The Impact Of COVID-19 On The Future Of EHS

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Executive Summary

This report helps corporate EHS managers understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the EHS function from a people, process and technology perspective. It discusses how the pandemic has accelerated the EHS digitization agenda, considers the reasons behind the significant inflow of funding for the EHS function, and analyses the changing perception of the function and the ways in which it has shouldered business continuity responsibilities during the pandemic. The report also sheds light on the areas of the EHS function that will remain changed post-pandemic, noting why these changes will persist, as well as on those areas that will return to normal.

Table of contents

COVID-19 Has Accelerated The Digitization Of EHS Processes  
Firms Rebalance Their Investment Portfolios In Response To COVID-19
Firms Take A More Worker-Focused Approach To EHS
Executives Recognize That EHS Processes Play A Vital Role In Business Continuity
COVID-19 Management Will Have A Lasting Effect On Various EHS Technologies

Table of figures

Figure 1. Impact Of COVID-19 On Digital Technology  
Figure 2. Adoption Of Digital Technologies In 2021  
Figure 3. Change In EHS Spend In The Past 12 Months  
Figure 4. EHS Software Market: 2021 Investment Plans (Respondents Currently Using Software)  
Figure 5. Current And Future Use Of COVID-Mitigating Technologies  

About the authors

Kel Udeala

Industry Analyst

Kel is an Industry Analyst at Verdantix. His current agenda focuses on EHS, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational health software. He has a background in oil and  gas, renewable energy, waste management and recycling. He holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from University College London and an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from Brunel University London.

Bill Pennington

Research Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

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