Learn how positivity survives even in the hardest of times. Safety expert Timo Kronlöf embarks on a journey to find the positive side of the corona pandemic and new use cases for health and safety theories.
Digitalization can bring about a great deal of innovation, productivity and flexibility. Digital technologies are gaining even more ground in occupational safety, improving processes and heightening overall workforce safety.
Occupational health and safety has been revitalized with a uniform standard that is valid worldwide: On March 12th, 2018, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard, the ISO 45001.
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear EHS software? Based on your past experiences, it could be positive or negative.
Recent years have seen the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) evangelists. We've seen incredible advancements, such as computers beating humans at Go using new strategies. The most fascinating part of this achievement was that the AI actually learned how to play the game.
There are a number of different HSE events around Europe and I’ve been lucky enough to visit roughly some 30 of them during the past 5 years.
At a dinner party last night, the conversation turned to work. When asked what I did for a living, I replied ‘I work in safety.’ My inquisitor responded promptly with ‘Ah, I see. So you’re that guy that stops people doing things because they might be a little bit risky…’
I was craving new insights into EHS all the way back in 2015. To improve my understanding where our industry is heading, I browsed through websites, read blog posts and reviewed old research papers from Safety Science, Elsevier and numerous other publication channels that I had in my possession.
As I drove to the airport recently a sea of red tail lights flooded my view. The traffic jammed. I noticed that the carriageway in the opposite direction had begun to slow too.
Have you thought about acquiring software for health, safety and environmental (HSE) management? During your career, have you perhaps already been involved in the procurement, definition or implementation of software?
My name is Michael Utz, and I’m a front-end developer at Quentic. I moved to Helsinki from the US in February 2018, and I have been very fortunate to find a great team to work with at Quentic.
The HSE Excellence conference, which took place in Lisbon from May 15 - 17, is over. I’m writing this recap on a flight from Lisbon to Helsinki via Munich.
Germany is the largest single market in the European Union and Germans are known to produce exact numbers and statistics. So, let us take a look at some safety statistics from 2016 which are publicly available through Association of German Occupational Health Insurances, DGUV.
When searching the web or asking colleagues for forms on things like incident reporting, vehicle checklists, inspection templates or safety checklists, you will find that what you usually get is a printable version of a PDF, a Word file or an Excel file.
As I was walking around a factory floor with the plant’s production manager, he seemed a bit anxious as we kept identifying new hazards.
When founding NordSafety three years ago, we agreed on a common vision: “To be the leading mobile EHS solution”.
For many SMEs safety management processes often include a lot of manual activity and paperwork. Manual work consumes a valuable resource - time. And paper?
As the person initiating the activities of a digital start-up in the HSE field in Germany, my main responsibility is to get in contact with companies from different industries with the aim of getting a good understanding of where they are now and their plans for tackling their HSE challenges.
In Berlin, at the end of September, I attended GLC’s organized HSE Management Forum for the first time.
What are key things to do once there has been a safety incident in the organization? How do you record and share information about the incident?
So, there you are. Either it’s the decision to take your first job with a start-up, or perhaps you had spent some time working for large companies.
Every company of a decent size needs an assigned safety person, and this is often an internally appointed safety manager. They may be full or part-time, and they are expected to ensure the company remains compliant in all practices, set safety KPIs, and draft regular reports on the number of incidents occurring within your organisation.
Most of us have heard of drones – aerial quadcopters that can be piloted remotely using smartphones, tablets, or even augmented reality glasses – but not many companies are fully aware of their workplace capabilities.
If you’ve ever been on a health kick, you’ll know that getting good results is about much more than just joining a gym.
Every good company is built on a strong set of values, and NordSafety is no different. When it comes to our customers, we want to simplify their lives, and this means meeting the challenges their business faces.
At Quentic we are always exploring new technologies in order to understand how these could be utilized to improve workplace safety and make it more automated.
What are the top challenges your company faces on its journey to improve safety culture? We’ve learned that in almost every organisation, increasing the engagement of the workforce and improving safety communication are in the top 5.
While it would be nice to believe that the goal of zero accidents is achievable in any company, realistically, it's not. At least not if your LTIF is above 20 and you dream about hitting the zero mark this year.
NordSafety announces the release of its 2017 Trend Report, analysing the upcoming industry changes and mindsets that are likely to impact the direction of Safety Management throughout the upcoming year.
Within his blog posts, my fellow founder of NordSafety, Timo Kronlöf, has discussed how safety should be encouraged as an engrained habit, rather than a mandatory chore.
Today, most companies will tell you that for them, safety is a primary concern, and that they are committed to developing their health and safety strategies.
I admit that identifying failures can actually lead to better safety practices. In conventional safety management we are constantly looking to spot non-conformances, hazards and risks in order to meet official compliance standards and our own self-set requirements.
Chatbots are fast taking over the daily work routine from humans . Every industry and function is planning to implement those and why not?
During 2017, I want to see the status of safety being lifted up. Often the reality is that safety is seen as a drag that makes things more complicated.
To obtain approval for your EHS investments, you’ll need to present a solid business case to your management team; a case built upon facts will give you confidence in the strategy you are proposing, and increase the chances of your plans being accepted.
The lean 5S method is a powerful tool to improve quality, productivity and safety. The 5 steps of 5S are Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke, which typically translate into English as sort, straighten, shine, standardize and sustain.
Nobody wants to be involved in documenting accidents or unwelcome incidents; in fact, we’re all striving to avoid such situations from ever taking place.
Introduced in 1992, the TR method is a Finnish system of rating health and safety management on building sites, using behaviour and condition based observations to calculate the likelihood of an accident occurring.
There are a number of different reasons why the Quentic App is great addition to Quentic platform for incident management, investigations, auditing and inspections and risk assessments.
When it comes to dealing with incidents, minimising potential hazards and reducing the risk of threat, no one job role can single-handedly shoulder the burden of keeping everybody else safe.
An engaged workforce is a safer workforce. Promoting a culture where employees are actively encouraged to participate in health and safety motivates individuals to take better care of themselves, their surroundings and their colleagues.
When you’re managing the EHSQ for your entire organisation or facility, you can’t be everywhere at once.
We’ve just launched location awareness services in NordSafety and it is really amazing. Visualizing data is something that helps us humans to comprehend what we see.
As part of an organisation where EHSQ truly matters, you’re always looking for new ways to make your environment a safer place to be.
In my opinion, the field of safety has been quite conservative and controversial.
What do you think are the biggest SHEQ management challenges at shared workplaces?
NordSafety is the first Finnish EHS-software company that has been included in an international health and safety study conducted by Verdantix.
Investments in Health and Safety management system is currently a timely topic in many organisations. Many organisations are currently in the process of purchasing mobile based solutions.
We all know that you want to do things easier and faster. You want to increase productivity. Focus needs to be on the things that really matter.
When we founded NordSafety we reinvented work safety reporting. Shortly we noticed that companies are also seeking new ways to digitize other paper based information processes.
There are endless libraries of safety related research available. I personally know scientists that have made tremendous contributions to safety science and have worked for decades to bring value to prevent accidents and come up with new methods and frameworks for safety management.
People's common mistake is to think that their own area of expertise is very interesting to everybody else. It's not.
As we all know we have an enormous and continuous flow of information in our organization. People are talking, writing, taking photos, recording speech and taking videos.
Today as different work safety management systems are everyday commodities in companies, the need for near-miss and close-call reporting is increasing.
Have you ever wondered why leading companies set up near miss reporting? What’s the point in collecting reports about something that almost happened?
In order to predict the future we need to be familiar with the past and the present.
Recent studies show that enterprise mobile application adaption is growing fast (Citrix). This is good news to all people using IT-systems in their work.
One everlasting issue in safety is how to get people involved and in the long run engaged in safety work.
We wanted to know if mobile solutions actually brings some added value to safety audit compared to the more traditional way.
We have come a long way from collecting data of the past to managing safety issues in real-time. The reason hasn’t been us safety pros doing our job more efficiently but new technology.
I work in a technology company with high ambitions to change the way how work safety management, reporting and measurement are done.
Heads-up displays (HUD), cameras and voice control will be integrated seamlessly to safety glasses in the future.
When we started to develop our mobile solution for occupational safety, one of our goals was to make safety reporting and risk management easier.
In the beginning when we founded the company we called our solution T3-reporting (T3-raportointi in Finnish).
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