Experts agree that to grow profitably, a company must systematically manage and reduce risk. Research consistently shows that strong EHS performance correlates with better financial outcomes. One such study demonstrated that EHS leaders deliver at least three times the financial returns compared with publicly traded companies as a whole.
Evaluating EHS Management Systems and determining whether they meet your organization’s unique needs is a time-consuming process. This checklist provides some important considerations for any system under evaluation.
- Integration: Integrated systems provide more functionality than point solutions. It’s also important to consider whether your EHS Software is capable of directly integrating data from related systems such as quality, human resources, manufacturing systems and finance.
• Automation: An automated system reduces the risk of human error and improves productivity, also reducing administrative overhead.
• Mobile: Mobile capabilities allow you to extend risk management to the field. This helps engage employees so you can capture more (and more detailed) safety data. The key is having a mobile platform for all EHS functions, not just a few mobile apps.
• Flexibility: You should be able to customize an EHS system to your business, not the other way around. Ease of use is also a huge factor in user adoption.
• Scalability: It’s important to evaluate how difficult it is to scale up the system, since you’ll likely want to add new users and locations as your business grows.