Workplace safety has grown to become more important to businesses nowadays, particularly in industries that require workers to deal with complex, heavy machinery on a daily basis.
The most basic safety requirements implemented across industries include wearing personal protective gear while at work; but this alone proved to insufficient as employees also need to adhere to a certain code of conduct to fully ensure their working environment is safe.
Local firm Nuara Group developed a web-based solution which enables corporates to not only supervise or monitor, but also study HSE matters specifically related to their operations.
The web-based system, Nuarasafe, allows companies to report, track, and manage incident, near-misses and audits. The data gathered through the system can also be used to conduct investigations more efficiently.
Reducing workplace incidents and fatality rate
One of the reasons why Nuara came up with the solution was to reduce the number of workplace fatalities in the country.
“In the last few years, we have seen an increase in the number of workplace fatalities which had caused us some concerns,” Corporate Executive Hazimah Sabri explained.
“So we went to several stakeholders to see if we can improve this together – end of the day, we found out that Brunei does not really have a dedicated HSE management system,”
“Everything is paper-based, and if a company does have an HSE management system, it is not based on a localized setting – which means it doesn’t really work with Brunei’s style,” she added.
With that in mind, Nuara proceeded to develop a system that works for Brunei and can be used across industries including construction, not just the oil and gas sector – which is the Nuarasafe.
The ultimate goals was to make HSE management more streamlined that the system could be accessed by both the management and the employees so all of them report any notable concerns.
While it is web-based, the system could also adapt to mobile phone systems. This means that employees would not have to wait for days just to have their reports checked.
What is important is that, having the system could help companies shorten their reaction time towards an incident. They may even deal with it straight away and avoid further complications.
Companies have their own standard operation procedures (SOP) to deal with incidents and they often include several chains of commands.
The SOP usually starts with reports being delivered to corresponding units through specific systems before actions could be taken, which may also take quite a while.
Through Nuarasafe, once a report is made, corresponding parties can immediately notified via various channels including e-mails. Companies may opt for a more mobile channel subject to their discussion with Nuara.
Localising source of references
One of the main functions of Nuarasafe is to compile incident data which may act as a guideline for companies to know what to do at the face of any safety-threatening circumstances, Managing Director Barbora Grexa said.
While Bruneian companies may have HSE policies in place, their guidelines to deal with certain incidents may depend on the experiences of similar companies overseas – whose solution may not really work or less effective in the local setting.
Through Nuarasafe, Nuara looks to stimulate companies to build their own HSE proficiencies based on what is practically around them.
Streamlined for better auditing and research
The database built around Nuarasafe can be used for many things. It could be used as auditing materials to evaluate company’s proficiency in HSE, and it could also be used to improve and enhance a company’s HSE policies.
The data that was entered automatically can easily be presented into graphs – a feature incorporated into the Nuarasafe meant to make it easier for clients to interpret their data.
“They would no longer need to extract the data and make graphs on their own. They could easily use our preset, use our perimeters and maybe do a little bit of tweaks to finally get the graphs that they wanted,” managing director said.
“Basically, it’s your data you have the power to withdraw exactly the right data that you need. It keeps people on their toes as well as everybody would know what needs to be done to get thing right,” she added.
Overall, Nuara aimed to make its Nuarasafe an HSE management system that would eliminate inefficiencies and shorten incident response time.
“By having key data available at your fingertips, increased transparency and accountability is ensured,” Managing Director Grexa said.
“This in turn will help you to draw better analysis in order to make better decisions. With all those factors in place, the consequence is a decrease in operational risks which will ultimately also help you reduce costs,” she added.
Visit www.nuarasafe.com to find out more about the software or watch an introductory video.
The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN