Are the need(s) that triggered the initial selection of your solution still valid today? Have changing regulations, personnel, operations or economic climate exposed gaps in your solution? Since many EHS suite of applications are able to address multiple needs, you might be underutilizing your current solution. Your emissions inventory or incidents management solution can probably do a lot more to help your company achieve its broader EHS goals. We’ve identified ten ways to maximize your current EHS solution.
- Use check list functionalities to manage and record inspections, sampling results, and internal audits
- Implement corporate safety guidelines using automated workflows to help improve safety and reduce incidents
- Track assets, raw-materials, or finished products using asset management and material tracking features
- Implement a management of change process and track process changes through your solution
- Use automated APIs and/or other data feeds such as laboratory sampling data, GIS coordinates, production accounting data, and waste manifest transactions with your solution to improve operational efficiency and accuracy
- Utilize the solution to better track and record completed tasks and repair work orders as required by your environmental permits
- Generate energy use and other Key Performance Metrics required for sustainability/CDP and other reports
- Automate data validation and calculations on data intensive and complex calculations reports, such as Subpart W, Toxic Release Inventory and emission reports, to eliminate redundancy and manual errors
- Use dashboards and automated workflows to improve the information flow, visibility, and tracking of compliance health of plants and maintenance facilities
- Use real-time compliance data on dashboards and automated email notifications for EHS policy decisions and proactive management of impending non-compliance issues
Looking for more opportunities to maximize your EHS solution? Consider looking at the entire spectrum of EHS activities from a top down approach and breaking them into various categories and sub-categories. The following questions can be helpful to get started.
- What functionalities are available in our EHS software?
- How critical is this EHS business activity for our company?
- What can we enhance, improve or optimize using the unused functionalities of the existing software assets we own?
This information can be captured in a matrix format and used to plan an EHS business process improvement project. The benefit of this exercise is better utilization of the assets that you already have.
T3, a division of Trinity Consultants, has an intimate understanding of the regulatory, technological, and human aspects of EHS data management. Our team of EHS and IT professionals, with a broad range of experience including air, water, waste, industrial hygiene, health, safety, and environmental management systems, partners with you to clarify objectives and recommend appropriate technology solutions that meet your needs with respect to functionality, timing, budget, and integration with legacy systems.