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Challenges of using big data to improve workplace safety

Advanced analytics have a huge impact on fields such as marketing where reducing cost per sales and increasing customer retention are just two of the main benefits it offers. In the field of workplace health and safety, Big Data has had less impact to date. But a growing number of companies are analyzing data through a safety lens in order to modify their practices, and slowly evolve their philosophy.

Effectively Using the Past to Change the Future

Big Data analytics offers companies ways to drill down into information to produce a clear picture of the past, which is the basis for preventing it from happening again.

Use what was learned from the past to predict future trends (predictive modeling)
Determine the changes required in order to optimize safety and prevent injury
Implement the changes, and provide the training, equipment, signage, manpower and other resources needed to make them effective

Predictive Software and Improved Safety

There are several popular predictive models using this advanced analytics strategy that provides a clear pathway from observation to analysis to change. The genre is often collectively called “red flag prediction” software because it alerts users to where workplace danger lurks and accidents are most likely to happen.

Software of this type has proven effective around the world in identifying workplace environments, machines and equipment, materials, practices and other conditions that put employees at risk for injury.

Big Data Tips for Creating a Safer Workplace

Keeping employees, customers, and others on your premises safe begins with perspective. Fewer accidents mean greater profitability in terms of the return on investment of enhanced safety measures.

With that as a starting point, these tips for upgrading workplace health and safety through Big Data analysis will produce big dividends for you and your company.

Understand your safety history in detail: This is where software might help you accumulate and analyze the data you already have at your disposal.

Look for trends that identify “red flag” issues: Some are obvious, but others will only be uncovered through software-aided analysis of the safety data.

Make the changes indicated by what the analysis shows: Knowing safety issues exist is meaningless without taking action to eliminate those problems. While each situation is unique, your needs might include additional workers, better equipment, more stringent maintenance, and or upgrades to your facility.

Add a Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) professional to your team: WHS experts have advanced training in implementing safety measures along with a clear understanding that your company must operate on a tight budget to optimize profitability.

Next Steps?

There are no perfectly safe workplaces, so that means that yours could probably be improved in tangible ways. Bringing a WHS pro onboard is the first step for many companies. A proven “red flag prediction” software is a popular next step. From there, the tips above provide a pathway to the outcome you desire – a safer workplace that is an essential element of achieving a healthier bottom line too.