In a globally connected and ever-changing world, a paradigm shift has begun in how we view and address Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) requirements and expectations as a team within our businesses. The importance of aligning EHS initiatives and strategic positioning with overall business objectives is top of mind for many, and soon likely to be mandatory for all. Beyond the standard compliance and reporting needs, EHS is now recognized as an intrinsic way to drive corporate prosperity and longevity.
This heightened focus on EHS highlights universalities that challenge many businesses as they begin the process of aligning EHS with business goals. Some of the most common challenges that businesses face include:
Data Centralization: Perhaps the biggest hurdle that an EHS team faces is data centralization. Whether you are reporting, quantifying usage records, or looking at data comparisons over time, having information in disjointed spreadsheets and forms, both electronic and hard copy, is not helpful. Additionally, though each report likely utilizes different calculations, they do utilize the same data sets—which can result in inaccuracies and duplicate reporting if not carefully organized. This also makes the metrics hard to produce for daily business needs, which has historically isolated EHS teams and curtailed the delivery of potentially important information for use in company decisions.
Change Management: When a company’s historical data process is either deeply tied to one person, or siloed across departments, the inability to quickly access and compile your EHS system data, reports, and compliance tracking can lead to wasted time, money, and non-compliance with regulatory requirements. Changing circumstances and the ability to swiftly pivot to match unforeseen needs requires a fluid grasp of data and decision-making capabilities. How systems work, or where important information is located cannot hinge on the knowledge of one employee or be hard to obtain. It should, in a properly working system, be accessible and accountable to all levels of an organization.
Complex Calculations & Data Tracking: EHS data can be all too easily manipulated and corrupted without reliable oversight and security. Excel files that aren’t up to the rigors of complex and multi-layered calculations, with input of data from multiple sources or reliance on a single employee for their ‘institutional knowledge’, do not provide for a stable, long-term data management strategy.
Small/Isolated Teams: EHS departments are often labelled as “overhead” and are relegated to an ancillary wing of an organization. However, the data generated by these teams can have wide reaching importance and value to an organization.
To address these EHS challenges and scale an organization for future demands of EHS reporting and business integration, robust new tools for collecting and managing relevant data are required to meet the moment.
Why Use the EHS-Dashboard™?
Whether your organization is streamlining EHS management or actively redefining how environmental, health, and safety initiatives can be integrated across your business, measurable goals start with good data. Having a centralized way to record and track data, and provide real time access to implement that data into daily operations, allows EHS professionals to spend more time building safer workplaces, minimizing environmental impacts, and positioning their organization for success.
This cloud-based, easily customizable, and readily scalable software platform can help EHS teams respond more quickly to requests from regulators and management alike, while housing disparate organizational projects in a single source. This also allows for more accurate data collection and reporting, while removing the need for a team member to handle complex calculations and tracking, thereby freeing up valuable time and energy and minimizing the chance for corrupted data.
To meet unforeseen challenges, like the COVID-19 pandemic, the EHS-Dashboard™ allows for remote access to site data and easy online connection of operations and team members from various locations. A single source online hub for all relevant EHS information helps to create and maintain a legacy of data and projects to track progress, assess successes and failures, and plan for strategic goals that can be viewed and integrated throughout an organization.
What makes the EHS-Dashboard™ unique is the flexibility it provides along with access to Capaccio’s EHS experts. The subscription-based service model is backed by more than 25 years of EHS expertise and innovation, with our responsive and dedicated staff as a direct line of contact. Also, our highly customizable system allows users to incorporate the software into existing processes rather than wholesale replacing them. Or, if legacy systems are not working for your organization, the EHS-Dashboard™ can be extended to handle the data collection and tracking of cross-operational business requirements outside of the EHS scope as well.
Whatever difficulties you face in integrating EHS with your business operations, the EHS-Dashboard™ is designed to meet those challenges along with those that have yet to arise. Focusing on how business and industry interact with environmental and health concerns is more important than ever, and will likely see increased scrutiny around requirement standards and cross-discipline buy-in.
Many companies have already recognized that aligning EHS requirements with overall business objectives is not just the right thing to do, but also good for building a strong corporate culture, reducing risk, and boosting company growth. You can reach out to us directly with any questions and learn more about how the EHS-Dashboard™ can empower your organization to make strategic advances toward data cohesion and broad reaching success.
Alexis Dallaportas contributed to this blog.