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Thrilled to announce Certainty Software version 1.7 is ready for release!

 

Overview of what’s in the release:

 

  • Business Intelligence drill through metrics reporting
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    Certainty Software Version 1.7 Ready for Release!

  • Add actions ‘on-the-fly’
  • Dashboard – ‘Previous Day’, ‘Previous Month’ and ‘Previous Year’ parameter settings
  • ‘Save as’ feature for System & Custom Reports
  • Checklist ‘Preview’ in Checklist Builder
  • Time zone stamps on System & Custom Reports
  • Multi-lingual System & Custom Reports
  • Define number of checklists to show per page in app/.mobi
  • Allow .com user to administer both .com and .mobi access
  • Various bug fixes and performance enhancements

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Super excited about the release of the new BI dashboard reporting tool! Dynamic, roll-up, drill through and super powerful!! Ready for launch in our 1.7 release being rolled out now!

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5 Tips for a Better BBS Program

5 Tips for a Better BBS Program

Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is a process centered around the one thing that will never be excluded from workplace safety incidents – people. Behavior Based Safety focuses people’s attention and actions on the daily safety behavior of themselves and those around them. It is the goal of any BBS program to observe what people do, but more importantly, why they do it. Here are 5 key elements to make your BBS program succeed:

  1. 100% Buy-in – Everyone Has Got to be on Board. The entire workplace needs to be trained in two major areas. First, they need to know how to observe behaviors and find unsafe actions. Then they need to learn to communicate these observations in a non-confrontational way.
  1. Support Your Program with the Right Technology. No matter the scale, a corporate-wide safety initiative needs to be backed by the right tech. Finding the software is easy, but it’s important to have your entire workforce trained.
  1. Measure the Cause, Not Just the Symptoms. Many safety programs are only measured on performance. A Behavior Based Safety Program can find the underlying motives behind potentially unsafe actions and therefore move to reduce or eliminate them completely.
  1. Create Safety Leaders, not Safety Managers: Behavior Based Safety Programs rely on the initiative of every employee, no matter where they are on the corporate ladder, to contribute their ideas and become safety self-accountable.
  1. Observations are only half the battle. Any well-rounded BBS program identifies which actions are most likely to lead to unsafe situations and finds an effective way to encourage safer behaviors through incentives, training and initiatives.

With these key elements in mind, you’re on your way to establishing a behavior-focused safety program. Seeing the results will take time, but the changes from these programs can have a very positive and long-lasting effect.

 

Try our BBS checklist for free.

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Behavior Based Safety (BBS) is a safety management discipline based on the premise that a worker’s behavior is the root cause of many, if not most, workplace incidents and injuries. BBS involves observing employees in the workplace and attempts to influence safer behavior through coaching and educating employees to make safer decisions about their actions.

Typically, a BBS program:Behavior based safety observation

  1. Involves safety personnel – and other employees – observing the workplace activities of workers to identify unsafe behaviors and any actions that may lead to unsafe outcomes;
  2. Aims to understand what is causing the unsafe behaviors;
  3. Implements training, awareness and incentives to eliminate the causes of unsafe behaviors and ultimately replace unsafe behaviors with safe ones.

If done effectively, a BBS program can have long-lasting and extraordinarily positive effects on the safety performance of a company and its employees.

Try our BBS checklist for free.

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Quality audit data collection

Certainty helped Rocky Brands reduce data collection, management and reporting time by 70%

Rocky Brands Inc. is a global leader in apparel and footwear manufacturing and until recently collected their Quality Assurance (QA), Layered Process (LPA), Verification and Lean Manufacturing audit data by hand. Their audit results were then manually keyed into Excel to produce the Quality Management reports and charts needed.

Rocky Brands began using Certainty in an effort to improve their auditing activities and were able to reduce – by 70% – the hours needed for their quality audit data collection, collating and reporting. They now have real-time access to consistent, comparable and actionable Quality Management metrics across their business.

So glad to be a part of this great success story!

Read the full case study here

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Join us for free at the NSC!

Join Certainty Software at the National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Houston on October 22nd – 24th with this FREE 3-Day Guest Pass ($225 value)!

Follow this link to get your FREE 3 day Guest Pass and complete a ‘Attendee Registration’.

The Certainty Team are at booth 4706 and we look forward to showing you Certainty Software – our world class audit & inspection management software!

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Management Solution - Agriculture, Mining & Aggregates

Management Solution – Shipping, Ports & Transport

When management are pressing for a schedule to be maintained and telling people that the ‘deadline must be met’, they would do well to pause for thought.

It’s management that’s responsible for the performance of our people in the field. Recently in the media we’ve seen some notable examples of safety management failure in the shipping industry – but the same principle of accountability extends across all industry sectors. With shipping in mind, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the comments make at the Court of Inquiry for the loss of the British ferry HERALD OF FREE ENTERPRISE when 193 people died. The Judge ruled:

All concerned in management, from the members of the Board of Directors down to the junior superintendents, were guilty of fault in that all must be regarded as sharing responsibility for the failure of management. From the top to the bottom the body corporate was infected with the disease of sloppiness’.

It was as a result of this disaster that the maritime industry introduced the International Safety Management code for ships. This code requires ship owners to define their procedures and, as a result, many operators now make extensive use of checklists to ensure that tasks are completed thoroughly and management have ‘overview’..

Certainty Software software is ideal for recording inspection data and providing management overview of safety procedures in any industry. It’s a web based solution for any audit or inspection based management program.

The following is a list of features that help ensure that field personnel can easily record inspection data and for management to maintain overview.

  • Checklist data entry from paper, browser, iOS and Android apps
  • Allows On and Offline data capture
  • Allows for electronic signatures
  • Action management tool for managing issues and associated corrective actions
  • Configurable rules engine for action notifications, checklist answer alerts and reminders
  • Configurable, user-specific dashboard for reporting trends, issues and safety performance across your business
  • Instant, powerful and flexible reporting by site, business unit or corporate-wide
  • Full online access to all data and analytics with standard and custom reporting
  • Automatic reports for OSHA 300, OSHA 300A, Incident Rates, and more
  • Analyse and report data online or export to PDF, Excel, CSV, and JPEG formats
  • Drag & drop checklist builder to easily create your own checklists
  • Blank paper-based checklists printed directly from the system
  • No proprietary scanning hardware required
  • Easily attach photos to observations, inspections, and assessments completed by browser or app
  • Multi language capability
  • Integrates with other ERP, HR, EHS solutions if needed

Why not take the Certainty Software Challenge and see if you can improve the quality of your company’s inspection or auditing processes, improve management overview AND save cost – we bet you can and it will cost you nothing to find out!

 

 

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Take the ‘Certainty Software Challenge’

Unless you’re like the retail business manager who once told me that he was ‘making way too much money to worry about cutting costs’, cost management simply aims to achieve the most cost-effective way of delivering your goods or services to a given level of quality.

Cost management isn’t about reducing quality or short-changing customers. The low-cost airlines are arguably the best examples of businesses where cost management is successfully delivered. European airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet have either removed or now charge customers for many non-essential services. Similarly, discount retailers such as Poundland, Lidl and Aldi relentlessly focus on managing their costs.

Theoretically reducing operating costs will result in higher profits and better cash flow. The key however is to identify cost-reductions which don’t adversely affect revenue, quality or customer service.

Like my acquaintance in the retail sector, businesses tend to go through phases of cost management. When a business is enjoying rapid growth in revenues, costs don’t necessarily get the attention they deserve. However, before too long, the business has substantially grown and its cost base has added enormous complexity to the organisation. This situation is often not spotted by management and that can spell disaster.

Sometimes it takes a severe economic downturn to prompt managers to take a hard look at costs to try and see where savings can be made. We’ve listed some examples of areas where managers can start to make cost reductions – in addition to taking the Certainty Software Challenge!

As a note of caution however, don’t try and do everything in one pass – it’s not necessary. Act in one area, then revisit it and keep refining things. Be sure you’re not being too aggressive in one area which can then affect other parts of the business by eroding quality, capacity or morale.

  • Eliminate waste and avoid duplication
  • Simplify processes and procedures
  • Consider investing in better tools or technology
  • Outsource non-core activities
  • Negotiate better prices with suppliers
  • Improve communication
  • Prune product ranges and customer accounts to eliminate unprofitable business
  • Introduce flexible working practices that benefit both the employee and employer
  • Control non-essential overheads
  • Take the Certainty Software Challenge!