Strategic Focus: Embedding Safety Into Collaboration Platforms

Published 28 March 2022 by Christopher Sayers & Bill Pennington &
COVID-19 EHS Analytics EHS Mobile Apps EHS Software Environment, Health & Safety Incident Management Strategic Focus

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Executive Summary

In the remote-working age, collaboration platforms are vital tools that enable firms to communicate, rapidly share documentation and work collaboratively. While platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Slack and WhatsApp were widely accepted prior to the pandemic, COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation plans. Consequently, firms have had to play catch-up to deploy intuitive and secure enterprise collaboration software across their workforces, setting a new benchmark for enterprise software ease-of-use and accessibility. As a compliance-driven solution, achieving high levels of engagement with EHS software can be challenging. This report explores an emergent trend in the EHS software market whereby providers are integrating safety functionality within collaboration platforms to increase engagement and expose this functionality to the entire workforce. Readers can expect to uncover the drivers behind this trend, the resulting user benefits and how this development will shape the market going forward.

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Strategic Focus: Embedding Safety Into Collaboration Platforms 
Remote Working And Generation Z Software Expectations Are Driving Forces Behind The Focus On Engagement 
The Breadth Of EHS Functionality Embedded In Collaboration Platforms Extends Far Beyond Messaging And Notifications 
Strong User Benefits Of Integrating Safety Workflows Will Create A New Market Standard For Engagement 

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Figure 1. Three Sophistication Levels Of Integrating EHS Within Collaboration Platforms 

About the authors

Christopher Sayers

Senior Analyst
Chris is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on EHS software, product compliance software and digital mental health and wellbeing solutions. He was also the lead author of the most recent Verdantix EHS Software Green Quadrant benchmarking study. Chris joined Verdantix in 2020 and has previous experience at EY, where he specialized in robotic process automation (RPA). He holds an MEng in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, with a concentration on machine learning and machine vision.

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management
Bill is the VP Research for the Verdantix EHS & Risk Management practices. His current agenda focuses on understanding the evolution of EHS and enterprise risk management, evaluating emerging strategic risks and benchmarking technology buyers’ budgets, priorities and preferences globally.

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