Case Studies > Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council is the largest local authority in Scotland, employing just under 32,000 people to help deliver essential services to the city and its 600,000 residents. Their organisational values hold people at the heart of all that they do, thus it is important that their health and safety management reflects this.

With a large estate across the city including schools, care homes, garages and offices, amongst others, Glasgow City Council faced several challenges with their paper-based methods for managing accidents and incidents. Graeme Lowe, Senior Health and Safety Advisor, at Glasgow City Council explains “Historically, we were reliant on a telephone call or a form to come in which could take weeks and by the point it had been received, a lot of the information had been lost.

We needed a system that would allow us to be notified immediately, especially when there was a serious incident and provide us with intelligence for continuous improvement”. To tackle this challenge the council went out to tender for an Accident and Incident reporting system. Following a rigorous tender process, the council appointed Alcumus Info Exchange for its highly configurable solution.

Three years since its implementation, the platform named HandS by the council, is utilised to monitor a wide range of events that happen across its various premises and public areas, including road traffic accidents to violence and even property damage.

"We are able to manage what is going on rather than waiting to be told, which has improved our incident management across all sites… we now have access to all of our incident data and can easily drill down to establish what incidents are happening regularly and why.

This has allowed us to monitor and review the number of incidents we have across all of our services and the number of claims, bringing both ethical and financial benefits”.

 

Graeme Lowe
Senior Health and Safety Advisor, Glasgow City Council

When extending the incident reporting functionality of HandS, Graeme wanted to ensure the system remained easy and user friendly for its user community to utilise.

After careful consideration with the Alcumus Info Exchange team, HandS was enhanced to provide its users with one incident management form and through the use of the software’s conditional and dynamic questioning functionality, the appropriate questions are asked depending on the incident type. Graeme remarks “Behind the scenes our system is quite complex but to the user its intuitive based on the category and sub-category of incident they select from our drop-down menu”. 

“To capture as much information as possible but in an efficient way for the end user, we utilise the software’s smart forms, including drop down selections, mandatory fields and as we mentioned the conditional questioning. This not only benefits our users, it helps the council collect our data in a consistent manner.”

When deciding to implement software, Graeme and his team had two key goals they wanted to achieve, being able to identify and respond to a serious incident immediately and collect their incident data in such a way, they could monitor trends and make the appropriate improvements.

With such a large estate and a reliance on staff such as head teachers to report incidents, Graeme wanted to ensure the system was built in such a way, a potential RIDDOR could be identified immediately and his team could respond effectively.  In order to achieve this, calculations were built into the council’s incident form and workflow management was configured to notify the team immediately, giving the Services Health & Safety Teams reassurance they won’t miss any serious events. Graeme comments “We are able to manage what is going on rather than waiting to be told’ which has improved our incident management across all sites”.

When discussing how Alcumus Info Exchange has helped the council achieve those initial goals, Graeme comments “We now have access to all of our incident data and can easily drill down to establish what incidents are happening regularly and why.

This has allowed us to monitor and review the number of incidents we have across all of our services and the number of claims, bringing both ethical and financial benefits”.
 
With incident management now truly overhauled, we asked Graeme what was next for the council. 

A comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment App has been developed and about to go live Council wide which will allow Services to complete and monitor their Fire Risk Assessments across the full estate, and monitor all actions raised to completion.

Currently in development is an Audit and Inspections module for the council which can assist us to monitor Health & Safety compliance in all areas of the Council as well as carry out specific audits for targeted areas such as asbestos, legionella etc. and Graeme would also like to develop further applications for example Alcumus Sypol's CMS system for COSHH Management as we expand our Health & Safety Management System across the Council.