Monday, February 9, 2009

What is SAP EH&S

Dear Friends,

Those who start to learn SAP EH&S or wish to be in this field often ask what is SAP EH&S. To a general audience SAP EH&S is a module of SAP which falls under Logistics part basically dealing with industrial safety, product compliance and occupational health. If you look at the current legislative, customer, consumer or stakeholders demands they all ask whether your company is environmentally compliant, what are the dangers / hazards I am going to face if I use your product and how to safe guard my health and so on. Even government agencies are vigilant to check for any deviations in regulatory permits whether intentional or accidental. Not only for keeping with legislation you need EH&S but also to be in the business you require stringent environmental practices. The recent examples of Mettle recalling Chinese toys tainted with heavy metal or Volero paying $236 million for Clean Air or even Palm Inc Treo phones, meeting EU norms.
So with the above backdrop, you can understand that environmental consciousness, stricter legislation's, customer interest and even stakeholders are forcing a company to look for environmentally sustainable practices. Its not that companies are working without environmental consciousness before SAP EH&S coming into picture. But the way they were doing business was entirely different and the recent demand in the market leading ERP software's for optimum business and product development. I would like to divide major companies effort in trying to be environmentally compliant for four major efforts - One is to ensure that companies achieve compliance whatever Products they manufacture, Sell, (RoHS, REACh), second, It should ensure that they are environmentally compliant for Air Pollution, Measurement needs, Regulatory permits, and Waste Management (Clean Air Act, the third one is to ensure Occupational health within the enterprise (OSHA 301, OSHA 300A) and finally to ensure Global compliance and environmental sustainability for example Carbon Demand Management or ensuring carbon foot print in all that they procure or sell in supply chain.

In order to tackle the above different requirements SAP with its technical partner Technidata has launched their first SAP EHS product for PRODUCT SAFETY Solution in the year 1997 soon they started developing other products and today SAP EH&S is a major business offering covering wider spectrum of products. Even AMR Research, a leading market analysis firm has rightly quoted " SAP is currently the only ERP provider with a significant EH&S capability, and the other solution providers do not have this level of EH&S depth on their roadmaps". Today SAP EH&S covers the following solution components i) Basic Data and Tools (Technidata prefers to name it as Basic Services and Tools and it provides training under the name of EH&S Essential and Services) ii) Product Safety iii) Dangerous Goods Management iv) Hazardous Substance Management v) Waste Management vi) Industrial Hygiene and Safety vii) Occupational Health viii) SAP REACH x) SAP EC Environmental Compliance and Emissions Management and xi) Technidata CfP endorsed business solution for RoHS.

So using the above modules SAP EH&S provides support to tackle various legislation's such as ROHS, REACH, WEEE, Dangerous Goods Transport guidelines, Clean Air Act, RCRA, SARA, CERCLA, Kyoto Protocol, OSHA and Directive 89/655/EEC.

In my next write up, I will explain some commonly used terms and overview of functionalities covered under each sub module of SAP EH&S.




  1. Hello

    It was very informative. Waiting for your next write up.

    Do you have any idea, when SAP Press book on SAP EHS will be released. I am eagely waiting for this.

    Vikram Sethi

  2. Hello Vikram Sethi

    Thanks again for the positive comments. The book on SAP EH&S is proposed to be released during August 2009.


  3. Hello

    One of its kind blog;

    Keep up the good work;

  4. Hi
    I am a SAP freelance in France.
    I think there will be more SAP EH&S project in Europe.
    If you are a SAP EH&S expert, please contact me, to build network.


  5. really kol dude

    keep us updated and knowledged with more info about sub-modules, looking for yo next write up


  6. Hi

    As I know the book has not been released.
    Do you know something about this. We do not manufacture dangerous goods, but use them and we need to develop our logistic system wuth some kind of EHS solution to be able to track the internal usage of these materials.


  7. Hi Sir,
    That was very informative. Been following your blog for a while now. Could you give any contact information as to any environmental or SAP consultancy which trains in EHS module in the USA?

  8. Dear Sir,

    I am working in construction field as a safety officer since 5 years now im going to complete SAP EHS course, so do u have any oppening plz mail me

    Thanks & Regards,


    1. Is there any institutes for SAP - EHS in india(Hyderabad), Please help, i want to learn it.

  9. Hi All,
    I have a experience of 3 years in creating and maintaining MSDSs/SDSs, I also have a god understanding of SAP R3, softwares which are used to construct (M)SDS, have good knowledge about NA & EU rules and regulation used to construct (M)SDSs, currently I am handling a team of 5.
    If there is any opening then please let me know, I am ready to relocate
    You can contact me on


  10. Dear Sir,

    I am EHS Professional with 6 years of Industrial Experience.Can I turn my career with SAP-EHS and how


  11. SAP EHS is a niche module mostly used in Chemical companies. The MSDSs/SDSs reporting is very crucial in US implementations. Since it is niche it may not support many people. But with the advent of GRC and integration of some of the reporting into GRC there should be more jobs opportunities

  12. Is there any relationship between EHS & PLM (SAP)? Please assist me.

  13. Dear Sir,

    Where can I get the book SAP EH&S Can you pls assist me.

  14. Pls let me know the training centres

  15. Hello Everyone....

    I want be a SAP EHS Professional. If anybody can guide me as to where a can find a sap institute, what is the duration & cost of SAP EHS Module, please mail me on:

  16. Hi EveryOne
    This is Shaik Habib. working as a Safety Officer in India from the past 2 n half years. I want to turn my career into SAP EH&S can u please suggest me that whether it is correct or not. I had done MCA, MSc EHS, PGDHSE and OSHA certification. Please get back to my mail
    Thanks all.

  17. I did Environment Management from IISWBM, Kolkata. After that I work for Orange Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling for 2 years as Rainforest Alliance Certificate Project Executive.
    Right now I am interested doing SAP EHS Program. Plz assist me from where I can persue this program in Kolkata. Reply in my mail:

    Thanks in advance.

  18. Dear friends, This is pramodh after btech i have done industral safety and joined in a reputed company as a safety engineer .with nebosh osha iam looking for sap ehs give me some good advice

  19. Hello All!

    Can anyone tell me what qualification is required for learning SAP EHS Module. I have done M.Sc in Environmental Sc and M.Tech in Safety & Occupational Health Engineering. Will I be eligible for learning this software?

  20. Good evng sir..

    I am sridhar working as a ehs officer..i was completed eee.... what my doubt it better to do sap ehs for me...plz give me advise & i want traing institute in hyderbad..give me reply

  21. Hi
    Can you please help me out whether I go to SAP BW or EHS?Recently I visited
    these guys are offering the SAP courses for low price


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