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The role and importance of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risk management cannot be understated. Managing these risks effectively improves profitability, increases operational efficiency, and reduces unexpected and overhead costs. Furthermore, it allows companies to lower their overall risk profile, avoid negative consequences and build a reputable brand.
Technology has transformed the way EHS is managed by enabling management systems to become more refined and efficient. Companies can now customize and define the type of solution suited for their business, as well as how it is implemented. Some organizations opt for fully customized solutions and choose to roll out over a longer period, from six months to a year, or even longer. Other companies choose more rapid implementations, typically using out-of-the-box software, which requires less time.
IsoMetrix offers an out-of-the-box EHS solution that can be implemented in just 30 days. Here are the top benefits we have seen our customers achieve, as well as common pitfalls, and how to avoid them to ensure a successful implementation.
Benefits of an out-of-the box implementation
- Rapid return on investment
Migrating from a manual solution to a highly configurable EHS software solution in a shorter period of time reduces operational costs and enhances the bottom line of the company. If the solution can fulfill the need of several business units and help achieve business goals, it can eliminate process duplication, and consequently the time and money spent on these processes.
- Efficient decision making
System implementations are normally spearheaded by a leader in the company who is responsible for integrating the technology with existing processes and policies. In a rapid roll-out, while there are still stakeholders to manage, there are often fewer decision-makers compared to longer term projects leading to efficient and decisive decision making. We typically see more focus on achieving a specific set of objectives.
- Reduced risk
As the same suggests, out-of-the-box implementations require far less customization. This minimizes the time spent scoping and modifying the solution and mitigates the introduction of risk. In the case of IsoMetrix, an EHS project will have a predetermined template incorporating everything needed by the customer.
Common challenges to be prepared for
- Internal change management
One of the disadvantages of a rapid roll-out is the limited time available to prepare, train, test, and support individuals and teams who will be using the technology. Due to project tasks being concentrated within a shorter time frame, the company may need more time to familiarize itself with the system post-implementation. To overcome this challenge, many companies schedule training sessions for their teams post-implementation until they are comfortable with the system.
- Time constraints
Rapid system implementations also pose a challenge of time constraints on the company leaders tasked with driving the roll-out as they need to budget time for the project, and for their day-to-day responsibilities, which may result in various delays. A need exists to carefully plan tasks and allocate enough time to reduce delays. Some leaders also choose to delegate their daily tasks to allow enough time for the implementation of the new system.
- Resource limitations
Another challenge is that of limitations to available resources. A single start date, while possible to carry out, requires significant resources to be a success, and you run the risk of having substantial delays should the organization adopt multiple modules without having sufficient resources in place. To help mitigate this risk, successful companies proactively develop resource plans that make it easy for leaders to see what resources are needed for the project and their respective quantities. This enables leaders to properly plan and allocate dedicated resources.
Comprehensive planning and adaptability are essential to the success of rapid technology implementation. A commitment to ongoing change will make the transition to a new solution smoother and ensure it is adopted by the workforce.
The IsoMetrix EHS management solution seamlessly combines different environmental, health and safety processes, giving organizations a single, comprehensive, and integrated solution. Trusted by global companies for over two decades, IsoMetrix software helps leaders manage EHS processes, improve operational performance and reduce risk and costs. IsoMetrix offers both out-of-the-box and customized implementations to best suit your needs.
For more information on our EHS solution, get in touch with one of our software experts.