New mobile trend emerging in the Safety industry

Dublin, Ireland. Reston, VA, USA. A new trend is emerging in the Safety industry globally with the increase in use of mobile apps in order to carry out routine safety checks in the workplace. Two firms at the face of this are Irish safety specialist, Safety-Link Consulting based in Co. Monaghan and US mobile app specialist, Canvas Solutions. Both companies came together last autumn to develop new safety apps that can be downloaded from the Safety-Link Consulting App Store. Three months after launching, safety specialists in Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand have downloaded and used these apps. Interest is also growing in other parts of the world. “More and more companies and organisations are opting to replace costly paper forms for safety checks and take advantage of smartphone as well as tablet technology and embrace the use of apps in the workplace,” said Martin Denny, managing director, Safety-Link Consulting.

“There has been a huge move towards apps by consumers worldwide and what we are seeing in business is more and more safety consultants and senior level managers signing up for our safety apps. They are realising how cost effective they are, how easy they are to use and importantly how less labour and admin intensive they are compared to carrying out safety checks, audits and reports on paper,” he added.

The safety apps are free to download from the Safety-Link Consulting App Store for a 30-day trial. With Canvas, you pay for the service, not the apps. After the trial period, three payment options are available including a pay as you go term for as little as €0.39 per form per mobile user, or €16 per month for an unlimited number of form submissions per mobile user. There is also an annual package available for €164 that gives 12 months of unlimited form submissions per mobile user. “Safety-Link has done a great service to the safety community by providing these apps,” said Michael Benedict, vice president, application store, Canvas. “Now safety consultants and line managers can complete inspections and assessments right on their smartphone or tablet, add images and access any previous inspections right from their device – in the field.  It makes their job easier and far more efficient.”

Since the launch of the App Store three months ago, just under 150 users have signed up from sectors including farming, construction, road and water transport, logistics, manufacturing, safety services, wind farming, oil exploration, disability services, communications, city services and other public sector services. The safety apps are set up in a way that they ask all the right questions and are fully editable so you are not stuck with a locked format. With the added benefit of adding images and GPS, the form can be signed off with a digital signature. Once a form is completed a PDF is automatically generated that can be emailed to the client. To date, over 40 safety apps are available at the Safety-Link Consulting App Store and users can watch videos of the apps prior to downloading them.

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