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COVID-19 EHS Planning and Response Resources

August 14th, 2020 by Robert Kimball

COVID-19 EHS Planning and Response Resources

The COVID-19 outbreak has turned the EHS world on its head. As businesses begin to return to productivity, EHS managers have been forced to reprioritize their efforts in overseeing the health and safety of their employees while adapting to a “new normal.”

To assist our user community, and the EHS community at large, Dakota Software has put together a number of resources and virtual events. Led by our inhouse Compliance Services experts, the following items have been created to facilitate idea sharing, provide best practices, and to help EHS professionals take action to deal with these new challenges.

For Dakota’s User Community

In April of 2020, Dakota made available to our clients, at no cost, a Pandemic Preparedness and Response toolkit. This module, which includes 42 Audit Checklist Questions and 14 Pandemic Planning Tasks, provides a framework for executing and validating changes to policies and procedures throughout an organization. It covers the following areas:

  • Business Continuity
  • Pandemic Response Plan
  • Workforce
  • Communications
  • Infection Prevention Measures
  • Housekeeping
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Social Distancing
  • Controls

The following Informational Sources and Guidance was also added to Dakota’s onboard Reference Library:

Audits, self-assessments, and tasks using this module can be deployed to sites and tracked using Dakota Auditor, Profiler, and Tracer. Site supervisors and front line workers can then use them to assess preparedness and ensure essential safeguards are in place.

Dakota Scout clients can also use the Incident management application to track COVID-related illnesses and the Training Management application to schedule and track COVID-related training sessions.

If you are a Dakota client and would like to learn more about these capabilities, please contact your Account Manager. If you are not a Dakota client and would like to learn more, please contact us.

For the global EHS Community

WEBINAR | Managing EHS Priorities During the COVID-19 Crisis

This virtual panel discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 to EHS management was recorded on April 8th, 2020. Panelists shared their thoughts on keeping employees safe, communicating relevant information, and more. Watch the Recording | View Poll Responses | Read Q&A Responses

WEBINAR | EHS Management in a Post-COVID-19 World

This virtual panel discussion on the impacts of COVID-19 to EHS management was recorded on May 5th, 2020. Panelists shared their thoughts on topics including social distancing, evolving PPE usage, and assessing compliance remotely. Watch the Recording

WEBINAR | Grounded! Anticipating the Future of EHS Auditing

On June 9th, 2020, Dakota partnered with AECOM on this webinar outlining the challenges and benefits of remote audits and self-assessments, strategies for conducting remote audits, and leveraging new technologies to streamline audit processes. Watch the Recording

eBOOK | Going Virtual with Your EHS Audits

In July of 2020, Dakota released an eBook summarizing how EHS Managers are dealing with COVID-19 disruptions and utilizing new techniques and technologies to assess compliance at their facilities. Download the eBook

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it’s clear that EHS professionals are leading the charge to safeguard their employees and their businesses. We are grateful to EHS leaders everywhere for their efforts in confronting the pandemic and keeping essential workers safe and healthy. Dakota will continue to monitor the situation and respond with resources to help our users and the EHS community in any way we can.

Robert Kimball

Robert Kimball

Director of Marketing

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