For many companies, environmental, health and safety has become a high business priority and attending trade shows can be a great way to ramp up a new EH&S program or manage and improve upon an existing program. Trade shows are a great way to network with others in your field. They draw professionals of all experience levels, so you can meet others in your field with fresh, new ideas, as well as those who can share tried and true methods of managing a successful EH&S program.
An article, titled “The EHS State of the Nation 2017” by Dave Johnson, was recently published in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, which highlighted survey results from EHS professionals regarding the immediate future of the EHS field. After reading this informative article, and in conjunction with personal interests of mine, I’m going to imbue what I believe to be the probable future of tools and technology for employee health and safety in EHS Departments in the next 5 – 10 years.
This May, hundreds of Enviance employees, partners and customers will gather at the beautiful Marriott Coronado Island Resort and Spa in San Diego, California for Enviance’s 2017 Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) Software User Conference.
In many cases, companies adopt Enviance EH&S Software to fully replace legacy systems for environmental compliance, regulatory reporting and other capabilities. However, many legacy systems are difficult to replace, and require a little massaging in order to sync the old legacy system with the new EH&S platform.
The selection and implementation of a new Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS software) solution can be a daunting task – it is a significant risk of money and time, and there is no 100% guarantee that it will be successful. For a sometimes underfunded function such as EH&S, the pressure to get it right the first time is even higher.
Safety has not always been a top priority for all companies – many of us have heard stories that describe some pretty awful things employees have endured due to their employers’ negligence or incompetence. In the past, taking safety precautions to protect employees was often seen as a hindrance to productivity, rather than a facilitation of it. This mindset has led companies to ignore regulations or abide by them at the bare minimum to meet compliance.
Mobile devices are becoming more and more integrated into workplace operations – Gartner forecasts that by 2017, 50% of employers will not only allow, but will, in fact, require their employees to bring their own devices for primary use in the workplace.
Keeping our bodies moving throughout the day has a variety of health benefits. Without movement, our muscles can tense up, blood flow can become limited, and our digestive organs can function ineffectively. Of course, incorporating enough movement can be hard, especially for those of us working eight-hour days, sitting at a desk.
If you want to improve the safety practices of your organization, you can’t just have rules, mandates, and requirements for safety. Rules get broken, requirements aren’t met, and safe behaviors can become tedious obligations rather than instinctive actions. In order to ensure safety takes a front seat for your organization, you must create a safety culture.