As the Health and Safety Manager for Building Denmark, I have to travel a lot. My colleagues claim that I have my office in my car and in my mobile phone. That’s a pretty accurate description and it’s possible because I have access to all the data and OHS reports in our reporting system via my PC and mobile devices.
The projects make their observations using a simple app. I have noticed that when it is easy to make reports about your work environment and you experience that your reports lead to improvements, then you submit reports to a greater extent. In Denmark, the number and quality of the reports is increasing continuously. This enables us to move our focus from avoiding accidents to working more preventively and jointly creating a good work environment.
A while ago, I visited the “Papirøen” project, at Christiansholm in Copenhagen, where NCC is building housing units. Before visiting a project, I study the reports and observations we have received from the project. This gives me a good impression of what aspects of the OHS efforts are working, and where they could possibly need support in order to develop.
We then take a look at this together and I am able, directly on site, to update the reports with additional information in the form of photos or comments. This enhances the quality of my work when I subsequently work on analysis or statistics on my PC at home and I then relay this knowledge back to the worksite. Because I, and all of the others, have access to the same information, this makes us more efficient. This is the essence of working in a computerized and knowledge-driven manner.
Christian Køhler-Johansen, Health and Safety Manager at Building Denmark