Ryan Mitchell, head of Quality, Health, Safety, Excellence and Wellbeing (QHSEW), at leading UAE-based FM company Farnek underscored the importance of digitalisation for HSE auditing at the MENA HSE Forum, which took place from 1-2 November at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai
With a central theme of the forum being digital transformation to improve the HSE function, the forum showcased cutting-edge tools and mobile apps that are set to revolutionise how auditors traditionally operate, as well as exploring the significant benefits that this transformation brings to the HSE auditing community.
Mitchell, along with other panellists, stressed the benefits of digitalisation in HSE and the core areas that a digital mindset could be applied to improve HSE, as well as the issues facing implementation, while examining the solutions to overcome those challenges.
“SAFETEK, which was developed in-house by Farnek group company HITEK is a digital safety management tool with the power of automation, which supports organisations that are trying to move from reactive to a more predictive approach.
“Our cloud and mobility-based solution was built specifically to digitalise the auditing process, including reporting, to work towards a safer workplace. SAFETEK includes reporting times and data analysis to provide insights for preventative action,” said Mitchell.
SAFETEK’s features include a safety KPI dashboard, which allows users to capture reports in the field, tracks follow up actions, can check the health status of employees, accommodates customised forms and checklists, schedules inspections and audits with notifications, as well as white labelling options and third-party integration.
“SAFETEK reduces downtime and ensures business continuity, which can lead to cost savings for organisations through reduced accidents, better resource allocation, and improved efficiency - not to mention a safer workplace,” added Mitchell.
The MENA HSE Forum was a huge success, featuring speakers representing UAE regulatory bodies such as Engr. Raed Al Marzooqi, Manager of Studies & Systems at Dubai Municipality, Dr. Waddah Ghanem Al Hashmi, Chairman of the Federal Committee for Occupational Safety & Health Fellow & UAE Chapter Advisory, Suzan Al Ghanem, Section Head Organisational Resilience & Business Continuity at the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi and Binu Kalarickan, Director of Health, Safety and Environment at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone Authority – Government of Ras Al Khaimah.
Other eminent speakers representing the region’s leading companies including ADNOC, DP World, Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminum, DAMAC and Dubai Holding, were also present.