To highlight awareness for Health and Safety Month 2019, we thought it’d be a good opportunity to take stock and reflect upon some of our team’s proudest HSE achievements within the space.
Those who work with us are aware that we’re about helping our clients achieve higher safety standards through technology solutions that:
- Ensure compliance gaps can be filled;
- Easily identifies areas of concern; and
- Ensures administrative processes are made as efficient as possible – and automated where possible.
Efficient use of smartphone technology is at the core of what we do and our staff prepared a short list of some of the most innovative solutions we’ve provided for clients seeking to better themselves.
The ‘lone worker’ application which supports 1000+ technicians working unaccompanied who are faced with potentially high levels of risk. With workers being required to carry their smartphone devices on their person at all times, the ‘stagnant alert’ was developed to notify nearby workers if a device has remained still for a set timeframe, plus also sends audible alarms back to base.
Integrated Video Incident Management
For the heavy vehicle industry, a solution was created with HD cameras placed in heavy vehicles that sends alerts when G-Force incidents (Harsh break, harsh acceleration or harsh turns) occur on the roads in real-time. Managers are able to view the incidents in high definition via cloud-based dashboards and follow corrective action procedures to ensure that high safety standards are maintained.
A safety focused client running AS4801 compliance recently requested a custom dashboard to manage their field-based team which provides the WHS department and the Management team with a searchable and sortable list of all incidents captured. The system includes a standardised workflow for all incidents raised, which passes through supervisors, managers and WHS officers until it is closed out. In order to capture the data when incidents are raised, we were also able to replace their paper-based system with our eForm module that lets teams complete forms using their smartphones.
Safe Work Methods Statements (SWMS) & Job Safety Assessment (JSA) For years, we have been at the forefront of ensuring that Safe Work Methods Statements are able to be managed as efficiently and diligently as possible. We recently released a great tool which lets SQE managers create a risk register for their business that includes safe work method statements (SWMS), job safety assessments (JSA) and risk assessments. Using a simple template approach, risks can be recorded and categorised for certain tasks, with all parties having to complete the SWMS/JSA before they’re able to commence work for the day and without additional work provide management with real time and historic data.
NFC tags and Intelligent Barcodes
Believe it or not, NFC technology is all around us (hint: “tap and pay”) and we’ve always seen some big potential within the safety sector. We’re now providing a range of clients with NFC tags, that they affix to their equipment, allowing workers to “tap to start” with their phone forcing a completion of a pre-start checklist before they’re able to turn on the machinery. This approach is also used for barcodes where field teams literally photograph a barcode and a gated workflow process is enabled before they can begin the next part of their work.
What Does the Future Hold for Safety Tech?
Our team are always looking out on the horizon to see what’s next and we believe that voice-tech is going to be the next big thing. In fact, as a result of a recent developer hackathon, he came up with an application that lets users lodge forms using their voice!
Check it out:
Looking even further over the horizon, you might even give consideration to safety being managed via an AI controlled neural link, because if Elon Musk has anything to do with it, then it’s well worth consideration!
Thoughts from Our HSEQ Manager – Helena Pekar
Having worked for over 12 years in the Workplace Safety Sector both overseas and in Australia, I have witnessed first-hand the evolving technological changes and shifts in approaches to Workplace Risk Management.
Operating as part of Kynection where we focus on technology solutions to workplaces of any scale and type worldwide, I am deeply impressed by how easy it is becoming to control and manage various risks of Health and safety using simple mobile devices. This includes elements such as Manual handling, Machine Safety, Chemical Safety, Fatigue, and Working at Heights.
Having recently lost a very close person to suicide – I believe that a great challenge is yet ahead of us – to destroy the stigma surrounding Mental Illness and educate our customers about this silent risk and the importance of speaking up.
At Kynection, we have started doing that by frequently gathering to share a meal together, enjoying mindfulness meditation sessions and adopting a habit of proactively checking up on our peers throughout the year by asking; are you okay? We also continuously looking into ways of improving our Employee Assistance Programs, so please reach out if you’d like to share any examples you’ve seen. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Are We Doing This Month?
Kynection is a big supporter of WorkSafe’s Health and Safety month and looks forward to attending the OH&S session in Melbourne which is happening on Wednesday, 30 October 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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