The Labour Inspectorate is in the process of creating an information system, a part of which is a self-service for entrepreneurs to solve working environment concerns. The Inspectorate invites all interested companies to think along and make their wishes and suggestions at www.tooelu.ee/uus.
The purpose of the working life information system created by the Labour Inspectorate is to simplify the work of the entrepreneur and reduce the administrative burden when dealing with the working environment. The information system is created in close cooperation with companies. The working life information system is being developed by TripleDev and Trinidad Wiseman.
‘The self-service part of the information system will be used by the entrepreneur. We invite companies to participate in the project development. With the help of entrepreneurs, we can create a self-service as convenient as possible to meet their wishes and suggestions,’ said Rainer Rohtla, Project Manager at the Health and Welfare Information Systems Centre (TEHIK). ‘If an entrepreneur can have a say in the development, it is likely that they will agree to use it later, which is the most important thing,’ he added.
Mait Palts, Director General of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, also welcomes the creation of the new information system. ‘It is good to see that entrepreneurs will be involved in the development of the information system at an early stage and that their opinions will be considered. This does not always happen. The Labour Inspectorate’s self-service has the potential to make occupational safety-related activities simpler and easier to monitor for all entrepreneurs,’ he said, urging entrepreneurs to present their ideas and wishes to make the information system a practical tool to make everyday life easier. ‘Whether this happens depends largely on the activity of entrepreneurs and working environment specialists,’ Palts added.
The project page www.tooelu.ee/uus was prepared for the involvement of entrepreneurs. The project page gives an overview of how the digital environment that is being created will help to improve the work environment. However, a notification can be sent if an entrepreneur is interested in contributing to the creation of the self-service.
‘In the future, it will be possible for entrepreneurs to address occupational safety issues step by step in the self-service. Above all, they manage the working environment of their company and in the background, the system notifies the Labour Inspectorate that the working environment as well as occupational health and safety are dealt with in this company,’ explained Rauno Piirsalu, project manager of the working life information system at the Labour Inspectorate.
The new information system has three main user groups: employers, employees, and the Labour Inspectorate. In the first phase, by the end of the first quarter of 2020, the information system base, the primary self-service functionality, and the monitoring module will be developed. The second step is to provide the operator with the necessary tools to make it easier and simpler for them to identify the typical hazards in their field of activity. In the future, self-service can be used to deal with the hazards of the working environment in an informed and proactive manner.