Energy is in constant demand in our world today. Whether it is to power automobiles, heat homes, or launch a spacecraft, energy and energy resources are required. As the cost of energy resources continue to rise, it is important to ensure the safety and quality of the energy produced.
Compliance to quality management standards such as ISO 9000, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 are most important to organizations looking to conform to Environmental Protection agency (EPA) standards. EtQ has developed an Environmental Health and Safety Software system to help maintain quality to these initiatives, while providing a flexible workflow platform to adapt to changing business processes, without programming.
Challenges Facing the Energy Industry
Collaborative, Enterprise Environment
Large energy industries with multiple divisions typically have independent, hybrid systems in place. Bridging the gap between these systems is inefficient in the long-term, and ultimately will require expensive customizations to link the enterprise. Re-routing documents, meeting to discuss integration strategy, and IT man-hours in customizations result in lost time and money. EtQ's (EHS) Software is designed to incorporate the whole enterprise in collaborating at the enterprise level, while maintaining each division's independent business workflow. The result is a unified EHS Software system that allows for each division to collaborate with the enterprise.
Unified Quality Process
Too often, business processes are disconnected, with complaint handling forms, SOPs and the like not connected to the next phase in the record's life cycle. EtQ's EHS Software allows the process to be linked automatically and intelligently. Complaint handling forms are assessed, investigated, and opened as a Corrective Action if needed. SOPs are linked to the employee training database, and assignments are sent. Risk Assessment tools assess the risk of records throughout the process. This unified process for handling Health and Safety issues results in an efficient system, where no time is lost and no problem overlooked.
Business System Integration
As more and more business systems are implemented in an energy organization, the ability to communicate between these systems becomes difficult. As a result, crucial processes are disjointed and often rely on manual "jumping" between systems, which can lead to inefficiencies in the process. EtQ's EHS Software features a robust integration layer that allows for information to be passed to and from external systems, widening the scope of the quality process to include ERP, MRP, MES and other business systems.
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Advanced Search and Reporting
Having a system store your documents and records is often not enough to ensure quality within a business. The ability to rapidly retrieve documents and generate reports on the state of the quality operations is a key need within the energy industry. EtQ's EHS Software features advanced tools to search for documents, create custom views within the application, and generate template or ad-hoc reports.