressure. The radiator, as well as all inlets and outlets of the engine hoods, should be kept clear of debris at all times to prevent clogging.

Tires and tire pressure should also be inspected regularly. At higher temperatures, the air in the tires expands - a scenario that can lead to less grip, faster tire wear, or even a tire explosion. Also, check the windshield wiper operation, as well as the status of the air conditioning system to ensure a comfortable and efficient working environment. 

Proper Maintenance

Operators should never overwork their equipment during the summer. Because of the generally higher temperatures, using the machinery beyond its capabilities could lead to breakdowns. It's also possible that the machine's temperature levels are elevated even if there doesn't seem to be anything out of the ordinary. In this case, operators need to contact the service department to check the thermostat opening temperature.

Many modern day machines come already equipped with telematics. If this is the case with your equipment as well, monitor engine temperature remotely and look for any odd spikes in temperature. These are often a reliable indicator of a malfunction somewhere in the machine.  

When not in use, your heavy machinery and other equipment should be stored in a dry and sheltered space to keep them away from the elements. Moisture, in the form of dew or a flash summer rain, can lead to rust, which can result in damage to your equipment's operating systems.  

Takeaway

Summer may seem like the time when you won't have to worry about your equipment's wellbeing, but it is not the case. High temperatures, prolonged sun exposure, and humidity can all affect the functionality of your machinery. Ensure everything is in proper working order by using The Checker Software. Besides making sure that your equipment is in top order, the software will also help you with all of your other safety checks. 

Topics: safety management, why inspect?, audit software, workplace safety, safety awareness

What Does A Safety Program Look Like?

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Tue, Jul 03, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

 

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Taking a proactive and deliberate approach towards safety in the workplace is the best way to optimize effectiveness and employee performance, increase morale, reduce long-term costs and liabilities, as well as to lower the risk of injury, all the while, streamlining operations.

For all the benefits that it can offer, a safety program doesn't materialize out of nothing. What's more, some business owners are inclined to skip it altogether in the hopes of reducing costs, not taking the full picture into account. But like any government infrastructure program, a comprehensive safety plan purpose is to keep everything working as smoothly as possible, without any disruptive events ever taking place. 

With that said, here are the 'pillars' that make up an excellent safety program. 

Committing to Workplace Safety

The first step in building an effective safety program is to have the company's executives committed to safety and employee wellness. If protection is not a top priority, then there is little to no hope of building and maintaining a comprehensive plan. It is in the company's long-term interest in having one such safety program firmly in place.

Identifying Hazards and Assessing Risks

Identifying hazards and assessing the risks present in the workplace is a crucial step in achieving an effective safety plan. While the law doesn't require you to eliminate all likelihood, it does expect you to protect against them as much as practically possible. Your employees are an excellent place to start in identifying these hazards, as they are exposed to them on a daily basis. Performing an in-depth safety inspection will ensure that you cover every angle.

Educating Employees

Even the most comprehensive safety program will not be useful if your employees do not follow it. With this in mind, management should stipulate all safety requirements in writing and create a safety culture that exhibits accountability. All employee job descriptions should clearly state the requirements regarding safety responsibilities.

Safety training is an indispensable part of ensuring that all employees have the necessary knowledge and know-how on how to keep up with the safety program. It's also in everyone's best interest to have your employees actively look out for and report any hazards that they may uncover while on the job.

Conducting Regular Inspections for Compliance

Once your safety program is up and running, you should perform regular inspections for compliance. Statistics show that these inspections can significantly reduce the risk of accidents, even after several years. Not only are these great for making sure that everything is running smoothly, but they can also determine the strengths and weaknesses of your safety program. You can use this opportunity to improve your plan, lowering the risk even further. 

The frequency at which you conduct these inspections should be dictated by the size of your business, the acquisition of new machinery, the implementation of new work processes, the number of past accidents, as well as the legislation in your area. 

Takeaway

Safety in the workplace is not something that should be taken lightly, and neither is safety programs. Even if some see it as an extra expense, safety plans are a great example of forward-thinking. To make sure that you are keeping up with all the requirements of your safety plan, the Checker Software will provide you with many management tools for facility compliance audits, safety reviews, hazard assessments, and inspection processes that will ensure a higher degree of accuracy, effectiveness, and overall safety.

Topics: safety management, why inspect?, audit software, workplace safety, safety awareness

5 Benefits of Moving from a Paper-Based Inspection System to Inspection Software

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Jun 25, 2018 @ 10:25 AM

5 benefits of moving from a paper based system

Even if a lot of today’s companies are using paper to conduct their daily business, the truth of the matter is that the current technological advancements are slowly but surely turning this material into something of the past. This transition will not happen overnight, mind you, but it is an ongoing process, nonetheless.

We live in a very fast-paced world, and almost everything under the sky is becoming digital, which means that everything is growing faster, easier to use and way more efficient. The benefits of inspection software far surpass the costs. They are a proven and profitable medium and long-term strategy for many company.

With that being said, here are five benefits of moving away from paper-based inspection systems to inspection software.

Storage Cost

The storage cost for inspection software is lower than paper-based inspection systems only because the entire logistic and bureaucratic processes are handled more effectively, making everything cheaper and more reliable in the process.. 

Instant Access to information

Now that almost everything is at a click away, why should our inspection procedures be any different? Paper-based inspection systems are harder to access at any time of day, as opposed to modern inspection software which is accessible from any part of the globe, day and night, 24/7. 

Ability to "Close the Loop" on Action Items

Closing the loop assures that a system or a process performs within controlled limits. This process can best be described as the most effective way of planning and monitoring in order to assure that the desired outputs are obtained. While this is also possible in a paper-based system, the inspection software comes with more benefits and it's easier to manage, considering that the amount of actions needed to achieve the desired results is reduced. Reducing the number of actions leads to reducing the chances of mistakes appearing throughout the entire closing the loop process.

Inspection software has a high capacity of being customized for the client's needs, offering the ability to "close the loop" on action items and a wide variety of other features which are, most of the times, easier to use than the classic paper-based inspection system.

Standardization of Inspection Checklists Across Locations

Uniformity across locations is one of the most significant problems encountered in the industry. It's extensive type work, and you need that special type of efficient employee who enjoys checking out all the little details to perfection. It requires a lot of hours and attention, and it's one of the areas where mistakes are most likely to appear.

By using inspection software, anyone can quickly check in real time if the standardization of inspection checklists (for example) across various locations is being met. Unfortunately, this is something the old pen and paper can't do!

Transparency

When it comes to this line of work, facility compliance audits, safety reviews, hazard assessments, inspection processes and anything in between; transparency is critical. It's one of the first things somebody looks at, at the beginning of a proposal, collaboration or before signing a contract. Everyone transparently wants the facts and figures, accessible at any moment. It is where inspection software like The Checker Pro comes into play. 

The Checker Pro takes your inspection program to the next level with a revolutionary software solution, with the incorporated options of allowing you to add only those exact modules you require for your company.

The Checker Pro enables its users to connect on any Internet-connected tablet, smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer, on any iOS, Android, or Windows device. The software comes with pre-built features and flexible configurations and can be setup to meet any individual needs while reducing costs and allowing users to see and manage their entire operations all at a click of a button.

Topics: safety management, inspections and profitability, inspection best practices, why inspect?, audit software

How Technology Can Improve Inspecting and Auditing

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 @ 09:29 AM

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Today's working environment is being changed by the many technological advancements that have been taking place over the past several years. In fact, we are now going through the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, pushed in large part by what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). These technological innovations are merging the mechanical and digital into a single device that can be controlled remotely or even left alone to manage itself.

In its annual EHS Technology Trends Survey, Cority has looked at what are the 2018 EHS technology priorities. EHS professionals from over 25 countries and 12 industry verticals were asked what their priorities were going forward and their answers are indicative of the trends happening around the world.

“With the GDPR compliance deadline fast-approaching and ISO 45001 soon to be published, it’s no surprise that standardizing procedures is the number one priority for EHS leaders in 2018,” said Pam Bobbitt, Director of Product Marketing and Channels at Cority.

“All of the emerging tech trends explored in this survey are integral to operational excellence and maintaining a competitive advantage, but EHS leaders looking to kick-start 2018 program performance will focus on streamlining and standardization procedures within their EHS management systems.”

 

Inspection and Auditing Technologies

After standardizing procedures, on the number two spot came sharing data across EHS departments enterprise-wide. It then was followed by predictive analytics and EHS mobile functionality.

When it comes to inspection and auditing, in particular, mobility is a key feature that stands out. Mobile phones and tablets are becoming widespread in this industry as they offer the required versatility and efficiency needed to do the job correctly. Instead of relying on paper and clipboards, more and more inspectors are turning to tablets.

Various voice-to-text technologies are also working their way into the audit sector. These can significantly increase the productivity and efficiency of the inspector when conducting their investigation. Instead of having to write everything down, they can now dictate to their tablet what needs inclusion in the report.

Cloud-based software is another piece of technology that inspectors are using when conducting their business. The Checker Software will provide an inspector conducting an audit with plenty of benefits that no portion of paper could match. This software is highly more accurate than writing things down. 

It can generate immediate benefits such as faster, reliable communication of results; easy monitoring; instant creation of corrective action steps; as well as electronic document archiving for compliance and analysis purposes. Since it's cloud-based, the Checker Software is also easy to set up, with no substantial investments required. Nevertheless, it is a solution that will improve your efficiency and safety and is something that more and more managers are turning towards.

Takeaway

In short, technology is quickly changing the way businesses conduct their inspections and audits. As more EHS professionals are turning to these technologies in their day-to-day business, it is safe to say that the quality of audits and the results they will generate will be of a higher quality than ever before. There will be less room for error, more visible improvements, and fewer accidents overall.

Topics: safety management, inspections and profitability, inspection best practices, why inspect?, audit software

The Importance of Inspections for Compliance

Posted by Shawn Macpherson on Mon, Jun 04, 2018 @ 09:13 AM

The importance of inspections for compliance

It is always disheartening to hear news about various workplace disasters. It is also during this time that questions begin to arise – question such as what happened, who is to blame, and could this have been avoided? It is no surprise that regulatory safety inspections will improve the safety of employees. Inspections should be an essential for any organization, regardless of their field of business.  

These inspections have several specific functions that include:

  • Identifying already existing or potentially hazardous conditions
  • Determining the underlying causes of those hazards
  • Monitoring hazard controls
  • Recommending corrective action that could address each issue at hand
  • Listening to concerns from workers and supervisors
  • Offering a further understanding of jobs and tasks from safety standards. 

The truth is, some managers are concerned about the organizational costs that revolve around compliance, opting instead to risk going without a safety inspection in the hopes that nothing wrong will happen. 

Nevertheless, statistics show that inspections lower the risk of an accident or an injury by 23%, even after three years. Random checks were shown to work equally as well, reducing the risk of injuries by 9% and, even more striking, the reduction of costs of reported injuries by up to 26%. 

The following factors usually dictate the frequency of these inspections:

  • National or regional legislation.
  • New processes and machinery that haven't been inspected
  • Past accidents or other incidents
  • The number and size of work operations
  • The type of equipment and work process

The Importance of Regulatory Inspections

There are several reasons why such regular inspections are right for an organization. For starters, failing to comply with safety standards can attract a hefty fine. If something terrible happens, that fine could be even higher. 

Secondly, there is a matter of reputation. No company is looking forward to appearing on the news when something wrong happens. It will attract unwanted publicity that will flag an organization for some time. 

The health and safety of your employees are also at play here. Even a minor accident such as a trip or a fall can lead to a severe accident which can put that employee in the hospital. When such an accident does occur within an organization, a company-wide drop in morale usually follows. 

Last but not least is a case of lost revenue. This will take on different forms, depending on the exact circumstances. Lost revenue after an accident or injury comes from reduced productivity as a result of lowered employee morale.

Negative media attention can also cause a reduction in sales or terms of partnership opportunities. Then, there is a matter of legal fees, fines, increased administrative costs related to the injury, damaged property, machinery, or tools, as well as the cost associated with a new hire - if applicable.  

Takeaway

Investing in regulatory inspections can and will increase revenue. If all goes well and these audits do their job, the day-to-day operations will run smoothly and without a hitch. But when accidents happen, there will be a significant disruption that will extend well beyond the incident itself. The company will spend considerable time of weeks or months to recover. A cloud-based piece of software, such as The Checker Software , will provide you with many valuable management tools for higher accuracy, effectiveness, and safety.

Topics: safety management, inspections and profitability, legal compliance, inspection best practices, why inspect?