The EHS industry is full of unique problems. Environmental operations can involve managing complex processes and administering programs for hundreds or even thousands of distributed locations in numerous regulatory jurisdictions. Health and safety programs are challenged with identifying, measuring and preventing workplace hazards that can profoundly affect the lives of employees.
The personal computer might be the most important productivity tool of our time, but that productivity can come at a cost to organizations that require their workforces to use a computer for increasingly long hours.
Extended computer work is associated with various types of musculoskeletal discomfort that can lead to reduced productivity, reduced work quality, absenteeism, and in severe cases, worker’s compensation and other medical costs.
2017 marks the 25th year that NAEM has hosted its annual EHS and Sustainability Management Forum. Even while celebrating a quarter-century, the conference, which will take place October 25th-27th in Fort Lauderdale, FL, remains one of the largest annual gatherings for EHS professionals. The Forum’s program offers targeted, educational events for attendees, ranging from panel discussions to presentations from industry leaders. There’s even a few fun group outings in the mix!
On October 25th, the NAEM will kick off the 25th Annual EHS & Sustainability Management Forum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As one of the largest gatherings of environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability thought leaders and decision-makers in the country, this three-day event provides an excellent opportunity for EHS professionals to exchange ideas and share best practices on how to integrate strategic environmental, health, and safety programs within a business operation.
Enterprise software is often defined as computer software designed to fulfil the needs of an organization rather than the needs of individual users. While this is technically correct, a significant effort must be placed on the individual user experience for an application to achieve long-term success. More often than not, we see apps designed by engineers with little to no end user advocacy, but expectations around enterprise software are trending toward the same usability and performance as consumer products. Users are also less accepting of the notion they need advanced training to become proficient at using an app.
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.