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

Industry Analyst

Chris is an Industry Analyst in the Verdantix EHS practice. His current research agenda focuses on digital mental health and wellbeing solutions. Chris joined Verdantix in 2020 and has previous experience at EY, where he specialised in robotic process automation (RPA). He holds an M.Eng. in Engineering Science from Oxford University with a concentration in machine learning and machine vision.

Bill Pennington

Research Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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