If you feel you are drowning in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) data, there's a compliance management system (CMS) that helps manufacturers centralize regulatory processes.

An agile CMS helps organizations push compliance tasks to the operations level so that staff may fill their EH&S responsibilities in the course of their regular assignments with only incremental effort, according to a white paper, “Agile Compliance Management Systems for Environmental, Health & Safety,” by Lexicon Systems LLC. The Tempe, Ariz.-based firm advises organizations on how to select an EH&S management information system that addresses the appropriate compliance needs, helps to manage risk and generates new benefits for the company.

The white paper lists 10 principles of agile process development that originated in the Japanese software industry in the late 1990s. It notes that an agile CMS must be modular, iterative, time-bound, economical, adaptive, incremental, convergent, people-oriented, collaborative and complementary.

The paper identifies the software called “Essential Compliance Manager” and ”Essential Task Manager” as examples of programs designed to transform EH&S data into the information needed to reduce operational expenses and risk. Both modules are part of the Essential Suite solutions portfolio from Environmental Support Solutions (ESS), also in Tempe.

For a free copy of the white paper, go to www.ess-home.com/mc/ee1.