How to create better workplaces through digital safety
To complete a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and a Job Safety Analysis (JSA), employees can utilise their smartphone or tablet to electronically record the SWMS and JSA. Paperless SWMS and JSA applications on mobile devices are easy to install and easy to use. The features of the paperless inspection (SWMS, JSA) application allow for easy access to the mobile device camera, speech to text, offline reference material (such as Australian Standards, company policies, safety notes and drawings), as well as real time notifications that alert stakeholders if tasks are not completed correctly or there are any hazards.
A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and Job Safety Analysis (JSA) must include the following:
- Identification of high risk construction work and steps within a specific job or process. Imagery can be taken of identified high risk areas or processes and notes added to annotate the risks and findings.
- A statement of the risks and hazards to appropriate health and safety for each process. This can be through collected user input, photographs, notes and/or speech, and specific notes and procedures can be attached to specify the equipment, areas, hazards and risks.
- A description of the measures to control risks. Notes can be quickly accessed to understand the measures in place to controls risks, and prevent and address any hazards from occurring.
- Preventative steps to implement the risk control measures. Users can then electronically access the preventative steps in place to control risks; this might be in the form of daily or periodic safety checks of specific processes and areas, or a checklist to operate equipment safely.
By going paperless and using mobile devices instead of a paper forms and clipboards, the above mentioned steps can be completed and sent electronically in real time to the appropriate stakeholders.
Written by Naaman Shibi, Pervidi.