The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a multi-million pound deal to outsurce the development of a new Incident Recording Information System (IRIS).

IRIS will enable improvements in Health and Safety across all 300,000 MOD personnel through better information collection and analysis. It will also help improve the handling of any claims that may result from Health and Safety incidents.

Under the 10-year service contract, worth in excess of £5 million, LogicaCMG will be the prime contractor responsible for delivering the new IRIS system, using an incident recording application based on an product provided by health and safety specialist provider, Omniware.

Michael Rutter, director of Safety and Environmental Policy at the Ministry of Defence said: “The IRIS system is a very important element in enabling the MOD to better discharge its duty of care to all our people whether they are servicemen and women, civil servants or contractors. Through better understanding and increased awareness of occupational health and safety risks, we will also be able to make better use of resources in delivering our core tasks to produce battle-winning people and equipment.”

The new system features an information capture tool, a workflow tool and a management reporting layer to help the MOD gather information on trends and frequency of accidents in order to make equipment and processes safer for staff. It will also interface with both MOD and non-MOD systems for the first time, making it easier to exchange information on incidents and claims, and ultimately provide the MOD with more efficient incident recording and claims management.

IRIS is intended to make incident information available to a wide range of users. The system will be rolled out in early 2008 across 1,000 users ranging from incident and claims handlers, to equipment managers and MOD policy staff.

And the Omnicare application will initially be hosted within LogicaCMG’s data centres in South Wales, while the outsourcer will also provide data migration, training and support services.