Organizations today are challenged with improving EHS performance with fewer financial and human resources. A current trend in the professional EHS community is to focus on using data in advanced analytic models to gain meaningful insight that drives change and performance improvements. The issue with this approach, however, lies in the barriers to performing advanced analytics successfully—such as the methods in which data is captured, and its structure, type, and quality. EHS consultancies are experiencing a transformational change towards the digitization of their value propositions. Virtually all EHS services firms have broadened their use of digital tools from environmental data management (EDM) software and EHS software implementation, to mobile apps, business intelligence tools, and IoT sensors. To produce sustainable improvement, Accenture recommends implementing a Digital Strategy for EHS Performance. This structured collection of high-quality data and advanced analysis can help companies produce actionable EHS insights in real-time.
It is imperative that companies move beyond traditional EHS data reporting. Which for many, consists of monitoring key performance indicators. But monitoring leading and lagging performance metrics does not provide an understanding of true operational risks or the insights to improve performance.
The initial step toward a Digital Strategy is to review available data and determine its capability to be used in an advanced analytics model. A specific opportunity to improve data quality and structure can be found in the outfitting of Digital Workers with new technology that automates and streamlines data capture. Workers are provided with sensory equipment, interactive hardware, and mobile applications that allow for real time data collection and decision-making.
Examples of new automated technologies are:
All in all, EH&S is more of a convention of the present day and age that isn’t just a dire necessity for your organization but is also something that needs to evolve with time. This is why EH&S needs to be digitalized, but more importantly, it has to become mainstream so that we can ensure the safety of our resources and to be able to make the overall environment more connected.
Kritika is currently heading the marketing division at RNF Technologies. Having a corporate experience of more than 5 years, she can often be found reading up on Techcrunch to remain abreast with the latest frameworks.