From Inception To Influence: The Maturity Curve Of EHS, Risk, And Quality

Remember the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day?” As you know, neither is world-class EHS performance. 

With the increased pressure on EHS professionals, some people are expected to move from paper reports to predictive analytics overnight. Others are tasked with leaping from an incident rate of five to zero in just one quarter. In the frenzy to meet increasing demands, the level of effort required to achieve world-class EHS results sometimes gets overlooked.

Realistically, there is a maturity process in many aspects of life, including business. Startups with negative balance sheets don’t generate $1B in profits overnight. It takes time, the right tools, and good talent.

What is EHS risk management?

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) risk management refers to the process of identifying avenues of potential health and safety hazards within an organization and effectively assessing their impact, causality, as well as preventative measures against further risk. 

The same principle applies to achieving world-class EHS results. Knowing where you are on the maturity curve and what it takes to advance to the next step are critical to your success. 

Let’s take a look at a maturity curve for EHS, Risk, and Quality departments. These groups are historically in a less advanced phase compared to that of their organizations’ Finance or HR departments. In my career, I have found that EHS, Risk, and Qualitys groups have similar maturity curves. These are depicted in the above graphic.

What lessons have you learned moving along this maturity curve? Leave a comment below to let us know.

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