Traditionally, EMIS referred to Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) centric software and left out Process Safety as a core component, likely because four aspects of Process Safety inject immense complexity into the works: Competency, Mechanical Integrity, Management of Change, and Process Safety Information.
As a result over the past couple of years, the market has begun to move away from safety or compliance outcomes to a focus on risk.
These vital components to protect people, processes, facilities, and the planet must be addressed in asset-intensive industries, but organizations often struggle to implement and use an integrated solution. Additionally, new regulatory pressures for competency are driving the need to incorporate Workforce Management into all aspects of EH&S and Process Safety.
Today’s EMIS solution needs to be framed around a core of workforce, assets, and compliance. An integrated approach to enhanced, holistic EMIS has the additional benefit of enhancing Operational Risk Management (ORM), improving training, and reducing operational costs over the long term.
Enhanced EMIS Application Portfolio
To do this, companies need to break down existing departmental, management, cultural, and data management silos.
To manage their risks, companies are evolving – and must continue to do so – beyond the traditional check-the-box compliance mentality. At the same time, they must keep financial and legal exposure to a minimum. This is why ORM has emerged as a leading industry practice and Operational Sustainability, LLC® (OS), offers its clients a holistic approach to this challenge. ORM augments PSM and is designed to help companies better understand and consider risks associated with their assets. It is a progression of converging operational, safety, and compliance processes. EMIS is a critical component of this approach. In general, these systems are largely automated, fully integrated applications for EH&S and process safety compliance, and have their levels of maturity.
Plants need to get beyond EHS compliance to address all departmental compliance obligations. TCM seeks to align, combine, and streamline activities whenever possible to prevent redundant work and/or systems that can pose risks in their own right. A rational approach to compliance/task management needs to include a task loading approach balanced against available resources to ensure they can be addressed. TCM provides an overarching total compliance management framework along with industry templates to ensure that all facets of compliance get identified and managed.
Compliance constrains Operations, yet Operations is the engine that drives financial performance and enables business strategy. These solutions need to deliver vital information to operations personnel at the point of work, and can be used to augment operator rounds. By integrating operating procedures with their operating context, companies will be able to improve operating efficiencies and run times without undue strain on equipment or exceeding permit limits.
TCM provides a comprehensive task management framework to address all departmental needs. Operational Sustainability, LLC can help you assess, strategize, formulate a plan, and implement the necessary integrated processes through OESuite™.
The OS EMIS solution portfolio enhances compliance assurance through integration of key reporting functions. The outcome of the integration is Total Compliance Management. All of these compliance obligations can be managed in the OS Task/Compliance Management Module and form the initial basis for a risk registry to enable Operational Performance Assurance.
Key integration points include: