Companies today are increasingly becoming pressured to conform to worker health and safety laws and regulations across the globe. Acts, such as the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Australia and the provincial Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Acts in Canada, make it mandatory for companies to implement lone worker safety measures. As a result, companies with lone workers are required to take steps to ensure their safety. Not complying to this legislation can result in substantial financial penalties or imprisonment.
This is what’s concerning
Some companies are using very ‘clunky’ and ‘ineffective’ solutions associated with the safety of their lone workers or mobile workforce. These are the 4 common processes:
- Completing time-consuming paper forms – that may or may not make it out of an inbox
- Entering data onto spreadsheets – that does not identify whether a lone worker or mobile worker is safe
- Completing a travel whiteboard – that does not notify management to incidents
- Do not have a lone worker or journey management process in place – risky for an organisation
How are managers effectively ensuring the safety of their team? If a lone worker had an incident, how long is it before someone would know? None of these processes alert management to incidents.
The Value in Safety
If companies are found non-compliant they can receive fines up to $3 million and workers may receive fines up to $600,000. It’s not only the breach in regulation that costs an organisation, it’s the effect on reputation and the perception that a company is not valuing the safety of their team. A fatality can seriously tarnish internal moral and safety standards, but most importantly it’s the high cost of losing a life that is of consequence.
Due to heavy consequences, implementing effective health and safety systems that improve safety performance is becoming a priority. With an increase in risks associated with travel and lone working, more companies are addressing these risks and protecting their people with systems such as JESI.
JESI is designed for people, managers, and organisations. JESI is a communication system that enables organisations to control the risks and protect their mobile workforce. If you are concerned about the safety of your travelling workforce, JESI gives you visibility over where they are. The business advantage is, there’s an alert system that triggers communication with emergency contacts as soon as an employee does not check-in to JESI. This ensures that lone workers are being protected, and managers have the confidence they are effectively managing the safety of their mobile workforce.
JESI effectively supports management and enhances their ability to look after their people.