We often get asked what is the difference between Beep and a Health & Safety App?
Beep is an emergency alert platform. It allows rapid communication in an emergency situation.
Health & safety apps are designed to be used to manage health and safety compliance on-site.
The key differences between Beep and a health & safety app that impact emergency management are:
You do not need to download an app for Beep meaning ALL staff will receive the emergency alerts. A health & safety app requires every worker/staff member to have downloaded the app to receive notifications. Administrative staff for example often do not use a health and safety compliance app and will be ‘out of the loop’.
Beep alerts go directly to every staff members’ smartphone via text. Sometimes workers have the company health and safety app set up on an in-vehicle device or a rugged iPad etc., rather than on their smartphone, meaning that they may miss the alert.
The majority of people check text messages within seconds of them arriving on their phone, whereas in-app notifications do not have the same sense of immediacy.
Beep is designed as a multi-channel communication platform so can also simultaneously send alerts to social media and email, covering more bases in the event of an emergency than a health and safety app.
It is important to conduct a ‘self-study’ of your business or organization to determine your specific needs. Then compare apples with apples, emergency alert systems with emergency alert systems, not health and safety management apps!