The challenges of the modern workforce – such as large, dispersed teams and multiple contractors – mean that many organizations face an uphill struggle to remain compliant.
SHE Software's CEO Matthew Elson explains that empowering employees to take responsibility and to get on board with the safety journey is a proven method of increasing engagement levels.
The importance of the digital economy in Scotland, and the efforts of the companies driving its future, was the focus when Ivan McKee MSP paid a recent visit to SHE Software.
The recently published ISO 45001 standard aims to reduce the occurrence of occupational injuries and diseases - but is it the ‘silver bullet’ of employee safety?
Workers can reasonably expect that their employer is doing everything possible to prevent injury or death. Yet how many machines are not equipped with the right safety features? How many dangerous shortcuts do workers take to make a job easier? How many manufacturers have the right health and safety solutions in place to allow workers to alert management of areas that need attention?
SHE Software CEO Matthew Elson has been sharing his thoughts on how fast-growing tech businesses can move from start-up to success.
SHE Software’s CEO Matthew Elson has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the UK’s technology industry, being awarded 'Scale Up Entrepreneur Finalist' at the 2018 Enterprise Awards.
Our CEO Matthew Elson spoke to the Scotsman's business correspondent Emma Newlands about our plans to double our turnover, triple our headcount, and why it's the right time to target America.
SHE Software is pleased to have been working with Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, one of the UK’s leading providers of professional support services on the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).
Employment in the US manufacturing sector has grown steadily over the past eight years - some 222,000 jobs were added in the first quarter of 2018 alone - emphasizing the need to maintain safe working environments for an expanding contingent of engineers, operators, assemblers and compounders.
Are you wondering how you can give your employees a safety voice?
If so, then why not find out more at our special ‘breakfast briefing’ session during next week’s annual Health & Safety Event at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre.
We are delighted to share that one of our SHE Software community members, G’s, has been short-listed in the Agriculture, Food and Beverages sector for a prestigious Verdantix HSE Innovation Award.
SHE Software has secured a £3 million growth capital investment from NVM Private Equity (NVM) as it prepares to enter international markets with its highly configurable health and safety software and create over 50 new jobs by the end of 2018.
Are you confident that the health and safety systems and software you’ve invested time - and funding - in directly improve your organisation’s safety performance?
Are you confident that your organisation is recording, monitoring and reducing the number of potential hazards that your workforce is exposed to daily?
SHE Software is pleased to announce Briggs Marine & Environmental Services as a new customer of its health and safety software, Assure.
Due to continued business growth, SHE Software’s Simon Cooke has recently taken on a newly developed role, Strategic Partner and Alliances Manager.
SHE Software is pleased to announce The Ambassador Theatre Group as a new customer of its health and safety software, Assure.
Given the challenging nature of work, it’s no surprise that the recycling sector is classed as one of the most dangerous to work in, with HSE reporting one of the highest rates of workplace injury and work-related ill-health.
The workforce is rapidly changing and evolving. Digital disruption, coupled with an increasingly mobile and global workforce, has driven a huge shift in workplace culture and practices. What is emerging is a more remote, disperse international workforce.
Ben leads a team of Business Development Managers who work closely with businesses across the globe to understand their health and safety challenges and the ways in which SHE Software can help improve their safety performance.
The retail chain, Iceland, has been fined £2.5 million following a sentencing hearing after the death of a contactor at one of its stores in Rotherham.
Designed specifically for our existing customers, these annual networking events provide a great opportunity to meet similar professionals to share experiences, discuss common challenges and hear about forthcoming developments for our health and safety software solution, Assure.
SHE Software are delighted to be exhibiting at Health & Safety North exhibition on 10th and 11th October 2017 at EventCity, Manchester.
Health & Safety North, now in its 10th year, is one of the flagship events across the North of England for health and safety practitioners and communities.
Business processes and workflows in isolation will not improve health and safety performance. Often, it simply comes down to the willingness of employees to support safety performance.
Joining SHE Software over two years ago, Sohaib currently works in the technical team, supporting customers and users with their technical enquiries.
Karro is a leading UK producer of bacon, gammon, fresh pork, frozen sausage, ham and cooked meats and process around 45,000 pigs each week for delivery to the UK’s major supermarkets and wholesale food suppliers’ markets. With headquarters in North Yorkshire and two abattoirs, the company employs 3,000 people across their national food production locations.
Many of us are passionate about managing and promoting safe and healthy workplaces. Some though, although perhaps not readers of this article, still consider health and safety management a necessary chore and bureaucratic burden. It does not have to be this way.
Developed in response to an increasingly dynamic and global workforce, the new multilingual functionality provides employers with the benefit of locally tailoring their health and safety software solution based on an employees’ native language.
Described as the ‘Oscars for the technology industry’, the annual Enterprise Awards in association with the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists celebrate and recognise the very best of the UK’s technology entrepreneurial talent.
Fire may well be one of the greatest threats to the low-paid and illegal workers in Britain. This follows an investigation made by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme which used undercover reporters to expose factory conditions in Leicester.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been censured by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the third time in a year following the death of an agency driver who was crushed by a reversing vehicle. This calls into question once and for all whether it is time for MoD to lose its Crown immunity.
There is much to commend Corporate Social Responsibility consultant Anna Johansson’s recent article, Employee Health & Safety Should be CSR Priorities (Triple Pundit, Friday, Jan 20th, 2017).
More than eight months have passed since the new Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines were brought into force on 1 February 2016.
Occupational safety in large organisations is an area that requires robust governance processes to ensure compliance across all levels. This compliance can often be difficult to manage due to outdated methods of process management.
Contractor safety management has evolved significantly, yet it still has a long way to go, specifically with aligning safety expectations, programs, cultures, and strategies between contractors and the client organisations that engage them.
What does your organisation do to manage the risks associated with employee fatigue? Those working in certain sectors, such as the haulage industry, will be familiar with the strict rules surrounding drivers’ hours and the implications of getting it wrong.
Last month, new rules governing all building and construction projects across the UK came into full effect as the Government’s Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations Bill finally went on to the statute books.
An interesting article on how to work with resistance to change. We find that organisational resistance at the proposal stage (particularly around resources – people, time, money) is common when looking at a health and safety solution. Dave Nicholls, global HSE manager at Wood Group explains how engaging senior management in shaping your solution can help
Andrew Sharman is a great friend of SHE Software. As one of his passions is safety he's defined a career in helping companies keep their people safe from harm and by elevating safety to the top of the leadership agenda. Is it surprising then that his other passions include paragliding, extreme sports, and swimming with sharks?
Sean Elson of Pinsent Masons urged clients, designers and construction firms to make themselves aware of the changes ahead of their implementation on 6 April, as "only very limited transitional arrangements" were available. The draft guidance, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) alongside the final regulations, could change slightly before the regulations receive parliamentary approval, but the "headline" changes would remain the same, Elson said.
In her latest blog post HSE Chair Judith Hackitt reflects on the achievements of the HSE in it's 40 year history and highlights the importance of having the right people to implement and manage health & safety to compliment systems and processes.
The number of major incidents in the waste and recycling sector has fallen below a five-year average, the latest statistics from the health and safety (HSE) executive indicate.
Laura Cameron, a partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, believes that greater employee awareness and a stricter approach by watchdog the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) could lead to more firms being inspected, and potentially prosecuted, in future.
Happy World Backup Day!! While it may not be as monumental as the Eiffel Tower, as hot as a Bunsen Burner or as colorful as Crayola Crayons (all of which also have their 'day' today) the subject of backing up electronic data is very serious and often overlooked until it is too late.
Data drives the operations of today’s largest organisations and the mantra ‘what get’s measured gets managed’ has never been more important to health and safety management professionals. With new safety management software technology comes the opportunity to collect, analyse and compare data on near misses, the relative safety performance of branch sites and facilities, staff training levels and much more. Collecting great data leads to great safety management systems.
We recently looked at how a renewed impetus on safety can reinvigorate a workforce and improve motivation and now we’d like to go into a bit more detail about to undertake such a programme. A considered roll out of any new procedures or working practices is essential not just to gaining initial acceptance but also to guaranteeing long-term adherence.
Believe it or not, there’s much, much more to Twitter than footballers putting their foot in it and Justin’s army of Beliebers. To prove it, SHE Software has collected a list of safety’s social media heavyweights that make essential following for safety professionals and anyone that maintains a safety management system. It’s by no means comprehensive so if you have any you’d like to add, feel free to get in touch.
April 2014 sees the end of support for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Small Business Server 2003 and Office 2003.
Health and safety management and compliance in the workplace can mean one of two things: box-ticking and lip service (i.e. the bare minimum), or a conscious effort to implement a genuine improvement. Considering that proper HSE management procedures are well known to be major contributing factors to a positive working environment, it’s easy to see which is preferable.
Health and safety is often met by groans quickly followed by an anecdote about an overzealous deployment of restrictive safety management systems. And it’s true; there is no shortage of examples of health and safety lazily being invoked as an excuse to block some fairly innocuous activities.
Last week the Health and Safety Executive published its annual statistics, which showed that in Britain between April 2011 and March 2012 the number of major injuries and injuries that kept employees off work for four or more days continued to fall, along with the number of cases of work-related ill-health.
A recent study by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) revealed that among employees’ chief work-related concerns is the impact of the age of austerity on workplace safety – job cuts have increased the demand placed on those employees that remain and there is a perceived slacking-off of HSE inspections. The TUC surveyed 1,875 safety reps and 45 per cent claimed their company had never been checked by health & safety management authorities. One in ten claimed there had been no visit for more than three years.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is introducing a cost recovery scheme, Fee for Intervention (FFI), to recoup costs from those breaking health and safety laws. From October, companies that are found by the HSE to be in ‘material breach’ of health and safety regulations will be asked to pay a recovery cost, under proposals currently being examined by a House of Lords Committee.
Taking a consistent approach to health and safety management can make running your business more time- and cost-effective. It can help reduce the number of errors and the cost of correcting problems, and ensure you comply with legislation.
The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) trains 35,000 candidates each year over 500 vocationally-related qualifications for today’s health and safety professionals. A popular area with students in recent years has been the adoption of safety software and technology in health and safety and its potential. We’ve noticed this because we’re often contacted with requests for data and evidence to back up various hypotheses.
All too often, opportunities arise for employers to criticise health & safety ‘red tape’ for being such a burden that it affects the competitiveness of their business.
A new report published September 24 by Stirling University Professors Andrew Watterson and Rory O’Neill places blame on HSE budget cutbacks for the major increase in workplace injuries in the UK. The report shows that over the past five years, major and fatal workplace injuries have increased by 2,700 per year.
A special guest blog from the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management’s Brian Nimick, on the maltreatment of migrant labour in the UK…
There’s a great deal of useful information and resources for health and safety management professionals online. From blogs to forums, news sites to social media. To help you get your bearings, we’ve analysed what’s out there and listed our top 10 health and safety websites:
On 1st October 2012 the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) cost recovery scheme came into effect. Known as Fee for Intervention (FFI), it is designed to recoup the costs of investigating and bringing to court those found to be in ‘material breach’ of health and safety laws. From now on these companies will be ordered to pay a recovery cost, charged at a set hourly rate of £124 per hour and based on the amount of time taken for HSE inspectors to identify a breach of legislation and to conclude any necessary regulatory action.
The National Safety Symposium, held by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) from September 2-4, brought renewed focus on the difficulties often identified by business leaders of managing health and safety requirements in the current economic climate. A survey commissioned by IOSH on this topic reveals a great deal about how UK business leaders approach health and safety management in theory and in practice.
A ‘blitz on red tape’ was announced on September 10 by Business Minister Michael Fallon. From next April, binding rules will be implemented on both the Health & Safety Executive and local authorities. The new initiative will exempt hundreds of thousands of businesses from health and safety inspections. In addition, the Government has set a goal to either scrap or overhaul 3,000 of the 6,000 current regulations.
A 12-week consultation has begun on changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). If these proposals go through, they could increase the burden on companies, so the focus should be on improving internal health and safety management.
Two weeks ago our post, Health and Safety Management in the Current Economic Climate, addressed the perception of many business leaders that health and safety policies are difficult to manage in an unfavourable economic environment. Nigel Bryson in his book, Zero Harm, highlights that business leaders have a lot to gain, especially during a downturn, from listening to the suggestions of their employees regarding the best ways to implement effective and efficient health and safety leadership policy.