Audit your new EHS software system
JUST ABOUT EVERY BUSINESS, from small to large, uses some type of software to automate nvironmental,health and safety (EHS) processes. Most organizations focus on implementation and do not spend enough time planning, developing evaluation criteria and success metrics, or performing a quality check after implementing new EHS software.
A post-implementation audit (PIA) is a thorough evaluation of the benefits of the software solution. A PIA can quantify the tangible benefits, such as the changes in return on investment from the original business case and direct savings realized as a result of implementing the solution. A PIA can also identify intangible benefits, such as improved communications, more-consistent data, easier access to data, improved data sharing among different groups, more-effective environmental management systems,and improved regulatory compliance. This article offers advice for conducting successful PIAs.