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The 80-20 inversion: how we waste time and money without automated systems


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Tracking and analyzing near-misses and at-risk behaviours should be central to any preventive health safety management system. In 2003 ConocoPhillips Marine conducted a study that indicated that for every workplace fatality, there were at least 300,000 at-risk behaviours – basically, activities inconsistent with health and safety rules – and about 3,000 near misses. This applies across organizations of any size and is the basis of the Safety Pyramid. However, too often businesses track recordable injuries, lost time and fatalities. 

But tracking near misses and at-risk behaviours can be a challenging and exhaustive task for any business, especially when a health and safety program is based on paper documents or disparate, siloed software systems, like spreadsheet programs, word processors, and shared network drives.Organizations that leverage proven, web-based health and safety software solutions, conversely, benefit from the 80-20 shift, a dynamic that unlocks frozen time and resources and fosters a greater capacity to track and manage at-risk behaviors and near misses, thereby reduce illnesses, minimize injuries, and save lives. Working with standard tools, health and safety personnel on average spend 80% of their time and resources on data collection and only 20% of time and resources assessing that data. The latter part is key, given only thorough analysis will help health and safety experts identify trends and proactively minimize hazards. 

Companies that shift to a robust, streamlined health and safety management solution move to 20% data collection and 80% assessment and prevention. With such systems, health and safety data only has to be entered into the system only once in a web form, freeing time and resources to analyze data, identify trends, and implement preventive activities and mechanisms.

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