10th October 2017

Is Digital the Answer to Health & Safety Compliance?

health & safety compliance

Health & Safety compliance isn’t the most exhilarating of topics but it is one that often strikes debate with regards to the practices and processes being outdated for workers across the UK. We recently read a report that 2/3 of British workers want their bosses to improve on safety in the workplace. It was outlined that this could be achieved by investing in new health & safety technology systems to offer a digital solution so is this a viable option for firms in the UK?


Could Digital Health & Safety Systems Work?

The report found that 68% of employees believed that making health and safety tools available in a digital format could help their work become more compliant and manage staff more effectively. A total of 2000 people were surveyed and the results found that 37% of respondents felt that documents such as employee handbooks should be digitalised and made available online with the aim of making them more accessible and easier to read. We found this to be a pretty interesting concept and one that would be feasible for many companies.

Indeed, 19% of these survey respondents felt that digital employee handbooks would aid health & safety compliance and also save the business a lot of money with regards to managing the policies and complying with safety regulations and laws. Additionally, further data was gathered that rather worryingly, suggested that many firms in the UK have not updated their paper versions of employee handbooks in many years. This could be down to the time that it takes to update these documents in paper format which suggests another reason why digitalisation might be the way forward.


The Future of Health & Safety Compliance?

As you can see, there are plenty of arguments for the digitalisation of health & safety compliance documents but would this be feasible for every business? This is very much up for debate but it is clear that it is not just bosses or management that are failing compliance. After further reading, we found that almost half of workers (43%) are not complying with health and safety policies on a regular basis. This could suggest that the time has arrived to revamp how information is distributed.

A whopping 64% of workers argued that they would be more likely to read their manuals if they were offered in a digital format. Of course, for most firms, a feasibility study would need to be conducted to analyse whether the digitalisation could be done within budget but we certainly don’t see why bigger companies would not be able to implement these systems. It certainly is an interesting concept especially when you consider the fact that the employees themselves have suggested it.

It cannot be understated that health & safety seems to be lagging behind when it comes to innovation but the switch to a digital platform could provide the solution. It could save a business time and money something that we all want to achieve in our own workplaces. Only time will tell whether these developments come to fruition.