SafetyCulture: Go digital – the future of your checklists and training

As we move into a post-pandemic world, it’s essential to evolve and iterate your working processes. Paper-based reporting and inspections are no longer enough to stay top of your game when it comes to health and safety or quality standards. If you aren’t already, you need to start thinking digital.

At the forefront of digitalisation within scaffolding is reporting, inspections and employee upskilling, in order to streamline processes, accountability and efficiency across the industry.

A digital checklist publishes the information collected into actionable insights, which provides real-time visibility across multiple scaffolding sites that management can respond to.

A digital process also creates a culture of continuous improvement by identifying consistent failures, enabling you to take action to upskill employees with, you guessed it, digital training!

However, switching to digital checklists needs to be done right to reap the rewards. So how do you create and execute an exemplary checklist?

Here’s our top tips:

  • Your checklist needs a clear purpose to allow you to collect the data and actions you desire
  • think about what you need it to do and test it out.
  • Collaborate with employees to prevent resistance. Explain the benefits, train them and get buy-in on the new process.
  • Make the switch and rewrite the playbook.

To thoroughly benefit from digitalisation you need to do one or the other, not both. Put down your pen and paper and switch the entirety of your checklists and training to digital only.

While you may inevitably face resistance when it comes to a change in process, don’t forget the endless benefits you stand to achieve from going digital, such as:

  • Real-time visibility; Digital checklists cut down the time taken to file a report and risks are reduced when management can see the data and issues come in as they happen. Delays in responses are prevented and actions can be assigned immediately anytime, anywhere.
  • Empowering employees; by providing mobile- first tools. Not only does the digital checklist provide increased visibility, it also creates a culture of accountability. Employees have the ability to hold one another accountable, flag issues and take action at the touch of a button, helping to create a “safety culture”.
  • Embracing a remote workforce; Going digital not only improves efficiency, it also helps accommodate a new type of workforce, one where deskless and remote workers will be the norm. We need to devise new ways of communicating seamlessly, accessible checklists and training, delivered through mobile devices, are one way of doing this.

About SafetyCulture

SafetyCulture is the operational heartbeat of working teams around the world. Its mobile-first operations platform leverages the power of human observation to identify issues and opportunities for businesses to improve everyday. More than 28,000 organisations use its flagship products, iAuditor and EdApp, to perform checks, train staff, report issues, automate tasks and communicate fluidly.

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