How Data Analytics Helps Create a Safer Workplace

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Digital safety data provides analytics which enables insightful decision making – elevating an organization’s culture of safety through continuous improvement.

Data Driven Decisions
Data analytics are key to any safety program as it enables insightful decision making. Although capturing safety data on paper or into a siloed system, can slightly raise the culture of safety within an organization, it prevents any type of analysis to foster a safety culture of continuous improvement.

The key to continuous improvement in safety is to provide actionable data to decision makers so real change can be obtained. Without the data flowing back to the decision makers, the best decisions are unable to be made. Imagine not being able to feel your hand in any way. What happens if you touch a flame? Or a sharp object? Not having the sensation flowing back to your brain prevents you from making an appropriate decision to protect your hand. Likewise, safety information that is not digital or does not flow automatically back to a business intelligence platform prohibits insightful decision making.

More Insightful Decisions
With the correct platforms in place, data analytics can provide the following mechanisms to help provide accurate insight into an organization’s safety culture:

Trend Analysis
Visualizing trends in year-to-year or month-over-month performance can demonstrate continuous improvement across the organization. The key items to having this actionable data are to have properly configured templates and putting the correct platforms in place. Selecting the right partner is imperative.

Real-time Alerts and Reporting
Being able to configure alerts in real time enables decision makers to see exactly when an egregious issue occurs. Alerting via email or push notifications will quickly put issues into the hands of those who can implement real and lasting change.

Heat Maps
With a digital safety program, effective organizations can capture data that is unobtainable with paper alone. An example of this is GPS coordinates. When inspecting a facility or auditing a job site, knowing exactly where issues are occurring and with what relative frequency can quickly point you to the correct course of action.

Culture of Safety
Providing real-time data into the hands of decision makers takes multiple steps and, when done correctly, will change your organization’s culture of safety in a good way. With data capture occurring ubiquitously, everyone will be aware of the safety program – it will be in everyone’s hands – and the results will be reported frequently. This heightened, collective awareness enables the expectations within an organization to be set properly and the culture of safety will continue to change for the better

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