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Safety professionals are tasked with maintaining a safe workplace for employees. They must be able to assess risk in the workplace and develop and implement proactive measures that help prevent injuries and illnesses from happening in the first place. They must also be able to track, investigate, and manage safety incidents to identify ways to prevent future occurrences. Lastly, Safety managers need a single system of record to be able to track and analyze data and generate reports.

With that in mind, here are the top six challenges handled by safety professionals:

1) Incidents: Can you easily track not just injuries and illnesses, but also near misses, transportation mishaps, and related environmental incidents? Can you identify the root cause of why an incident occurred so it doesn’t happen again? Are supervisors and managers included in the incident investigation process?

2) Proactive risk assessment: Can you track, analyze, and act on leading indicators? Can you assess Safety risks at a job level, at the process level, and at the task level? Can you quickly identify your Safety risks using risk matrices? Can you use data to develop proactive programs that avoid, minimize or mitigate injuries and illnesses?

3. Task management: Is it difficult for you to assign recurring tasks, job assessments, or corrective actions to employees, supervisors, and peers? Is it challenging or time consuming to follow up on the status of these tasks? Can you run reports that summarize where each of these tasks are in the process, who’s doing what, what’s due when, and if you’re on track?

4. Communication: Can you easily track employee lost and restricted work days? Can you exchange injury and illness information seamlessly with the health clinic or case managers without multiple forms and redundant data entry? Do you find yourself spending too much time sending information to your third-party administrator, worker’s compensation group, or insurer?

5. Training: Do you have an efficient way of managing training requirements based on job, department, and location? Can you easily put together the course catalog, sessions, and manage attendance?

6) Employee engagement and use of mobile phones and other mobile devices: Can you engage your workforce to easily log and track incidents, access training documents and other resources, deal with escalations, audits, or approvals using any device whether online or offline?

With these considerations to keep in mind, it’s no wonder that safety professionals have such challenging jobs. By elucidating their various challenges, creating a communications and training plan for ensuring greater plant safety becomes potentially a little easier.