The edited article below appeared in the May 2017 issue of Canadian Occupational Magazine where Safety First Training was featured for its cloud based software for EHS Management
Companies switching to digital safety management for improved compliance, training tracking
BY LINDA JOHNSON
05/15/2017| CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
Safety First Training, based in Mississauga, Ont., has developed cloud-based software designed to keep track of compliance and training, something a lot of companies find difficult, says Allan Nolan, President.
“There are so many different scenarios. You could have an individual who took the training yesterday and it’s good for three years. Someone else is coming due next month. It can spiral out of control if you don’t have the proper management system, especially when you have lots of employees,” he says.
Nolan says his system is designed to be “a la carte”: there are different features and services and thus a wide price range. Equipment maintenance records can be input and easily accessed. A company can also upload employee performance reviews, resumés, driving certificates and training certificates from past jobs as well as from the current job.
“From a tracking standpoint, there’s no stone unturned. You can look at all your employees, equipment, safety inspection, audits and certification expiry dates,” he says. “We’re finding, for the HR role, this saves them a huge amount of time. Instead of relying so much on manpower, they can automate a lot of these tasks.”
Safety First Training’s system includes a large library of WHMIS and other standard safety courses embedded in the safety management program that workers can take any time.
“They can take a three-hour course online at home, which saves the employer lost productivity time for a training class. So there could be some cost savings and more flexibility for the employer.”
Nolan says some training is still best done the old-fashioned way; for example, when workers are being trained on machinery, such as aerial or scissor lifts.
“Whenever a hands-on approach is needed, we want to be at the employer’s place of business, where we can work with their employees on their equipment, so we can see a typical day and flag safety issues and help them become safer in their own workplace.”
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