Synaptor Launches Apps to Improve Workplace Safety

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Synaptor is pleased to announce Synaptor Observations: a mobile solution for identifying, reporting, and mapping workplace hazards.

Synaptor Mobile and Web Apps

We built Synaptor to free workers from the tedium of OHS paperwork and to enable supervisors to manage risk in real time.

Synaptor is tackling a space that traditionally hasn’t seen much innovation – workplace safety. The Perth, Australia-based start-up helps companies manage health, safety, and environmental (HSE) risk with a suite of web and mobile applications. The company’s first product, Synaptor Observations, enables workplaces to manage hazard identification and reporting without the delays involved in traditional paper-based systems. Observations consists of free mobile apps for making observations in the field and viewing live maps of all observations made by a team, and a web module for managing observations data.

Synaptor’s founders have worked with clients such as Shell, Chevron, and WorleyParsons to build custom HSE risk management systems and controls for the workplace. It was while consulting for a client that they decided to build an alternative to existing solutions. “Synaptor was founded when a large client asked us to build yet another mind-numbingly boring and inadequate paper-based safety tool … enough is enough, we decided,” explains founder Justin Strharsky. “We built Synaptor to free workers from the tedium of OHS paperwork and to enable supervisors to manage risk in real time.”

The company’s apps help employees record data in the field, while the web modules help managers, and are available via a monthly subscription. Site workers use the Observations app to record the details of unsafe acts or conditions, including photos. The observations automatically sync to a secure database. The Maps app allows workers to see any hazards on their work site, and receives automatic site-specific safety alerts.

Synaptor hopes to improve safety outcomes in hazardous industries such as oil & gas, mining, and construction. Even though workplace safety regulations vary on a country-to-country basis, Strharsky believes the use of his apps won’t be limited because many of the fundamentals are the same: “Employers are generally required to provide tools to enable employees to identify hazards, assess risks, and select controls,” he said. “Synaptor Observations is a robust way to carry out and document hazard identification in the workplace.”

Allowing employees with smart phones to use work-related apps can raise security and productivity concerns for some employers, but Strharsky believes the market is already beginning to address and resolve these concerns. “There are a number of services companies can use to secure mobile phones for business use,” explains Strharsky. “Apple is also aware of this need; they recently launched their Apple Configurator utility to address it.”

In industries where safety is key, it’s important for employers to ensure their staff can efficiently and effectively document and share their findings in the field. Strharsky believes that as his apps prove valuable to companies, more will jump on board: “Companies will adopt new technologies when they see a compelling business case for doing so and we already are seeing that the Synaptor tools provide that business case for some.”

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