Job safety has always been important no matter what form it takes:
- Job site analysis – comprehensively assessing onsite workplace environments, job demands, and physical activity factors required to complete a job.
- Job safety analysis – identifying potential hazards and setting out steps to complete a job safely.
- Job safety observation – outlining processes and procedures to be followed to a T.
Yet it seems we’re far from hitting target zero when it comes to preventing safety incidents. If the National Safety Council of America is to be believed, every seven seconds a worker is injured on the job. This equates to 104 million production days lost due to work-related injuries. What’s more, installation, maintenance, and repair ranks among the top five occupations with the largest number of workplace safety issues.
Fast forward to 2020 and with COVID-19 contributing to more stringent safety requirements we’re seeing regulatory standards and government legislation changing weekly, daily, or even hourly. The need for succinct job hazard analysis forms has never been more pressing. In particular, job safety forms that can be iterated or completely changed at a moment’s notice.
When we talk about safety, it’s not just preventing job hazards, it’s reporting them when an incident occurs. Just this past month we’ve seen meat processing plants and enterprising agriculture operations sidelined by COVID-19. In most of these instances, initial cases hadn’t been reported which contributed to a full-on health and safety matter. Not only was this an internal job safety hazard with huge financial repercussions for the companies involved, but it was also a threat to North America’s food security. As such, regulatory bodies are stepping up protocols even more aggressively, with additional requirements being driven across supply chains by customers and end consumers.
No sector is exempt from regulatory pressures
The U.S. Department of Labour Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for instance, provides guidance on its website for oil and gas industry workers and employers at increased risk of occupational exposure, recommending that everyone:
Remain aware of changing outbreak conditions, including the spread of the virus and testing availablity in your community, and implement infection prevention measures…to better suit evolving risk levels and necessary control measures in your workplaces. Assess the hazards to which your workers may be exposed; evaluate the risk of exposure; and select, implement, and ensure workers use a hierarchy of controls to prevent exposure.
Similarly, medical device manufacturing organizations are racing to meet unprecedented needs at unprecedented speeds.
With COVID-19 conditions in the U.S. in a dramatic state of flux, and other countries seeming to follow suit, the ability to shift gears is critical.
Job safety analysis made easy with low-code apps
Ready-to-use and CDC-compliant mobile form apps (specific to COVID-19) range from symptom tracking, screening checklists, and self-reporting to site readiness, virus exposure incident reporting, and quarantine tracking. Whether pre-made or customized for your processes and regulatory standards, job safety analysis, workflow, and reporting apps from ProntoForms:
- Allow you to update and deploy forms with agility; easy-to-use apps can be changed in the blink of an eye.
- Protects the safety of technicians by letting you build job site observation, job site analysis, and job safety analysis apps directly into your work orders to guide actions and circumvent incidents.
- Permits you to create new safety forms and scale to ten, or tens of hundreds of field workers as fast as situations change.
- Establishes compliance protocols that can be monitored, tracked, and stored, and easily retrieved for reporting and audit purposes.
- Provides valuable field data that aids in the detection of safety issues and gives you a better handle on resource allocation priorities.
- Streamlines and speeds up incident reporting — a critical consideration when it comes to COVID-19 tracing to keep your broader workforce and community-at-large healthy and safe.
Create a safety-first culture with a safety-minded partner experienced in rapid emergency response app creation and deployment. Want to learn more about how low-code apps can help? On August 12th, join KONE and Cummins for a digital transformation master class. Learn how to tackle digital objectives during the new normal. Register now!