ESS Extends EH&S Industry Leadership with Essential Suite(TM) 7.0

    Enhanced Software Platform Enables Enterprises to Reduce Complexities,
Risks and Costs

    TEMPE, ARIZ., August 8 /CNW/ - ESS, the leading provider of
Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) and Crisis Management software for
Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC), has announced the release of Essential
Suite(TM) 7.0, the latest version of the company's industry-leading platform
that enables global organizations to reduce complexities, risks and costs
associated with operating disparate EH&S systems.

    With the release of Essential Suite 7.0, ESS has delivered again on its
commitment to provide global enterprises with the latest and most
comprehensive set of EH&S and Crisis software solutions on the market - all
within a single integrated platform. Many companies currently operate
piecemeal software systems for EH&S compliance; many of those applications
fail to eliminate time-consuming manual practices because they lack
interoperability with other systems. Essential Suite enables users to
seamlessly monitor and manage all of their EH&S activities at every level of
the organization and meet compliance requirements under multiple regional,
national or international jurisdictions. No other software provider offers the
capability to consolidate all of an organization's EH&S activities
enterprise-wide from a single applications hub.

    Essential Suite is the complete solution that enables organizations to
execute on their corporate initiatives for greenhouse gas emissions management
and carbon trading, health & safety management, emergency incident management
and many others. The software also helps organizations move beyond compliance,
transforming EH&S data into information that creates performance-enhancing
metrics that drive out operational expenses and risk.

    "ESS software continues to be the preferred platform for global
enterprises," said Robert Johnson, ESS President/CEO, "because organizations
are under pressure to move their EH&S performance beyond mere compliance to
reduce risks and costs, and achieve operational excellence. Essential Suite is
the one solution that helps organizations meet or exceed those benchmarks."

    Essential Suite 7.0 was developed, in part, based on feedback from ESS'
worldwide client base, representing companies in a host of industries. To meet
the needs of global organizations, in particular, ESS strengthened Essential
Suite by adding:

    --  Multilingual Localization - Essential Suite 7.0 supports more than
100 culture settings for different languages from a single instance of the
software. This allows global enterprises to manage and report multilingual
data enterprise-wide using one integrated system.

    --  Enterprise Hierarchy - Managers can measure and communicate EH&S and
Crisis Management performance from all levels of the organization to drive
business process improvements that are integral for organizations to achieve
operational excellence.

    --  Enterprise Security - Essential Suite provides the ability to
establish different access privileges at different levels of the organization
in order to facilitate information sharing without compromising security.

    In addition, ESS announced that the company will be providing further
enhancements to Essential Suite as part of its next release (version 7.1). In
response to customer demand, ESS will be introducing:

    --  Essential Incident, which enables users to leverage data proactively
to identify and manage incident vulnerabilities.

    --  Essential Audit helps users schedule and perform field audits and
inspections, develop document findings and observations and manage corrective

    About ESS

    ESS is the leading provider of Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) and
Crisis Management software for Governance, Risk and Compliance. The company
has provided global and local software solutions for more than 17,000
businesses, government agencies and other organizations worldwide. ESS is
headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., with offices in Denver, Washington, Houston and
Calgary, Alberta. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: ESS, Tempe Dawn Kehr, 480-346-5526

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