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How Are EHS Managers Spending Their Budgets?

Nov. 9, 2017
A study from Verdantix found that worldwide, EHS budgets will increase by more than 5 percent in 2018 and reveals new trends in technology preferences.

A global survey of 382 environment, health and safety directors has uncovered that EHS budgets will increase by an average of 5.4 percent in 2018. The survey was conducted by independent research firm Verdantix in 31 countries and 25 industries worldwide.

“Our global survey finds that in 2018, 21 percent of EHS leaders will increase spend in double digits, 26 percent in single digits and 48 percent will spend the same budget as in 2017,” commented Verdantix analyst Isabel Velasco. “Overall, this is good news for EHS technology, consulting and training vendors. Against a positive economic backdrop, almost half of the corporate world is planning to increase investment in their safety, health and environment initiatives.”

Key findings of the report, “Global EHS Leaders Survey 2017: Budgets, Priorities & Tech Preferences,” include:

  • 42 percent of EHS directors will increase spend on technology but only 29 percent will ramp up investment on EHS consulting.
  • 35 percent of respondents will prioritize spending on worker safety while 20 percent intend to increase investment in GHG emissions.
  • Safety and incident management top the list of EHS software spending plans with reporting and analytics a close third.
  • EHS consulting growth will be focused on improving operational performance, EHS software projects and EHS audits. M&A advisory and sustainability are at the bottom of the list.
  • Only 35 percent of EHS directors self-describe themselves as technology leaders.
  • 77 percent of respondents think software vendors should host software in their country of operation.
  • Smart PPE and mobile apps for audit and incident management top the list of emerging technologies of interest in 2018.
  • 78 percent of EHS directors view private cloud as an acceptable deployment option for EHS software.

“Our annual global survey provides granular, authoritative data on the budgets, priorities and tech preferences of 382 EHS managers” commented Verdantix CEO David Metcalfe. “Priorities for 2018 are very positive for software vendors, mobile apps developers and innovative personal protective equipment suppliers. By contrast, it’s a more mixed picture for consultants. Anticipated real budget growth of 5.4 percent indicates another positive year for improvements in EHS performance worldwide.”

About the Author

Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the former content director of EHS Today, and is currently the EHSQ content & community lead at Intelex Technologies Inc. She has written about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990.

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