5 Questions to Ask Before Buying an EHS Management System

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Oct 25, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Enterprise software is obviously a strategic investment, but one troubling statistic shows that roughly 70 percent of implementations either fail or are late and run over budget.

The problem is, many people don’t know the right questions to ask a potential vendor because they can’t see the problems ahead.

To help you plan for a successful implementation, we’ve put together this list of 5 questions to ask before purchasing an EHS Management System.

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Integrating Wearable Devices Into Your EHS Management Process

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Oct 06, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

In November 2015, Honeywell and Intel unveiled their proof of concept for a wearable smart device that connects workers to industrial monitoring systems.

What makes the Connected Worker so unique is that it combines multiple functions, including:

  • Location monitoring.
  • Activity detection.
  • Non-verbal gesture tracking.
  • Heart rate monitor.
  • Toxic gas monitor.

The device can feed real-time data to monitoring systems, allowing for more robust hazard identification and injury prevention. It’s an innovative example of the wearable devices flooding the market, which many expect will be mainstream by 2020

And while 68% of companies say wearable devices are a priority for the company, it rarely makes sense from a strategic standpoint to jump at every new tool that becomes available.

In this post, we’ll look at how to integrate wearable devices into your EHS management program within the framework of the traditional plan-do-check-act process.

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4 Document Control Gaps That Can Cause Big Problems (and How to Avoid Them)

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 29, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Document control is central to certification and regulatory requirements that include multiple ISO standards, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

And yet, according to a McKinsey & Company report, employees spend almost 20% of their time searching for and gathering internal information. That means out of every 5 workers, only 4 are actually getting work done at any given moment.

The problem points to how common document control problems are in many organizations. In this post, we’ll examine 4 of the most common document control gaps and what you can do to fix them.

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EHS Risk Management 101: 6 Places To Assess Risk

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Sep 20, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Risk management is critical to achieving EHS goals like preventing injuries and staying in compliance. However, the trick is knowing when and how to apply Risk Management tools appropriately.

In this post, we’ll look at 6 areas to leverage quantitative Risk Assessment tools to make sure you’re getting the most from your EHS Management System.

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How to Streamline Compliance with New OSHA Rules

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Sep 01, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been busy this year, putting out several new rules employers must comply with. In this post, we’ll break down the key takeaways from each rule, plus what you can do to streamline compliance with the new regulations.

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3 Ways to Leverage EHS Software for Operational Excellence

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Aug 16, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

As a former EHS consultant, I can say without a doubt that achieving true operational excellence (OE) has a lot to do with automation. Using manual processes to track safety incidents, manage EHS processes and keep up with regulations makes OE an uphill battle.

More than that, though, it’s a recipe for disaster. Just ask the dozens of companies forced to pay millions in OSHA fines due to repeat (preventable) violations.

Fortunately, if your company already uses EHS software, there are easy ways you can leverage its capabilities to achieve your OE goals. Let’s take a look at how.

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Comparing Operational Excellence Programs like Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing and Lean Six Sigma

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Aug 02, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

Once a company grows to a certain size, the operational complexity that comes with that growth starts to become a liability. Without standardization of processes and products, companies inevitably face a growing number of quality problems, which can result in a decline in both revenue and brand reputation.

It’s no coincidence that so many of the Fortune 500 have some form of operational excellence programs, ranging from Lean Manufacturing to Six Sigma to internally developed programs. To help identify which might be best for your company, this post compares some common operational excellence programs that have helped others looking to break into the upper levels of market leadership.

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5 Ways You May Be Unintentionally Sabotaging Safety

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 28, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

They say hindsight is 20/20, but that clarity of vision sure is frustrating when you find out your past efforts were counterproductive to your goals. Like when you have a puppy, and you realize that adorable pawing gesture isn’t so cute when your pup grows into a seventy-pound dog.

The same is true in workplace safety, where people get so accustomed to their routines that they don’t realize when they’re undermining their larger goals. To help give you some fresh perspective, this post discusses 5 common ways you may be unintentionally sabotaging safety.

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Bowtie, Risk Matrix or Decision Tree: Which Should You Use?

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Jul 14, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

I’m the type of person who prefers my neighborhood hardware store over the big box home improvement places. Sure, there are fewer options, but that makes choosing easier. What’s more, the employees at my local store are infinitely more helpful, asking what I want and walking me directly to the tools I need.

Today’s post will help you better understand exactly the Risk Management tools you need for different situations. We’ll look at 3 essential risk models in your EHS or quality management toolkit: the bowtie, the risk matrix and the decision tree.

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Does Your Company Walk the Talk when it Comes to Sustainability? 4 Questions to Ask to Find Out

[fa icon="calendar'] Tue, Jul 12, 2016 / by Rachel Beavins Tracy

We hear a lot of companies talking up their sustainability efforts these days. However, critics say many of these companies are just trying to “greenwash” their image in an attempt to look good with today’s eco-conscious consumers.

So is your company actually walking the talk on sustainability, or are you just going through the motions because marketing says you should? Here are some questions to ask to find out whether your company is on the path to true sustainability.

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