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Considering a Mobile EHS Solution? Read This First.

Posted by EHS Insight Resources on April 5, 2017 at 11:05 AM

It seems there’s an app for everything, including ways to manage your EHS and sustainability programs. But does a mobile solution really provide the best option for your company?

Let’s Look at the Benefits

Mobile solutions certainly offer plenty of incentives that trump traditional EHS management methods:

Real Time Reporting

Instant Availability

  • No sorting through paper records
  • Save time with a quick database search wherever you are

Faster Response Time

  • Find resources and take action instantly
  • Less margin for error in reporting data
  • Send reports immediately
  • Receive instant alerts regarding EHS events

Employee Training

  • Use training tracking software as part of the onboarding process
  • Create and share action plans with users
  • Send alerts and reminders to employees

Many providers of EHS management software also offer a mobile option that can facilitate every facet of its desktop-driven counterpart. Choosing an integrated approach like this makes it easy to gain a consistent experience across the board, no matter which device you use or where you happen to be.

Before You Dive In

Truthfully, a one size fits all mobile EHS plan simply doesn’t exist, but asking the right questions can bring you closer to the right EHS software. Use the answers to the following questions to guide your decision-making process.

  • What information do you need to know at a moment’s notice?
  • What key metrics are most important to you?
  • What systems are you already using that you might need to integrate?
  • What is the software implementation process like?
  • What’s your budget?
  • How long does it take to fully implement?
  • What kind of training is provided?
  • Does the provider offer ongoing support?
  • Is there a free trial period?

Most importantly—how will this software provide better program management than what you are already doing?

Mobile EHS solutions offer a multitude of benefits that can boost your entire operation—as long as you choose the right one. Don’t get distracted by shiny features that, in fact, have no beneficial place in your overall strategy. Rather, focus on the features that add value to your EHS program, as well as which ones could complicate your strategy. You may not find a “perfect” solution, but you may find that a slight compromise could be well worth the investment.

Topics: EHS Management, EHS Software, Performance Improvement, Technology, Workplace Health and Safety

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