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Jan 30 2013   9:30PM GMT

Oracle releasing a better way to track health and safety issues?

Lena Weiner Lena Weiner Profile: Lena Weiner

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I worked as a burger flipper at a regional fast food chain. While there, I found countless ways to injure myself, from getting splashed with hot oil to shutting my fingers in the cash register to a very dramatic fall I took slipping on ice cream that a coworker forgot to announce had dropped on the floor while my vision was blocked by a dozen cheeseburgers I was carrying, all of which went flying through the air as I landed flat on my back.

Being 19 and very naive at the time, I didn’t think much of reporting any of these incidents to the authorities, much less using my experiences to help the organization I worked for to track their health and safety issues. In fact, I don’t think they really cared. Some companies do care, however (or, at very least, want to cover their asses and avoid getting sued), which is why Oracle just introduced the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Integrated and Comprehensive Solution for Health and Safety Incident Management during its annual JD Edwards Summit, currently taking place in Broomfield, Colo.

The first major software company to offer this sort of tracking software, Oracle is touting this as a way for organizations to record and analyze health and safety incidents, with the aim of preventing them in the future. In an online video posted on YouTube, Louise Farner of JD Edwards explains that this tool can be used to track all sorts of variables.

“Our new solution provides a comprehensive way to track health and safety incidents of all kinds—not simply those of injured employees,” she said. “You can also track near misses and potential incidents. JD Edwards Health and Safety Incident Management provides for the entire process, from the initial reporting of an incident through reporting it to OSHA and analyzing it to gain valuable insight.”

Farner added that the software can track environmental incidents such as chemical spills, as well as track witnesses and equipment involved, among other things. A sister product, One View Reporting for Health and Safety Incident Management, gives additional information on each incident.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Integrated and Comprehensive Solution for Health and Safety Incident Management allows whoever is in charge at the location of the incident to report it via tablet, and then immediately sends emails to “those that need to know” (I’m not sure what that means, but I’m betting HR is involved). It gives you a Google Maps view of where the incident took place, suggests that you indicate whether drug and alcohol testing has been involved and lets you track the projected cost of the incident. It also has a nifty safety scoreboard that displays the number of days since the last incident. Using Oracle BI capabilities, it also allows you to analyze what kinds of incidents are most prevalent.

This all sounds intriguing to me, and I’d be curious to know how well it works from any early adopters out there. If you’re using this product or thinking of adopting it, please let me know your thoughts– email me at lweiner@techtarget.com

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