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Scott leads integration of the EHSQ Alliance in thought leadership and building partnerships with key clients and other top influencers in EHS. He is responsible for the engagement of EHS professionals across the globe to provide a platform for sharing information and collectively driving solutions that mitigate workplace loss. Before joining Intelex, Scott was Vice President, Global Environment, Health, and Safety for Coveris High Performance Packaging Company, Executive Director of Global EHS for Bristol-Myers Squibb, Global Director of Occupational Safety and Health at Kimberly-Clark and GE Company as EHS Director. Mr. Gaddis has been published in various EHS trade journals and has lectured at National and International EHS conferences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University in Murray, KY.
January 31, 2024

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Elevating EHS in an era of global trends and regulations

Scott Gaddis at Intelex continues his short series on what OSH professionals need to look out for in 2024. This time he focuses on data and how it can help with regulation and compliance.

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are helping EHS professionals to break through the traditional barriers of data collection and analysis more quickly and effectively. These transformative technologies come at a crucial time, as new trends and regulations reshape the global EHS landscape on the route to safer workplaces and a cleaner world.

Historically, EHS practitioners have found one of their biggest challenges to be the difficulty in collating and assessing vast amounts of data relevant to workplace safety and environmental compliance. However, AI and ML have made data collation more accessible and manageable. These advanced technologies help EHS professionals draw out actionable insights by analysing vast quantities of data in seconds. Safety leaders can then identify hazards, track compliance and enhance emergency preparedness. The end result is a safety culture built on continuous improvement and proactive prevention of incidents before they happen.

New regulations

These technologies will also be vital in delivering the extensive requirements associated with the long-term environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria and shorter-term corporate sustainability reporting strategies. For example, the European Union’s new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) means that companies operating in the European Economic Area (EEA) face far more stringent, detailed sustainability reporting. CSRD overs issues such as environmental, social and governance factors, and embodies the principle of double materiality.

Furthermore, as Net Zero targets increase, there will be new and more rigorous regulations for monitoring air emissions and controlling pollution. Waste management rules will also continue to gain momentum, especially with single-use plastics and the way chemical waste is handled.  As such, there will be a greater need for companies to invest in emission control technologies, conduct regular air quality assessments and provide employee training on proper waste handling practices and the use of protective equipment to minimise occupational health risks.

With the CSRD setting a rigorous global precedent and tighter regulations coming into force, organisations need to prepare accordingly. Having AI and ML technology in place will help support with these additional requirements.

EHS at strategic level

While regulatory changes are inevitable for EHS professionals, the real challenge lies in how organisations become more efficient in collecting, reporting on and interpreting the relevant data. This shift significantly impacts EHS programmes worldwide, demanding a strategic investment in technology to meet the evolving demands of compliance.

One notable transformation we have seen over the years is the elevation of EHS to a strategic level within organisations. With ESG becoming key metrics for business success, EHS has secured a seat at the leadership table. This recognition positions EHS as an integral part of overall business strategy, emphasising the importance of effective environmental and safety management in achieving success.

However, this new-found prominence also comes with increased scrutiny. ESG is now akin to a public report card that evaluate the performance of EHS programmes on a global scale. The success or failure of these programmes can impact not only an organisation’s reputation but also its financial investments. As EHS practitioners, our work is no longer confined to the boundaries of internal operations but is at the mercy of a much larger, global audience. In navigating this landscape, the integration of advanced EHS technology becomes paramount. Utilising cutting-edge technology allows organisations to evaluate and enhance their environmental monitoring, improve data management for reporting and ensure compliance with regulations.


In conclusion, the intersection of advancing technologies and evolving global regulations presents both challenges and opportunities for EHS practitioners. Embracing these changes and leveraging technology for effective data management will be key to navigating the future landscape of EHS, ensuring not only compliance but also contributing to a safer, more sustainable global workplace.

Find out more…

Click here to read Scott’s first article in this mini-series on the EHS workforce and implementing training in a new era of technology.

Click here to listen to the on-demand webinar, Increase Safety Engagement for Frontline Workers: How to Unlock a Culture of Safety with Mobile Digital Devices, in association with Intelex.

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Jason Cohen
Jason Cohen
5 months ago

Excellent article, Scott.