Training, retraining and upskilling will be the next big trends within the EHS domain for the coming decade. This is largely driven by twin factors – automation and specialty of EHS ecosystem.
It would be simplistic to call automation and EHS’ forte as complex. Over the recent years we have established the curious case of ‘technologies’ rise and the need for speedy automation to take over and give shape to modern EHS systems.
The yin and yang factor as depicted above also have a lot to do with the fact that modern EHS systems would be sustained by their symbiosis. It is like the twin toddlers, one starts the sentence and the other finishes it.
In our past blogs and even via usual fact finding, we have clearly demonstrated and established the linkup play of compliance goal scoring achieved between automation and EHS.
Deploying modern EHS systems
The basal requirement for any reliable ‘system’ lies in its foundations as suggested in the above relationship diagram. Implementation documents form the basis of EHS standards that give rise to system functionality (manuals) that is administered via corporate EHS governance.
The sweeping colour gradient pipelines is automation. It Organizes each layer into its respective networked function and shared interdependent relationship. The “EHS systems and their modalities” come with a manual, a guidebook for its implementation.
However, the core asset of an organization – human resources, require more than just a plain instruction set to get on with the new system. They require a modicum of convincing and a nudge to align their thinking with the new ‘systems’ based outlook.
Is it difficult? Perhaps. Is it easy to achieve? Debatable. But can it be taught to obtain performance and results? Of course, it can be. Training and upskilling workforce onto newer better automated platforms is a rewarding business and part and parcel of vendor resource intelligence.
Training – Old school EHS gets an update
From a vendor’s perspective, training and molding skill development for embracing modern EHS systems starts with the requirement analysis, itself. In some instances, it may be misinterpreted purely as a business gain. However, the risk management and binding compliance requirements, establish the superiority of reliable EHS systems. It effectively translates into an organizational necessity.
Vendors need to grapple with diverse situations and scenarios. Hence, an accurate estimate of ‘what situations demand’ and ‘what the client is asking for’ needs to be measured.
The core development can then take place for the automated solution. The training and ‘nudging’ them towards aligning with the digital disruption becomes paramount, now. It can be done in tandem with the development phase, in certain cases. With the use of demo software(s) and system environments.
Or, a pre-deployment approach is undertaken to match its rate of performance with the work input – fed by the workforce.
Instrument of understanding
Good training management system for modern EHS systems seeks to satisfy two criteria:
- Exclusive in-house face to face training programmes prior to a hard launch. Or, a proactive online training programme.
- Sensitizing the workforce to the overall gains delivered – time efficiencies with ensured compliance.
Vendor training programs should aim to cut back on the ‘knowledge assumption’ ratio and replace it with pragmatic evaluation of the crowd they are playing for. Train the trainer concept fits the bill perfectly in such scenarios.
In cases, where workforce stubbornness is being felt by the vendor. The complex process or procedure ‘time versus effort’ breakdown, shred it and merge it, layer by layer can be a good start. And an animation clip to illustrate such an exercise can simplify it for different cadres of the workforce.
Training is a crucial instrument, if wielded correctly with the modern engagement tools, can strike the right chords. The same narrative with casual delays, high-handedness and a lack of established resilient EHS framework can have devastating effects, even with the best available modern EHS systems.