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In terms of occupational environment, health and safety (EHS), the use of mobile devices is becoming increasingly important. Mobility refers to sharing of information through technology, smooth communication without any barrier between users, offering fast access to accurate information.
Impact of mobility on EHS at work
The ease of access to information is the main strength of the concept of mobility. At home, in the office, at a construction site or on the road, the data is accessible to the user, at any time of the day. This availability is encouraged by the growing popularity of cell phones. In fact, with more than 7 billion cellular subscriptions in the world in 2015, integration of mobility becomes an asset in EHS management at the workplace. By encouraging its employees to use technology as part of the work, companies establish a relationship of trust and thus improve worker productivity. The advantage of mobility in EHS management is observed in managing audits and incident/ accident reports. It allows receiving alerts, to report live events and create paperless reports. Since mobile devices are equipped with a camera, users can illustrate reports while documenting relevant photographs taken in the field, increasing the speed of inspections. Moreover, mobility eliminates the endless mountain of files in the office corner to be classified. Reports are automatically transferred to the management software used, reducing the risk of re-transcription errors.
With the integrated geolocation mode in phones, it also becomes possible for business managers to track users on the field in real time. This feature of mobility offers multiple benefits to organizations, especially in risk management. For example, configuring a system of notifications, an employer can inform the workers about good enforcement procedures or appropriate equipment to be worn when entering a high-risk area. The geolocation system can automatically transfer customized information addressing the needs of workers depending on where they are.
One of the features that make the concept of mobility interesting is data availability without Internet connection. Regardless of the location, if the EHS software used permits it, the user can create his reports and, when the connection is restored, the information is automatically synchronized with the management software used. The data is then available to all the users involved.
In conclusion, there are several advantages in integrating mobility to EHS management at the workplace and the opportunities associated are almost endless. Successful implementation of such a technology in an organization lies in the choice of EHS software, which must have superior quality standards to certify the environment, health and safety of workers.