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Safety in the Automotive Industry: What Is Riding on Your Reputation?

Posted by EHS Insight Staff on May 15, 2017 at 12:49 PM

From making individual parts to building the whole car, there’s a lot riding on your reputation in the automotive industry. While many nonautomotive companies primarily concern themselves with the safety of their employees, your EHS department pulls double duty by also considering the safety of your end users.

Quality assurance in the auto industry has never been more paramount. In fact, your employees’ and consumers’ lives depend on it, not to mention your company’s reputation.

How to Shift Your Reputation into High Gear

Like other manufacturing companies, automotive producers are turning to web-based EHS software solutions to maintain high quality standards, streamline their health and safety data, and ultimately gain an edge over their competitors.

Quality Standards

Using enterprise EHS software as a daily operations tool can help managers understand and abide by strict quality standards, such as ISO 9001, to ensure that no substandard product leaves the production line. In addition, companies can monitor compliance and quality activities throughout their various locations and activities.

Risk Mitigation

It can be seemingly impossible to recover from the damages dealt by massive auto recalls. Automotive companies are recognizing the risk-reducing features of EHS management software as a best practice, namely how it boosts consistency across global and regional markets.

Public Trust

Part of a solid EHS program is letting consumers who rely on your products know what you are doing to keep them safe. Simply saying you prioritize their safety is easy, but proving it can be challenging if you don’t have a way to communicate it. Implementing EHS solutions, including sustainability software, into your operations can deliver a level of transparency to all stakeholders. It allows you to showcase your division's metrics on how exactly you are meeting requirements and considering the safety of everyone involved. These metrics are also an important component of your company's annual sustainability report

Summary

With the volatile past decade of automotive disasters (like Toyota’s 4 million-plus vehicle recall in 2009-2010), companies are placing more emphasis on risk mitigation and compliance throughout the supply chain, along with increased quality demands. And finding easier ways to facilitate these actions, such as incorporating EHS software solutions, can make the difference between a well-oiled reputation or one that’s running on empty.

To learn more about how you can effectively manage your automotive EHS program, visit Automotive EHS Software.

Topics: Automotive, Workplace Health and Safety, Risk Management, EHS Software, Industry Insights, Compliance, Sustainability, Sustainability Software

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