Strategic Focus: The Future Role Of EHS Managers

Published 8 May 2019 by Bill Pennington &
EHS Analytics EHS Learning & Training EHS Mobile Apps EHS Software Environment, Health & Safety Worker Safety Strategic Focus

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Executive Summary

Almost every year, a new technology is released that has a visible impact on our daily lives. It is not uncommon to daydream about what technologies of the future might have in store for us—flying cars, robots and holograms, among many others. Many of the fanciful technologies that once only were daydreams are creeping closer to reality. With technology such as augmented reality, wearable devices and other edge tech becoming more accessible, EHS managers and other professionals are starting to wonder how these technologies can be applied to the working world. What do these technologies mean for the future role of EHS managers? This report outlines: 1) how current and future factors are evolving the EHS manager role; 2) how technology will be integral to this transformation; and 3) the combined integration of technology and new practices in an EHS manager’s repertoire.

Table of contents

Strategic Focus: The Future Role Of EHS Managers
The EHS Manager Of The Future: How Will The Role Be Defined?
How Technology Can Empower Managers To Lead The Evolving EHS Function
Three Scenarios Define A Future EHS Manager’s Leveraging Of New Technology And EHS Practices

Table of figures

Figure 1. Priority For Innovation By EHS Function
Figure 2. Involvement In Digital Transformation By EHS Function
Figure 3. Current State Of Play For EHS Technologies
Figure 4. Three Scenarios Of Future EHS Managers Defined By (A) People, (B) Processes And (C) Technology)

About the author

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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