Manufacturers are increasingly participating in EHSQ programs. They realize that worker well-being, operational excellence, and compliance aren’t only ethically important, they’re also good business: Organizations with excellent safety, health, and environmental programs outperformed the S&P 500 by 3-5 percent.

One way to guarantee robust EHSQ programs is by investing in helpful EHSQ software. 

What is EHSQ software?

Environmental, health, safety and quality (EHSQ) software is a technology that manages an organization’s regulatory compliance, enterprise risk, and corporate sustainability data and activities. An EHSQ software system helps companies save time, lower risk, and avert unwanted events.

The ideal software should streamline management processes and also serve as an internal archive. It should have an intuitive user dashboard, immediate, easy to use controls and incorporate first-rate customer service.

Here are just some of the features to look for when choosing the EHSQ software for your organization:

1.    Mobile competences 

A mobile app with offline capabilities is vital for staff who need to capture data in the field when Wi-Fi isn't available. The app should work on all mobile devices.

2.    Ease of reporting

Good EHSQ software should enable users to generate complete reports in minutes, using real-time data. Data warehouse tools are also handy when helping to create custom reports.

3.    Self-configuration

Overly customized solutions will take too long to implement, and extract needed data. Instead, look for self-configurable software that enables users to adjust their own consoles, modify user permissions and make custom reports, all on their own. Too much back-and-forth with the vendor adds unnecessary cost and complexity.

4.    Scalability 

You don’t want a product that needs to be rolled out in one fell swoop. Instead, look for a software that you can gradually introduce to employees over time, in individual modules. By starting small and adding features when everyone is ready, staff won’t become overwhelmed, and you can concentrate on other tasks.

5.    Interoperability

If you need to move EHS data to other systems or move data from your current files into the new system, you’ll want a product that can interact with your other tools. Search for software that integrates with your ERP system and other important organizational tools.

6.    Seamless rollout

Look for a consistent solution that you can implemented quickly if need be, and make sure the fees are fixed and not subject to skyrocket with any application hiccups.  

7.    Exemplified ROI

Get help with validating your investment. Find a vendor who will assist with the budget authorization and business justification process. The right software provider should be able to share a model of expected ROI based on other clients’ experience. 

8.    Dedicated instruction 

Individual support and guidance is priceless. Be sure to inquire about how much you can expect from your account manager, including available reference guides and expectations for customer service.