An ongoing reality for safety managers and frontline personnel in almost any industry is the need to record safety incident data. When all incident data is inputted into a centralized database, a safety coordinator doesn’t have to wait for the completion of monthly safety reports to identify trends and weaknesses within an organization’s safety program. Rather, since a robust incident reporting system should come equipped with real-time dashboards, scorecards and reports that are capable of visualizing data (by way of charts, graphs and tables, for example), safety personnel are able to gain an at-a-glance assessment of the integrity of their safety program.
Further, trending tools allow organizations to identify trends at individual sites and across multiple locations, enabling safety personnel to implement global corrective and preventive actions and minimize efforts that would otherwise be committed to the repetitious implementation of similar and identical corrective and preventive actions at multiple sites.
These simple capabilities of real-time trending, analysis and data visualization empower safety personnel, enabling them to expedite the implementation of corrective and preventive actions, analyze ongoing trends in safety performance, and proactively address issues that may present safety concerns in the future. As a result, monthly safety meetings – once focused on historical research and analysis – will be transformed into proactive, forward-looking discussions on how a safety program can be further tweaked to mitigate risks, save lives, and minimize the substantial costs associated with lost time.
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