The Connected Worker: A Roadmap for Preparing Your Organization for New Technology to Reduce Safety Risks

In the workplace of today, many of your workers are already connected to their mobile devices. While they’re working, their smart watches are alerting them to emails and social media messages, their fitness devices are counting their steps, and their phones are receiving emails and selecting the music they’re listening to. So why not integrate that connectivity into the workplace? 

Connected workers = safer workers. That means connecting your people to information, technology, and to each other to keep them safe and to maximize the positive impact to your bottom line. From inspectors using checklists on their tablets that feed directly into your EHS management system to frontline workers using smart glasses with heads-up-displays, virtual assistants for generating reports and scheduling tasks, and augmented reality for training and organizational learning, the world’s leading organizations are already embracing smart technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) to move their EHS programs to the next level. 

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Use Mobile If You Want to Get Your Safety Management Program Moving

Do you know how to evaluate and implement EHS mobile applications? There are a number of mobile applications available on the market and deciding which ones will work for your team can be a daunting task.  

It doesn’t have to be daunting. Many companies successfully use mobile applications to enhance their EHS programs.   

To find the solutions that are right for you, first ask yourself these questions: Why do you want to implement mobile? Why would your stakeholders want to implement mobile? 

Are your goals to: 

  • Increase engagement among workers? 
  • Reduce time and barriers to report hazards or incidents? 
  • Improve operational visibility and reporting? 
  • Increase data accuracy? 
  • Include EHS in a company-wide digital strategy? 

If so, then going mobile should be a focus for your organization. Our new webinar “Get Your Safety Program Moving with Mobile” examines companies that have successfully implemented EHS mobile applications into their safety management systems.  

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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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Technology that makes people and workplaces safer

Today’s technology rules and many of us couldn’t be happier about it. 

It’s completely imbedded within our personal lives thanks to ever-present Internet connectivity and slick mobile devices that feed to all of us not just every bit of information we might desire, but it’s also the dominant driving force behind much of our personal and professional interactions and activities.  

That’s hardly groundbreaking news. As far back as 2011, the importance of information technology was abundantly clear. Research conducted back then by network equipment maker Cisco Systems, for example, revealed almost half of 3,000 18- to 30-year-olds surveyed from 14 different countries considered the Internet “an ‘integral part of their lives,’ – one as important as food, water and even air – that they could not live without.” 

Seven years later, we’re all hooked. Technology is everywhere, essential to our modern lives and for the vast majority, it’s how we … Read more...

The Connected Worker Brings Many Benefits

Connecting workers to electronic systems from their actual place of work allows companies to monitor their performance, health and safety and make real-time decisions to help them work as effectively as possible. The concept of the connected employee can take many forms, from giving workers devices that wirelessly connect to an EHSQ system to outfitting them with cutting-edge clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) with embedded sensors.

The issue was the subject of an EHSQ Alliance Conference session, detailing various approaches to drive adoption of these kinds of technologies. “The connected worker drives safety and compliance. It’s really about taking paper out of the system and getting information into it faster,” said a software director at a leading technology manufacturer, explaining that it can sometimes take three months to get paper-based reports into the system.

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Technology Helps Drive Improved Safety Commitment

Technology might just be the solution needed to break through employee resistance to safety program participation and drive personal commitment and engagement to new heights of effectiveness within many organizations.

Today’s high-tech safety innovations can be of benefit to workers and also enhance safety in many workplaces. The key is to align the use of technology with the needs of workers, and do it in ways that will help get your workers, your technology and your safety goals all pulling together.

Some of today’s technology solutions have a clear and obvious part to play.

Tablets and smart phones, for example, have virtually endless applications in workplace safety. Workers can use them to access chemical hazard information and specific safety procedures, or to report hazards and make suggestions. Devices can enhance security for lone workers, or summon assistance in the event of an accident or medical emergency. There are apps that … Read more...

The Power of IT and EHS – It’s only the beginning

The innovative power of information technology (IT) will turn the EHS industry on its ear!

It’s still somewhat early days for the integration of IT and EHS workflow process, and the road being travelled by many organizations is to simply take the first step of moving beyond traditional methods of paper-based recording and tracking, and replacing these with electronic processes. But the way forward for businesses is a path to huge transformation.

As the saying goes – “you ain’t seen nothing yet!” So much more is looming.

Technology and innovation in EHS will be the topic of what should be a lively discussion during a forward-looking session at this week’s NAEM EHS Sustainability and Management Forum in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. on the topic of – Drones, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things: Leveraging Technology to Advance EHS. I’ll facilitate a discussion on the exciting potential and possibilities with … Read more...

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History shows advanced analytical capabilities used in business are a foundation for improved decision-making and performance. Data gathered through various activities and processes becomes insight and intelligence when analysis workflows and methodologies are applied. And the more analysis scrubbing of data, the greater the potential for yielding knowledge and actionable awareness to accelerate improvement.

An exceptional analyst or analytics team can be a starting point for analytics. Going above and beyond in getting the most intelligence out of data collected requires something much deeper, through the scale of many people and analytical processes. An organization should be considering how to foster a data-centered culture of share and share alike in order to extract as much intelligence as it can from data gathered.

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5 Steps to Aligning your EHS Project with the IT Department

For many organizations today, technology is playing an increasingly large role in driving environmental, health, safety (EHS) and quality compliance and processes. Across every industry, a higher percentage of the budget is being allocated towards EHS software. Analyst firm Verdantix forecasts that organizations will spend over $1,150 million by 2019 on EHS software alone.

As organizations continue to embrace technology to improve EHS and quality processes, properly aligning with the IT Department is becoming a vital step in ensuring the success of any software project.

To help with this, we’ve outlined 5 initial steps to aligning your EHS project with your IT Department’s priorities:

1. Engage the IT Department Early in the Selection Process

When selecting EHS and quality software the focus is typically placed on the application’s functionality and features. How the software will help automate processes, improve visibility and help trend data to ensure compliance and mitigate risk … Read more...

Three Best Ways to Utilize Technology in EHS

Big or small, there’s no doubt that technology affects and challenges the way your business operates more and more every day.  So what separates the strong from the weak?  Success from failure? Throwing it back to ancient Greece, philosopher Heraclitus said, “All is flux, nothing stays still – there is nothing permanent except change.” Evolve, adapt, progress, change!

Today, entire industries can disappear with a wave of new technology, and the most common error businesses can make is thinking they’re immune to that change.  In the EHS world, we’re just on the brink of our technology transformation, but make no mistake it’s coming fast and furious.  Below is the three best ways to utilize technology in EHS:

BIG DATA.
What is it?  Big Data in a nutshell, is when a data set is so large or complex that traditional data processing applications become inadequate, making it difficult to capture, analyze, … Read more...