The new and free Onsite Safety app uses mobile technology to help enable businesses across Australia to manage the health and safety of their workforce.
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According to SafeWork Australia, each year there are more than 107,000 workplace injuries or illnesses, costing employers and the community over $60 billion. Worse, Safe Work Australia data estimates that there were 178 workplace fatalities across Australia in 2016.

The Onsite Safety app assists businesses to achieve their safety goals by giving them the ability to connect with employees and contractors out in the field through a smartphone or tablet to help ensure individuals assess the hazards of a task before starting work.

Health and safety lawyer, Michael Tooma, said: "Managing the health and safety of employees and contractors when they are working out in the field can be extremely challenging for businesses. It is, nevertheless, an important part of the duty of care that all businesses have. With the increasing remote nature of work, it is crucial that businesses use technological solutions to ensure that their workers are not exposed to risks at work.

"The new Onsite Safety app helps address this problem by harnessing mobile technology to facilitate vital communication about health and safety risks between businesses and those working out in the field."

The new app has a number of features which businesses in all sectors can access for free including:

  • pre-prepared hazard assessment checklists for high risk activities;
  • the ability to develop customised hazard assessment checklists;
  • an incident reporting function;
  • the ability to share live hazard and incident notifications with GPS tagging; and
  • a health and safety newsfeed from SafeWork regulators.

The pre-prepared hazard assessment checklists have been developed in consultation with SafeWork NSW and cover the six key high risk activities responsible for the majority of workplace incidents including working at heights, electrical work, plant use, vehicle use on constructions sites, confined spaces and working with chemicals.

The information entered by workers using their smartphone or tablet is automatically logged in a portal allowing businesses to track and manage vital safety records in real-time.

Onsite Safety is available for download on iOS and Android via the App Store and Google Play. For more information, or to register your business, visit www.onsitesafetyapp.com.au.

The Onsite Safety app is an Australian engineered mobile software tool developed by Chocolate Coded.