Strategic Focus: Incorporating Technology Into The Hierarchy Of Controls

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Executive Summary

This report provides corporate EHS managers with insight for incorporating EHS technology into the hierarchy of controls for worker safety. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, in the US alone, there are approximately three million workplace injuries each year. Emerging EHS technology is providing firms with means of preventing injuries through hazard management. This report considers how new technology is empowering the traditional hierarchy of controls and addresses how firms can best utilize emerging technologies in the hierarchy to more effectively manage hazards. The report concludes with three scenarios describing how firms can derive value when utilizing the hierarchy of controls in conjunction with various EHS technologies. 

Table of contents

Utilizing Technology Following The Hierarchy Of Controls To Reduce EHS Risk 
Hierarchy Of Controls Provides Multi-Faceted Approach To Risk Management
Emerging EHS Technologies Breathe New Life Into Hazard Controls
Firms Can Utilize Hierarchy Of Controls To Set Technology Adoption  Strategies

Table of figures

Figure 1. The Hierarchy Of Controls 
Figure 2. Examples Of Technology Within Each Hierarchy Level 
Figure 3. Three Scenarios Of Hierarchy of Control Adoption Defined By (A) People, (B) Processes And (C) Technology

About the authors

Bill Pennington

VP Research, EHS & Risk Management.

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety and Risk Management 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.

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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