DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE OF THE BIGGEST SOFTWARE MISTAKES COST $125 MILLION?
On its mission to Mars in 1998 the Climate Orbiter spacecraft was ultimately lost in space. Although the failure bemused engineers for some time it was revealed that a sub contractor on the engineering team failed to make a simple conversion from English units to metric. An embarrassing lapse that sent the $125 million craft fatally close to Mars’ surface after attempting to stabilize its orbit too low. Flight controllers believe the spacecraft plowed into Mars’ atmosphere where the associated stresses crippled its communications, leaving it hurtling on through space in an orbit around the sun.
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These 2 disturbing articles – that happened in the same month I write this blog – are only 2 examples of the increasing risks that our educational institutes and establishments are facing.
Parents, caretakers and stakeholders are also becoming increasingly aware of these risks and are taking steps to ensure the education provider of their choice is following the health and safety principles, responsibilities and practises that they are mandated to follow.
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HEALTH AND SAFETY SOFTWARE – THE PRO’S AND CON’S
30 June 2019
This year marks 30 years since the internet came into being. When it was first launched, many of our esteemed peers declared it would fail spectacularly, and yet look at us today. The internet affects and facilitates nearly every aspect of modern life. We use it for education by streamlining access to information and making it easier for individuals to engage in online learning. It is the place we go for information and is fast becoming our most used form of communication. Businesses, politics and government are all reliant on it, and the ways in which we use it continue to grow. Who would have thought!
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In a time frame that is far shorter than we anticipate, mobile, real-time access to centrally stored data is going to become the standard operating protocal for all businesses. Gen Z understand nothing else, it is in their blood and they cannot function without it. They wake up with it, go to sleep with it and will spend an average of 5.2 hours a day consuming & generating content on their phones.
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20 April 2019
“We all know that poor OHS compliance leads to low staff engagement, high turnover, lawsuits, fines, damage to a company’s brand and of course, their bottom line. So of course it makes sense to get your health and safety compliance running smoothly. Yet far too many industries are fraught with poorly defined procedures, employees uncertain about accountabilities, and little or no formality to recording and reporting occupational health and safety issues.”
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Implementing a health and safety management system is a good start. But it’s just a start. Every single day, we get a front-row seat to see how technology is transforming how we do business and the speed at which we do it. A great example of this is PayPal.
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Having contractors & suppliers on your premises is becoming increasingly risky and therefore costly. The responsibility is placed squarely on the business using their services and/or products to ensure they are compliant, safe and working in a healthly environment. Misplacing a single document or missing a single step could result in significant financial loss and time burden to your business. However making sure you dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s requires significant time and resource. If you don’t find ways to do this effectively and efficiently, the cost of compliance could result in unecessary fianancial loss for your business. Fortunately there are ways you can be compliant with minimal administrative burden. Here’s how…..
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South Africa has seen many fatal tragedies in the last few years, from the collapse of the Grayston Drive pedestrial bridge to the fatal fire in the building belonging to the Gauteng government this year. Nearly 5 000 workers die each year as a result of fatal injuries incurred during work-related incidents
As the person responsible for health & safety in your business, there are some key steps you can take to ensure 2019 is a safe environment for your business, and that you will meet all your EHS objectives. Identifying these steps with your teams and turning them into New Year’s resolutions for your business will be a great way to kick off your year.
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Despite the economic and political challenges South Africa faces, the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) laws and regulations in the country continue to grow at a rapid rate.In the last few years, South Africa has increased its regulatory framework and structures to address increasing EHS incidents and concerns. The influence of international laws, the use of real-time technology, globalisation, public pressure and ever increasing use of systems to identify accountability of employees are all contributing factors.
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Getting budget approval and buy in from senior management is not only difficulty for EHS professionals but can also be a daunting task. Did you know? Getting buy-in and budget approval is noted as a top barrier to purchasing EHS Software, with 31% of companies saying that ‘no ROI justification’ is the main barrier to getting EHS tech funding.
If you can relate to these barriers, it may be time to start building your case! Below are the top tips to help you along the way:
1.GET YOUR EXECUTIVES ATTENTION!
Make sure you spend some time thinking about what makes your CEO, CFO, COO and decision-makers tick. What are the problems they’re facing and what keeps them up at night? Continue reading “5 Ways to Justify the Cost of Health and Safety Software to the Executive”