Market Overview: The Evolving Universe Of EHS Mobile Apps

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Executive Summary

This report helps firms understand the current EHS mobile app landscape and helps vendors enhance their knowledge around the EHS mobile app capabilities that end-users desire. Over 10 years ago, mobile EHS applications were at the start of conceptualization as touchscreen mobile devices were newly introduced to the market. As proliferation of these devices soared and the portfolio of mobile applications grew, EHS vendors began to adopt the tool as a software delivery method. Through interviews with vendors and EHS decision-makers, Verdantix has identified how the mobile EHS app landscape has changed, how it currently looks and why the uptake of this software will not slow down. This report sheds light on the drivers that continue to push adoption in 2020, the current maturity of the mobile EHS applications market—in terms of product design, technical elements and corporate engagement strategies—and the sustained shift towards user-centric deployment. 

Table of contents

EHS Mobile Apps Market Continues To Grow And Evolve  
EHS Mobile App Vendors Have Solidified Their Software Functionality 
Popularity Of EHS Mobile Apps Continues To Rise 
EHS Decision-Makers Believe Frontline Workers Need Real-Time, Accessible Solutions
Frontline Workers Are Reshaping The Design Of EHS Mobile Apps  
Desire For Worker-Led EHS Practices Is Influencing EHS Mobile App Design 
Vendors Are Working With Clients Throughout The Design Process To Promote Success
Corporate Managers Demand Growing Deployment Support From Vendors  
Vendors Provide Guidance To Support Successful Rollout
Overcoming Challenges Facing The EHS Mobile Apps Market 
Future Developments Within The EHS Mobile App Landscape  
Market Developments Will Focus On Vendor Services And App Functionality 

Table of figures

Figure 1. The Use Cases For EHS Mobile Apps In 2020
Figure 2. Uptake Of EHS Mobile Apps (2019 Versus 2020)
Figure 3. Elements Of A User-Centric Design Process
Figure 4. Five Optional Support Services Provided By Vendors
Figure 5. EHS Mobile Application Adoption Based On Industry

About the authors

Molly Blackwell


Molly is an analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. Her current research agenda focuses on the priorities and trends within the EHS software market, industrial wearables and operational sustainability. Previously a Research Analyst for the L&D industry, Molly holds a first-class social science degree from Lancaster University.

Steve Bolton

Research Director

Steve leads the Verdantix EHS research practice, based out of our New York office. He has 25 years of experience advising on sustainability, EHS, circular economy, corporate social responsibility and other business value topics. Steve received a dual environmental science and public policy Bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, and an MBA degree from James Madison University.

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