EHSQ Professionals Are Using Technology to Teach New Tricks to Old Tasks

As a Gen Xer, I’ve seen the evolution of consumer products through the years. When looking at consumer audio devices, the transition from records to CDs to the audio streaming apps used today has been nothing less than astonishing. While I’ve grown accustomed to playing the game of catch up every few years, I suspect that the pace of this will accelerate even more in the coming years. 

The same is true at work. Access to new and improved technology allows me to work from home, stream video conferencing calls, view dashboards that track business performance, use my phone to instant message coworkers and much more. As an EHSQ professional, what technology do you use at work that have enhanced how you perform your job tasks?

For example, are you utilizing:

PPS and sensors to keep remote workers and their managers connected and notify teams of the potential exposure to hazardous substances and dangerous environments?

In the oil and gas industry, workers who work in rigs often wear wearable devices or garments which are enhanced by sensors. These sensors can detect exposure to dangerous gases or materials and trigger alarms.


Real-time analytics that can predict risk, reduce the number of incidents or optimize processes?

In the oil and gas sector, the use of real-time analytics enable workers to identify potential equipment failures in advance by leveraging remote monitoring and diagnostic (RM&D) technology (e.g. the early detection of pump’s pressure slowing down or a drilling barge showing early signs of steering challenges).


Mobile data collection that allows workers to submit near miss and incident reports on the spot?

EHS managers have instituted processes that allow workers to submit near-miss and incident reports This allows workers to capture data about injuries, near misses and property damage in real time, often with photos taken on the spot. As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words!


Cloud storage that has taken the place of rooms and even warehouses full of file cabinets?

Most of us have dashboards in our lives now. With work being tracked at a degree we’ve never experienced before, all of that data needs to go somewhere, and that “somewhere” is the cloud. Cloud storage allows us to maintain and easily access practically limitless amounts of data.


Software that allows you to analyze and convert EHS regulations, permits and legal documents to determine which ones apply to your facility and translate them into simpler compliance requirements?

Artifical intelligence (AI) is not new to any of us. Amazon offers us suggestions of products we might like. Facebook offers us friend suggestions. Our banks notify us of unusual spending patterns. That’s all done through AI. In EHS, companies like ehsAI offer a solution that allows EHS professionals to address compliance on a global scale. At the task level, regulatory compliance is easily tracked and reported, giving EHS practitioners time back in their day and week to manage their other job tasks.


Dashboards that are automatically populated by safety management systems?

We’d all like to think we have freedom from excel spreadsheets, but the reality is, we still use them. However, digital dashboards have taken the place excel spreadsheets that took of hours to update. These dashboards offer EHS managers a holistic view of injuries, incidents, audits, downtime, utility and resource use, inventory and much more—in real time, in one consolidated view.

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Resources:


HSE Network. (March 2020). An introduction to predictive analytics in the EHS field. https://www.hse-network.com/news-articles/an-introduction-to-predictive-analytics-in-the-ehs-field/

Intelex Technologies, ULC. (February 2021). Connected Work, Connected Workers and the Future of Work.

Intelex Technologies, ULC. (January 2021). How Quality 4.0 is Changing the Future of Business: Part II. https://blog.intelex.com/2021/01/21/how-quality-4-0-is-changing-the-future-of-business-part-ii/

Intelex Technologies, ULC. (November 2020). EHSQ Management Just Got Smarter: Intelex Acquires Compliance Automation Provider ehsAI. https://www.intelex.com/about/press-room/ehsq-management-just-got-smarter-intelex-acquires-compliance-automation-provider

Intelex Technologies, ULC. (August 2019). Wearables: What You Need to Know.

Intelex Technologies, ULC. (July 2018). The Definitive Guide to Validating Your QMS in the Cloud.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Safety Hazards Associated with Oil and Gas Extraction Activities. https://www.osha.gov/oil-and-gas-extraction/hazards

Occupational Health & Safety. (September 2018). https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2018/09/01/Five-Key-Safety-Metrics-to-Improve-Performance.aspx?Page=3

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About Farhana Ahmad

Farhana Ahmad is a Content Marketing Manager at Intelex Technologies. With over 15 years of experience in key industries, she is a customer-focused professional specializing in delivering best-in-class Marketing and Content strategies and programs. Her degree in Environmental Science complements her marketing know-how, allowing her to incorporate her academic knowledge to the real-world applicability of the EHSQ space in general and Intelex in particular.

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