Efficient EHS reporting based on quality data can significantly improve your safety performance. Therefore, it’s no surprise that making Business Intelligence (BI) more reliable was the top driver of EHS IT consolidation projects in 2023, according to Verdantix research.
This was followed closely by “Standardizing data collection” as the second-highest concern, as laid out in the Global Corporate Survey 2023.
With ever-growing datasets and responsibilities now extending to ESG, EHS professionals are crying out for better BI. When relying on spreadsheets, disparate data and legacy systems, EHS reporting can take up a significant amount of time. That’s time that would be better spent engaging with staff.
So, how can you improve your EHS reporting in 2024?
Let’s have a look at what drives better EHS reporting, and how can you achieve it at your organization:
Rapid Data Growth and ESG Require Robust EHS Reporting
Global digitalization and the increasing data streams that come with it don’t stop at Safety. They became particularly important to the Environmental aspects of the EHS function.
More than 96% of global decision-makers acknowledge digitalization as crucial for sustainability. However, only 35% have implemented large-scale digital transformation initiatives for sustainability efforts.
Moreover, organizations are increasingly relying on EHS to achieve ESG goals, recognizing EHS as a major data provider.
That’s not to mention the boom in data that can be expected with the adoption of AI for EHS purposes.
Therefore, companies need to pick up the digital pace in their EHS reporting to efficiently gather and manage compliance information. This will form the perfect foundation for future ESG and AI plans.
Better EHS Reporting Facilitates Trust
While BI was the most important driver for EHS IT consolidation projects in 2023, 13% of EHS professionals stated that increasing worker engagement was their biggest priority.
However, these two components are not mutually exclusive; in fact, they complement each other. Better and more transparent reporting facilitates trust among employees, and consequently increases their sense of personal responsibility and accountability, ultimately increasing engagement.
Despite this, Gartner found that less than 43% of employees think that their company effectively maintains transparency and communication in their reporting processes.
With that, it’s clear the time for better EHS reporting is now.
Removing Data Silos in EHS Reporting
Effective EHS reporting requires you to solve and avoid data silos. Data silos often occur through using multiple reporting systems, resulting in workflow issues and communication gaps across different teams.
Even though most companies are committed to centralizing data, only 5% have all their EHS processes in a single management system. On top of that, a Gartner study showed that the number of data silos at organizations increased over the last few years.
It’s a pain point that many EHS software buyers share and are keen to fix. Hannah Stewart from EHS software vendor Pro-Sapien explains:
“Most conversations we have with organizations include EHS reporting as an existing painpoint. Many EHS professionals are pulling data from a range of disparate sources, and even then into analytics tools that are not easy to use. EHS software vendors will always be behind the curve on cutting edge BI solutions developed by the likes of Microsoft, so if your vendor can facilitate integration into tools such as Power BI, this will provide the powerful capabilities EHS needs in a simple, easy-to-use interface.”
Addressing this trend, Verdantix highlights the benefits of building EHS functionality onto existing enterprise business applications to avoid information gaps and risks.
Having All EHS Data in One Place – on Microsoft 365
If you’re a large enterprise, you’re most likely already using Microsoft 365. You can make your life (and EHS reporting) a lot easier by integrating EHS into the apps you use every day.
Instead of logging into separate systems to track and gather data, you can have everything in your familiar Microsoft 365 environment.
Pro-Sapien lets you do exactly that. In fact, Verdantix recognized Pro-Sapien as a prominent vendor of EHS software on existing business platforms, as it is deployed to your Microsoft 365 for seamless EHS management.
With everything under one roof, it’s easier for employees to report timely, accurate data, using the likes of Microsoft Teams.
Then, it’s straightforward for management to analyze EHS performance in Microsoft’s market-leading BI application, Power BI.
Leveraging Microsoft’s Power BI for Complex Datasets
Manually analyzing and visualizing large datasets takes a lot of time when you don’t have the right tools. That’s valuable time that you could spend engaging with staff about on-site safety instead.
Instead, Microsoft 365 enterprises can leverage Power BI to drill into complex EHS datasets and uncover actionable information.
All the data that your employees fill in through Pro-Sapien is automatically available for EHS reporting in Power BI. Furthermore, dashboards make it easy to pin EHS KPIs alongside other departments, raising the visibility of EHS throughout the company. It’s the perfect combination of deep functionality and ease-of-use, enabling EHS managers to get the insights they need, fast.
EHS Reporting as a Priority in 2024 and Beyond
We have a saying at Pro-Sapien that will resonate with EHS professionals:
“Capturing the data is only half the story—it’s what you do with it that counts.”
Going into 2024, with ESG obligations expanding and AI firmly on the agenda, organizations need to step up their EHS reporting. Not only will this free up EHS professionals’ time and provide a solid foundation for adopting technology advancements—more insightful EHS reporting in the hands of proactive management will inevitably lead to better EHS outcomes for all.
Start your journey to better EHS reporting now and find out how you can use Power BI for EHS analytics: