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Key Practice Area - Data & Metrics - Best Practices in EMIS
Key Practice Area: Data & Metrics

Best Practices in EMIS

Sept. 2011

Today companies are tracking more EHS and sustainability information than ever before. Discover the latest trends in EMIS systems and gain strategies for driving EHS and sustainability performance through effective data management.


NAEM’s 2011 EHS MIS conference showcased the latest trends in EMIS systems, and identified best practices for managing the volumes of EHS and sustainability data related to greenhouse gas (GHG) management, regulatory tracking and sustainability reporting. In this section you will find:

Videos: Watch expert interviews EHS MIS. Featured videos include:

  • How General Electric created its Global EHS MIS
  • Common EHS MIS Challenges

Agenda: See a list of speakers and view session descriptions

Blogs: Read opinion pieces and watch expert interviews about EHS MIS from The Green Tie blog.

Article: "EHS and Sustainability Leaders Gather to Share Data Management Strategies"

Research Report: Download a copy of NAEM’s 2011 report, "Benchmarking Corporate Management Information Systems".

Presentations: Featured presenters from this conference include:

Intelex Demonstration

  • Laura Scott, Manager Environmental Business; NRG Energy Inc.

KMI EHS Software Suite v4 Demonstration

  • Patti Miceli, Senior Manager EHS & Sustainability; Biogen Idec

IHS Impact ERM Suite Demonstration

  • Ellen Williams, Director of Process Safety Management Systems; Valero Corp.

ERA EHS Demonstration

  • Phil Schull, Vice President of Risk Management; J.B. Poindexter & Co. Inc.


The following are expert interviews about EHS MIS:

How General Electric created its Global EHS MIS
A video interview with Mark Stoler, Director and Counsel, EHS Operations; General Electric Co.

Common EHS MIS Challenges
A video interview with Maribel Crespin, Environmental Manager; MillerCoors


Intelex Demonstration

  • Laura Scott, Manager Environmental Business; NRG Energy Inc.

The Intelex EHS Management System enables organizations to surpass compliance requirements, effectively manage risks, improve operational performance, and foster a culture of corporate social responsibility. While NRG uses Intelex for a wide variety of tasks, their demonstration will focus on the management of Greenhouse Gas at the corporate level for mandatory and voluntary reporting.

KMI EHS Software Suite v4 Demonstration

  • Patti Miceli, Senior Manager EHS & Sustainability; Biogen Idec

The KMI EHS Software Suite is an off-the-shelf, web-based application used for Sustainability Metrics, Compliance, Permit, Corporate Audit, Incident and Corrective Action Management. Biogen will give a demonstration of how they use the software and discuss the process of implementing sustainability software while the corporate sustainability program was still evolving.

eShipGlobal Demonstration

  • Kevin Charbonneau, Manager, Safety Advisor Program and Assistant RSO; Yale University

eShipGlobal is used for the shipping and exporting of regulated materials, including biological, chemical and radioactive materials, in compliance with the Dept of Transportation, International Air Transport Association, Dept of Commerce regulations, etc. Yale’s presentation will highlight how they have been able to use eShipGlobal to improve compliance while reducing the burden on the research community.

iEHS Demonstration

  • Heather Ruffner, Corporate Health & Safety Manager; Kennametal Inc.
  • Staci Miller, Corporate Environmental Manager; Kennametal Inc.

iEHS is a web-based environmental health and safety information management system that offers functionality to capture, manage, organize and report on key EHS and sustainability data. Kennametal’s demonstration will focus on the facility compliance elements of iEHS along with a review of Kennametal’s facility score-carding approach, incident management and industrial hygiene programs.

Using Internally Built Systems Demonstration

  • Leah Blinn, Manager of Environmental Compliance Services; NGE
  • Mark Chrisos, Director, Health, Safety, Security and Environment; InterGen
  • Terry D. Snell, Division Manager Environmental; The William L Bonnell Co., Inc.

Even as EHS and sustainability software becomes more sophisticated and common in the work place, many organizations rely on internally-built systems for data management and reporting. This session, targeting users of ‘home grown’ applications, will feature two system demonstrations, based on Microsoft Excel and SQL, and show how the system practitioners have built and maintained strong compliance and incident tracking programs. There will also be an expert-led roundtable discussion for you to learn best practices for leveraging the power of internally developed tools and benchmark your own efforts.

SAP Demonstration

  • Tammy Grover, Lead Environmental Engineer; Air Products and Chemicals Inc

Air Products is using SAP EHS Management to support key environmental compliance and emissions management processes at various locations to meet federal and local regulatory requirements and to improve compliance processes. SAP EHS Management is one of the foundational components of SAP’s Sustainability Solutions. It provides comprehensive support for key EHS concerns such as environmental compliance, emissions management, safety and health, emissions management, product and chemical safety at the local, regional and global level.

ProcessMAP PULSE Demonstration

  • Jim Cline, Director, Environmental Affairs; Cardinal Health Inc.

PULSE is an enterprise EH&S, Sustainability, and carbon management platform that is used by Cardinal Health worldwide. Among other applications, the Cardinal Health will demonstrate the software’s Sustainability and Energy &Carbon Management modules.

IHS Impact ERM Suite Demonstration

  • Ellen Williams, Director of Process Safety Management Systems; Valero Corp.

IMPACT ERM Suite is used improve loss rate performance in Safety, Environmental, Security, Transportation, Quality, and other areas where operational risks persist. Valero will demonstrate the Management of Change Assessment module which has been used to manage the risk from changes in operating procedures and other factors in the work place.

Risk Priority Management Demonstration

  • Tracy A. Beaudry, CSP, Health and Safety Manager; Goodrich Corp.

Risk Priority Management (RPM) is a web-based system for managing all aspects of an ergonomics improvement process. Goodrich will cover how RPM was integrated into their ergonomic process and demonstrate the tools used to identify and control ergonomic risk factors.

MSDgen by 3E Co. Demonstration

  • Kelvin Roth, Director, Environment, Health & Safety Group; AMCOL International Corp.

MSDgen is an (M)SDS authoring software system for global chemical regulatory compliance, including GHS & REACH requirements, (M)SDS distribution & Label generation. Learn how AMCOL uses it in over in 15 countries and languages in accordance with each country and competent authority’s adaptation of GHS.

ERA EHS Demonstration

  • Phil Schull, Vice President of Risk Management; J.B. Poindexter & Co. Inc.

ERA EHS is an environmental compliance management system which includes compliance task tracking, auditing, environmental data management, and environmental reporting. J.B. Poindexter will show how it uses ERA EHS to do all of its compliance task management and environmental reporting for 35 facilities across the world.

Gensuite Demonstration

  • Gretchen Retteghieri, Global Compliance Assurance Leader; General Electric Oil & Gas

Gensuite is a comprehensive suite of EH&S modules, covering the entire spectrum of compliance and management processes. This demonstration will cover the key sustainability and compliance applications, including emissions tracking, that help drive GE’s EHS initiatives and will describe how they help digitize the compliance and sustainability improvement processes.

"What’s right for you? Choosing between Enterprise Resource Planning systems and EHS Specific Software"

  • Glenn Mayer, P.E., Principal; E2ManageTech

This session will compare the strengths and weaknesses of using an Enterprise planning (ERP) based management information system as compared to an EHS specific software. Attendees considering whether to use the functionality embedded in their ERP applications will take away key information to help shape their decisions on whether or not they should consider other options. Topics that will be compared include best practices, costs, support, interfaces, and many more.

"Enterprise EHS MIS: Life Beyond Initial Implementation"

  • David Orvis, Client Program Manager; Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group

When implementing an enterprise-scale MIS, the enormity of the initial implementation phase can sometimes obscure what lies ahead. Development of processes to ensure appropriate maintenance of the system after implementation is critical, but too often does not receive enough attention up front. This presentation will discuss some of the specific challenges of ongoing system maintenance, such as processes for data capture, stakeholder buy-in, user acceptance, and development of internal system expertise.

"How to Ensure Your Next EHS & Sustainability System Implementation Will Support Your Business Goals"

  • Mark Pratorius, Client Services Manager; IHS

Technology experts estimate that nearly half of enterprise software implementations fail to achieve the desired objective of streamlining and simplifying EHS compliance and sustainability management. Constructing a detailed implementation plan and corresponding business case is critical to the success of any enterprise software solution implementation. This presentation will provide industry best practices for effective software implementation planning and show why organizations should do it before sending an RFP.


The following are opinion pieces about EHS MIS from The Green Tie blog:

Tracking EHS MIS
An interview with Margery Moore, Director of EHS Strategic Alliances; Bureau of National Affairs Inc.

Do-it-Yourself EHS MIS
An interview with Mark Chrisos, Director of Health, Safety; Security and Environment; InterGen


EHS and Sustainability Leaders Gather to Share Data Management Strategies

NAEM Staff

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, March 2, 2011 -- With a growing interest in corporate environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability performance, companies are tracking more information than ever before. Today corporate EHS and sustainability leaders gathered in San Antonio to share data management strategies and explore software solutions at NAEM’s 2011 EHS management information systems (MIS) conference.

"Our members have to manage enormous amounts of data to advance their EHS and sustainability programs," said Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director of NAEM. "This conference is a unique opportunity for them to learn about the latest tools and approaches to tracking and using data to make informed decisions."

The bi-annual event, which began in the 1990’s, features a mix of peer-led software demonstrations and educational sessions on topics such as selecting and rolling out an enterprise-wide data management system. While many companies have moved from using spreadsheets to software-based systems over the past decade, Neuvelt said the challenges most users face in choosing and introducing a new MIS are remarkably similar.

"No matter where a company is in the process, it needs to prioritize its needs, identify a viable solution and figure out how to integrate that system into the existing business processes," she said.

And in the age of sustainability, tracking traditional EHS data is as important as ever.

"You cannot achieve sustainability without ensuring compliance," she said. "These challenges require daily attention to everything from employee behavior to gallons of water used. Information management systems are therefore a critical tool for creating safe and healthy workplaces, as well as understanding a company’s environmental impact across the full value chain."

Featured speakers at this year’s conference include:

  • Mark Stoler, Director & Counsel, EHS Operations, General Electric Co.
  • Patti Micelli, Senior Manager EHS & Sustainability, Biogen Inc.
  • Jim Cline, Director, Environmental Affairs, Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Tracy Beaudry, CSP, Health and Safety Manager, Goodrich Corp.
  • Phil Schull, Vice President of Risk Management, J.B. Poindexter & Co. Inc.

Software vendors include:

  • Enablon
  • KMI
  • iEHS
  • ProcessMAP
  • SAP
  • eManageTech
  • IHS


Download NAEM’s "Benchmarking Corporate Management Information Systems" report to see how your company’s EMIS system and spending compares to other leadership companies.


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The "EHS MIS" conference was presented with special support from our sponsors.

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