144 Rexel stores stay compliant using WHS MONITOR™

Rexel was looking for a centralised system to keep on top of its Workplace Health and Safety requirements, they found the solution in WHS MONITOR™.

Rexel Australia has been contributing to the development of the trade electrical supplies distribution market worldwide for almost 50 years. With 144 branches nationwide and 1100 employees, Rexel offers a high level of customer service, quality products and information to help customers take advantage of the latest technology and cost saving strategies for their business.

When the company was looking for a centralised system to keep on top of its Workplace Health and Safety requirements, they found the solution in WHS MONITOR™.

“I was looking for a system that would meet our legal requirements, be easy to use for our roles as an electrical supplier that wouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg. Some of the systems our there are far too complicated for use in a wholesaling industry, WHS MONITOR™ is cost-efficient and it enables me to keep all the safety data sheets up to date in one system. We now use the system in 144 locations across Australia and each site has their system tailored to suit their requirements,” said Lionel Heath, Rexel Australia National Health and Safety Manager.    

“Overall, I think one of the biggest advantages of WHS MONITOR™ is that it is cloud based and can be accessed remotely. For example, if our Kalgoorlie branch suddenly needed an extra chemical added to the register, they can either load it on to the system themselves or call me to load it remotely.”

Lionel Heath, Rexel Australia National Health and Safety Manager

Having worked with WHS MONITOR™ in his roles in the past, Lionel introduced the system at Rexel Australia almost five years ago. The company uses the modules; Contractor Management and Chemical Management, which Lionel explains are of upmost importance to the business.

“We have a lot of external contractors, so we were looking for a user-friendly system for our staff and the contractors too. There are also systems out there that are free, but contractors have to pay to use the system so we may have lost a lot of contractors. I’ve had great feedback from them since we introduced the system, saying it’s easy to use. Another advantage is that you don’t need to carry a card to access the system at different sites,” he said. “There’s a QR code you can scan so people just keep it on their phone, which is so convenient.”

As well as providing a centralised system for contract management, Lionel was quick to point out WHS MONITOR™ has proved to be a simple and reliable way for Rexel Australia to manage chemicals at each site.

“WHS MONITOR™ have been very helpful listening to some of the ideas I’ve had and incorporating them into the system for us. For example, I wanted a Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) number added to the system so we could search by the SKU for simplicity and they were able to accommodate this,” he said.

“Each site also has the chemical system tailored to their needs because people in South Australia for example only want to look at the chemicals they are using and what they are doing, rather than seeing information from all of the other branches.”

A cloud-based system, WHS MONITOR™ comprises 120 unique, integrated modules across eight core units – HR Safety Management, Contractor Management, Policies and Procedures, Audits and Inspection, Chemical Management, Risk/Incident Management and Asset Management.

Fully customisable, it is suitable for all businesses regardless of size or the industries in which they operate. In other words, businesses can pick and choose the modules and functionality to suit them. And, as time goes on and they grow or change, they can add extra modules.

WHS MONITOR™ can also be accessed via all types of devices (desktop, tablet, mobile etc), and it allows businesses to provide each employee with different levels of access.

“Overall, I think one of the biggest advantages of WHS MONITOR™ is that it is cloud based and can be accessed remotely. For example, if our Kalgoorlie branch suddenly needed an extra chemical added to the register, they can either load it on to the system themselves or call me to load it remotely,” Lionel explained.

“The feedback we’ve received from employees and contractors has been positive. They have all found it easy to use and has enabled us to achieve national consistency. That’s important to the company.”

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