Everybody is familiar with the buzzword ‘digital transformation’ – for EHS, that means an all new power to generate, organize, analyze, and transfer large amounts of information that makes sense across the value chain. What we can exactly mention is its capability to attain new levels of insight from all the data that enables organizations to make smarter decisions. Resources are optimized, processes are made more efficient and the technology enablers are a game-changer in a company’s EHS performance.
Some companies are in the early stages of implementing a digitized EHS system; the change is happening. While this comes along with many benefits, for an industry, it is equally important to gauge the effectiveness of such measures. We view EHS management suite as a comprehensive solution to monitor and evaluate performances and metrics.
I guess some might be wondering that connecting the tools and processes through automation i.e. creating a ‘Safety data ecosystem’ would result in a model of complicated operations. But, the connectivity gives an upper hand for the safety professionals as it helps them to leverage actionable data and drive business value. Still, if one is skeptical about the many perks of digitization, be assured that its integration will provide ways to improve on many aspects of the business operations.
EHS gaps that benefit from the EHS management software
Sustainability: By its very nature, an EHS software can detect and prevent risks that come along with the business operations. Implementing a safety software is nothing but a sustainable practice that promotes a better corporate culture, build reliable products and secure long-term profitability.
Productivity and transparency: EHS systems allows industries to automate and improve the data collection process, as they manage high volume and complexity. Those systems yield data that is more accurate; the analytics support in all the areas of operations and hence increase the possibilities to improve an organization’s bottom-line.
Regulatory compliances: Integrated software makes it easy to identify compliances that weren’t addressed before. Plus, they help in keeping up with the changes as the government regulations can alter unexpectedly.
Time and costs: Expenditure involved in all the materials in daily safety activities are reduced; thus lowering the costs of safety programs. The increased visibility helps in preventing accidents in the industries; reducing TRCF and severity rate and mitigating the costly legal fees. Real-time analytics facilitate decision-making processes, saving time in generating reports and submissions.
Employee morale: Cross-functional collaboration and integrated approach is inherent in these systems; employees realize that their industry is systematically tackling EHS through a platform. EHS is more plugged into these teams and processes, and employees become more proactive and coordinated.
The EHS community is emphasizing more on implementing a highly scalable and comprehensive EHS software. The benefits cited above propel the business into the future of best-in-class safety functionalities. The operations are more transparent, integrated and automated, moreover, they create an impact on industry’s products and services, processes and the customer’s journey.
To achieve these benefits, a company must include all the key stakeholders because it is also about people and processes as much it is about technology (teams must stick their hands in the digital sand). The implementation isn’t the endpoint, but in-fact, is the plan for continuous improvement in workplace safety and efficiency.