Implementing or replacing a Control of Work system can be a daunting task. The project normally begins with an internal team outlining requirements and evaluating available options. There is a lot to consider – the efficiency, the cost, the timescale, whether the new software integrates with existing business programmes and if it has a user-friendly, intuitive interface. While these are extremely important questions to answer, there is more to a Control of Work project than meets the eye. Very often, companies fall into the trap of choosing “the best piece of software.”
Choosing the best software, although essential, is not the key objective of the project. The objective of a Control of Work project is to embed a safe system of work (SSoW) that reduces Control of Work risk and increases efficiency, ultimately creating a safer working environment.
This objective demands a holistic approach to Control of Work and requires careful planning of each critical area in an integrated safe system of work project:
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A Control of Work project involves a lot of planning and resources, but when implemented properly can become an integral part of your organisation and make the working environment safer. Achieving this vision is a joint effort of your organisation and your Control of Work supplier – make sure you have the best partner.
To improve the overall offering in the industry, every supplier of CoW systems should ensure they are performing at the top of their game, whilst always keeping the needs and requirements of the client at the forefront of the mind. If suppliers wish to be seen as reliable and robust service providers, they must look to improve across the board.
The market for Control of Work has developed rapidly in recent years and the choice is extensive. There are lots of solutions available – what will be right for one customer will probably be wrong for the next. It’s important not to rush it: take time to consider the right solution and where possible, take advantage of free consultancy from industry experts to ensure the right choices are made.