BIS Safety Software
About BIS Safety Software
At BIS Safety Software we offer compliance and learning management software for the Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) professional.
Our software (BIStrainer) is a cloud-based application which includes Training Record Management; Classroom Calendar Management; a Training Matrix for automation; Online Learning Management System; Digital Folders; plus Online Forms that are used for site inspections, hazard assessments, incident management, preventive maintenance, competency evaluations, and more.
BIS Safety Software was established in 2006 and we now have over 2 million active users and over 1,700 company clients and partners who rely on BIStrainer for their health and safety programs.
BIS Safety Software began as a provider of leadership training programs to organizations seeking effective ways to develop and build upon the skills of their management and leadership teams. Because we understood that effective leadership training positively impacts a company’s bottom line, we developed a series of training programs and then tied them to incentives that were awarded when desired results were achieved. These programs were extremely successful; so successful in fact that we were unable to keep up with demand. That’s when we realized that online training was to be an integral part of our future.
Our company invested significant time and effort searching for online service providers who could fulfill our needs. After an exhaustive search, we realized that there just weren’t many options when it came to finding a service provider who could provide all three things that we were looking for: online course development, a learning management system, and reporting capabilities to track training records and results. Some providers offered great course development services, but didn’t have a learning management system; others offered learning management technology, but had little to offer in terms of reporting capabilities. Finally, another group offered reporting but no course development services. It became clear that there was a gap that needed to be filled, and we were going to be the ones to fill it.
We immediately went to work to assemble a team of the brightest IT minds that we could find to form an advisory board. The board was comprised of an IT professional from New York city who worked for leading companies including GE and the Disney Corporation, together with many local senior IT executives. These exceedingly bright individuals collaborated together to clarify the system requirements and determine the fundamental architecture for what is now known as the BIStrainer Learning Management System.
In 2009, we were approached at a tradeshow by a small group of safety training companies that were impressed by our learning management technology and the quality of the courses that we developed. They asked if it was possible for us to develop courses for them and then enable them to sell the courses through their website using our system. We assured them that it was, and so began our foray into the safety industry.
The companies were very pleased with the courses developed, but sales from their own websites were significantly lower than they had hoped for. We inquired if they would be willing to share their courses across other websites; they readily agreed, and so we formed the first partnerships of The SafetyNET. With courses being offered for sale through multiple websites, sales increased dramatically. Over the next few years, The SafetyNET grew from three network partners with three safety courses to over 300 training companies delivering hundreds of courses to over 3,000 end-user companies around the world.
Safety Software Overview
BIS History Highlights
Lone Worker Feature
In 2023, we introduced the Lone Worker function to the BIStrainer EHS Software. This new tool provides lone workers with the means to relay status updates to their supervisors when they are working solo, ensuring their well-being or requesting assistance when necessary. This feature marks a substantial stride in enhancing the safety of lone workers.
Within this system, both employees and their supervisors have the option to establish predefined check-in times. If a lone worker fails to provide an update once the designated time elapses, the supervisor is alerted and prompted to dispatch someone to verify the worker’s condition.
Improvements to the Digital Forms Module & New Offices
2022 was characterized by numerous significant developments. The first one involved securing a new headquarters that could accommodate the expanding team in Canada. Next, a building was procured in Houston to support the organization’s expansion in the US.
Additionally, several major enhancements were made to the BIStrainer Digital Forms Module, such as the introduction of multi-respondent workflows, version history with a revert option, and the capability to view all forms completed within a location.
Launched SafeTapp Version 2.0
We launched SafeTapp verson 1.0 in 2017 to create a great mobile BIStrainer experience. The app was a decent start, but far from perfect.
Our clients have provided fantastic feedback and suggestions over the years and software team spent months refining a new version of the SafeTapp app.
In November 2021 we released the SafeTapp version 2.0, which provided a complete overhaul to the user experience and brought in some great new and improved features.
Upgrade to the Event Management Software & a Name Change
Working closely with our largest clients, we upgraded our digital forms technology to introduce event management workflows. Now, clients can manage every digital form connected to a single incident or event and keep track of what is outstanding and see reports detailing the most critical information.
In December 2020, we decided to change the operating name of the company from ‘BIS Training Solutions’ to ‘BIS Safety Software’ to better align with our current offerings.
COR Audit Tool
In partnership the Manufacturer’s Health and Safety Association (MHSA), BIS develops the technology for a COR Audit tool.
iTunes App and Associations
BIS launches its offline app for Apple devices and becomes the software provider of choice for Energy Safety Canada, the merger of OSSA and ENFORM. BIS now provides training record management services for the OSSA database as well as the online platform for their new online Basic Safety Orientation (BSO), rolling out on their website in 2018.
Android App and Partnerships
BIS launches its offline digital wallet app and partners with more than 30 of the largest companies in Canada as their compliance and learning software provider. These partners include Manitoulin, WSP, North American Construction Group, Actsafe, and many more.
Largest Library of Online Safety Programs in Canada
Customers can now conveniently access more than 1400 online safety training programs through the BIS central library.
Introduces Customer Care Team
Keeping pace with our staggering growth, BIS launches a customer care team solely dedicated to helping our growing client base utilize the technology.
After careful consideration, BIS, operating as BIS Training Solutions, changes its focus from its roots in leadership and management to safety training.
BIS celebrates the sign up of its 100th SafetyNET network partner.
Announces Alberta's First Government-Approved Online First Aid Course
Through collaboration with Inter Provincial Safety Resources Ltd., BIS makes it possible for Albertans to complete Standard First Aid training through a combination of online theory and classroom training.
Publishes SafetyNET Magazine
BIS publishes the first issue of The SafetyNET magazine to showcase its network courses and partners.
Creates The SafetyNET
Through collaboration with its first network partners, BIS launches what will soon become known as The SafetyNET.
Partners with NAIT
BIS signs a contract with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) to offer its Leadership and Management courses through NAIT’s Corporate and International Training Department.
BIS launches BIStrainer, its proprietary Learning Management System.
BIS publishes three books: Leadership: A Practical Guide to Leadership Principles and Strategies; Management: A Practical Guide to Management Excellence; and Success: Principles and Strategies for Success.
Business Improvement Solutions Inc. (BIS) opens its doors April 1, 2006 to offer leadership training to companies across Canada and the US.