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.
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