Whether you’re an expert at making transitions happen or this is your first foray into change management, we’ll walk you through some essential concepts to tackle when getting your department ready for the big switch to a new digital EHS platform.
When evaluating any digital platform for your program, THINK BIG PICTURE. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where do I want our company/program/department to be in 5 years? 10 years?
- How will moving our program online help facilitate those goals?
- What information do I need to extract regularly to measure safety & performance?
- Can I grow with the company providing the software service?
- Do I envision using this product for one or multiple purposes?
These questions, while broad, can help you determine what is right for you. By thinking ‘big picture’ and long-term, you can save your company time, money, and future frustrations. In addition to asking the right questions, having a team help evaluate your options is also an important next step.
Choose a Team
Choosing the right team of individuals to evaluate your options is key to creating a successful transition to a new digital EHS platform. While one person will drive the decision-making and implementation process, a team of stakeholders helps determine if the platform is the right choice for all parties involved. The composition of your team should be those individuals who have the most interaction with the process. For example, suppose you are implementing a new Incident Management platform. In that case, it may be a good idea to include directors, managers, and maybe a few potential employees who may do the reporting. Gathering their opinions and input, in the beginning, will highlight areas of need that may not have been known at the onset of the platform search.
Partners vs. Support
In thinking about the longevity of your program’s use of this new digital platform, choosing a partner in your safety program is a decision not to take lightly. From reputation to innovation, the right software platform, and its employees, partner with you for success.
In safety, it’s critical to find a company that can adequately support you, your future goals, and your safety program in its current and future state. While technical support is crucial for daily operations, a company that partners with you has the tech support and content expertise to optimize the platform to suit your business process and further expand your digital EHS platform’s value. A partner helps you utilize the software to gain the most insight and functionality.
Being a partner is what sets companies like SafetyStratus apart. Our company is built upon the foundation that we are partners in our client’s safety program. We create a user-friendly, digital EHS platform, and our EHS professionals work with you to enhance your daily experience.
Making the Call
Once all the digital EHS platforms have been evaluated, the next steps from implementation to ‘Go Live’ will be a step towards efficiently managing your safety program in the ever-growing and complicated field of safety.
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Stephenie Langston began her career as a bench scientist in infectious disease laboratories before joining the Environmental, Health, and Safety department at the University of Florida. While at UF, Stephenie worked in lab safety, biosafety/IBC, and served as the EHS consultant to the IACUC. During her time, she managed safety concerns and successfully facilitated the IBC’s transition from paper to the online Biosafety Permits module.
In addition to her role at UF, Stephenie was an active member of CSHEMA and co-founder of their Animal Research Health & Safety Community of Practice which aims to bridge the communication gap between safety and animal husbandry. Stephenie holds a Master of Science in Biotechnology from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. Stephenie is passionate about process improvement and brings a unique skillset to the team that is founded in hard work, adapting to change, and making safety more approachable for everyone.
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