Strategic Focus: Using Technology To Break Out Of The EHS Silo

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Executive Summary

This report assists firms in understanding the benefits of using EHS technology, often already present within a firm, to support wider functions and the overall success of the business. Examining the traditional position of EHS as an isolated practice, that is essential but all too frequently underappreciated by the broader business, this report provides insight into how EHS resources can help mitigate the challenges faced by departments such as operations, HR, learning and development, logistics and facilities. Only by recognizing the symptoms of working in a silo, and appreciating the potential of EHS solutions, can organizations establish a strategy for successfully utilizing EHS resources beyond the typical scope. 

Table of contents

EHS Has Long Been An Essential But Underappreciated Practice  
EHS Has A Tendency To Be Siloed 
EHS Can Mitigate The Challenges Faced By Other Functions 
Supporting The Wider Business With EHS Requires A Step-By-Step Approach
EHS Technologies Can Support The Wider Integration Of EHS Within Firms  
How To Better Use EHS Tech Tools In The Quest To Support Wider Business Activities 

Table of figures

Figure 1. Integration Level Of EHS Functions
Figure 2. 5 Symptoms Of Working In An EHS Silo
Figure 3. EHS Technology And Alternative Use Cases

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.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

Global Head of Research and Finance Director

Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. He also leads the Environment, Health & Safety practice on an interim basis. Rodolphe has over twenty years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

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