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Enhancements of EHS Property Tree STANDARD

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Enhancements of EHS Property Tree STANDARD
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Within SAP Environment, Health, and Safety (SAP EHS), substance-specific information that is required to ensure compliance with chemical regulations and other regulations can be maintained using the specification workbench (transaction CG02). Users enter and manage this data in a structured way using property trees. Property trees are fully customizable to allow them to be tailored to specific customer needs.

To help our customers to reduce the effort for both software implementation and content load or update, SAP provides the EH&S property tree STANDARD, which contains more than 400 standard properties. These properties are used to record data for the most important chemical regulations and other regulations worldwide. They are also used by SAP EHS Management with SAP Business Suite to automate compliance checks in various transactions.

To enable our customers to stay compliant, manage new regulations, and manage changes in regulations, SAP provides regular updates of the standard property tree. These updates include

  • New and updated value assignment types (properties)
  • New and updated classes in the SAP namespace "SAP_EHS" that are required for the properties and bear the properties documentation as class long texts. These class long texts (or help texts) are available exclusively in English and German
  • New and updated characteristics in the SAP namespace "SAP_EHS" (input fields for properties)
  • A list of SAP EH&S languages can be found in 122400, Chapter 5. Descriptions of value assignment types and characteristics are translated into these languages

The EH&S property tree STANDARD is continuously improved and extended. Legislations concerning the definition and generation of safety data sheets for hazardous substances and preparations are reviewed continuously worldwide. If newly added legislation information has to be stored in the EH&S specification database, new properties or characteristics are added to the EH&S property tree. For example, several properties and characteristics have been added to the property tree to assign information about GHS (Globally Harmonized System).

Property tree updates are provided as part of enhancement packages (EHPs) or support packages (SPs) for customers with a current maintenance contract for SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management. Property tree updates are also provided as part of SAP EHS Regulatory Content.

Enhancements to the property tree are delivered in:

1. The latest enhancement package (EHP):

EHPs are the main delivery methods for functional changes to SAP Business Suite, and follow a 1-2 year cycle. All enhancements to the standard property tree are included in the latest EHP. The delivery client of the EHP contains the property tree updates. To make them available in the productive system, the corresponding objects (classes, characteristics, Customizing entries, and so on) need to be transported into the productive client.

2. Support Packages (SPs):

SPs contain corrections and legal changes and are made available regularly throughout the year. They are assigned to an SAP ERP or SAP ERP 6.0 EHP. Since SPs also contain corrections, they closely depend on the previous SPs belonging to the same EHPs. The delivery client of the SP contains the property tree updates. To make them available in the productive system, the corresponding objects (classes, characteristics, Customizing entries, and so on) need to be transported into the productive client.

3. SAP EHS Regulatory Content Updates:

SAP EHS Regulatory Content provides regulatory content for SAP EHS Management that includes phrases, regulatory substance data, rule sets, and safety data sheet (SDS) WWI templates. SAP EHS Regulatory Content is a product offered by SAP that can be licensed through SAP sales. Property tree enhancements are delivered with SAP EHS Regulatory Content products to ensure that all property tree objects are available to enable the customers to use these products. The property tree enhancements are provided as transport requests that are imported into the SAP system via the SAP Transport Management System. Desriptions of value assignment types and characteristics are delivered with SAP ERC Updates exclusively in English and German.

The three delivery options contain the same property tree objects with the following exception: To avoid inconsistencies in dangerous goods master data tables, the enhancements delivered via SAP EHS Regulatory Content no longer contain updates for properties, classes, and characteristics that are relevant for dangerous goods master filling. These can only be obtained in EHPs and SPs together with the updates of the dangerous goods master data tables.

Standard property tree updates contain property tree updates as defined and d by SAP EH&S product management up to an internally scheduled date. Due to different delivery mechanisms and timelines, the property tree updates are usually delivered in SAP EHS Regulatory Content first, followed by the delivery in support packages, and then in enhancement packages.

Solution

Delivery Planning 2013-2

Property tree enhancements developed between December 2012 and October 2013 are planned to be pre-delivered with SAP EHS Regulatory Content Update 2013-2 (planned for November 2013). These enhancements are planned to be delivered with SPs linked to specific ERP s as summarized in the following overview:

  Planned SP Stack
SAP ERP 6.0 25
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP2 15
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP3 14
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP4 15
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP5 12
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6 11
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6 on HANA  05
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP7 03

that any given SP number is not guaranteed, but only planned.
The availability (calendar weeks) of SP Stacks can be found in the SAP SP schedule published on SAP Support Portal.

Delivery 2012-2

Property tree enhancements developed within EHP7 up to November 2012 were pre-delivered with SAP EHS Regulatory Content updates 2011-2, 2012-1 and 2012-2. These enhancements are delivered with SPs linked to specific ERP s as summarized in the following overview:

  Planned SP Stack
SAP ERP 6.0 24
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP2 14
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP3 13
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP4 14
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP5 11
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6 08
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP6 on HANA 03
SAP ERP 6.0 EHP7 01 (initial delivery of EHP7)

Additional Update Information

The enhancements of the following property objects will be available in SPs:

  • Characteristics
  • Classes
  • Class long texts (documentation of properties / help texts)
  • Value assignment types
  • Assignment of value assignment types to the property tree STANDARD (and other standard properties such as OBSOLETE or EXPO_SCEN, if applicable).

Once the Support Package has been imported, the enhanced database structure of the specification database exists entirely in source client 000. Therefore, you have to transfer characteristics and classes from client 000 to other clients, as described in SAP 1146700.

Value assignment types and the assignment of properties to the property tree STANDARD are delivered in source client 000 as well. Use the Customizing adjustment functionality to transfer or update these objects in other clients.

To be able to use the new properties and characteristics in EH&S, settings have to be adjusted in EH&S Customizing: Settings in the Implementation Guide (IMG) activities "Set Up Table-Based Value Assignment" and "Check and Specify Report Symbols". In addition, phrase sets have to be set up and assigned to characteristics where applicable. For more information, see the Customizing documentation.


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