According to a 2019 study by Perillon, 46% of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) leaders find their current safety management software is outdated and are actively looking for replacement systems.1 Modern software systems can offer a variety of improvements over manual and proprietary “legacy” applications and systems, including real-time access to data reports, cost efficiencies, and integration across multiple platforms. In deciding whether to commit to a modern software package, consider the following system features, major advantages, and potential drawbacks available to your organization.
There are a wide variety of EHS software features to select from and not all systems will serve the same function. When evaluating the available features, consider options that would best benefit your unique workplace:
While there are many appealing advantages, IT cost savings and communication efficiencies standout as the major advantages of adopting modern EHS software systems.
As advantageous as modern EHS software system can be, it’s important to examine the potential drawbacks as well. These may appear when the software selection is too rigid or does not match well with a particular business model, enterprise IT model, or corporate culture.
Other drawbacks to consider:
The ultimate goal in deciding whether or not to adopt a modern EHS software system is to see an improvement in the overall function and effectiveness of your organization’s safety program. Taking the time to fully evaluate the features, advantages, and potential drawbacks will help you decide if the leap into a new system is right for your organization
1Niemoller, John. “8 Stats That Will Make You Want to Invest in EHS Software.” Perillon EHS Management Blog. November 26, 2019. Accessed April 2020.
2“EHS Management Software.” Capterra. Accessed April 2020.
Michael McGowan is an Accident Prevention Services Consultant with Old Republic Risk Management. He is responsible for assisting policyholders with loss control information and services with an emphasis on carrier service compliance in regulated jurisdictions. Michael is located in our corporate offices in Brookfield, Wisconsin.