The Business Case For Safety Professionals Planning To Move To An Electronic Documentation System
The adoption and acceptance of electronic documentation in the workplace is on the rise. The documentation management system, whether paper- or electronic based, may impact business operations, including safety and health programs and processes. The overall image is that many organizations continue to use paper documentation, as it is how they have historically filed documents. Research shows there are many drawbacks to using paper documents though, with the primary disadvantage being economic implications. This paper reviews the scholarly research available regarding the use of paper documents and how they affect an organization.
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About The Authors:
Lori Schroth is a Senior Safety & Environmental Professional at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC). She is responsible for Environmental Safety & Occupational Health (ESOH) compliance and safety management system (SMS) assessments. Schroth’s career is distinguished by articles in peer-reviewed publications, ESOH achievement awards and volunteer work within the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).
Brandon J. Hody is a Safety and Occupational Health Professional at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC). His main responsibilities include conducting safety management system (SMS) and environmental, safety, and occupational health (ESOH) compliance assessments, and preparing action plans. In addition, Mr. Hody has industrial hygiene experience with CTC. He conducts preliminary assessments and monitors, tracks, and records health hazard exposures to client personnel.