Launch Of New 'Encompass' Platform By Health & Safety Institute (HSI) Points To Convergence Of EHS Training And Chemical Compliance

On Tuesday September 12th, The Health & Safety Institute (HSI) announced the launch of its 'Encompass' Platform, an integrated EHS training and chemical compliance suite. Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, HSI has roughly 135 employees across four offices in the US including the states of Washington, Michigan and Minnesota. Founded in 1978, HSI first emerged with a focus on providing specialist materials, courses and programmes for emergency first responders and remains privately held with majority ownership by private equity firm The Riverside Company. HSI is a nationally-accredited organization in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and fulfils the needs of over 5,000 state regulatory agencies, occupational licensing boards and national industry associations.

Over the past five years, HSI has made substantial shifts in its business model and differentiated solution offerings. The launch of the 'Encompass' Suite represents a turning point for HSI. Combining the strength of HSI’s Summit Training Source and SafeTec Compliance Systems, and its robust libraries of workplace safety training courses and safety data sheets (SDS), 'Encompass' offers a modern interface and user experience across HSI’s entire suite of products. The 'Encompass' solution is a cloud-based, configurable and mobile-accessible offering comprised of four components: 1. Chemical safety data sheet (SDS) and on-site inventory management, 2. Workplace training and compliance (document management, OSHA 10- and 30-hour and HAZWOPER courses, training tracking and reporting), 3. Emergency care training (scenario-based and video instruction programs such as for CPR), 4. Emergency responder education (accredited EMS continuing education and National Fire Protection Association compliant courses).

HSI’s 'Encompass' combines EHS modules such as document management, SDS authoring and hazardous substance labelling with digital training and development tools. Among the 20 EHS software vendors investigated in our 2017 Green Quadrant report, only two vendors scored higher than 2.0 out of 3.0 for functionality needed to support employee and contractor training. Reflecting this relative weakness in EHS software platforms, HSI, as well as other safety training specialists like DuPont Sustainable Solutions, should define a technology roadmap that ties digital training content and tools into workflows such as near miss reporting and EHS audit results.

To learn more about the integration of product compliance, chemicals management and online training apply to attend the forthcoming webinar: “Best Practices For Managing Chemical Compliance And Product Stewardship”.

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