Depending on the complexity of the EHS business process and commitment to compliance improvement, an organization can leverage technology and deploy simple or sophisticated solutions to help EHSQ and improve profits. Simple solutions include EHS custom business applications using Microsoft® SharePoint® and the advanced functionalities in Microsoft Excel®, including macros, pivots, queries and charts. These solutions are less costly, easier to deploy, and can address additional needs such as compliance and tasking management, automation of EHS activities, emission and limits tracking calculations, and regulatory reporting. For example, a coating operations facility is able to manage 12-month and 3-month throughput or emission limits by implementing a Microsoft Access® or Excel-based tool. Automation can be used to pull in throughput and material used data from the accounting or ERP systems to update the source data needed for emission calculations or limit comparisons. Additional flags can be put in place to notify the plant managers of an impending exceedance of the limit. This cost effective solution can provide real-time information to aid in proactive management of non-compliance situations.
More sophisticated solutions include 3rd party enterprise-wide deployments of web-based tools designed for multi-site operations to address specific EHSQ needs such as compliance management, air, water, waste, GHG reporting, chemical inventory, audits, inspections, incidents, management of change, and assets management. The out-of-the-box functionality of this software reduces the implementation timeline as industry best practices can be leveraged for creating a sound EHS compliance system. Additional software customizations can be done to fit specific industry vertical operations. Since there are multiple solutions available in the marketplace, it is imperative that a thorough inventory be taken of the true and most important EHS needs so that best matching solutions can be found. For example, EPA’s Subpart W GHG reporting for the oil & gas industry and SARA’s Form R reporting can be implemented using readily available tools.
Irrespective of the technology vehicle chosen, the result is an improved and auditable process than can guard against costly emission calculation mistakes and accidents that on occasions can lead into heavy penalties from non-compliance. Better EHSQ performance helps your corporation’s bottom line as well.
At T3®, a division of Trinity Consultants, we focus on improving and optimizing EHS business process by removing redundancies, adding automation, and reducing manual effort to develop information technology solutions for EHS management. Contact T3 for a complimentary preliminary review session from one of our experts to evaluate your operations and provide high impact solutions to improve your EHS processes.