Data Does not Speak for Itself: You Have to Speak for It

Letting the data speak for itself can result in unrecognizable insights for many in your organization. Data needs to be interpreted to make sense.

The data will speak for itself. This is a phrase that is commonly thrown around in data analytics circles.

Often the people who say the data will speak for itself are the ones who are closest to the data, and for them, this might be true. EHS analysts, business analysts and other disciplines that focus on data collection, cleaning, preparation and analysis are closest to the data.

However, for employees of departments whose focus is not data analysis, the data can look like it is speaking Italian instead of English. This means that “letting the data speak for itself” can result in unrecognizable insights for many in your organization.

The practice of environmental, health and safety (EHS) is experiencing growing pains when it comes to analysis … Read more...

Empowering safety programs with real-time data visualization

An ongoing reality for safety managers and frontline personnel in almost any industry is the need to record safety incident data. When all incident data is inputted into a centralized database, a safety coordinator doesn’t have to wait for the completion of monthly safety reports to identify trends and weaknesses within an organization’s safety program. Rather, since a robust incident reporting system should come equipped with real-time dashboards, scorecards and reports that are capable of visualizing data (by way of charts, graphs and tables, for example), safety personnel are able to gain an at-a-glance assessment of the integrity of their safety program.

Further, trending tools allow organizations to identify trends at individual sites and across multiple locations, enabling safety personnel to implement global corrective and preventive actions and minimize efforts that would otherwise be committed to the repetitious implementation of similar and identical corrective and preventive actions at multiple sites.… Read more...