ProcessMAP Accelerates Analytics-Driven EHS and ESG Innovations with the Latest Platform Release

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ProcessMAP Accelerates Analytics-Driven EHS and ESG Innovations with the Latest Platform Release

ProcessMAP’s 2021 platform upgrades and releases include more than 150 innovations and enhancements, with many of them originating directly from customer input. The Product Management team ensures that we are implementing enhancements based on industry best practices and regulatory ideas. We focus on the feedback we received from our customer councils, user groups, the Big Ideas portal, and Voice of Customer interviews.

With feedback from our Incident Management Customer Council, we introduced a new workflow visualization, which allows for ease in determining the workflow status and bringing in some new options for navigation for the incident summary. This change helps to alleviate the fact that there was not a clear view from the summary screen into the current status of the different sections and what needed to be completed for a particular incident. We added a quick view of the different steps in the incident’s life cycle at the top of the incident summary screen, where users can quickly identify the status of each step.

Now, instead of scrolling down to each step within the incident summary screen, users can click on the respective section’s icon, and the system will automatically navigate the user to that section. Users can also hover over any of the icons to see additional information specific to the different steps in the workflow.

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Similarly, we continue to build out on our Asset Risk Management solution with the integration of Incident Management. In addition to identifying asset audits, inspections, safe work permits, corrective and preventative actions, and many of our Connected Worker Apps, or AppBuilder solutions, users can now associate assets with any near miss or incident, which provides a more holistic view into the health of a company’s assets.

ProcessMAP has added new fields into the incident screen in the general details, allowing users to identify any involved assets, which are not limited to just one. These fields will be available to those customers who have subscribed to the Asset Registry component. Based on those selected assets, the incident counts will be displayed in the Asset Widget. Other enhancements include new outbound Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). For Incident Management, we have new near-miss metrics that were highly recommended in our Big Ideas portal, and a body part visualization that also came through our Big Ideas portal.

In the mobile version of the Activity Management solution, the CAPA source was displayed with any type of corrective or preventive action that a user could view from mobile. Users requested the ability to go back and look at the source for that CAPA, to understand where it originated, rather than self-navigating. Now, when a user views a corrective or preventive action within the Mobile Pro solution, they can click on that source card, and navigate directly to where that CAPA originated. For example, if a CAPA originated from an incident, the user would navigate to the Incident Management summary. If the CAPA originated from a finding in Audit and Inspection Management, a user can navigate to that finding, which would also be available for any type of observation that has a CAPA created within the Behavior-based Safety module..

Risk Assessment will include automatic versioning, and link between the source and all subsequent versions, so users can track the changes across the different versions.

Those users who have that permission can create a new version of an existing Risk Assessment. The new version and previous version will be linked, and it will copy over all the existing information, automatically apply the next version number, and will be in draft status. Depending upon the approval process that is applied, when the Risk Assessment reaches approved status, the previous existing version will be automatically inactivated.

We have simplified the ProcessMAP Connected Worker solution, also known as App Builder. In the 21.2 release, users will find it easier to search for a record on mobile after receiving an email notification. By clicking on the email notification link, users can navigate to that specific record summary and easily view or perform any type of required tasks. A user’s device must be in an online mode to automatically proceed to the record summary. However, if a user is off-line, and the record is not already available on a user’s device, they will not be able to navigate to that record. This feature will be available on both iOS and Android with the 21.2 release.

App Builder is now able to support the formula builder in the action item conditions. Bringing in these dynamic conditions to the form allows users to see the formula builder option for any type of numeric, date, or time controls in the action conditions, and to configure the supported formula expressions or functions in the action conditions. For example, if a user wants to have a status automatically set to “expired” once a particular date is exceeded, the user can configure that within the conditions utilizing the Connected Worker solution application.

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We are also bringing in new outbound application program interfaces for the Connected Worker solution. These give users the flexibility to export bulk data from the system for all of a company’s locations. Properly credentialed users can export for a single location or multiple locations under a particular level and can extract data for up to one year at a time. The Connected Worker solution will now be available in five languages, and the names of fields, sections and data source values will all have multilingual support in the July release.

ProcessMAP made several usability improvements in the Learning Management Solution (LMS) to improve the visibility of the course history and to include some new actions. The revised design includes counts and links to view scheduled sessions, employees who were assigned a course, and from the course catalog the user can schedule and assign a new course session.

Changes to the managed sessions screen focus on providing a more optimized and holistic view into session management, which has been well received by our customers. Instead of viewing the sessions by an employee, the user can manage and view the session by the parent session. Users can view counts by session status and navigate directly to views of the sessions by the individual employee assigned based on that status. Users can also bulk update training outcomes right from the “Manage Sessions” screen.

These are just a select few innovations and enhancements released in the first half of 2021. There is an exciting line up of innovations, which will be released to customers in the second half of 2021 and early 2022. To learn more how ProcessMAP can help you with your EHS digital transformation initiatives, click here.

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A “Healthy Enterprise” Model To Manage COVID-19 And Prepare For The New Normal

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A “Healthy Enterprise” Model to Manage COVID-19 and Prepare for the New Normal

As the COVID-19-related cases continue to surge across several countries, disrupting normal life and bringing the global economy to a grinding halt, it has become evident that collectively we are all in a new normal. That new normal is characterized by some key elements, including social distancing protocols, masks, PPE, work-from-home arrangements, and virtual meeting platforms. Several industries, and particularly services-based industries, are possibly undergoing a permanent behavioral change. Globally, organizations are bringing employees back to work during a time where the total number of COVID-19 cases has crossed the 15 million mark, the total number of fatalities has exceeded 600,000, and the risk of a second wave of cases towards the latter half of the year increases daily. 

In this constantly evolving health and safety landscape that requires regular adjustments for operational strategies and processes, it has become critical for forward-looking organizations to incorporate mature and sustainable health and safety practices into all aspects of their enterprise. 

ProcessMAP Develops a “Healthy Enterprise” Model to Help Organizations Manage COVID-19 and Prepare for the New Normal

Building on a foundation of more than 20 years of innovation in the field of Employee Health and Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) and the deep collaboration with customers over the last 5 months, ProcessMAP has developed a new framework for organizations to not only effectively manage their response to the COVID-19 pandemic but also prepare for the new normal. This new model – The Healthy Enterprise – has five key pillars that build EHS best practices across the value chain: 

  • Healthy Buildings and Workplaces
  • Healthy Employees
  • Healthy Manufacturing and Operations
  • Healthy Assets
  • Healthy Supply Chain

Healthy Buildings and Workplaces

Organizations recognize the need for offering employees and workers a safe and healthy work environment that not only helps prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the current environment, but also prepares the workplace for long-term health and safety. This includes reducing worker exposure to various kinds of risks and hazards such as fire, chemicals and noises, designing ergonomically correct workspaces, and adopting sustainable designs that reduce the overall environmental footprint of an enterprise’s operations. 

Healthy Employees

With regards to healthy employees, organizations are not only monitoring employee wellness checks COVID-19, but also working towards the goals of zero incidents, zero accidents, zero fatalities. Inherent to these goals are the elimination of occupational illnesses and injuries, mitigation of job safety risks, and fostering of safety-driven behavior for proactive risk mitigation. 

Healthy Manufacturing and Operations

This pillar of the healthy enterprise model includes some key objectives such as ensuring operational compliance. mitigation of process safety risks, controls and governance of operational risks, and efficient as well as effective audits, inspections, verifications to proactively identify problem areas and address those problems before they turn into operational risks. 

Healthy Assets

The fourth pillar of a healthy enterprise ensures healthy assets by maintaining an asset register, performing asset risk assessments, improving pre-startup safety processes, comprehensive asset inspections and compliance, and establishing standardized operating procedures. 

Healthy Supply Chain

The final pillar of a health enterprise addresses the area of a healthy supply chain by conducting supplier audits for health and safety risks, tracking their performance for long-term trends, and managing certifications to ensure adequate compliance.

ProcessMAP’s COVID-19 solutions help to address several key use-cases across each of the five pillars of a Healthy Enterprise. Some of the key COVID-19 solutions and use-cases are highlighted below. 

Risk Assessment

  • Workplace Risk Assessment – Enables corporations to identify specific locations or job types within a facility that could potentially expose workers to the risks of COVID-19, and to identify the necessary controls to mitigate such risks
  • Job Safety and Health Risk Assessments – Helps users to identify health hazards and safety risks associated with COVID-19 and the risks that might result from the introduction of new controls
  • In-Depth Analysis of Controls – Provides companies with a comprehensive view of the existing and new controls to ensure that the introduction of new controls does not inadvertently introduce new hazards

Facility Readiness and Preparedness

  • Facility Readiness and Preparedness App – Enables businesses to track and manage the cleanliness and hygiene of facilities, the display of COVID-19 posters and signage, enacting emergency action plans, reviewing daily workstation cleanup, and the opportunity to conduct easy assessments to ensure that a facility has all necessary sanitation and cleaning equipment available
  • Daily Sanitation App – Enables employees to complete and log their daily sanitization and cleaning tasks at a department or workstation level
  • COVID-19 Sustainability Audits and Inspections – Facilitates the audit and inspection process to ensure COVID-19 response activities are completed and sustained, and allows supervisors to monitor such activities

Employee Health Management

  • Mobile COVID-19 Health Screening – Companies can leverage an effective solution to streamline employee screenings for COVID-19 symptoms and exposures
  • Standardized Work Clearances –  Customers can streamline employee work clearances based on screening results with automated workflows, notifications, and processes
  • Employee Health Profile – Allows companies a digital method for tracking and recording employee medical data related to COVID-19
  • Return to Work Management – Allows users to manage and maintain a bird’s eye view of leave management and employee return to work
  • Executive dashboards – provide EHS professionals a holistic view of COVID-19 screenings and employee contact-tracing to proactively mitigate cluster risks

COVID-19 Incident Management 

  • Complete Incident Lifecycle Management – Enables companies the opportunity to track, investigate, trace and respond to illnesses, exposures, and unsafe acts and conditions related to COVID-19. Additionally, assists companies in managing workers compensation claims
  • CAPA management – Allows customers to undertake a standardized and efficient approach to COVID-19 planning and response activities across geographies and facilities

At ProcessMAP, we recognize the significant challenges and pressure that companies are facing to ensure the health and safety of their employees while returning to the new normal.

We are deeply grateful to our global customer community for being active participants in collaborating with us, helping us develop the healthy enterprise model, and co-innovating solutions to address the short-term as well as long-term business objectives. To learn more about ProcessMAP’s COVID-19 solutions and the Healthy Enterprise model, sign up for a demo by clicking here.

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3 Things To Know Before Adopting EHS Technologies

3 Things To Know Before Adopting EHS Technologies

Environmental, Health and Safety management operations have changed significantly amid the adoption of modern technologies capable of performing tasks that have traditionally been more costly and time-consuming.

Nonetheless, there are some who may still be considering the idea of supplementing (or replacing) their business’ or organization’s tried-and-true EHS setup with modern solutions. In order to do so properly, there are several things that those in charge of the transition process need to know before drawing up plans, purchasing new EHS tools or making hasty changes to daily operations.

According to LNS Research, the overall modernization of EHS operations is sometimes referred to as “EHS 4.0” — described as a reference to “Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” This has brought about advances from traditional EHS management and operational approaches with the advent of groundbreaking technologies.

Here are three things that you should know to bring your organization’s into the EHS 4.0 phase — or a suitable equivalent:

1. Know which aspect(s) of your EHS operations need an overhaul
Today’s EHS solutions harness the advantages offered by modern technologies adopted across many industries and bring with them comprehensive new services and tools. Before taking the leap into the modern EHS world, one should consider which aspects of their existing operations need changes or improvements. According to Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, tech trends proving highly innovative to business development are the internet of things, big data analytics, cloud computing and mobile applications; all of these can be applied to different areas of EHS operations.

According to LNS Research’s Peter Bussey, organizations’ EHS management today has generally followed several trends that have brought about a change in the way it works in relation to different departments’ regular operations. The trend towards digital solutions, for example, has resulted in an increased appreciation and investment in EHS as an asset that “creates and delivers value,” Bussey wrote. Higher standards for transparency and disclosure across many industries today require a reliance on the study and mitigation of risk that can be provided by EHS professionals.

One also should consider the fact that many organizations’ mainstays are aging and nearing retirement. Regardless of whether these employees are already familiar with new EHS technologies, they will need to be replaced with a new generation of workers that bring with them their own skills and work habits.

2. Know the potential results – the good, bad and the ugly
When used correctly, EHS technology can help organizations to overcome longstanding barriers that have prevented improvement in many areas and resulted in adverse incidents, according to Bussey. Some of the main hindrances include disparate systems, data sources and collaboration combined with information siloing. Good planning when making changes to an organization’s EHS standards will in turn produce desired results.

When implemented under a poorly planned design, new EHS technologies can present their own risks, whether they be through flaws in changes to operations or vulnerabilities in networked IT systems or new IoT devices, for example. On a bad day, a business with a flawed workplace safety design and poor network security might see a minor injury or downtime. On the ugliest of days, these could result in severe injuries to personnel, major downtime and any associated penalties or legal proceedings.

According to ISHN, it’s recommended that administrators and managers know their organizations’ current EHS tech integration plans and work with all teams involved. This can help to get a stronger understanding of the changes that will take place and manage any associated risks.

3. Know that modern EHS tools are varied
Different industries require different solutions when it comes to today’s digital EHS solutions, while organizations with existing EHS systems and solutions in place may require the adoption of new technologies in certain areas, but don’t need a complete overhaul.

One broad example of the capabilities of modern EHS technologies is what EHS Daily Advisor reports is the use of virtual reality goggles and associated software for employee safety training. In the energy industry, more specifically, one modern EHS solution is the deployment of drones fitted with specialized technology for inspections on oil rigs and ships, among other properties, according to Quartz. In turn, this improves operational efficiency and allows for a reallocation of human resources away from avoidable risky scenarios.

When considering EHS mobile applications for business use on popular smartphones, for example, IMEC Technologies recommends that one first consider whether they field proven, native to certain brands and have the ability to be efficiently scaled to a certain number of users. An application array used effectively should record more data than previously thought possible, which can provide new insights into hazards and required remediation efforts.

ProcessMAP provides EHS tools that can innovate companies’ safety cultures. Connect with us to learn more about how you can improve your workplace risk management today.

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Are You Still Trying To Build An EHS Solution In 2019?

Are You Still Trying To Build An EHS Solution In 2019?

Implementing an advanced system can help your organization save money, stay compliant and retain great workers.

Is your business still stuck in the past when it comes to Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) measures? If you still haven’t fully integrated an EHS solution yet, there are plenty of reasons you should feel compelled to do so. Implementing an advanced system can help your organization save money, stay compliant and retain great workers.

Maintain Compliance in the Workplace

Work in the EHS space requires you to keep up with plenty of strict regulations. An automated EHS management solution can help you meet any required compliance standards. This software can provide your business with proactive data intelligence that streamlines and records processes that are essential in maintaining the compliance frameworks of any industry. The right EHS system can effectively maintain corrective and preventive action (CAPA), providing built-in alerts that work to prevent noncompliance before it occurs.

Improve Your Health & Safety Proficiency

Information from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported that of every 100,000 full-time employees in 2017, there were 3.5 fatalities caused by workplace injuries. 

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An effective EHS process can mitigate work-related injuries and deaths before they occur. Reporting close calls is essential to providing a transparent, proactive culture across the workplace, improving workplace safety accountability from the start.

Boost ROI

Let’s face it: workplace risks can be just as detrimental to your business’ bottom line as they are to your staff’s health. There are plenty of immediate costs associated with injuries in the workplace, such as medical expenses, workers’ compensation and legal fees. OSHA estimated that employers pay a total of approximately $1 billion weekly for workers’ compensation costs.

Some costs, though not as concrete, can cut into a company’s profit margins, such as employee replacement costs, accident investigation, implementation of corrective courses of action, worth of lost productivity and repairs of damaged equipment and machinery.

In addition to keeping your employees out of harm’s way, an EHS system can improve your company’s overall Health & Safety performance in the long term, which can provide you with significant ROI over time. EHS software can help you spend less money on workers’ compensation and medical expenses, so you can use this money on equipment, inventory costs and other costs that can help grow your business.

Retain Your Best Employees

Not only can health and safety risks in the workplace potentially prevent your employees from returning to work for an extended period of time, but they can also impact your uninjured employees’ morale. Nobody wants to work in a space that they think is unsafe or non-compliant. When you implement an EHS system, you can show your employees that their safety is your priority. Even though this is typically an indirect result of implementing an advanced EHS platform, it can help significantly cut down on your turnover and recruiting expenses.

At ProcessMAP, we work with businesses of all sizes to innovate their workplace safety cultures and improve their compliance practices through our extensive suite of EHS tools. Connect with us today to learn more about how building an EHS solution can improve your business acumen.

Boost ROI

Let’s face it: workplace risks can be just as detrimental to your business’ bottom line as they are to your staff’s health. There are plenty of immediate costs associated with injuries in the workplace, such as medical expenses, workers’ compensation and legal fees. OSHA estimated that employers pay a total of approximately $1 billion weekly for workers’ compensation costs.

Some costs, though not as concrete, can cut into a company’s profit margins, such as employee replacement costs, accident investigation, implementation of corrective courses of action, worth of lost productivity and repairs of damaged equipment and machinery.

In addition to keeping your employees out of harm’s way, an EHS system can improve your company’s overall Health & Safety performance in the long term, which can provide you with significant ROI over time. EHS software can help you spend less money on workers’ compensation and medical expenses, so you can use this money on equipment, inventory costs and other costs that can help grow your business.

Retain Your Best Employees

Not only can health and safety risks in the workplace potentially prevent your employees from returning to work for an extended period of time, but they can also impact your uninjured employees’ morale. Nobody wants to work in a space that they think is unsafe or non-compliant. When you implement an EHS system, you can show your employees that their safety is your priority. Even though this is typically an indirect result of implementing an advanced EHS platform, it can help significantly cut down on your turnover and recruiting expenses.

At ProcessMAP, we work with businesses of all sizes to innovate their workplace safety cultures and improve their compliance practices through our extensive suite of EHS tools. Connect with us today to learn more about how building an EHS solution can improve your business acumen.

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Unlocking The Potential Of Mobile Auditing Software – Part 2

Unlocking The Potential Of Mobile Auditing Software - Part 2

In Part I, we touched upon the challenges faced by EHSQ stakeholders in effortlessly conducting audits and the urgent need for an efficient and modern solution that enterprises can leverage to drive safety and compliance. Traditional audit solutions that include paper-based systems, spreadsheets, in-house applications woefully fail to scale up to match the needs of today’s enterprises. One cannot rely on solutions from 90’s to solve the business needs and challenges of 2020s! 

Embracing the Modern Alternative

The reality of today’s business challenges has forced EHS teams to consider more modern auditing tools capable of streamlining the shop floor review process and supporting optimal internal and external data flow. Mobile auditing software is the most popular solution – and for good reason!

Mobile auditing solutions are often accompanied by user-friendly interfaces that take the place of clipboards and laptops, offering EHS teams the opportunity easily view and address findings and action items linked to pre-configured deadlines. These systems also facilitate question scoring, meaning EHS teams can weight specific auditing queries based on importance and track progress.

Mobile Auditing Software

On top of this, such software has the ability to connect with and access existing caches of historical data to lend EHS teams context as they review safety protocols. 

These features alone make mobile auditing software an immensely powerful EHS program management tool, allowing businesses to cultivate sound shop floor evaluation workflows that bolster workplace safety and generate returns. However, the portability of these applications is perhaps their most biggest selling point. EHS personnel with access to mobile auditing software can easily conduct onsite evaluations and build robust databases simultaneously, without post-review data management work.

In today’s regulatory environment, businesses can no longer afford to maintain outdated auditing processes that consume company resources yet fail to improve workplace safety.

EHS leaders in today’s fast-paced businesses must adopt mobile auditing software to facilitate transparent, responsive, and easy-to-maintain workplace safety programs geared to simplify compliance and minimize or eliminate workplace safety and health risks.

Here at ProcessMAP, we help firms of all sizes develop and deploy cutting-edge workplace safety methodologies via an innovative suite of EHS tools, which includes our leading mobile audit management software. Our solutions facilitate seamless data collection and analysis efforts, while addressing ancillary issues such as regulatory compliance and profitability. Connect with us today to learn how our solutions can future-proof your EHS audit operations. Additionally, let us know in the comments below, how do you manage your audits and compliance initiatives today. 

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Unlocking The Potential Of Mobile Auditing Software – Part 1

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Unlocking The Potential Of Mobile Auditing Software - Part 1

Auditing is an essential component of effective environmental, health and safety program management. Organizations that regularly review their existing EHSQ audits can quickly pinpoint and address dangerous deficiencies and thereby continuously improve workplace safety and environmental compliance, while those that struggle with internal evaluation risk leaving employees and their communities exposed to overlooked hazards.

Unfortunately, more than 21 percent of businesses worldwide fall into the second group, according to researchers from Bloomberg BNA. Of the approximate 80 percent that attest to conducting audits, only a mere 35 percent of these enterprises adhere to annual facility review timetables. This leads us to ask the question – How can businesses improve their safety assessment procedures and more effectively protect workers?                                                    

EHSQ innovators believe mobile auditing software is the answer. Such solutions give firms of all sizes the ability to quickly assess shop floor safety protocols and build robust data caches that can be used for continuous improvement efforts. These transformative benefits have driven many EHSQ teams to adopt mobile auditing software.

In fact, an estimated 57 percent of EHSQ decision-makers were expected to roll out such solutions in 2018, analysts for Verdantix discovered. Companies that are yet to get onboard must seriously consider implementing the technology to unlock the full potential of adopting robust and consistent auditing protocols that reduce the likelihood of injury in the workplace and ensure EHSQ compliance.      

Understanding the Auditing Equation

Businesses that maintain less-than-ideal auditing workflows do not, in most cases, do this out of negligence. The act of thoroughly vetting existing EHSQ procedures is a time-intensive task, as evidenced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s auditing template, which asks EHSQ teams to evaluate protocols pertaining to seven key operational variables:

  • Management leadership.
  • Worker participation.
  • Hazard identification and assessment.
  • Hazard prevention and control.
  • Education and training.
  • Program evaluation and improvement.
  • Communication and coordination for host employers, contractors and staffing agencies.

Personnel must address multiple action items related to each of these elements and offer up proof of implementation. In most cases, this work is done manually, as almost 60 percent of organizations use paper forms or spreadsheets to conduct EHSQ audits, Bloomberg BNA found. This method not only takes considerable time but also complicates the post-review data collation process. Information stored in spreadsheets or paper-based forms can be difficult to organize, creating roadblocks to effective data analysis, collaboration, and decision making.

In addition to consuming valuable time, this traditional auditing methodology has quickly become untenable for enterprises looking to comply with government and oversight agencies, many of which have rolled out digital data submission tools, and facilitate EHSQ operations that keep workers safe and function as “profit-and-loss centers,” EHS Today reported.

Part II of this series will highlight the latest innovative solutions as an alternative to traditional auditing tools. The prominent business benefits of using a mobile audit platform to maintain workplace safety will be elaborated more comprehensively.  

Read Part II of this blog here – Click Here

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Driving Digital Transformation Of EHS With A Pragmatic Approach To Innovation – Part 2

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Driving Digital Transformation Of EHS With A Pragmatic Approach To Innovation - Part 2

This is the second and the final part of the blog titled – Driving Digital Transformation Of EHS With A Pragmatic Approach To Innovation. If you haven’t read the first part of the blog, you can access it here – Driving Digital Transformation Of EHS Part 1 

Part 2

ProcessMAP’s customer needs and challenges truly drive our product innovation. Through a group of customer councils and user groups, we gain valuable insight into how our customers utilize ProcessMAP’s platform of EHS and ORM solutions to drive organizational changes that improve safety and save lives.

Our customer councils and user groups meet regularly to share strategies and best practices related to mobile usage and analytics, and they share feedback with us on functionality, user trends and adoption. Our Product Management Team is already working to gather customer feedback and alignment on many of the innovations that we have planned for 2021 and 2022. Some of these include:

Employee Competency and Capabilities Management is the practice of identifying the key functional skills necessary for an employee to reach target performance in their specific job role. This ultimately helps organizations to make sure they are hiring and training the right employees, that they are keeping workers safe and that they can effectively manage their injuries. This tool will allow customers to assess job demands and create job profiles, to create a register of risk based on job profiles and be able to access objective information to assess a worker’s capability to safely perform the essential functions of their job. The solution will automatically identify gaps and compliance-related and necessary job-skill training, and help customers use job matching to accelerate their employees’ return to work after an injury. 

Training Compliance Management has been viewed as a burdensome and somewhat manual process for many. To alleviate that, ProcessMAP is building a new and improved user experience. This tool will allow for easy training record tracking, which could be as easy as scanning an employee’s ID badge to ensure that they are properly trained or qualified for a particular job or to be working in a particular area. This tool will also help document attendance in training sessions. Training Compliance Management will help ensure that all employees are current in their training requirements, helping to minimize safety risks, improving the quality of operations and reducing liability by being able to easily demonstrate that a company is meeting training requirements and doing everything possible to stay in compliance. 

ProcessMAP is developing a tool for Governance and Risk and Compliance Management. The GRC solution will help organizations manage their overall governance, enterprise risk management, and compliance with regulations. Customers will be able to create facility profiles and automate required compliance with risk management activities. Each facility profile can be scored based on a company’s guiding principles and then ranked based on a risk score. It is designed to help a company be able to easily identify risk areas, to properly allocate resources and different types of controls to mitigate risk. 

ProcessMAP will continue to build on our Asset Risk and Compliance Management solution. This will help customers to approach managing assets and the risks that are associated with them more strategically.

We will expand our focus to include an emphasis on Fire and Life Safety, providing a holistic solution that will include content to help customers be better able to ensure their compliance with regulatory and insurance requirements, to better safeguard people and property, and to manage such tasks as fire risk assessments, inspections, certifications from third-party assessors and more. This solution may assist customers to reduce insurance premiums. 

Contractor Risk Management will provide a comprehensive approach to successfully manage the multi-step process of managing contractors from initial selection and qualification, to monitoring and analyzing contractor performance. This can help customers to ensure that they are not introducing a risk of injury to an employee or contractor, or to avoid other types of loss-producing events or substantial fines.  

Computer Vision-based Risk Management is another new solution for ProcessMAP. It offers a non-invasive study into employee workplace behavior. Organizations can use this technology to remotely monitor and identify any type of health and safety violations, unsafe acts, and trends, to ensure mitigation strategies are put in place. 

For a more in-depth summary of ProcessMAP’s 2020 Innovations, please access the ProcessMAP 2020 Innovation eBook. The e-book also details how ProcessMAP has worked to drive customer engagement during 2020, our comprehensive approach to risk management, new insights into your safety for our customers’ employees, and our efforts towards improving security and system integrations. 

In 2021, ProcessMAP has plans to establish several new customer councils, and we will see members of customer councils rotate on and off, ensuring a diversity of voices and fresh perspectives. Customers interested in joining a customer council should reach out to their customer success manager to express their interest. 

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Addressing Automotive Shop Floor Safety In The Smart Factory Age

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Addressing Automotive Shop Floor Safety In The Smart Factory Age

Smart factory technology offers transformative potential. Analysts for Deloitte believe this groundbreaking industrial gear will catalyze the development of an exciting new manufacturing frontier wherein data literally and figuratively drives the shop floor.

The automotive manufacturing space is among the sectors most likely to benefit from the emergence of the smart factory. A good number of the organizations in the industry have embraced the technology, according to Capgemini, which found that almost half of automotive manufacturers have made investments of $250 million or more in smart factory infrastructure.

These companies anticipate that smart factories will constitute nearly one-quarter of their respective production site portfolios by 2022. In all, these bleeding-edge facilities could add $160 billion annually to the global automotive space within five years. However, this progress is not without downsides.

The rise and standardization of the smart factory will complicate many production-adjacent operations – most notably, environmental health and safety processes. Consequently, automotive manufacturers in the process of cultivating smart factories must look into modern EHS technologies and techniques that complement the shop floor activities that unfold in these innovative worksites.

Making Safety Smarter

Forward-thinking EHS strategists and solution vendors have developed a range of policies and technological tools meant for deployment in smart factories, EHS Today reported. These items facilitate data-driven EHS operations, allowing EHS teams collect real-time insights into shop floor safety performance and make changes to more effectively protect personnel navigating intelligent shop floor production technology.

Automotive Shop Floor Safety

This EHS transparency, combined with equally data-heavy overall equipment effectiveness strategies, can drastically improve workplace safety operations. While smart safety technology is only in the beginning stages of development, businesses in the automotive manufacturing industry can move forward with existing EHS solutions that support the kind of data-based safety workflows needed to support the next-generation production processes.

Selecting an EHS Partner

In recent years, organizations in almost every industry have begun adopting comprehensive workplace safety solutions that streamline common EHS activities, including incident reportingclaims managementauditing and hazard analysis. These tools are ideal for automotive manufacturing firms on the verge of rolling out smart factories and in need of EHS technology that not only supports these sites but also lays the groundwork for improved safety practices in more traditional shop floor environments.  

Here at ProcessMAP, we help automotive manufacturers all sizes develop and deploy cutting-edge workplace safety methodologies, including those tailor-made for use in smart factories, via an innovative suite of EHS tools. Our solutions support seamless data collection and review efforts while addressing ancillary issues such as regulatory compliance and profitability.

Connect with us today to learn how our solutions can future-proof EHS operations at your automotive organization.

 

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Driving Digital Transformation Of EHS With A Pragmatic Approach To Innovation – Part 1

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Driving Digital Transformation Of EHS With A Pragmatic Approach To Innovation - Part 1

On a recent ProcessMAP EHS Leadership Roundtable, I had the opportunity to share highlights of some of the most impactful innovations that ProcessMAP brought to fruition in 2020. Despite being a year of crisis and uncertainty, 2020 was also a year where flexibility, resilience, and innovation were paramount for ProcessMAP. Like many of our customers, our team also had to adapt very quickly to the changes going on around us, including closing our offices and moving our workforce to 100% virtual in March 2020. 

That move to a remote workforce did not slow the ProcessMAP team down. Besides launching a virtual customer-roundtable very quickly, we also co-innovated with customers on many solutions related to the pandemic. Within three weeks, we launched a suite of mobile-first COVID-19 solutions to support our customers as they navigated through the pandemic.

From the start of the pandemic, ProcessMAP partnered with customers to quickly identify and address their needs with the release of several COVID-19-related mobile-ready apps. In addition, we helped customers to identify best practices and how we could leverage many of ProcessMAP’s existing offerings and modules to ensure customers could manage all COVID-19-related illnesses and concerns. We recommended tools to help customers to identify pandemic-related health concerns and common controls as part of the Risk Assessment process and offered easy ways to assess customers’ pandemic preparedness plans, to conduct daily inspections that might be focused on different preparedness and response activities, as well as facility cleaning and disinfection, home office risks and even effective hygiene practices.  

Many ProcessMAP customers helped to contribute to the Employee Health Management solution. Within a span of just four weeks from ideation to the actual release, ProcessMAP’s product development team worked seven days a week to ensure that customers had access to a solution that would allow them to manage and standardize employee screenings, and also track the entire health lifecycle, from the time that an employee had a positive COVID-19 screening, and they were not cleared for work, up until the point that the employee was able to return to work.  

During 2020, our team invested more than 30,000 hours in research and development, and launched three major releases where we delivered more than 450 enhancements to our platform, an increase of 10% over the previous year. Working with the EHS Leadership Roundtable audience, customer councils, and our user groups, we added new functionality to help leverage such modules as Occupational Health to support our customers’ COVID-19 screening processes and their management of employees who were not cleared for work.

Because of a recommendation that was prioritized by our Incident Management Customer Council, we helped to streamline the investigation process in Incident Management. We also facilitated integrations with risk assessments and training to provide an easy mechanism to help customers identify and remediate any type of missing or insufficient Risk Assessments, as well as employee training gaps that might have contributed to an incident.

Digital Permit to Work solution

We expanded our suite of operational risk solutions, providing insight into operational safety across our customers’ organizations with the addition of the Digital Permit to Work solution. The Permit to Work (PTW) module supports the coordination of high-hazard activities, identifying potential hazards and ensuring that necessary controls and authorizations are in place, helping to ensure the safe execution of hazardous work activities for our customers. The PTW solution provides access to permits across all stages of the permit lifecycle.

By incorporating notifications and escalations, we are seeing permit clearance times reduced, as we help users to start and end work on schedule. In addition to automating and standardizing the permit process across the organization, the module also helps to ensure compliance by facilitating and documenting many procedures, isolations, requirement checklists, and authorizations. PTW is also able to create, assign, and manage action items through closure.

ProcessMAP also made enhancements to our mobile platform in 2020. Our customers identified key requirements at both the plant floor and leadership team levels, including the ability to access real-time and advanced analytics, data visualization dashboards, and other reports on mobile devices. Customers may now access Insight data analytics solution via tablets, which enables users with appropriate permissions to access actionable analytics and rich visualizations, including different dashboards and reports. Our new Risk Assessment app was designed to provide access to all approved risk assessments via mobile devices, right at the point of use on the plant floor. Users can quickly search for and retrieve required procedures to view tasks and hazards, as well as approved administrative and procedural controls and required PPE. The app allows users to email the assessments to others as needed.

The Audit Management app has received several updates over the course of the past year. Most impactful is the ability to conduct audits associated with employees or assets. These new features provide users additional flexibility to manage employee-based audits, and audits for contractors as well. Asset-based audits enable users to conduct inspections or audits for an asset class, such as all forklifts or all ladders, as well as for individual assets, which can help ensure that all assets or equipment are in a safe operating condition. 

ProcessMAP has added numerous efficiencies to the Training Management solution. Employees can view upcoming, incomplete or overdue training courses, giving them a holistic view of their training status. Depending on their permissions, supervisors and managers can view their direct reports’ course-completion status, take attendance, or update the outcomes. This feature is very valuable when conducting in-person training. Supervisors can easily update training completions either one at a time or as a group. 

We see our Low-Code/ no-code Application development Platform (LCAP) – Connected Workers Apps platform – as a key enabler in mobile transformation. Since 2018, when ProcessMAP first gave access to LCAP, it has grown far beyond our expectations, with 3000% growth in three years. Our customers are creating apps specific to their organizations, their industries, and their needs. Some of the most common apps are now part of our ready-to-use library. ProcessMAP also  introduced Formula Builder, which allows users to create fields that can be auto calculated. Another feature allows for recurrence, which can be integrated with task management, custom data source management, with the record summary allowing for the creation of customized use of records and enhanced record level support, allowing customers to assign and control access to both records and specific fields. We expect use of App Builder will continue to grow over the next few years, with ProcessMAP continuing to invest in new features and functionalities to best support that anticipated growth and use.

For more detailed information on ProcessMAP’s 2020 innovations, please click here.

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Altice USA Adopts Mobile EHS Apps To Achieve Health & Safety Objectives

Altice USA Adopts Mobile EHS Apps To Achieve Health & Safety Objectives

Over the last decade, one of the defining trends in the domain of digital technologies for managing EHS initiatives, including employee health and safety, environmental sustainability, and compliance and operational risk management, is the rapid adoption of mobile devices and mobile EHS apps by all concerned stakeholders. This rapid adoption is driven by multiple technological and behavioral changes. The ubiquitous presence of smartphones, the changing demographics of the workplace with the advent of younger employees who are often more comfortable with mobile apps than the traditional desktop-based solutions, and in-general the improvement of network and software ecosystems to support multiple use-cases, have all contributed to mobile EHS becoming the mainstay of digital transformation within organizations.

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Altice USA Adopts Mobile EHS Apps to Accelerate Performance Excellence

On a recent ProcessMAP EHS Leadership RoundtableJoseph Dror, Manager, Health, Safety and Environment for Altice USA shared the story of his company’s adoption of ProcessMAP’s mobile EHS applications to enhance their safety culture and help reduce incidents. Altice USA is headquartered in New York, and is the fourth largest provider of cable in the United States. Altice USA was formed in 2016 with the merger of Sudden-link and Cablevision. The company employs more than 10,0000 employees in 21 states in over 300 locations. Altice provides customers high-speed broadband, ultra HD video, digital advertising solutions, local news, telephony, and wireless communications. 

As part of their commitment to the health and safety of their employees, Altice utilizes ProcessMAP EHSQ solutions, which have had a significant positive impact on the company’s safety program. 

In 2015, Altice was managing safety processes and procedures on paper, storing reports in binders, with no analytics and no accountability. Prior to web-based reporting, incidents were tracked by hand on a piece of paper. It was easy for documents to get lost, and record search and retrieval was slow and time consuming. There could easily be multiple versions of the same report being circulated, and tracking the number of incidents in a week, a month or even a year was sheer headache!

In 2016, Altice adopted the ProcessMAP EHS cloud solutions, which provided their safety team web-based analytics, increased accountability, and easier ways to search and retrieve information via the web. But while the web-based reporting was helpful, the company’s large mobile workforce, including field technicians, sales representatives, news reporters and others who were not sitting at a desk in front of a computer required a solution that could be omnipresent with them. Oftentimes people took notes on a piece of paper and then transferred it over to the web at a later time. In other instances, people tried to remember to complete reports when they got back to the office, or the next week or even the next month, entering details from memory. The safety team recognized that there were incidents that were lost or forgotten, and unable to be tracked. Such employees, out in the field, needed a truly mobile-friendly set of EHS apps.

Recognizing this fundamental need to make their EHS vision successful, Altice collaborated with ProcessMAP to adopt mobile EHS applications, which included:  

Mobile Adoption

In preparing to launch the mobile apps, the safety team developed a rollout plan, they initiated testing via their health and safety ambassadors and they conducted online training for a few hundred users. The team learned from the test group what worked and what didn’t, made course corrections and then rolled out the program to their 10,000 employees. When the safety team launched ProcessMAP mobile apps, they saw rapid, organic adoption of the mobile platform compared with the web-based platform. From December 2018 to January 2019 Altice saw nearly a 600% increase in mobile app use. More than half of Altice’s incidents were near misses. From Heinrich’s triangle, the safety team understood that there are often many more near-misses than real incidents.  When Altice measured results after a full year of mobile app usage, approximately half of the logins were on the mobile apps versus web-based logins. Ninety percent of their incidents were near misses.  They saw 26,000 near misses created on mobile compared with 6,000+ near misses created via the web.  The mobile apps made it easier for Altice employees to use and track incidents.

Altice EHS performance

The Altice team experienced both leading indicators and lagging indicators since they launched ProcessMAP mobile apps.

Leading Indicators

    • 76% increase in the rate of near miss reports within 24 hours over a year 
    • 357% increase in the rate of incidents reported within eight hours over a year 

Lagging Indicators 

    • 18% reduction in work-related injuries / illnesses over a year
    • 21% reduction in lost time / day incident rate over a year
    • 30% reduction in workers compensation-related claim costs 

ProcessMAP was a pioneer in bringing the first truly 100% cloud/ SaaS EHS platform to the market back in 2000, long before “cloud” had become the industry buzzword. Keeping in line with the same spirit of staying ahead of the curve and bring cutting-edge solutions to the market, ProcessMAP was one of the earliest to bring natively mobile solutions to EHS leaders across the world. The mobile EHS apps were not shrunk-down versions of regular web pages. They took advantage of native iOS and Android capabilities, including TouchID and FaceID type authentication protocols. ProcessMAP’s mobile EHS apps allowed EHS stakeholders to carry the full power of a robust EHS platform in their pockets, without being tethered to a wall-socket. To learn how ProcessMAP can fundamentally and digitally transform your EHS initiatives, sign up for a free trial today!

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