Managing your company's environmental compliance is no small task.
Regulatory uncertainty, increasing stakeholder demands, and limited EHS resources make it even more of a challenge.
In working with dozens of companies in highly regulated industries, we've identified 10 tips that will help you successfully manage your environmental obligations:
Tips for managing environmental compliance
Implement a structured Environmental Management System (EMS). An EMS is a framework of processes, procedures, and resources that enable an organization to achieve its environmental performance objectives. Learn more about environmental management systems in our free guide.
Use environmental management software. Specifically, look for a software that is designed to handle high-volume environmental data.
Track all your compliance deadlines and activities in a centralized calendar. That way you'll know exactly what's due when and who's working on it. (This can be accomplished easily in EHS software.)
Shift your focus from compliance to risk. Companies can no longer rely on regulations to keep prevent an incident and meet stakeholder demands. Read more about how to make the shift from compliance to risk in this article.
Train your team. Make sure employees at every level know which requirements they must follow, and what they need to report.
Use a mobile app. Mobile apps make it possible to keep tabs on compliance tasks and activities when you're on the go. Download our free list of the best mobile apps for EHS managers.
Automate time-consuming tasks. Automations available in EHS software can alert you to upcoming deadlines, help you follow up on compliance tasks, and make sure activities don't slip through the cracks.
Take advantage of dashboards. Dashboards help you quickly visualize and drill down on trends and patterns in your data. See some of the Perillon dashboards your peers are using to simplify data analysis and reporting.
Maintain a risk register. Risk registers use a standardized scoring system to rank enterprise risks across thousands of observations. The most successful companies we've seen use a risk register to determine which risks are most likely to occur and most significant, and prioritize their risk management activities.