Choosing the best health and safety software for construction can be broken down into a number of simple steps:
Step 1: Locate all potential providers for health and safety software for construction.A great source for this material is Capterra. This list is long, be sure you spend a decent amount of time digging through it to find the best description for what you are looking for. Be sure to weed out technical descriptions as they don't really matter when evaluating systems. Ask yourself "What is the value I am seeking in a health and safety software package?" then locate the description that best answers your demand.
Step 2: Identify the type of solution you are looking for.Do you want a simple form submission system or would you prefer a full management system? Maybe something that bridges the gap? Depending on how much resources you would like to commit to overseeing the system, this answer will change. The wrong form submission system will not save you any work if it doesnt also have searching and reporting abilities. A system that can allow you to locate the information you are searching for by presenting you managed data will save you more than 80% of the time it takes to locate information. Keep this in your mind.
Step 3: Be sure to separate the results of the software into the above categories and participate in Live demonstrations of the product.Ask specific questions, like can I track a workers progress in real-time? or Where can I view the submissions map to see where all of my form submissions are coming from? These questions will quickly weed out the weak solutions and help to identify the systems that are truely innovating and will be robust enough to deliver for your company's needs.
Step 4: Look at the price of each compared to the true value that each system will bring to you.A simple form submission system will create more work to manage and collect data from your workforce, but it may cost less. A full management suite will eliminate tasks from your job but it may cost a bit more. Safety management software suites that don't collect data from the field may end up costing you way more in time and effort as you will need to transcribe data from form submissions into their database, or worse yet, have to pay an external party to transcribe them for you! Be very careful not to get your company into a situation where you are dependant on someone else to manage or administer YOUR system.