LNS Research recently released an article called From EHS to Leader: Moving Up the Capability Maturity Curve. Here are 3 ways an EHS Management System can help overcome EHS hurtles and improve performance immediately.
1. Set Realistic Goals with Automation
In the article, Bussey states that most EHS companies set unrealistic goals and states this example, “We are committed to achieving Zero Harm. This means zero injuries and zero environmental damage…We, therefore, expect each and every person to work safely and with respect for the environment….”
He states that though this goal is admirable, it is not realistic for two reasons.
- Risks and costs need to be balanced
- An employee’s ability to work safely depends largely on the overall management system
EHS Management software can help create attainable goals by first allowing users to beg the question, “what are my goals?” In deciding goals, users will find what is important to their business such as, reducing incidence rates, eliminating paper-based processes, integrating EHS data to improve analysis capabilities, centralizing communication or linking related processes like document control and employee training to achieve better control.
Creating a checklist of goals makes it easier to determine what goals need to be met. From there EHS Management Software users can hone in on and benefit from modules such as Audit Management. This will allow them to run internal and external audits and see if such goals are being met.
2. Improve Performance with EHS Modules
The author further states in this article that poor cross-functional collaboration is one of the top challenges for EHS performance improvement, followed by disparate systems and data sources. He even says that overarching challenges hold back EHS performance improvement by acting in a siloed manner and that this is due to either organizations or information, but either way it creates a gap.
EHS Management software helps destroy this bottleneck by integrating modules to work together and govern risk. Compliance obligations with regulatory content integration allows users to spend more time leveraging data from recording accidents, injuries and illnesses. This allows users to get a better handle on and automate health and safety programs to keep all updated on the most hazardous and preventing incidents.
Allowing reports to turn into readily accessible and referenced data including policies and procedures expected in day-to-day operations, EHS management is used as a multi-purpose tool that is effective in the management of environmental programs like air, water, waste and emergency planning including right-to-know information. Having a robust solution allows users to create simple complex equations for calculating emissions, discharges and waste generation along with disposal or treatment. Best of all, logs and reports are escalated to necessary departments and employees so that operators can communicate better and be aware of threats and risks.
3. Leverage Already Obtained Data to Build a future
The last part of this article discusses the EHS Excellence Maturity Model. This determines the stages organizations typically go through during their evolution towards innovation leaders, using market driving standards and expectations. You can find this here.
EHS Management software allows there to be a continuous and concentrated focus by encouraging constant communication through mobility. With offline capabilities, reporting and decision-making tools and an option for review and approval, organizations have the ability to always track, fix and record events so that events are less likely to be repeated. This provides a way to drive continuous improvement based on real-life events.