HSE management essentially means that health, safety, and environment are components of an effective workplace management system. Each of these three areas have specific features and metrics that need to be monitored upon the implementation or the amendment of a new program. But, let’s break this down a little bit further as it pertains to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and how an HSE management system can be amended to reflect changing safety regulations and priorities.
Choosing the Right Technology
A basic HSE management system will incorporate HSE into every facet of an organization. Business as usual cannot be run if there are chinks in the system, and with changing regulations and safety measures as the COVID-19 pandemic persists in over 70 countries, many HSE systems need to be completely overhauled to reflect this. Some organizations have already made the move towards technology when it comes to their HSE management system, while others have not. This delay in adoption of new technology may be due to a number of reasons, but it can usually be boiled down to two very simply ones: cost and tradition. Some companies may feel that if a paper-based system worked fine in the past, it will continue to work fine in the future, and that it is not worth the cost and effort to upgrade.
In the digital age, big organizations, especially those that have factories or workforces of 1000+ employees per location, have moved towards software and other technologies to manage their occupational health programs. Initially, it may not seem worth it to shell out for expensive software during a pandemic, but with health and safety more important than ever before, now might just be the ideal time to consider software for your HSE management system. So, how can HSE software aid in employee health, and curb the spread of COVID-19 through your organization?
HSE Software at Work
We have all heard the phrases “contact tracing” and “symptom checker” as these are the primary methods that organizations are collecting information on employees who may have contracted COVID-19. Some industries, such as those that work in agriculture or with production line factories, have a large number of workers still reporting for work each day. This means that they will come into contact with management, other coworkers, their families, and members of their communities. That is a lot of people that could potentially be carrying the novel coronavirus, and who have the potential to infect workers. With the help of software, an organization can create an employee profile which details all of the relevant health information. Each shift, with the help of an application associated with the software, an employee can quickly fill out a symptom checker form to see if they are healthy enough to work, and should they contract the virus, another form can be administered to perform a follow-up with them as their condition improves. To further this, any new safety regulations can be provided in daily bulletins to an employee’s account within the software, along with any new training modules created by the occupational health management staff.
Essentially, HSE software can be used to monitor employee health both at work and at home, and if an outbreak should occur, contact tracing can easily be performed to curb the spread. It may just be time for your organization to make the leap, and invest in the software that will help keep your employees healthy and safe during these unprecedented times.