Picture this, it’s the end of the first quarter, you have a board meeting on the 1st of April. The pressure as an EHS manager is on, because the company is expecting a projection for the rest of the year. The CEO wants you to present your ideas on how you’ll be reaching your goals this year. As a manager, you know there were a few setbacks these past couple months that you'll need to mitigate, but what's the solution? Also, during the last meeting you decided to (further) digitise the EHS processes. Lots of decisions to be made.
Like most organisations, you’ve probably developed your own version of the plan-do-check-act cycle through the years and now you’re looking for a way to digitise it. Certainly, there should be EHS software that does what you need it to do, right?
Sooner or later, you’re bound to face the same dilemma that’s been dogging tech shoppers since the dawn of enterprise software:
- Should you Build an EHS solution? This is the better option if you don’t want to change your existing processes, but it could take months or even years (during which time the project will probably spin out of budget more than once).
- Should you Buy an EHS solution? This certainly takes less time than building your own solution but there will be trade-offs because you will be getting a pre-made EHS platform.
In the end, no matter if you build or buy, you will have to compromise. So, which one is the ‘lesser evil’?
We’ll outline the pros and cons of building vs. buying, and inform you on the 7 things you need to look out for when acquiring EHS software
Topics: EHS software
Having information flow freely through your organisation can reduce operational risks. Productivity is crucial for any organisational growth. Companies are looking to increase productivity, but often ignore that information is the key essential in which to implement change.
To enable easy access to critical information, your workflow should have a better information system than a paper based one. Having a digital solution in your day-to-day operations can ultimately increase your organisation’s productivity.
Topics: EHS software
The first step in becoming a safety leader in any industry is shifting away from paper and spreadsheet-based systems. Effective safety improvements can only be made with the speed, reliability, and analysis that only digital solutions can provide. Just ask yourself this, how would you manage if one of your processes fails or gets delayed? If you had a slight hesitation, then it’s probably a good idea to digitise your health and safety processes.
Checklists are used everywhere and for all sorts of purposes. They mitigate the risk of human error by process of checking and rechecking each and every step that is carried out. At some point, it becomes an unconscious action because we crave structure, a sense of completion and assurance of success. You probably have your own preferred checklists at home, like a grocery list or a weekly to-do list. But what’s the origin of this concept?
Topics: Lean six sigma