Nowadays talking about digitalization is thinking more globally. It has been proven that digitalization affects all processes in your company. It goes beyond transposition or migration from traditional tools such as paper forms, spreadsheets, and others.
Sometimes businesses find themselves lost between safety and quality. Eventually, quality wins over safety due to its impact on growth and revenues. Whereas experience shows that Environment Health and Safety (EHS) has as much impact on the growth and reputation of a business, and its absence can have many negative impacts on your company no matter how much you focus on quality. Because the cost of any EHS incident can be steep.
- What is EHSQ
EH&S stands for Environment Health and Safety, it is the department in a company or organization that ensures that the work undertaken by the company does not cause undue environmental damage or put the workers’ safety at risk, but complies with applicable legislation and follows the best practices.
So EHS aims to prevent accidents, emergencies, and health issues at work along with any environmental damage that could result from work practices.
The work undertaken by EHS departments is motivated by 3 concerns:
1- Protecting workers, their health, and the natural environment
2- Ensuring compliance with legal requirements and regulatory standards
3- Increasing productivity, profit, and morale that comes with a safe and healthy workforce
In the 1970s the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been formed, initiating environmental management requirements. Soon the EPA regulations were followed by other regulatory systems at state levels.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 imposed additional regulatory requirements on employers.
International EHS standards have been set by ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001.
EHSQ encompasses laws that govern processes and workplace behaviors. It also effectively manages environmental Health and Safety aspects, in addition to quality aspects, in order to reduce incidents that impact the product quality and direct and indirect costs due to injuries.
By automating EHSQ processes, using an integrated software system, you can minimize the effort to track, manage, report, and improve your health and safety culture. It also facilitates informed decision-making, to achieve corporate goals and comply with regulatory standards.
- Why is EHSQ Important?
A successfully implemented EHSQ system ensures safety at the workplace, prevents incidents, reduces chances of injuries, and minimizes environmental impact, which allows you to meet your targets and objectives. A Good EHSQ also guarantees operational and cost efficiency, along with resource optimization. It manages your hazards and events and accelerates product innovation, product compliance, and customer satisfaction which will ensure that your ROI is met.
- 3 Benefits of EHSQ
EHSQ systems allow visibility across the supply chain, improve organizational communication, and provide transparency and traceability.
Reduce Cost and Improve ROI
Keeping accident and injury rates low increases your profit margin. With the right EHSQ System, you can prevent incident and injury costs at the workplace by managing hazards. And promoting a safety culture that ensures a faster realization of your ROI.
EHSQ will control and reduce risk to restrict the damage to profits, reputation, and existing relationships. Systems deliver continuous improvement (PDCA) to remain economically relevant in the future.
To conclude, quality is everyone’s business! The same is true for the transformation of EHSQ practices.
That’s why it is very important to give as many people as possible access to the EHSQ system because the information will then be centralized. Digitizing EHSQ is a key competitive advantage, a vector of performance. It is a solution to overcome the lack of human resources by reducing the workload and increasing productivity.
Now that you have learned about the importance and benefits of EHSQ, learn about when should firms tie EHS & Quality together.