What is "HSE Software"?
HSE is an acronym for Health, Safety and
Environment. The term "HSE Software" really refers to a
database driven enterprise software application that
covers data from the various broad fields of environment
and waste management, occupational health and medical,
safety and industrial hygiene. Typically an HSE
manager would be responsible for collecting and storing
HSE data for their organization in an
application. That HSE manager
will use data over long periods of time to do trending,
risk analysis and data mining by utilizing HSE Software
reporting tools. HSE managers can play
a large roll in compliance, minimization of risk and
savings corporate wide with an HSE software tool at their
When discussing HSE software, you will often here terms like integrating
information technology or enterprise information
management or data management to describe these types of
systems. The main goal of these HSE software systems
is to bring together large amounts of data from various
disciplines into one centralized data management
application (usually driven by a back end database such as
Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle or DB2). In doing so, an
organization can now start looking at their data over
longer periods of time to see trends and act on them.
This leads to one of the most important aspects of any
business which can be handled by HSE software -
Risk management can be stated simply as
setting action plans in the face of uncertainty by first
understanding and issues related to risk, loss or other
incident that can negatively effect your business.
HSE software is critical to a successful risk management
program. Analysis of your organization's data in
ways that have not been looked at before can lead to
positive change. This type of trending can only be
accomplished with a software solution that can integrate
all aspects of your HSE program into one centralized
When an organization rolls out an
integrated enterprise HSE software solution they are
incorporating many areas that until now, have most likely
been independent of each other. In some
organizations this means that each department has its own
excel, access or home built database. Sometimes a
few departments even incorporate and off-the-shelf (OTS)
software solution. But in the end, each system and
each department still works independently of each other
without sharing and analyzing data as a whole.
Implementation of "HSE Software"
Generally implementation of HSE software
involves the following steps.
Consultation and preparation -
understanding your needs and your network.
Installation and configuration
Legacy data transfer
Training and startup
Ongoing business analysis - changing
and adapting the application to meet your changing
All along the way, you will have the
support of your HSE software provider to walk you
through each step.
A organization that realizes the
importance of integration
can maximize the ROI in many ways. Rolling each
department's systems into one integrated solution puts all
the data in one centralized database and allows your
organization to start running analytic trending. You can
see where accidents occur. You can determine company
wide, where money is being spent and lost. You can
determine where and why employees are being injured.
By going through the often tedious task of
importing your legacy data from the last 5-10 years into
an integrated HSE software solution, companies have been
able to look at disturbing trends through analysis of that
data and this prevent would could have been a tragic and
costly accident. This realization has saved
companies millions of dollars and has maximized the return
on investment many fold.
How expensive is HSE Software?
That depends on the modules you choose.
Since HSE software covers so many areas - occupational
health and medical, environment and waste management,
industrial hygiene and safety, plus compliance and risk
management, having a modular solution is the smart way
to go so you can pick and choose which areas of data you
want to manage.
DataPipe is a complete HSE information
management software solution. If you are interested
in taking a look at our modules or want to learn more
occupational health software and the various modules
within that suite or if you want to look at
hygiene software and the various modules that make up
that suite, please review our
Knorr Associates Inc. (KAI) is the leading US and Global
provider of Environmental, Health & Safety (HSE) and
Crisis Management software. The company, headquartered
in Butler, new jersey was founded in 1979 as the first
HSE Software developer on the scene, integrating HSE
instruments long before PCs were on the market. It
wasn't until 1989 when the very fist windows based HSE
software application - DataPipe - was released (and it
really was one of the first windows based software
applications - period). Since then KAI has grown to be
the premier HSE software provider with a global client
base representing companies of all sizes from many major