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Dealing with Data Still and Issue for EHS Professionals

Dealing with Data Still an Issue for EHS Professionals

July 21, 2023
In a new survey, 42% of EHS professionals say data reporting is their most significant challenge.

A recent study, Complex Data. Increasing Regulations. Cutting-Edge Solutions, conducted by Intelex looking into the priorities and concerns of EHS  professionals found that significant work needs to be done to improve incident prevention, with 90% of respondents reporting their organizations have experienced H&S incidents in the last 12 months and 85% reporting repeat injuries on job sites.

One particular challenge was the EHS professionals felt “overwhelmed and ill-equipped to manage huge amounts of data,” the study reported. According to the research, 42% state data reporting is their most significant challenge while only 7% have fully integrated systems in place. Poor integration, reported by 44% was a problem and lack of correct technology to collect and analyze the data they need in the first place, was reported by 32%.

 “As EHS becomes more data intensive, organizations that use disparate technology systems, spreadsheets or even paper are being left behind by their competitors, said Trevor Bronson, director, Portfolio Strategy, in a statement. Moreover, the instances of repeat EHS incidents tell us that there are human consequences far more profound than reputational and operational problems."

Despite these challenges, the research revealed a number of positives, with one, in particular, showing that professionals have a lot of motivation to make necessary improvements to the way they are currently working. Figures suggest that 37% see incident prevention as a key priority while 75% want to see significant improvement in incident prevention rates.

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Dave Blanchard, Editor-in-Chief: During his career Dave has led the editorial management of many of Endeavor Business Media's best-known brands, including IndustryWeekEHS Today, Material Handling & LogisticsLogistics Today, Supply Chain Technology News, and Business Finance. In addition, he serves as senior content director of the annual Safety Leadership Conference. With over 30 years of B2B media experience, Dave literally wrote the book on supply chain management, Supply Chain Management Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons, 2021), which has been translated into several languages and is currently in its third edition. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at major trade shows and conferences, and has won numerous awards for writing and editing. He is a voting member of the jury of the Logistics Hall of Fame, and is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Adrienne Selko, Senior Editor: In addition to her roles with EHS Today and the Safety Leadership Conference, Adrienne is also a senior editor at IndustryWeek and has written about many topics, with her current focus on workforce development strategies. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics. Previously she was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck?, which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list.

Nicole Stempak, Managing Editor:  Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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