2018 was a year of much change and progress in the world of environment, health and safety (EHS) management; especially the software and digital technologies that enable it. This made for an exciting year for EHS management research here at LNS. The primary focus was on expanding our market-leading EHS 4.0 research on the Digital Transformation of EHS management. We released our full agenda of research on topics such as Big Data and predictive analytics, the impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on safety, integrated risk management, the connected industrial worker, and the convergence of safety, quality, and risk in plant operations, among others.Read More
The concept of effective integration of environment, health and safety, and quality (EHSQ) management systems has received much attention in the past few years. Though, not surprisingly, the idea of EHSQ integration has not translated into widespread implementation - after all, it’s hard to break down long-standing organization and technology silos, and bring teams, processes, and technology together for the greater good of the organization.
But, several forces have come together to create the opportunity, if not the obligation, for EHS and quality business leaders to look at the possibilities and develop an integration strategy to strengthen both domains and add more value to the business.Read More
Some things are good on their own, but simply better when paired with something else. Take peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, or as many of us are reminded at this time of year, the beach and sunscreen. However, sometimes better together is more than just the sum of individual ingredients, like chemical reactions. For instance, internal combustion is the combination of fuel, oxygen, compression, and a spark resulting in much more than a static mix of its respective parts. This is true with quality, and environmental, health, and safety (EHS).
Quality and EHS management systems have increasingly converged over the past several years, enabled by the efforts of standards organizations such as ISO. Combining these two previously disparate management systems into one is a better together story, with shared competencies, culture, data, and processes. However, when we combine these management systems with Digital Transformation, we create something more like a chemical reaction.Read More
Digital Transformation is a widespread trend across industry. Our research shows that about two-thirds of industrial organizations have already implemented Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies, or plan to soon. This trend is only accelerating. To date, most companies have focused digitalization investments on using asset- and operations-related data to improve core operational areas such as asset reliability, energy management, and production efficiency.Read More
To say that industrial organizations today are operating in an intensely competitive, fast-changing business environment, dramatically understates the situation. Companies are under constant pressure to be more efficient, more innovative, and attain a competitive edge. Environment, health, and safety (EHS) and operations leaders face significant challenges with greater compliance obligations, complex global business networks, increased stakeholder demands for transparency, and the constant drumbeat of rapid change. Using a set of manual, localized solutions to manage business and operations data further adds to the woes of EHS and operations leaders.Read More
On Wednesday, April 25, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Integrated Risk Management: Five Strategies to Drive Operational Excellence.” The presentation examined why integrated risk management is the best way to reduce the likelihood and impact of negative outcomes to people, products, operations, the environment, and profitability plus deliver strategic value to the enterprise.Read More
Just how critical are risk and quality to today’s supply chain? Recent LNS research reveals risk and quality improvements are among a supplier’s most important investments. For many, this will not be a surprise, because quality is often leveraged to determine preferred supplier status, and preferred supplier status impacts contract awards. Quality and risk are indeed strategic investments given that suppliers are even more focused on growing revenue than the rest of the market.Read More
The notion of a risk-based approach to manufacturing domains such as quality, asset performance, safety and environmental management is not new to life sciences manufacturers. What’s changed is the scope and nature of risk management processes, and how they relate to overall enterprise risk management, sustainable operations, and profitable growth. This trend is driven by the accelerating rate of change in global business networks and operations, creating a more dynamic risk environment and calling for better risk processes and outcomes.Read More
Safety culture has been a long-standing topic in environment, health, and safety (EHS) and operational risk management (ORM) for industrial organizations. It’s receiving more attention in recent years with increased recognition of the essential role of human capital management and organizational dynamics in running a successful business.Read More
This past week Oracle held the company’s annual Modern Supply Chain Experience conference in San Jose, CA, representing its largest iteration to date with over 3,000 attendees. For this year’s event, Cloud is still core to the message, but it's not stressed to the same degree as previous years. My suspicion and it reflects in our research is that the move to the Cloud, as with mobile, is now just assumed to be part of the architecture, rather than a challenge to overcome.Read More