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What Are the Benefits of Safety and Compliance Software?


Safety and compliance are critical components of any organisation and how it operates, regardless of its size or industry.

Publish Date:
Aug 1, 2023
Read Time:
6 Minutes

Accidents and injuries in the workplace can cause significant harm to employees, affect productivity, and impact the bottom line.

According to figures on the HSE website, in the UK 565,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury in 2021/22. There were 61,713 non-fatal injuries reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) during the same period.

Failing to comply with regulations and health and safety legislation can result in significant fines, legal disputes, and reputational damage. Ultimately, it could end up in a business having to cease trading.

Nevertheless, managing safety and compliance can be complex and time-consuming, especially for organisations with a large workforce or multiple locations. It takes time and focus away from the core activities of a business which earn it money. This is where effective safety and compliance software comes in. In this article, we explore the benefits of safety and compliance software and how it can help organisations improve health and safety, comply with regulations, and increase their bottom line.

Improved Safety

The most significant benefit of safety and compliance software is improved safety in the workplace. Software can automate safety processes and procedures, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. For example, safety software can be used to create safety checklists, automate risk assessments and method statements, and track safety compliance. By automating and standardising these tasks, safety software reduces the risk of human error, which can lead to accidents and injuries.

A good software platform will build in checks and safeguards to ensure that the user actually thinks about the process that they are undertaking on the platform, rather than just ticking boxes. Mandatory steps, discretionary steps. And a good platform will also allow companies to easily design their own forms and processes within the software.

Safety software can help organisations identify potential hazards and address them before they become a problem. For instance, safety software can be used to track incidents, near-misses, and other safety data, allowing organisations to analyse trends and take proactive measures to close out risks, prevent future accidents and protect the health and wellbeing of their people.

Enhanced Compliance

Another critical benefit of safety and compliance software is enhanced compliance. Compliance software can help organisations comply with legislation, regulations and standards, ensuring they meet legal requirements and avoid penalties. For example, compliance software can help organisations keep track of safety training requirements and certifications, ensuring that employees are properly trained and qualified to perform their job duties. This can then be readily demonstrated to third party accreditation bodies, in connection with ISO certifications for example, saving significant amounts of time.

“The HSE and ISO certification bodies are not permitted to recommend any particular safety platform or methodology. However, I know from direct experience that where the HSE or an ISO certification body is auditing a company, where they have a comprehensive software platform in place, it sets the tone for a positive experience all round.”

Robin Wilkes, Managing Director of Heddon Safety & Environmental Services Ltd, providing a range of health and safety and compliance related advisory services

Compliance software can help organisations stay up-to-date with changing regulations and standards. It can be used to track new safety regulations and requirements, allowing organisations to update their policies and procedures accordingly.

Increased Efficiency and Reduced Costs

A key benefit often overlooked is that the right safety and compliance software can increase efficiency in the workplace. Through automation of time-consuming tasks, such as reporting and record keeping, safety software frees up staff to focus on more important tasks – the tasks that actually generate revenue. For example, instead of spending hours manually compiling safety data, staff can use safety software to generate reports automatically.

Safety software can streamline communication between employees, managers, and other stakeholders, ensuring that everyone is aware of safety procedures and compliance requirements. For example, safety software can be used to send automated alerts and reminders to employees about safety training and certification deadlines. It can also ensure that all relevant parties are accessing and working from the most up to date project documentation, or in accordance with the latest policies or operating procedures.

In addition to the increased day to day efficiency, there are also other significant costs which can be avoided with the right software in place. Better safety and compliance performance means less risk of accident related downtime, and connected investigation time. This also means a reduced risk of hefty legal bills in connection with safety incidents, regulatory investigations.

Better Data Management

Safety and compliance software can help organisations better manage their data. Compliance software can help organisations keep track of important data and documentation, such as training records, incident reports, and audits. This data can be used to identify trends and patterns, allowing organisations to take proactive measures to prevent accidents and improve safety. As mentioned above, it also ensures that everyone is working in accordance with the latest relevant policies and procedures, or to the latest applicable regulations.

Safety software can be used to generate reports and dashboards that provide a comprehensive view of safety data. These reports can help organisations identify areas for improvement and track progress over time.

Improved Communication

Communication is critical in any organisation, and never more so than when it comes to safety and compliance. Safety and compliance software can facilitate better communication between employees, managers, and other stakeholders. For example, safety software can be used to send automated alerts and reminders to employees about safety procedures and compliance requirements.

Safety software can be used to create a centralised repository of safety and compliance data, which can be accessed by all stakeholders. This can improve collaboration and ensure that everyone is on the same page. It can also push out notifications, reminders and alerts, to keep everyone updated and aware of any change in circumstances or requirements.

Employee Engagement

Safety software often includes features such as incident reporting and employee training modules. This fosters a culture of safety and encourages employees to actively participate in identifying hazards, reporting incidents, and suggesting safety improvements. It empowers your workforce to be more aware and take ownership of safety initiatives.

Where employees feel that their employer cares about them and their wellbeing, this undoubtedly fosters a sense of appreciation and increased engagement.


Failure to adequately address safety and compliance can harm your business’s reputation, both internally and externally. News of accidents, non-compliance issues, or legal actions can tarnish your brand image, leading to a loss of trust among employees, customers, and stakeholders. Rebuilding a damaged reputation can be a challenging and costly exercise.

Conversely, the ability to show clients your commitment to health and safety, through investment in a comprehensive software platform, is worth its weight in gold. The same applies to prospective new employees, regulatory bodies, auditors etc.


Investment in safety and compliance software demonstrates your commitment to the health and wellbeing of your employees, regulatory compliance, and the overall success of your business. It can help you mitigate risks, streamline processes, and create a safer work environment, leading to improved operational efficiency and reduced financial and legal risks.

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Mark Lisgo
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