A new year is almost here, and there’s no better time to start something new in your EHS program. Use this time to take a closer look at what’s working well in your safety efforts, as well as incidents from the past year that might warrant improvements to your program.
Don’t let the name scare you – big data in this case refers to combining multiple data sources to detect trends, patterns, and insights outside of individual data sets. This concept is becoming more and more integrated with companies of all industries and sizes, from leading marketing initiatives to gauging turnover to monitoring sales and profits. But one of data’s biggest opportunities in the workplace is also one of its most underutilized: environmental health and safety departments.
With customers clamoring over the thrills of high-speed roller coasters and daring free falls in your amusement park, they don’t seem too concerned for their personal safety. But that’s because they expect your attractions to be safe. It’s not a conscious thought for most, especially since over 335 million people visit amusement parks each year and live to tell the tale.
Every department in your company uses metrics to track how well an area is performing, and your safety department is no exception.
Hiring a contractor for a job can prove more cost effective than adding a new team member, but it comes with its own disadvantages.
You’ve identified the need for EHS software, performed your research, and decided on a solution. Now you need to show your stakeholders that your software selection warrants the monetary investment. And for many EHS departments, convincing your superiors to sign the check isn’t always simple.
It’s unfortunate to say, but oftentimes it takes a severe accident to prompt a change in oil and gas safety procedures. The truth is, safety isn’t simply the lack of incidents. Rather, it’s a daily, ongoing, conscious effort to look for ways to identify potential threats and improve safety practices.
As world economies bubble and burst, and as oil prices continue to fall, experts are increasingly worried that major companies will begin to cut corners on safety procedures. While these cuts may not seem drastic in isolation, they can create a chain of events that leads to profit loss, environmental harm, and even casualties.