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Current status of EHS

Introduction

SAP is delivering a number of solutions in the area of EHS . One is called

  • SAP EHS Management as Part of SAP ERP 6.0

The other is called:

  • Component Extension for SAP EHS Management 6.0

and one “new” solution is called:

  • Product Compliance in SAP S/4HANA

Refer to these Blogs:

https://blogs.sap.com/2020/11/04/highlights-for-product-compliance-in-sap-s-4hana-2020-part-1-product-marketability-and-chemical-compliance/

https://blogs.sap.com/2020/11/18/highlights-for-product-compliance-in-sap-s-4hana-2020-part-2-dangerous-goods-management/

https://blogs.sap.com/2020/11/24/highlights-for-product-compliance-in-sap-s-4hana-2020-part-3-safety-data-sheet-management/

https://blogs.sap.com/2019/11/29/the-power-of-sap-s-4hana-4-ensure-product-marketability-in-an-efficient-way/

https://blogs.sap.com/2019/11/29/the-power-of-sap-s-4hana-4-ensure-product-marketability-in-an-efficient-way/

https://blogs.sap.com/2020/11/16/phrase-management-simplified-with-sap-s-4hana-for-product-compliance/

https://blogs.sap.com/2020/12/15/highlights-content-updates-and-integrated-phrases-for-product-compliance/

etc.

E.g. check for “SAP S/4HANA Solution for Product Compliance: Compendium”

 

The Blog https://blogs.sap.com/2013/05/07/sap-ehs-management-for-beginners/

and any reference therein discuss mainly the “EHS” classic part. Many of the links used in this document are not working any more; so you need to check the story partially by your own.

In the meantime SAP changed partially the approach.

Old stuff, which was not planned to be supported in the S/4 HANA environment, is as least now supported (may be for interim period only) (you will find here some discussions regarding this)

Examples are_ SAP EHS-OH => there is now an option to use in S/4 HANA

Further example: SAP EHS-WA => SAP looks for a new solution (currently not available) in S/4 HANA

So may be it is time to check the current status..

  • SAP has extended the maintenance period for SAP ERP (and other solutions).
  • SAP is still enhancing the new solution Product Compliance in SAP S/4HANA step by step (next version to be expected roughly september 2021)

But “legislation/regulation” is not “stopping” (new regulations come up etc.) and the last big challenge might be BREXIT (please check OSS Marketplace; you will find a huge number of OSS notes discussing the BREXIT).

Challenge

Currently any legal/regulatory demand: we can only support by using EHS classic. So the challenge is always:

  • Do i have to provide a solution? (as SAP does not always deliver a soluton in the Standard)
  • Is there any SERC (now handled via company Verisk) content which can help?
  • etc.

If you (as company) look into the future (> 3 years) you should try to avoid (if possible) to prepare “modification” ets in EHS classic.

If you are planning to move later to “Product Compliance”.. then you should start checking your landscape etc. to get an first idea about the “size” of the challenge.

Next step

So we have now to wait for the next version of “Product Compliance” to check the status. And we can only hope that in the meantime no “REACH” or similar stuff comes up with huge legal demand so that a new investment is needed in SAP ERP.

So ideally: try to get rid of “old stuff” which you do not need, try to simplify your IT landscape and try to simplify your processes now…

If you do not generate results: any of your old solutions must be compared with the existing options in “Product Compliance” solution.

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