Advances in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) technology are making it easier to collect and store EHS related data. However, collecting the data is only the first step. If we truly want to make a difference in peoples' lives, we need to embrace analytics. Our Safety Analytics columns outline data analytics best practices, emerging trends, and discuss how data can be used by the whole organization for improving processes, building culture, and eliminating death on the job.
Many companies starting their data analytics journey make the mistake of skipping the data cleaning process all together. None of us want to see how the sausage is made, we just want the bratwurst to magically appear. But as we have seen over, and over, insightful analytics cannot be achieved with poor data quality.
If you are prepared for an OSHA visit, you likely also have a better safety program and culture. You likely have trained employees, plans in place, emergency drills up to date, and records ready for review.