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Software aims to help companies meet health and safety obligations

Kate Gudsell – May 5, 2015

The software company CS-VUE is moving into the health and safety space to help companies better manage their obligations.

The Auckland-based company has developed software which helps companies to manage their resource consents.

Businesses such as Bathurst Resources, Winstone Aggregates, OceanaGold and Ravensdown all use CS-VUE’s product, as well as a number of Government agencies including the New Zealand Transport Agency, KiwiRail and Transpower.

The current software works in three parts, taking a holistic view on environmental obligations that give organisations an “environmental balance sheet.”

Consents that are issued, which includes consents and rulings from New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals, the Department of Conservation, the Environmental Protection Authority and regional and district councils, are entered into the system.

The consent is then broken down into all of its conditions which creates a workflow model for the clients, the technology tracks the consent and conditions as they become pending, with active requirements notifying the relevant managers.

The last part requires companies to sign off on the conditions, effectively creating an audit trail through the system so that businesses have years of history to prove they have been meeting environmental obligations.

Now CS-VUE has developed a health and safety module to help firms with impending legislative responsibilities.

The company’s general manager Wayne Fisher says the data, which belongs to the client, could be used as evidence if it was required to, “it’s designed to prove compliance that is formed by legislation.”

Fisher says corporate governance dictates health and safety compliance must be met, and boards have a large focus on their risks and mitigating those.

“Now that directors will become responsible under the new legislation, they will want to prove compliance within the health and safety sphere. And that means understanding what the risks are, by mitigating them and proving they can eliminate the risks.”

Under CS-VUE’s environmental system, if there is an incident it can be tied back to specific permits and the system will record what steps were taken to resolve the issue.

If accidents do happen companies will want to prove that they have identified all the hazards and eliminated them Fisher says and the software will enable companies to notify WorkSafe if there is an incident.

Fisher says CS-VUE identified that companies would need help, and the product is cost-effective.

He estimates the cost of the product to be substantially less than that of a salary, “for a small company much less . . . in the end, the cost of compliance is considerably cheaper than non-compliance.”

Fisher believes there is a need for such a piece of software in the extractives industry, “what we have is something the industry doesn’t have at the moment.”

Fisher says given the software is dealing with commercially sensitive information the security of the system is very tight.

He describes it as having a double layer of security, “one of our developers spends probably 50 per cent of his time making sure the software is secure.”

The cloud-based software is accessible 24-7 and provides companies with an on the spot view point of where they are in terms of compliance, or the “environmental balance sheet.”

It is run out of NZ, and the cloud-host is in this country, it is also backed up here, but in a separate location.

Originally published on Inside Resources

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