A Strong Business Case Can Drive Your Successful EHS Software Implementation

The Purchase of new environmental, health and safety (EHS) software is like a journey along a path of time and effort, in search of the right solution. But, it’s just the beginning.

The end of one road branches off and continues down another path, where you need to discover organizational support for implementation and adoption. It is during software implementation that you may, among other challenges, encounter unexpected resistance from the very people you’d most hoped would benefit from a new set of solutions.

Educating executives and employees alike to the value of EHS software acquisition and ensuring buy-in and support needs to begin before software is purchased then must thread throughout acquisition and implementation stages. It’s worthwhile to consider strategies to help ensure once you have made a software purchase and during implementation, you ultimately gain a system that makes everyone’s life easier and productive.

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Is It Time to Upgrade your EHS Software?

There’s a shelf life for everything.

Even software has an expected existence. For most well-designed systems, a useful lifetime can be six to eight years. For systems that are less well designed or for applications that evolve quickly, the useful life of business software can be as short as three years.

According to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), most companies that are looking at replacing their environment, health & safety (EHS) software have a system in place that is less than five years old   – so, if your system is approaching five years old, it probably is or soon will be outdated.

How do you know your current software is due for a major refresh? You may need new EHS software if:

  • Your EHS software needs to integrate with your other IT systems. Many companies have other business software systems for non-EHS applications
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Compliance Strategies – Like an Uncharted Race to a Finish Line

Even during relatively calm times, U.S. environmental policy is constantly evolving as new regulations are continually proposed, possibly held up in litigation, and eventually finalized, revised, or withdrawn.

These days, especially, a state of flux exists within environmental regulations as the current presidential administration charts a new course from that of previous leadership. Although this type of political shift is not novel, we are in a time where proposed changes appear more drastic and stakeholders are faced with moving regulatory targets and unsettled compliance obligations. For some, this is leading to ambiguity and, dare I say, a bit of angst.

We might be well served to pause, step back, and try to put things into perspective. I’d like to suggest that the shifting path of environmental regulations might be analogous to a marathon race that trails along an ever-changing route. It’s a long journey that requires preparation and determination to … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Global Safety

Are We Taking Safety Too Personally? join member Jim Loud‘s online discussion to share your opinion. In this members monthly open discussion Industry Expert Kirk Lowery will share recent amendments to the Montreal Protocol and U.S. EPA refrigerant management regulations. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • 6 Easy Workplace Awareness Programs by Tamara Parris
  • Chernobyl Lesson and Global Safety Awareness by member Kamran Akhavan Attari
  • Are We Taking Safety Too Personally? by member Jim Loud
  • Refrigerant Rule Revisions: Is Your Facility Prepared? – Kirk Lowery

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EHSQ Community | Safe + Sound Week!

Join us for Safe + Sound Week! In this members monthly open discussion we join forces to drive social awareness around safety in the workplace, and worker’s rights. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Join us for the Safe + Sound Week! with Tamara Parris
  • Don’t Blame the Silos by member Terry L Mathis

  • Speaking Truth to Power by member Ron Gantt
  • System Safety Program – Rule

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EHSQ Community | Organizational Success or Failure

Take a moment to join our members Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick  by listening to their discussion about why organizations fail to manage H&S. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Reasons Why Organizations Fail to Manage H&S by members Chris J Ward and Jane Standerwick

  • Why Employers Should Be Screening ‘At Risk’ Laborers for Cancer by Cassandra Kennicot
  • EMIS Implementation from Your IT Director’s Perspective by member Kay Eileraas

  • Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Control of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions From Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units – Rule

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Corporate Culture and Consequences of Complacency

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in
environment, health and safety news:

  • Corporate culture and consequences of lax safety cultures
  • Compliance shortcuts never pay off

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you. Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

  • Learn more about sentencing related to a high profile mine safety case. Click here
  • Learn more about using coffee filters as a compliance shortcut. Click here  
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Intelex Community | This Week

Find out what’s new in EHS&Q this week on the Intelex Community!

  • Global ISO Survey Results: What the World Thinks of ISO 45001
  • Webinar Whistleblower Investigations – OSHA’s 11(c) and other Statutes
  • Fall Protection Professionals Group
  • New regulatory update on Hazardous Waste Management

Intelex Community | This Week

Find out what’s new in EHS&Q this week on the Intelex Community!

  • Health and Safety: Risk of Allowing Horseplay at Work
  • Indoor Air Quality In the Workplace: Best Practices and How to Implement into an EHS Program
  • Radiation Safety Officer Training for Laboratory Professionals
  • New regulatory update on Hazardous Materials Rule

Intelex Community | This Week

Find out what’s new in EHS&Q this week on the Intelex Community!

  • Indoor Air Quality Member Discussion
  • Mining Industry Professionals discussion group
  • Workplace Sexual Harassment: Managing the Impact of Bill 132 Webinar
  • New regulatory update on the Review of Commodity, Boxcar, and Trailer-on-Flatcar/Container-on-Flatcar