EHS responsibility doesn’t rest with a select group of employees or a section of decision makers. Its stakeholders aren’t limited by their duties only within the premises of workplace, but the duty bound behaviour touches millions of lives, locations and livelihoods.
So how does one answer the questions related to being relevant and productive in a compliance driven market? How do organizations form a daisy-chain of equal and shared responsibility through their workplace and pass it on to their vendors as well as supply chain management?
Here are some key drivers which organizations can adopt to ensure a uniform and near universal comprehensively spanned ownership-based EHS.
Recognize, respond and record
Integration of clues, data and reporting plays a critical role in EHS and OHS. Introduce tools such as inspection, observation and audit management to make sure the data waterfall is being collected in a set of monitored pools and flows in front of the vigilant eyes of analytics.
Data is a democratic property and the more sensory collective points you have out there in your organization and workplace, the better your chances become – to capture ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ as it occurs.
Harness good rule engines under the hood of equally competent software solutions which can then demonstrate why vigilance, capture and analytics are the going to rule the compliance market in coming years
Educate, elevate and enhance
Organizations are built on the foundations of its able and responsive workforce. Communications plays a key role in educating them as to how EHS and OHS policies are crucial to their well-being and health. Animation clips, VR-based induction and job specific trainings and e-learning can help fortify this message through infotainment.
This elevates their know-how and uplifts their opinion which is derived from evidence-based thinking rather than plain vanilla classroom lessons.
Future-proofing skills is the next challenge workplaces are going to face in the coming decade. Pressure of the regulatory environment mixed with upskilling and neo-skilling at workplace means that the organization would have to fight a battle on two fronts.
Enhance skills through job specific E-learning programs that can blend the responsibility and skill development – such strategy would ensure that organizations is creating rank and file of individuals who are mentally secure with their skillset and ready to take charge against the emerging challenges which lie in front of the organization.
Aggregate, analyze and adapt
Ecologists study species and interactions based on the networks within which the flora and fauna lie along with the suitable chance of serendipity – as factor to keep in mind.
Biological networks whether found in the wild or inside us in form of metabolism, chemical signaling has a remarkable trait – feedback response mechanism. These self-regulating processes largely dictate how well the creatures’ function under the sun.
Similarly, safety health and environment should increase its focus on aggregating ‘molecular’ data emanating from the simplest of sources. Then it should be fed into an analytics engine which shares the co-dependent and interdependent functional philosophy so commonly seen in biology.
This is not only efficient, but it also enhances the organizational adaptability to counter compliance challenges and alleviate regulatory pressure.
This in turn, creates an industrial ecosystem based on anticipation, performance and prevention.