The Importance of Change Management

March 23, 2017 Pamala Bobbitt

The basics of Management of Change


Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a webinar for OHS Online with our partners at ERM. We discussed the basics of Management of Change (MOC) as well as the ROI and VOI that companies can achieve through implementing a formal MOC process. Most companies only have a formal written process if they fall under the OSHA requirements around Process Safety.

We polled the audience during the webinar and found that only 7% of those not legally required to have a documented MOC process had one in place.

Establishing and adhering to a formal MOC process can be a type of insurance that pays by preventing accidents. It is key to define the change and have a clear documented process to be able to effectively review and approve change. The objective of the process is to ensure that more risks are not introduced, or that current risks aren’t elevated with the change. A change can be as simple as a change in procedure or organization, or as complex as a complete overhaul of a complex process. Each affected business unit should evaluate and track actions upon approval. Studies have shown that implementation of a successful MOC process can provide an ROI of 143% vs. 35% for a sub-par process. 

If you have not implemented a formal process, look at your organization and identify where it can bring value and mitigate risk. If you are already conducting MOC process under OSHA requirements, look to expand to other business changes for a more holistic MOC program.

For more information on the basics of MOC as well as the ROI and VOI you can realize by implementing a successful MOC program, please watch our webinar on the same topic here.

About the Author

Pamala Bobbitt

Pam Bobbitt is Director of Channels and Product Marketing at Cority where she is in charge of the expansion of Cority's partner program. She brings deep expertise in EHS processes and software to the role. Having trained as a Chemist, Pam spent over 15 years as an EHS professional in the pharmaceutical, chemical and automotive industries. Most recently, she has spent seven years at EHS Software vendors using her industry expertise to translate business requirements into successful software programs.

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