Mobile technology continues to make extraordinary advances, contributing to the growth across all industries. New software tools and apps have taken existing work processes and provided people with the ability to do their work faster and more efficiently.
Environmental, health and safety (EHS) professionals in particular are now able to leverage the progression of mobile technology for their auditing process (e.g., regulatory tracking and trend analysis, finding-tracking databases, and audit performance tracking).
The use of computers and the Internet have been a great advantage to conducting audits more efficiently. However, it’s the emergence of tablets – most notably the iPad – that has created the most powerful and simple tool to improve implementing and reporting audits.
The following are some of the main benefits of using an auditing app as opposed to the traditional paper and pen method:
By using an app with real time-results that provides immediate feedback, auditees can now reduce the delay before receiving their audit report. Less time wasted means a problem that needs immediate attention can be addressed quicker. By using an auditing app, the results are automatically uploaded and available for real-time analysis. This provides you with the ability to audit on a daily basis and issue and act on corrective actions immediately.
Audit applications that provide real-time results give easy access to data. You have a rich set of dashboards with team audit tools. This improves the transparency within the audit team and also leads to quicker response times.
Pen and paper auditing checklists are a thing of the past. They are inefficient, and they take up a lot of physical space. They can also be hard to recover when you need them. With cloud storage, you’re able to access the information you need at any time of the day from any location and all within seconds.
Webopedia.com explains the advantage of cloud storage this way:
“Cloud storage can provide the benefits of greater accessibility and reliability, rapid deployment, and strong protection for data backup with archival and disaster recovery purposes. [It can] lower overall storage costs as a result of not having to purchase, manage and maintain expensive hardware.”
Collecting, condensing and analyzing data for an audit can be a heavy burden. Studies have shown that, on average, auditors spend in excess of 40% of their time documenting and reviewing work papers and preparing reports.
Using a mobile auditing app will help maximize efficiency. It will eliminate wasted time and provide more-sophisticated, immediate results. An auditing app is used as a one-stop shop for completing and uploading checklists, viewing results, enhancing the quality of your data and making issue resolution easier.
Understanding and keeping up with the ever-changing regulatory requirements and laws can be hard. However, by using an auditing app, you don’t have to keep up. The technology instilled in an auditing app updates the regulations automatically. You need never fall behind on regulatory changes.
Making the move from paper and pen audits to a mobile auditing app gives you access to real-time results and cloud storage. It makes the auditing process much more efficient and leaves no room for error.
If you want to learn how you can make the transition, contact a Nimonik Expert today at 1-888-608-7511.