No matter what country you live in or the type of business you operate Health & Safety legislation has evolved over recent years to become a massive headache that can seriously affect your business operations.
There’s potential for significant financial losses due to fines and the cost of compliance, but by far the biggest hit comes from long drawn out periods of stress and anguish if a serious incident occurs.
These periods could last for years and can cause immeasurable damage to health (both physical and mental), family, vital business relationships, friendships; and the list goes on.
We found this out first hand!
We’d been involved in the operations management of mining camps, oil rigs, ships, and university campuses for many years. We began designing management systems that reduced the “paper shuffling” which was always a big part of operations management.
We began to notice a trend occurring near the end of the 20th century.
Health & Safety legislation began to increase markedly and our customers were finding that more time, money and resources needed to be placed on health & safety than ever before.
The trend became more concerning as a number of our most valued customers found themselves defending court actions.
More and more companies were losing court actions that previously would have never made it to court.
Not a single customer was complacent where the health & safety of their workers was concerned but that didn’t stop one valued customer and friend from closing down and walking away from his operation as the risk of litigation dramatically increased.
We were discussing this one day with another customer and friend who had been through a two year nightmare of court cases, huge costs and large insurance premium increases. We came to the conclusion that it was now imperative for a business to not only be proactive in making the workplace safe for workers but be able to PROVE that they had a health & safety system in place and that it was relevant and up to date.
Many companies losing these battles could not PROVE they have an up to date and relevant system in place. This is because the intricacies of health & safety were getting hard to very hard to MANAGE and there was no management system specifically for health & safety.
Our customer then made a request that changed the whole course of our business.
He asked us to design him a system to make it simpler to manage every possible aspect of health & safety that he would need in order to feel secure about employing workers.
Simple WorkSafe was created as a result.
We then hitched up the caravan and “hit the road” taking the software to agricultural festivals and machinery days all over the country where we learned more about the challenges that business owners face in the management of health & safety.
As a result of this road trip, the software was redesigned to incorporate all we’d learned and to streamline health & safety management as much as we possibly could.