The task of properly managing environmental programs has become increasingly challenging for a growing number of organizations.
First, the volume of obligations, data, reporting, regulatory upkeep, training, and permits that a facility must manage has made it difficult for lean organizations to stay in compliance.
Second, the classical triumvirate of environmental management, Air, Water, and Waste, are no longer the only concern of an environmental professional. EHS management information systems (EMIS) are rapidly expanding to encompass environmental risk, sustainability, energy, and emerging pollutants as part of their environmental programs.
Finally, there is now a much greater requirement for corporate level reporting which forecasts different risk-based scenarios and assists in determining where best to invest capital based on environmental implications. This information, typically provided in a pinch, assists high-level decision-making.
This paper describes the core requirements that any EHS management information system must have in order to be useful.
About the Author
Mauri Paz, PE, PMP, CEM is Medgate’s Environmental and Safety Product Manager. With over 12 years of experience in the field of EHS and EMIS program design and implementation management, Mr. Paz has developed and implemented EMS systems, consulted for Fortune 1000 companies in matters of EHS, and implemented over 6 different EMIS platforms for several fortune 1000 clients. He possesses a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UCI, holds a Professional Engineer license in the State of California, a Project Management Professional certification from PMI, and is a Certified Energy Manager.More Content by Mauri Paz, PE, PMP, CEM