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Assessing EHS Needs: Making the Case for Technology in the Workplace — Occupational Health & Safety

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Assessing EHS Needs: Making the Case for Technology in the Workplace

Modernizing safety protocols involves integrating technology into EHS management.

Imagine it’s a typical warm summer day. Your project is moving along, but as each week passes, setbacks pull the project off the pace to completion. As the pressure to meet project milestones builds, your team has to streamline processes to keep up with the project plan. Soon the typical water, rest and shade protocol becomes insufficient, and you are tasked with creating and implementing an actual heat stress management policy. You know people are getting too hot but you don’t have the data to prove it. 

The Rising Importance of EHS in Modern Workplaces

The rising importance of environmental health and safety (EHS) comes from a collective understanding that a safe workplace is not a luxury but a necessity. This understanding is compounded by the dynamic nature of modern workplaces, which encompass diverse environments, novel materials and advanced machinery.

Ethical considerations, such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), have also significantly influenced EHS’s growing focus. Companies now recognize that ensuring employee health and safety reflects positively on their brand and is crucial to employee retention and satisfaction. 

Recent Trends and Statistics 

Statistically, the urgency for robust EHS measures is evident. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 5,500 workers died on the job in 2022. BLS also reports that private industry employers reported almost 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2022. 

Heat-related illnesses are particularly a growing concern and are often underestimated. The increasing frequency of extreme weather conditions due to climate change exacerbates this issue, making it more critical than ever for businesses to adopt comprehensive EHS strategies that are both proactive and reactive. Each work environment presents its unique set of challenges.

With the undeniable significance of EHS now in focus, all organizations must identify their specific EHS needs. 

Identifying EHS Needs in Your Workplace

A distinct set of risks characterizes each work environment, such as the dangers of operating heavy machinery or exposure to chemicals. Similarly, in the healthcare sector, workers are exposed to biohazards, ergonomic risks and emotional stress. 

This article originally appeared in the issue of .

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