Insights from the International SAP Conference on Environment, Health and Safety Management in Amsterdam
On June 24-25, “International SAP Conference on Environment, Health, and
Safety (EHS) Management” took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. More than
120 participants – in the majority European SAP customers together with
partners and experts – discussed best practices and strategies to manage todays
and upcoming EHS challenges.
For product safety and stewardship for the process industry, the rising
workload for the product safety and product compliance departments was a well-accepted
issue. This trend is driven by the extension of market scopes in combination
with rising number of regulations around the world. These risks and efforts to
keep up with fast update on regulations can be decreased with SAP EHS
Regulatory Content. Necessity of standardization, of course, comes along with
this topic as presented by Clariant and Wacker. Transferring parts of the workload
to SAP to manage components or to generate product Safety Data Sheets as a service (SAP EHS Regulatory
Documentation) were seen as an appropriate measure to focus scare resources on
more strategic tasks. Dow Corning presented an impressive case study on this
topic, getting its safety data sheets created by SAP.
Regulatory changes become more frequent and complex than ever. The cloud
might be a great option and easier since updates on premise installations are
not necessary. The possibility of a future oriented cloud software as a service
offering with included content delivery was discussed in a roundtable session
as well as the preconference workshop. A concept study was shown how a cloud
solution could reduce the effort to manage increasing compliance tasks and rapidly
establish a footprint in new regions or industries without violating compliance.
Based on the analyses, the sales team is provided with clear compliance
statements including customer specific compliance
Stay tuned for new product announcements from SAP for this topic.