When we look at the setup of modern industries, how they are shaped, staffed and run on an express scale – the harmony between human capital and automation makes all the difference.
The way industries have evolved, irrespective of their singular domain knowledge R&D and advancements in technology – core processes and their modal deployment hasn’t varied much over the course of time. Simply said, the industrial world is still dictated by ‘ways and means’ of collective human understanding.
EHS compliance is often afflicted by such constraints. In human terms, time and monetary feasibility rule the day and more often than not, safety can occupy the passenger seat. The driver in this analogy is engineering and manufacturing technology, however safety should always be the navigator. It offers elevated support, clear barking instructions and time bound advisory prior to major or even minor events. A live example of this is World Rally Championship (WRC), where the navigator (co-driver) barks a running commentary of map, terrain, location, time gaps and associated advisory to the driver. All of this at speeds in excess of 150-200 kmph on your average roads.
Basic compliance can be defined as the state where the EHS-OHS responsibilities are being confirmed as per the regulatory norms. However, this isn’t safety prioritization, rather an effort to attain baseline safety levels. The incidents get documented, the trainings meet their quota while process safety and safety engineering ideas remain firmly locked away in minds and/or on hard drives.
Retroactive approaches to safety such as these have led to incidents and accidents to varying degrees of catastrophe. On the other end of the spectrum lies the promise of achieving superior productivity by enabling and enhancing employee capabilities via proactive safety measures. A ‘fall safety harness’ wearing trained worker has a better chance of performing well for Work at height scenarios than an untrained worker with little to no fall protection.
Cranking the safety threshold means that the safety priorities resonate at each segment within the industry. Workforce receives better training, reporting and occupational health mechanisms while mechanized assets have proactive isolation, reporting and automation solutions in place.
Like all progressive ideas, industries need growth. Not just the financial bottom line per se but the other major factors that keep its heart ticking – workforce and mechanized assets. Basic compliance have no room or capacity for accommodating such levels of finesse. It can only help your organization to attain a ‘satisfactory’ level of safety, each year.
Proactive systems are required by modern industries to grow organically yet with the confidence of safety prioritization:
- Software automation: Boosts reporting, supports on-field efficiency and provides accuracy to all industrial endeavours with assured safety outcomes built-in, as default.
- Superior trainings: Encompass animation and scenario based customizations that can catch attention by exploring familiar mindset and trigger learnings through novel pedagogy.
- EHS advisory: Ready to deploy experienced manpower with turnkey capabilities.
For modern industries, basic compliance is equivalent of a rudder-less ship, traversing along without the guidance and direction of safety and at the mercy of whatever lies along its way on this uncertain journey.