After months of research and internal meetings, you’ve finally chosen a safety software solution to help your company manage important documents. You might be eager to finally cross that task off your list, but the reality is, your most important responsibility has just begun.
Ensuring a smooth implementation across the workforce is essential to the success of any new safety initiative. The moment employees log on and realize something doesn’t work properly or perceive the process is too complicated, you’ve lost them. They’re not likely to use the program regularly or utilize its full potential, and your investment will have been wasted.
This was a major concern for Robert Hammond, a site human resource manager and safety director at Roseburg Forest Products, a timber products company that began with a mere 25 employees and has grown to more than 3,000 in its 75-year history. With 12 manufacturing facilities across the United States, it lacked a uniform approach to managing important safety and compliance documents. Each site had its own system, mostly stored among cumbersome spreadsheets. It had become difficult to keep track of lost time accidents, near misses and other key statistics across the company.
Hammond assisted with the implementation of BasicSafe integrated safety software across all Roseburg’s sites in January 2015 to bring a more consistent approach to safety and make it easier to identify trends. Prior to the launch, however, Hammond and other key stakeholders spent months setting up the foundation.
Here are four tips he shared for successfully implementing safety software across a large company.