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COVID-19: The changing health and safety landscape

Adopting an agile risk management approach 

There are very few things that can be stated with any degree of confidence at the moment, but here’s one certainty: there’s no such thing as “business as usual”. 

 

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Millions of people are currently working from home, many for the first time in their careers. Meanwhile, governments around the world have, over the past few weeks, been announcing emergency economic packages to keep their respective economies ticking over. The situation is such that the former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has suggested the creation of a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

A large proportion of the economy is in quarantined shut-down as authorities attempt to bring COVID-19 under control. Those that continue to trade – supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations and such – have implemented unprecedented measures to try and limit the amount of contact between people. 

Currently, “business as usual” is not only impossible, but unethical. The situation is continuing to evolve rapidly, with suggestions that even further restrictions might be necessary.  

The majority of organisations have been caught out by the spread of the virus, which at the end of February was viewed by many as a secondary risk to supply chains and stock market values. Its rapid escalation to a front-line health threat throughout Europe and other parts of the world is irrefutable evidence of the deep business uncertainties that arise from our highly interconnected global economy. 

In this context, understanding and responding to your organisation’s risk profile might appear an impossible challenge. But for those who have – or are prepared to – adopt an agile approach based on modern software systems, the task is surmountable. 

Those forced to use clunky, old-fashioned pen and paper forms will not be able to keep pace as COVID-19 continues to re-shape the business landscape. But by leveraging everyday mobile technology, health and safety professionals have the power to immediately share and receive information from their workforce, regardless of where staff are located.  

With this and other vital data automatically compiled on a central dashboard of visual graphs and charts, it becomes possible to get an accurate real-time view of the risks and trends across your operations. Rather than wasting valuable time on data entry and compiling spreadsheets, you can focus on making the right decisions based on sound, up-to-date information. 

This is particularly powerful when it comes to refreshing risk assessments – a critical task in the current climate.  

Health and safety remains a legal requirement. Ensuring colleagues’ safety while maintaining business continuity is now the top priority for every organisation, regardless of size or sector. As this global pandemic continues to unfold, organisations will need to equip themselves with the right, intuitive tools to support an agile risk management approach to COVID-19 until we eventually return to normal trading. 

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When the only constant seems to be change. What’s your biggest challenge?

These are unprecedented times. Many organisations have closed their doors, with millions of employees working from home. This brings its own unique challenges, especially when trying to effectively manage risks and maintain visibility across, what is now, a remote workforce.

This webinar explored some of the most pressing challenges currently being faced by health and safety teams, including communication, mental health and well-being, lack of visibility across the workforce, social distancing and return to work planning.

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