In this blog, our VP of Product for the Software division at Alcumus, Nicola Barker shares her insights into key things health and safety professionals need to consider when implementing EHS software. Nicola comments on building solid foundations, the adoption of EHS software and the importance of tailoring EHS software to your organisation’s individual needs.
- Integrity of data underpins data-driven decision making
Be mindful that having multiple methods of capturing data from across your organisation can seriously undermine the accuracy of your dataset. Having confidence that data integrity is at the centre of your EHS software will lead to increased trust in the insight that your data provides and boost credibility when making key decisions. Rely on a robust audit trail to demonstrate compliance beyond a tick-box level and utilise software to increase defensibility and minimise future risk.
- Interconnected data
Reducing silos across a geographical landscape or throughout an organisation’s diverse organisational structure is often the focus on many EHS software solutions. However, deeper silos can occur when tackling this challenge, especially when introducing a point solution to achieve consistency across the business. By turning your attention to a broader range of processes and removing silos across processes and datasets, you will enhance the value of your software. Connecting data sets and including integrations from and into other software systems is the key to unlocking the depth of insight that your data holds.
- Operational rollout – value beyond a reporting post box
Adopting EHS software is vital for success. Users and consumers of data must see the value in software, beyond just a tick-box exercise or an event logging system. Creating transparency about the benefits that stakeholders can expect from engaging with the software will help maximise interaction. By promoting software into the wider EHS framework as a central component that complements policy’s, processes, training and education will further develop a strong EHS culture.
- Dream big, but start small
Rome wasn’t built in a day. Having a vison for a better EHS world is fantastic but planning the route to get there in manageable steps is often overlooked or rushed. Laying the foundations of an EHS software solution that makes it easy to use and provides insights is worth investing time and effort to get right. Building upon this solid foundation to layer up sophistication across both depth of functionality and breadth of use can have much quicker and more effective results than taking on too much early on.
- Software that connects people and processes
The challenge for many organisations lies in the consolidation of vast processes and data types that make up the bigger picture. Providing people with a single source of truth across multiple processes opens up reliable, consistent data outputs that can rapidly transform your risk profile. Bridging the gap between inflexible corporate systems and flimsy local spreadsheet combinations in a way that is tailored to your business can make this connection possible.
- Expect change
As your digital journey evolves, so will the maturity of your organisation’s needs. Make sure that you pick an EHS software solution that is agile and can change and flex over time at minimal cost. Having a robust and configurable solution is key, don’t just take the providers word for it, speak to long-term customers on how the software has helped with their digital transformation journey.
VP Product – Software
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