In the age of big data, deploying environment, health and safety (EHS) software applications within the oil and gas industry isn’t a luxury. The software streamlines the flow of what is often an overwhelming amount of data, making it more efficient to pull together reports and ensuring that the company is meeting all compliance regulations. Perhaps most importantly, it also enables decision makers to monitor safety and sustainability issues across the organization. 

Although having an EHS software solution is necessary to produce top efficiency in today’s work environment, it’s important to make sure that you choose the right software solution for your needs. When looking at products, you’ll want a software application that can be customized for your specific needs — for example, can the software monitor off-shore oil rigs as well as operations at natural gas sites? — as well as one with the computing ability to manage complex data. While the EHS software should fit nicely into your budget, you should also consider the vendor itself — how well does the vendor’s vision and values synergize with your company’s, and what type of support can you depend on? Finally, the right EHS software application should not only support but improve all of your business processes. 

If you still aren’t sure about whether to adopt an EHS software solution, here are some other benefits for those in the oil and gas industry.

1. Better risk management

With EHS software, organizations can more easily monitor and organize data, allowing anomalies or potential problems to be discovered before any damage can be done. It also ensures you are prepared for internal or external audits and are meeting any compliance or industry regulations.

2. Reduced errors

Data management and review is automated, limiting the number of errors in reporting.

3. Improved efficiency

EHS software streamlines data collection and creates a standardized system so that everyone is following the same process. It can also set operational standards and ensure that everyone is meeting the correct and complete objectives and no one is missing deadlines. The software cuts down on the amount of time once required for similar data collection and reporting, saving man hours for other tasks.

4. Centralized reporting

All metrics can be shared and stored in one database for easy monitoring, reporting and analyzation.

5. Clearer communications

EHS software creates a better workflow throughout the company and with outside partners, improving communication between each step in the supply chain, decreasing the chance of misunderstandings and errors and improving productivity.

An EHS software solution will keep your company in compliance and running more smoothly and safely.