Articles

It’s in Your Hands: Safety within the EHS industry

ISHN Magazine, August 2015
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals are responsible for maintaining a high level of both safety and compliance within the organization. Each employee plays a part in meeting this goal, through individual tasks that work toward the end goal of ensuring a successful organization. EHS leaders who work on the front line are responsible for ensuring compliance while maintaining safety.

The Benefits of Automating Audit Processes

Quality Digest, June 2015
In any organization, it’s important to audit your processes. Conducting timely audits is the best way of determining the efficiency and overall health of your organization. However, an audit is typically a time-consuming process that requires extensive preparation.

What to Look for in an Effective Corrective Action System

Quality Digest, May 2015
Corrective action is an essential tool for any business. It helps to identify adverse events and pinpoint any systemic issues that must be resolved. However, a corrective action system can’t work effectively by itself.

Reducing Your Environmental Impact with Sustainability Solutions

ISHN Magazine, April 2015
Sustainability is defined as the ability to maintain the balance of a certain process or state in any system. It has three dimensions—environmental, social and economic. All companies, regardless of industry, have an important role to play in sustainability. The main goal in sustainability is for companies to report on their reduction of emissions and their behavior on the environment. However, sustainability as a whole is more than just environmental health and safety (EHS); it is focused on how to reduce impact and how to report, and is defined by the United Nations as, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their own needs.”

How Mobility Has Revolutionized Technology

Quality Digest, March 2015
With the evolution of technology, experts have been able to transform and develop equipment into ways that no one ever thought possible. For example, most people no longer use paper maps as a guide for travel, or phone calls as a means of communication. These have been replaced with portable global position systems (GPS) and smart phones. Technology has also been adopted into the world of business, through mobility. In fact, mobility has transformed the way that businesses operate entirely.

Benefits of Implementing Risk Management in EHS Organizations

ISHN Magazine, February 2015
In order to promote a safer workforce and to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) companies must quickly and effectively address and mitigate all incidents that take place. However, it can be difficult to determine which threats pose the most critical risk as opposed to which risks are less hazardous to the organization. This is where automated Risk Management comes in.

Top traits of an effective training management system

ISHN Magazine, January 2015
Training management is the process by which an organization identifies training requirements, builds training programs, flags who needs to be trained, and executes that training. Doing this efficiently will help an organization ensure that they can effectively change business operations, and that its employees are knowledgeable, trained and fully able to do their jobs. From a compliance standpoint, these capabilities are critical. Without proper training or training management, an organization will run risk of noncompliance, safety issues and even poor quality due to operator errors.

QMS Essentials, Part 6: Why scalability is important

Quality Digest, November 2014
This is the final installment in our six-part series on common business challenges and the quality management system (QMS) tools that can help alleviate those challenges. Previous installments have reviewed how QMS tools help simplify your common business processes and change the way you handle complaints or manage risk within your organization.

Simplify your Training Management Process

ISHN Magazine, November 2014
People are key for any business to succeed—organizations need a workforce that is knowledgeable, skilled and mindful of the processes that drive daily operations. Many areas within the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) industry in particular rely on extensive training and competency of the workforce in order to avoid any critical safety incidents. All employees must be trained in all processes to ensure the job continues to be done safely and effectively.

Take EHS on the Go with Mobility

ISHN Magazine, October 2014
Mobility has revolutionized the way organization’s today are using technology to manage and track compliance. With the advent of mobile devices, “being connected” is no longer a constraint. The functionality inherent in today’s mobile solutions improves the total experience by ensuring that flexibility is not sacrificed for mobility.

Take EHS on the Go with Mobility

ISHN Magazine, October 2014
Mobility has revolutionized the way organization’s today are using technology to manage and track compliance. With the advent of mobile devices, “being connected” is no longer a constraint. The functionality inherent in today’s mobile solutions improves the total experience by ensuring that flexibility is not sacrificed for mobility.

QMS Essentials Part 5: Extend the QMS to suppliers to increase collaboration

Quality Digest, September 2014
This is the fifth installment of our six-part series on common business challenges and the quality management system (QMS) tools that can help alleviate them. Here we’ll focus on the supplier management tool and why it is beneficial for both stakeholder and supplier.

5 Processes to Automate in your EHS System

ISHN Magazine, August 2014
Automation has changed the way business is conducted today. Processes that used to take days or longer to complete can now be accomplished in minutes—paperwork that was previously reviewed manually can now be done electronically, saving time and reducing the chance of mistakes occurring. With this in mind, there are 5 capabilities in particular that the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) system will automate for you to improve efficiency and to simply make things easier.

QMS Essentials Part 4: Simplifying the process for handling complaints

Quality Digest, July 2014
This article is the fourth installment of a six-part series on common business challenges and the quality management system (QMS) tools that can help alleviate those challenges. We started with corrective action in Part 1, then moved onto document control in Part 2, and risk evaluation last time, in Part 3. In this article we’ll discuss something that affects all industries at some point or another—the complaint.

QMS Essentials, Part 3: Proactively Address Adverse Events with the Bowtie Method of Risk Evaluation

Quality Digest, May 2014
This is the third installment of a six-part series on common business challenges and the quality management system (QMS) tools that can help alleviate those challenges. We’ve discussed corrective action in Part 1 and document control in Part 2, and the ways in which organizations are finding value through these tools. In this article, we’re going to discuss risk management and how it can help you proactively identify and mitigate risk.

How the EHS System Can Optimize Your Organization’s Incident Rate

ISHN Magazine, April 2014
To maintain a high level of safety within your organization, the ability to be proactive in addressing all incidents that occur is key. In particular, reducing job-related incidents will help to ensure a safer workforce and will enable you to maintain compliance with regulatory agencies such as OSHA.

QMS Essentials, Part 2: Eliminating the Paper Chase

Quality Digest, March 2014
Part one of this series discussed the importance of increasing visibility into adverse events to assess their criticality and apply corrective action if necessary. In this installment we will look into another essential element of the quality management system (QMS): document control...or lack thereof.

Do You Have a Crisis Management Plan in Place? 7 Reasons You Should

ISHN Magazine, March 2014
People are the cornerstone of any business. So much so, that the success of any operation can rest on the competence of its employees. For any business to succeed it must consist of a workforce that is knowledgeable, skilled, and mindful of the processes that drive daily operations. Many areas within the Environmental Health and Safety industry in particular rely on extensive training and competency of the workforce in order to avoid any critical safety incidents. All employees must be trained in all processes to ensure the job continues to be done safely and effectively.

Incident Investigation and Reporting

Safety & Health Magazine, February 2014
What environmental, health and safety processes can integrate with the “incidents application” to reduce the number of an organization’s incidents quickly and effectively?

QMS Essentials, Part 1: Increasing Visibility into Adverse Events

Quality Digest, January 2014
When it comes to quality management, there is a set of tools often used for managing common business processes, regardless of industry. Chances are you’re already familiar with how processes such as document control, audits, and corrective action work. The issue facing many companies isn’t how to manage these processes but how to streamline them to make them more efficient and effective in solving quality challenges.

Integrate JSAs with Training, Documenting, Reporting & Auditing

ISHN Magazine, January 2014
In the world of manufacturing, there are inherent risks. These risks are often related to product manufacturing or are just everyday risks that exist throughout the organization. At any rate, to improve overall safety within the workplace, these risks must be identified and prevented.

Building a Practical Risk Management Process into Your QMS

Quality Digest, October 2013
During the past few years, risk management continues to be a topic of interest. There are plenty of benchmarking trends that point to risk. We see it in enterprise strategic initiatives. We see it being incorporated into standards and regulations. And yet, I think that for many, the concept of risk remains an enigmatic and elusive concept.

Document Control in Environmental, Health and Safety

Safety & Health Magazine, October 2013
How can organizations more efficiently create and review document control records, route documents, and conduct change requests using environmental, health and safety software tools?

Automated Training can Link Safety Incidents to Training Competency

ISHN Magazine, September 2013
People are the cornerstone of any business. So much so, that the success of any operation can rest on the competence of its employees. For any business to succeed it must consist of a workforce that is knowledgeable, skilled, and mindful of the processes that drive daily operations. Many areas within the Environmental Health and Safety industry in particular rely on extensive training and competency of the workforce in order to avoid any critical safety incidents. All employees must be trained in all processes to ensure the job continues to be done safely and effectively.

Compliance is Moving to a Risk Management Focus

ISHN Magazine, June 2013
Risk Management is how many organizations are now streamlining compliance in an objective and systematic way. Risk is pervasive throughout all areas within an organization, and it spans everything from quality to EHS to financial and the supply chain. However, while risk can be used throughout the organization, it is important to know the difference between risk management and risk assessment tools.

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