Insights on Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Operational Risk and Product Stewardship

Making Sense of Management of Change

April 24th, 2019
The Sphera OR Team
Share on:


Eighty percent of all large-scale incidents are traced back to failures in the execution of Management of Change processes, according to Chemical Engineering Transactions data.


As businesses become more and more complex, things are constantly changing in the workplace. Managing said change can be tricky—especially when it comes to the Operational Risk of the organization.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries defines Management of Change as “a best practice used to ensure that safety, health and environmental risks are controlled when a company makes changes in their facilities, documentation, personnel or operations.” The extent to which organizations execute Management of Change processes holistically directly relates to their ability to achieve reliability in operations by reducing risk and uncertainty.

A core component of effective Management of Change is communication across the organization throughout the entire process, and the complexity of the change on the organization will affect how the changes should be communicated, executed and implemented across business units and locations and by various stakeholders.

Research shows that organizations that achieve the best results from the challenges posed by Management of Change do these things well, including:

Effective Management of Change is a business imperative and a strategic driver of Operational Excellence because it mitigates risk, ensures safe processes and reliable operations, is inclusive and communicated effectively, provides financial visibility and protects the organization’s reputation in its surrounding communities and the marketplace.

Sphera recently released an e-book titled, “Management of Change for Complex Organizations.” Download this report to learn about the nine essential components necessary for successfully managing change.

The Sphera OR Team

Back to