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Why the IT Director should be heading up health and safety

11 January 2016

Are IT departments set to play an increased role in health and safety management? One consultancy thinks so.

What you know is not important, it’s what you don’t that is critical for many businesses; it is these areas of non-visibility which can expose boards to real risk. This is why management and executive teams need access to quick and accurate information around health and safety within their organisations.

According to independent consultancy, Prōject EU, which has been working on a significant project within one of the major rail organisations it is now time to have the IT team involved in health and safety reporting, something which does not happen traditionally. However as the reporting around health and safety becomes more sophisticated the IT teams need to consider health and safety as another critical element of business intelligence.

Prōject EU, which provides specialist business process and finance systems advice, has been working with major organisations to build in health and safety reporting far beyond simple RIDDOR statistics.

“We have just completed a significant health and safety project for a leading rail organisation,” Donna Butchart, MD of Prōject EU said. “Companies want to be able to effectively report on the real-time status of their health and safety. Best practice is dictating that teams need to move away from a simple review of numbers, we are now working with clients to calculate specific frequencies which allow the organisation to help monitor and control accidents and injuries to the workforce.”

This means the IT Director is becoming involved in identifying a way of taking disparate recorded data to generate something useful and meaningful. This could include the frequency of weighted injuries, the frequency of fatal accidents and the frequency of lost time based on injuries and accidents. The purpose of the ongoing commitment to H&S is to provide an understanding of how the organisation is performing and seek to improve behaviour and processes. Effective health and safety reporting helps to achieve this.

“Health & safety is one of the true life-and-death scenarios within an organisation,” Donna Butchart concludes. “By monitoring current performance it is possible to mitigate risks through improved approaches.”

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