Super Retail Group’s Rebel Sports has unveiled a mobile occupational health and safety (OHS) audit software solution which will be used to protect 5,000 staff across its network of 140 stores.

The OHS store audits and reporting has been built on Blink Mobile Technology’s mobility platform, which will help cut audit time and eliminate paper-based OHS audits.

Developed by BlinkMobile partner Multibase, the OHS system uses the blinkForms module which enables the design and sharing of electronic forms across all mobile devices

“The decision to use blinkForms was heavily influenced by the ability to report by factors such as store, region or manager,” Danny Trevisiol, Rebel Group support office WHS coordinator, said.

“Originally, we looked at developing the audit in Excel spreadsheets but then realised we had an opportunity to use the changing technology to cut down on paperwork and streamline reporting. That's when we decided to look at BlinkMobile. 

“We wanted a platform that would allow us to fully integrate and utilise the data a lot more, rather than simply introducing a mobile device to digitise a paper-based system.”

The system will be used by Rebel Group regional managers to conduct on-site OHS audits twice each year. Using iPads, managers are guided through a blinkForms-designed questionnaire, ascertaining store compliance with all relevant state and federal OHS requirements. Answers are entered either on- or offline into the form and automatically uploaded from the iPad to the group's intranet whenever an Internet connection is available. 
If the answers indicate further activity is required for compliance, the system initiates a follow up workflow complete with deadlines and escalation procedures to ensure swift resolution. 
The system is expected to build on Rebel Group’s management understanding of OHS activity as all data derived from audits will be available for analysis via the organisation's online portal.