In technology, often it’s not only the individual pieces that bring value, but also the connections between them. Let’s take something as simple as Microsoft Office. The individual apps to create documents, slides and spreadsheets are useful. But imagine for a moment if there were no connections between them. You couldn’t take a pie chart from Excel and easily place it in a Word document or a PowerPoint presentation. Since we mostly focus on the applications themselves, it’s easy to lose sight of the tremendous value brought by connections (or integrations) between individual pieces.
EHS management is the same. There are many ways in which . With the proliferation of different categories of worker safety technologies, there will be great value in connecting the dots. But what are these technologies, and what can connect the dots?
No Longer Laggards
A recent Verdantix report on Worker Safety Technology makes the case that safety professionals, while considered to be technology laggards for a long time, are experiencing a shift. Safety professionals now live in a world where they face many new responsibilities that extend well beyond compliance and reporting, including:
- Creating value for the organization and contributing to the bottom line
- Reducing operational, reputational and business continuity risks
- Pursuing very aggressive occupational safety goals
- Transforming large amounts of data into actionable insight
Worker safety technology is an indispensable ally for safety professionals to achieve success in these new, enhanced responsibilities. Some of these technologies are not just theoretical concepts being experimented, tested or piloted. Rather, they are either deployed or commercially available. Technologies that fit this profile include:
- Enterprise Safety Software
- Mobile Safety Apps
- Predictive Analytics
- Safety Beacons
- Virtual Reality Safety Training
When these technologies, and others, experience widespread use, there will be a great potential to derive more value from them. Many organizations may not realize it now, but they are already positioning themselves today to be future-ready for that world where value will be achieved through an integrated technological landscape.
EHS Software Is the Backbone
Many companies today have made, or are making, the sound decision to invest in an solution. They are motivated primarily by a need to achieve compliance, reduce risks, and improve their environmental and safety performance. But there’s more. These organizations are also becoming future-ready because enterprise EHS software is in a good position to act as the foundational platform upon which the future EHS technology landscape will rest. And when organizations are future-ready, they are laying the groundwork to achieve a competitive edge.
EHS software is the backbone that will bring all the pieces together with regards to most worker safety technologies. But not all EHS software solutions offer the technical architecture required to provide integration with worker safety technologies. When evaluating EHS software, be sure to also make yourself future-ready by selecting a solution that integrates with these innovative technologies.
A new report can help you with the evaluation because it includes a convenient chart of Worker Safety Technology vendors that shows the integration provided by EHS software vendors with various technologies.
The “Smart Innovators: Worker Safety Technology” report by Verdantix provides insights on the most innovative safety technologies that are changing the EHS management landscape. It also includes practical examples of how technology increasingly improves safety and the performance of EHS managers. Download your complimentary copy today: