Mobile App Helps Eliminate Barriers to Near-Miss ReportingMay 1, 2015
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were slightly more than 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported in 2013. While this number is lower than previous years, we wonder how many near misses went unreported. To help remove barriers to reporting, here’s a new mobile app called WorkplaceAware that employees can use to document near misses with photographs and a description. The documentation then routes to a mini, cellular desktop printer (called MessageQube) located in the safety director’s office.
Once a report prints on the MessageQube, it also posts to the employer’s online enterprise dashboard where management can view and manage reports, including documenting corrective action taken and escalating reports to higher authorities. Using WorkplaceAware, safety managers receive instant alerts to near-miss and safety-hazard reports as they print in real-time from the MessageQube. And, the system can be configured to also notify managers via e-mail when reports are filed.
“By using WorkplaceAware, companies can allow employees to report incidents without having to fill out pages of paperwork or holding up the work day,” says company CEO Rob Sweeney. “And, if employees choose, reports can be submitted anonymously.”www.workplaceaware.com
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