Mobility as an Increasingly Fundamental Component in Continuous Health, Safety and Environment Performance Improvement

CIM Montreal 2015
Mark Weitner (IBM), Santosh Mulayath (IBM)
Over the past several years, the HSE management paradigm has been shifting from a command-and-control, compliance-oriented model to a market-based model more oriented toward stakeholder management and operational risk. Industry leaders understand that HSE management is much more than just about being “in compliance” and the business ramifications failed HSE practices and processes bring. These failures have a direct impact on the economics of their business, including reduced revenues, declining profitability, negative shareholder value and even an impact on their corporate brand.

In their continuing search for more meaningful and more encompassing HSE practices, companies are continually looking for ways to better influence, and possibly redefine, their underlying processes. With the staggering rate of adoption of mobile technologies and the rapid evolution of the Internet of Things, mobility is gaining significant momentum in those companies seeking to improve the intelligence of health, safety, environment and operational reporting; enhance the process of health, safety, environment and operational management; and optimize the practice of health, safety, environment and operational risk management.

Mobility refers to how companies and their workers consume and experience the capabilities that mobile has to offer; changing how individuals are accomplishing their work by offering an improved total experience ensuring that ease-of-use and flexibility are not sacrificed as they work with and support a company’s HSE practices and policies. Mobility represents a unique opportunity to re-think how HSE is managed across an enterprise and one that seems natural given how ubiquitous the use of mobile technologies in the enterprise are becoming. Leading practice organizations understand that mobility delivers increasingly greater benefits to the health, safety and security of their workers, their assets, the communities in which they operate, and their overall operating performance.

In this paper, the author discusses how mobility is becoming an increasingly fundamental component in health, safety and environment performance management. This discussion focuses on the key areas of relevance in HSE mobility including: the basics of mobility in the workplace; the business case for mobility in HSE management; and finally, the opportunity for, and evolution of, mobility in HSE management. A successful HSE mobility strategy, and its execution, will help companies more successfully evolve from a compliance reporting focus to a stakeholder and operational risk management processes leading to continuous improvement in their HSE performance and management metrics.
Keywords: analytics innovation, Mobile, continuous, HSE, performance, Mobility, improvement
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