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In the spotlight with Carla Jarrett

04 October 2021

This month we put Carla Jarrett in the spotlight to find out about her route into the world of health and safety.

How did you get into the health and safety industry?

I entered the industry as a software business analyst, and have since moved into product management as the company has grown.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love listening to our customers, understanding how their business work in real life and how they differ too. Health and safety is a very interesting space, and is integral to businesses all around the world, so it’s great to work on a product that can make a real impact to people’s lives. As the industry is always changing, it means my job is never done and there are always new ideas to explore.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing the health and safety industry in UK?

I think the biggest challenges faced today are adapting to the impacts of Covid-19, particularly in relation to wellbeing. The increase in remote working has and will continue to have impacts on people’s mental health and general wellbeing.

How do you think these challenges can be overcome?

Companies need to ensure that they are being pro-active in identifying wellbeing issues with individuals, and putting in place robust action plans to address issues quickly. As more people have returned to the offices, risk assessments have been key to ensure the working environments are safe, however for those remaining at home long term I think a shift towards using more technologically advanced software solutions will be needed to ensure businesses can keep their finger on the pulse and react in a timely manner.

What sets EcoOnline apart from its competitors?

EcoOnline’s software is easy to use, innovative and provides a wide breadth of module to effectively support SMBs as well as Enterprise businesses. We provide great out of the box content and can be highly configured to suit the processes of our customers, with plenty of capabilities to maintain content as the customer business changes. 

In addition we have a number of innovative solutions such as reporting via WhatsApp or QR codes and anomaly detection within the product, and have great dashboarding and reporting capabilities.

What are you most memorable successes at EcoOnline?

Being the first product person to work on what is now our flagship EHS product, taking the system from concepts and ideas to what it is today. This has been a great achievement for both myself and the business and it’s great to see it go from strength to strength.

What's next in the product pipeline for EcoOnline?

We’re always striving to build a richer product that best serves our customers and we have no plans to slow down in terms of enhancing our existing modules. In alignment with the current market demands and our business values, we will be placing some focus on our Environmental offering, as well as strengthening our unified experience across all products in the EcoOnline suite.

What's your vision for the future of EcoOnline?

To become a global leader in the HSEQ software space, providing innovative solutions that not only help customers in their day to day, but also challenge the status quo and think outside the box. 

What do you think the medium term future holds for the safety industry globally?

I think in the medium term we’ll see a continued need to adapt to Covid-19 and the longer lasting impacts, which will also bring about new challenges as ways of working change for good. For the UK, Brexit will also remain a consideration for business to adapt to as legislation changes.  

What health and safety issues are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about the Environmental challenges being faced globally, and believe that software such as that from EcoOnline can really help business to take action in this arena.  I also feel that Health and Safety is important for everyone in the workplace and beyond, as it can have a huge impact people’s lives both positively and negatively.

How can we entice more young talent to work in the health and safety sector?

In my opinion, health and safety needs to brought to life more e.g. through case studies that relate to them, so that young talent can understand the impact they can make.  Bringing this into schools more would also expos them to the career possibilities in Health and Safety, where that’s working on the front line or producing software to empower the industry.

Carla Jarrett is head of product management – EHS at EcoOnline. For more information, visit www.ecoonline.com

About EcoOnline 

EcoOnline uses innovative technology to help its clients build a deeper understanding of their operational and EHS risks. By designing EHS software with ease of use at its core, the company says it lowers the barrier so that anyone can report incidents, near misses or other important events – wherever they are.

The company uses data captures and connects these to drill down into the root cause of the incidents, risks, or emissions. Through easy to use and understand dashboards everyone can take a role in spotting trends, corrective actions and contribute to protect employees, contractors, customers, and the public.

EcoOnline says it takes the safety perspective into the next level, disrupting the way we face the challenges, but also the opportunities to the protection of our health and wellbeing.

It believes that by connecting innovation with best practice, its solutions can build a deeper understanding of companies operational and EHS risks.

Through a comprehensive platform (that includes all the modules you need) EcoOnline offers solutions that helps customers create safer, more sustainable, and efficient workplaces, like incident management, risk management and chemical management. Also, we help our customers to become compliant and to secure they follow the regulations.