The Mobile Advantage: How Technology is Changing EHSQ Management

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Courtesy of Intelex Technologies Inc.

There was a time when handling a mobile device in the workplace was deliberately avoided – it may even have resulted in some stern words from your boss. Not too long ago the very idea of swiping a smartphone on the job, in the field, or on the plant floor would have been unthinkable.

Times have changed. Very quickly, mobile has proven itself invaluable (and some would say indispensable) in our personal lives.

More and more, we’re seeing that businesses are finding ways to take advantage of the power of mobile technology to meet workers where they are. In fact, the mobile enterprise app market is expected to grow to $61 billion by 2018.

Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality Managers Lag Behind

But Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality (EHSQ) professionals are still not taking full advantage of the benefits that mobile offers.

Data from the manufacturing sector provides an interesting look at how this trend has been slow to catch on in the EHS space in particular. In 2015 only a very small percentage of manufacturers (5%) surveyed by LNS Research had actually implemented a mobile EHS strategy in 2015. And only a quarter of the market (24.7%) had plans to implement such a strategy.

In a new Intelex whitepaper, EHSQ analyst Paul Leavoy takes a look at why EHS and Quality departments may still be dragging their heels when it comes to mobile, and why now is a good time to be jumping on the bandwagon. Because while there are some very real challenges, there are also opportunities arising from new mobile technology. These opportunities are going to transform the way Environmental, Health & Safety, and Quality professionals do their jobs for the better.

How EHSQ Tasks Will Be Transformed By Mobile Functionality

A lot of the most exciting potential is centered around the ability to leverage the native capabilities of smartphones and other Internet-connected devices.

These native applications, from the standard camera application to GPS and mapping tools, are allowing users to capture information more easily and effortlessly than ever before.

In the case of injury reporting, for example, no incident report would be complete without some form of location-based data. With mobile functionality, default location information can be automatically offered up and associated with these records, with minimal effort required from the end user.

These native capabilities allow EHSQ programs to take advantage of applications that individual users are already familiar with, and skills they already possess. This can dramatically reduce the apprehension employees typically feel when they are asked to adopt a new technology, which in turn can help boost the software’s use throughout the company. Ultimately, what it means is that new mobile applications have the capacity to not only improve accuracy but simultaneously reduce the amount of time required to complete tasks.

Capitalizing on the Mobile Advantage

Mobile applications and software tools are only as valuable as the data that is entered into them, and only as effective as the people that use them. While it’s important to note that there’s no magic button for facilitating user adoption or achieving EHSQ excellence, mobility can be a valuable tool.

To learn more about the mobile advantage, and the challenges companies must still face as they begin to implement this technology, download the full whitepaper today!

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