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Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Management Software: Can One Person Do it All?

Posted by Alex Chamberlain

Alex Chamberlain is a writer for ERA Environmental Management Solutions.

Your facility's Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) department has a lot on its plate every day:

  • Collecting emissions data
  • Producing emissions compliance reports
  • Risk assessment
  • Incident reporting
  • Managing multiple permits
  • Data interaction with vendors.

So how is it possible that some large manufacturers with multiple facilities and nearly 100 compliance reports to produce each year are able to have just one person in charge of it all?

Take the burden off of your Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) department while saving money

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The answer is simple: a solid Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) software with automated data collection.

Traditionally, an Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) manager would have to gather all of the data associated with their emissions of air and water -- along with waste disposal -- input it into a spreadsheet, and grind out the calculations to produce the necessary reports.

Considering most manufacturing industries require several reports, have multiple permits to keep track of, and many vendors to transfer product information from, the typical Environmental, health & Safety (EHS) department can spend hundreds (yes, hundreds) of hours each month manually gathering, entering, and calculating data.

How much time does this leave them to spend on innovation and progress?

Using EHS software can reduce the number of labour hours to eliminate this burden and allow EHS management teams to get back on track with doing the jobs they were hired for.

Data automation allows vendors to instantly communicate the chemical data of their products and materials to the manufacturer, and lets the EHS manager quickly import this data into their own internal database.

Having this instantaneous connection with your vendors means that you aren’t held hostage to someone else’s timeline, and better positioned to avoid noncompliance fines. You can stop chasing the information you need and let it come directly to you.

For record keeping, data automation will automatically sync the newest data with your existing data and log any changes that either you or your vendors make. That way you can track and accurately report for any business period.

Having everything monitored in an automated fashion, from the starting point ensures internal and external accountability. Automated data collection even allows you track every minute of your facility’s operations, giving you the knowledge you need to maximize efficiency and reduce operating costs. With this real-time automation and monitoring, instant notifications can be sent to the necessary personnel the instant something goes wrong or falls out of compliance, allowing you to correct any issues the moment they happen.

Yes, one person really can do everything your EHS department needs; saving your countless work hours and money... but only if they have the right tools.

ERA Environmental  specializes in developing the software you need to take the hassle and difficulty out of compliance reporting. To learn how your business can empower your Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) department, download our free online webinar "Data Automation: Why It's Important and How It Can Help" .

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Topics: EHS Software