Health and Safety Software – Key Considerations When Choosing A Solution:
The market for health and safety software has been driven by major business themes over the last 30 years, such as regulatory compliance, corporate reputation protection, accident avoidance, worker well-being, and process standardization. In the past five years, since 2013, the market has been impacted by supply-side factors such as mergers and acquisitions, the birth of the Internet of Things (IoT), and an abundance of investment capital. At present, health and safety software vendors range from 500-employee firms with revenues over $100 million to founder-managed firms with less than $5 million in annual revenues.
Given the rapid pace of change in this market, individuals responsible for selecting, implementing and deriving value from health and safety software should first of all get a broad outline of the organizations top level requirements. For example, does the company require an environmental element to their solution for health and safety software? They should also decide whether or not they wish to select niche providers of health and safety compliance management software to address elements such as inspections and audits, and incident management. These two elements can have a high degree of mobility involved. The providers of health and safety software that have the skills to develop, deploy and support Mobile Apps tend to be ones who approach the solution from a mobility perspective rather than those vendors who have come from a client / server background and have simply developed web based versions of their solutions and do not have the skills to deploy mobile Apps as part of a health and safety compliance management software solution.
According to the Verdantix annual global survey of 301 EHS decision-makers, 92% stated that the quality of the user interface is either ‘very important’ or ‘important’ when they make a decision regarding which health and safety compliance management software to purchase. The issue of usability has become even more impactful following the mainstreaming of health and safety compliance management software mobile apps for usage scenarios such as audit, incidents and safety observations. An excellent user interface will win a vendor new business and a badly designed user interface will cause another vendor to lose customers when they come to the end of a three- or four-year subscription contract. It is only in the last three years that the pace of innovation and the impact of mobile product strategies has pushed user interface design to the top of the application design priority list.
The pace of the health and safety compliance management software market has created a functionality breadth and depth arms race. Management of chemicals compliance is a significant area and customers need to decide if they require these features early in their selection process. Many health and safety compliance management software vendors have partnered with 3E Company to provide chemicals compliance management capabilities as they are seen as highly niche requirements. Other vendors have focused their product investment on stronger risk management tools – pushing their positioning towards customer business functions such as operations and production.
North America and Europe are currently the biggest markets for health and safety compliance management software and together account for more than three-quarters of the global market size. But most vendors have at least 75% of their revenues coming from a single region, so this can be a consideration also as customers should choose vendors that can give them the appropriate support in the regions in which they operate. Fortune 500 customers desire to have vendors with multicountry presence, international web hosting, multi-lingual capabilities and a knowledge of regulations around the world. This sometimes previously overlooked dimension of competitive differentiation will negatively impact the market opportunities for vendors with their experts located in a single country or continent.
Data Analytics and business intelligence are key requirements that should be included in any company’s request for proposal (RFP) for health and safety compliance management software. The overwhelming majority of EHS software firms will bring up analytics and business intelligence (BI) when talking about future strategy but users should at least expect a simple way to export their EHS data into a corporate BI tool. The preferred solution for Data Analytics for most companies will be that the health and safety compliance management software has the analytics tools in the software. This allows the user to generate insights without needing a BI expert in IT to massage the data. The Data Analytics tools within health and safety compliance management software solutions should allow users to build their own dashboards out of the box or at least with minimal training. There should be no need for the customer to request professional services from the vendors of the health and safety compliance management software to generate data cubes or dashboards.
Many RFPs for health and safety compliance management software placed Mobile Apps in the top five items on the customer wish list. The importance of having a mobile-capable enterprise app has continued to grow in strategic importance. Why? Mobile health and safety compliance management software has a number of benefits, including increased employee engagement, more accurate incident information, and improved auditing efficiency. Mobile Apps help drive engagement with safety initiatives from the office of corporate safety compliance managers into the realm of loneworkers, truck drivers, crane operators and construction site supervisors. The prioritizing of mobile by customers poses significant software engineering challenges for those vendors who do not have the expertise or experience in developing and deploying Mobile Apps within their health and safety compliance management software solution. Firstly, many developers with enterprise app experience flunk the usability test when they try and create a Mobile App for non-PC, non-office based users. This results in very low usage stats of the Mobile App. Secondly, vendor CTOs face a big cost increase for mobile. This is the main reason why companies when selecting health and safety compliance management software are now deciding to select a Mobile App solution from one of the mobile centric vendors, as these vendors can meet the challenges of successfully deploying and supporting Mobile Apps in the field and in remote locations.
Fire Extinguisher Barcode System
IMEC Inspection Software is an easy to use fire extinguisher barcode system which will schedule, manage, track and report on any type of inspection, including Facility, Equipment, People etc. Use Cases include fire extinguisher barcode system, eyewash stations, emergency showers, equipment or asset inspection system or facilities inspection software. When used as a fire extinguisher barcode system Inspections are performed via the Mobile app which is available on iOS, Android and Windows devices. The user identifies the inspection point by scanning a barcode, or picking from a list based on location. The Mobile App which is part of the fire extinguisher barcode system will then display the list of custom Forms or Checklists. The fire extinguisher barcode system inspections can be performed offline if no internet connection is available.
The IMEC Mobile Safety App can also be used as a Fire Door Inspection App and with the Web based flexible Forms Manager the solution can be used as a Fire Door Inspection Software Solution also. Fire Door Inspection Software is used is large facilities with large quantities of Fire Doors like Hospitals, Universities and also Cruise Ships.
Fire Life Safety Inspection Software Solution
IMEC Inspection Software can be deployed as a full Fire Life Safety Inspection Software solution that can be used to manage an organization’s full range of fire and life safety inspections. The IMEC Fire Life Safety Inspection Software can manage any type of inspection, use cases include Fire Doors, Fire Pumps, Eyewash Stations, Emergency Lights, Emergency Showers, Grease Traps, AED’s and many more. The IMEC Fire Life Safety Inspection Software can manage any type safety equipment or asset inspection. The user identifies the inspection point by scanning a barcode, or picking from a list based on location. The Mobile App will then display the list of custom Forms or Checklists.
EH&S Inspection Software
IMEC’s EH&S Inspection Software can be used to manage any type of EHS Inspection and allows manager to record safety observations while performing facility tours which can improve overall workplace safety. This EH&S Inspection Software solution that can create corrective actions as a result of inspection failures for inspections performed using the Safety Inspection Software Mobile App. Corrective actions are allocated to the appropriate persons, with deadlines for resolution which will greatly reduce the time, effort and cost of managing compliance inspections. Implementing an EH&S Inspection software solution, where users using the Safety Inspection Software Mobile App can easily perform inspections in the field aids compliance, reduces risk and standardizes the inspection process within your organization.
Asset Inspection Management Software
IMEC’s Asset Inspection Management Software can be used to manage any type of Asset Inspection. This Asset Inspection Management Software solution can create corrective actions as a result of asset inspection failures for inspections. Corrective actions are allocated to the appropriate persons, with deadlines for resolution which will greatly reduce the time, effort and cost of managing compliance inspections. Implementing an Asset Inspection management software solution, where users using a Mobile App can easily perform inspections in the field aids compliance, reduces risk and standardizes the inspection process within your organization.
Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions
IMEC’s Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions allow a LOTO procedure to be defined for each piece of equipment that requires LOTO to be managed within the system. Equipment can be managed from both Mobile and Web App. Isolation points for the each piece of equipment are managed, images associated with both the piece of equipment and isolation points can be annotated to include energy source icon, arrows, sequence etc. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures can be authored using the Mobile App with version control and with an approval workflow. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures are executed using the Mobile App on any Smart Phone or Tablet. Lockout Tagout procedures are initiated by the user identifying the piece of equipment by either scanning QR Code or selecting the piece of equipment from a list. A complete history of completed Lockout Tagout Procedures is recorded. The status for the piece of equipment can be updated after LOTO is complete – Locked / Unlocked. An Audit option on the Mobile App allows a procedure to be reviewed without performing LOTO on the piece of equipment. Corrective Actions can be created for any Non-conformances or changes required recorded during the Procedure Review. Data Analytics within the IMEC Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions provide machine downtime analysis to aid in operational efficiency and investment decisions.
Hazardous Waste Management Software
HazMat T&T is a hazardous waste management software solution designed for Environmental Service Companies and companies who generate a large quantity of hazardous waste. The solution tracks hazardous waste from cradle to grave aiding compliance, providing accurate waste inventory, increasing waste handling efficiency, reducing risk and also helps manage waste costs. HazMat T&T Hazardous Waste Management Software can be deployed in a number of deployment scenarios, from Large Hazardous Waste Generators, tracking their hazardous waste at their site to Environmental Service and Waste Management Companies using it track and manage hazardous waste at transfer and disposal sites.
IMEC Technologies provides Safety Management Software to increase worker safety and aid compliance. IMEC’s Safety Management Software will manage inspections and audits, provides hazard identification, incident reporting, management of corrective and preventative actions from generation to closure. IMEC provides lock out tag out software solutions that will allow users to create lockout tagout procedures using an intuitive Mobile App and Manage Lockout Tagout Procedures, also the Review and Execution of those Lockout Tagout Procedures using the Mobile App. Annual Lockout Tagout Procedures audits are conducted using a Mobile App. The Mobile Inspection App allow users to perform inspections and audits, for example the system can be used as a Fire Extinguisher Barcode Inspection Software system to manage monthly fire extinguisher inspections and general fire safety inspections and also to record safety observations and manage corrective actions, anywhere and anytime. The solution can be used as a fire extinguisher barcode inspection software system or life safety inspection system to aid compliance in Higher Education, Healthcare, Industrial and Commercial Organizations. Benefits from a Fire Extinguisher Barcode System include the elimination of paperwork and reducing the burden of compliance with regulations such as NFPA, The Joint Commission. The Incident Reporting App allows users to easily and quickly report incidents, hazards and near-misses, these are then sent to the appropriate people for action and are managed to closure. Web Apps provide features such as, setup, management, scheduling tools, analysis, reporting and dashboards etc with the ability to report incidents to government bodies such as OSHA and RIDDOR. HazMat T&T is a hazardous waste management software solution designed for Environmental Service Companies and companies who generate a large quantity of hazardous waste. The solution tracks hazardous waste from cradle to grave aiding compliance, providing accurate waste inventory, increasing waste handling efficiency, reducing risk and also helps manage waste costs. HazMat T&T Hazardous Waste Management Software can be deployed in a number of deployment scenarios, from Large Hazardous Waste Generators, tracking their hazardous waste at their site to Environmental Service and Waste Management Companies using it track and manage hazardous waste at transfer and disposal sites. For more information visit our website www.imectechnologies.com