Articles DIGITALIZING SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT AS THE NEW NORMAL: An overview of the Automation of Occupational, Enviornment, Health and Safety Management during the COVID19 pandemic

DIGITALIZING SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT AS THE NEW NORMAL: An overview of the Automation of Occupational, Enviornment, Health and Safety Management during the COVID19 pandemic

Principal Author / Publisher:Alexia Mangansakan
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The COVID19 virus that spread throughout borders and have affected so many lives and its underlying factors – Jobs, Celebrations, Businesses etc. is the “major plot twist” this year had and we did not foresee. So much for the -- “2020 will be my year.”, “Plot Twist please, 2020.”, “Fast forward to 2020 please..” usual quotations we see in social media posts, comments, etc. thinking that the said year will be full of positivity. The world says otherwise.
Since the start of this global crisis, everything was put on hold and a “new normal” in our way of living is introduced. To be able to adapt and be able to continue the operations of the business sector, Meetings are conducted through Google Meet, Skype, Zoom and other social media platforms are being optimized now by organizations. Digitalization is at its peak all the more now that the world is experiencing this global pandemic. The shifting of all businesses (that are still in traditional settings) to a more digitalized unit is slowly developing thus more ways of innovation in business planning and operations are discovered.
Amidst this abrupt and negative change, a positive way of business continuity in the OSH and EHS world is given the opportunity to introduce the trend of automation and digitalization for its management. Together with the physical workforce of the operator, it creates a shift and work culture that is accessible, concise and technologically advanced. It is perfect for the modern setting these days where data is consolidated and automated and lets you harness all the information needed contactless with just a click away – anytime, anywhere. With the presence of OSH/EHS software automation, it allows the workload of the operator to be reduced thus enabling less cognitive stress and psychological burnouts, experience vast technical innovations, precise data analytics, real-time monitoring and an orderly consolidation of all data and metrics with no further infrastructure needed. The shift we are now experiencing not just involves technical advancements but also into the direction of total productivity for the operator thus achieving advancements in over-all organizational targets and possible return of investment for your business while still practicing social distancing.
This Pandemic we have now introduced us to a “New Normal” where social distancing and contactless encounters are part of safety measures that we need to be able to still continue our way of living. We don’t know when this virus ends but until then, automation and digitalization particularly for the OSH/ESH management in this setting is perfectly timed. With this shift, we can assure that the longevity of production continues. It is also a perfect investment since it can carry on with or without this pandemic. It is safe to say that, OSH and ESH has always been ready for the Digital age with or without the presence of an incident such as COVID-19.
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