Systems on a Shoestring featured in the Courier Mail

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System on a Shoestring’s Simple Safety Apps are featured in the Courier Mail.

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Safety app makes red tape simple

AS THE political battle over Australia’s massive red tape burden on small business intensifies, one enterprising specialist has found a silver lining – creating an app that drastically simplifies health and safety compliance.

Systems On A Shoestring’s Simple Safety app, available on both iTunes and GooglePlay, has already helped carpenters, hairdressers and cafe owners navigate complex workplace requirements.

SOAS director Emma Bentton said many smaller businesses were overwhelmed in the face of more than 2000 pages of Work Health and Safety legislation, regulations and codes of practice, let alone the prospect of up to $3 million in fines for breaches.

Ms Bentton, who previously worked on safety for some of the biggest names in the country such as Leighton Contractors and Shell, said the idea of an app was to allow the process to be simple and quick.

“This is more like half an hour, the time it takes to have a cup of coffee,” she said.

“You enter your business details once, and then for businesses like trades, which have risks that change every day, it is a template solution to your problem.”

Brisbane electrician Tim Knight of Leaver Industries said his workplace was using the app and was already ahead on paperwork requirements.

“It gives us the ability to email directly to the customer on site at that time, so they’ve got all our paperwork, even personalised information, from the guys on site,” he said.

“We used to email them generic copies of all our paperwork. Now we’re able to use these apps to make it all specific to the tasks of the electrician.

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