- Published: Friday, 13 May 2016 15:27
How to Use Mobile Forms as a Training Tool for Safety Compliance
Part 4 of 4
By: Shannon Corgan, Director of Marketing
If you missed Part One, 3 Ways Mobile Forms Protect Multi-location businesses from New OSHA implications, Click Here.
Did you know you can use mobile forms for training employees on safety? I hope you enjoy the final article in our four-part series focusing on How Mobile Forms Improve Your Safety Programs. Knowledge is power and the best thing any organization can do is educate and provide training for managers and supervisors on how to prevent injuries as well as OSHA guidelines, and company processes and procedures for injury reporting. Your managers and supervisors are on the front line and hear and see what’s going on in your business day to day.
“According to the National Safety Council, workplace injuries and illnesses cost our economy 198.2 billion dollars a year. That's over half a billion dollars each day! Employers who invest in injury and illness prevention programs can expect significant cost savings in addition to reducing fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it's the right thing to do for your business." said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor1
So, now that we know that safety issues have a financial impact, how can you help your business reduce employee injuries and use mobile forms for training on safety topics? Are safety and injury reporting part of your onboarding for new managers and supervisors for injury reporting and prevention? If not, it should be. How often are you providing training? Do your managers and supervisors know where to go to ask questions as they arise for injury reporting? Mobile forms are great tools to support your managers and supervisors and allow you to create intelligent forms that walk them through safety recordkeeping and timeline requirements. For example, if a supervisor or manager wasn’t sure about one of the questions on the mobile form, there could be an option for “I don’t know” which would prompt follow up questions to help them provide the right answer to the question. You can even provide them with a training video to help them answer the question correctly.
After the onboarding training is conducted with your managers and supervisors, what do you have in place to help them apply the training? Have you developed educational content within the safety reporting to give them the resources to answer the questions correctly? Think about how much new policy and procedure information needs to be provided to managers in their first months of employment. Most employees don’t know what they didn’t understand until they have to apply the information in a real situation.
Because of the advancements with forms, mobile forms can help educate your managers and supervisors to determine if an injury is reportable. Businesses can personalize their mobile forms and use conditional logic to guide managers and supervisors through the completion of forms. Based on their responses additional questions appear and if they are unsure of any answer, more in-depth clarifying questions can guide them to an appropriate answer. The leading mobile forms products of today can become a self-guided assessment tool to educate supervisors and managers, as they fill out the injury form. The mobile form can also prompt them with instructions to help them determine if they need to contact OSHA and within what timeframe or do we just need to inform the company’s safety and compliance manager. The manager or supervisor can also document the date and time of their notification to OSHA if it’s needed.
Businesses can also use mobile forms to create an audit trail for the training programs you have put in place for employees, managers, and supervisors. After each of your training sessions, you can capture electronic signatures from employees verifying that they received training on injury and illness prevention programs.