Why SHEQ Professionals Should Not Rely on Excel and Word for Risk Management

In a recent survey (Adoption of Software Tools By Safety Professionals, Health and Safety Review,December 2012) we found that over a third of respondents stated that they use Word or Excel for managing risk.

While Excel and Word are powerful tools in their own right, there are inherent dangers in using spreadsheets and word document only for risk management .

As specialist software developers for the SHEQ industry for the past 11 years we have prepared what we believe are general benefits of using software such as mai™.

The following table presents a summary of the main reasons why SHEQ professionals should not rely on Excel or Word for risk management, and should consider proprietary ‘off the shelf’ solutions (‘software’) to help them manage risk better.

They are our own opinions, but we hope you find them useful.