Efficient and effective business processes are a pre-requisite to Operational Excellence (OpEx), but are only part of the story. We at LNS Research have written extensively about the need for a holistic approach to OpEx that encompasses alignment of the right combination of People, Process, and Technology capabilities. This is a well-accepted paradigm and reminds us to keep the big picture in mind in continuous improvement efforts.Read More
In this weekly Roundup, LNS Research explores recent announcements and events, such as EtQ showing off solution integration; GE releases WIP Solution; chem company earns “Healthy Worksite” certification; and sensors in space with humans.
When it comes to safety, the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is one most businesses should heed. It is well-understood that equipment that is in a poor state of repair is more dangerous than equipment that is well maintained within environmental, health, and safety (EHS) regulations and standards.Read More
We use a lot of lingo in environment, health, and safety (EHS) management to describe different metrics, approaches, technology, and best practices. There’s behavior-based safety (BBS), near-miss evaluations, at-risk behaviours, adverse events, and even—as one of the more cumbersome terms out there—outcome-and-behavior-based safety incentive programs (OBBSIP). What’s generally missing in conversations peppered with these terms is the fact that we’re often talking about different aspects of the very same thing: risk management.Read More
Once upon a time, product stewardship entered the corporate lexicon as a term that essentially asked producers to take responsibility for the complete lifecycle of their products, particularly from an environment, health and safety (EHS) perspective. But somewhere in the process, "product stewardship" got lost as an all-encompassing term describing how we approach the cradle-to-grave impacts of the things we generate. No longer should this be the case.Read More
As we have discussed to great lengths on this blog, effective safety performance is built on a foundation of involved safety leadership from the top down, and engaged safety activity from the ground up. It sounds great in principle--and perhaps simple, but in reality is a lot more challenging in execution.Read More
A scant decade ago, when dedicated, cloud-based environment, health and safety (EHS) offerings were starting to become mainstream, ‘mobility,’ as it were, was in its comparative infancy. Tablets were still a number of years off, smartphones as we know them today were only beginning to take shape, and Blackberry was the talk of the town.
The term ‘sustainability reporting’ can either excite business leaders or incite them to roll their eyes. Some view it as an opportunity to benchmark and improve sustainability performance, while others see it as a waste of time, effort, money, and resources, with no positive bottom-line impacts.
For the past few years, mobility has been the talk of the town when it comes to the future (and, indeed, present) of environment, health and safety (EHS) management. The EHS software conversation used to be centered on the need to move from paper-based systems to streamlined, integrated EHS management software. For example, paper incident records—even if they contain accurate information—wind up in file cabinets and collect dust, while electronic records enable us to use historical information to trend, analyze and act on incident data.
The potential of Big Data has factored into so many conversations of late. Between boosting profitability through enhanced analytical capabilities, to improving asset performance, to achieving superior operational intelligence, we’ve talked to the ends of the earth about the possible value Big Data presents.