Adding Value Through an Effective EHS Management SystemPost by: Don Ewert
Modern companies are faced with numerous international requirements related to Environment, Health, and Safety. Simple compliance with EHS laws and regulations is considered minimum performance, with companies required to demonstrate that they have those systems and programs in place to achieve this level of compliance with global EHS standards. International standards related to environmental sustainability, worker health and safety, and community protection and engagement have become commonplace, and meeting them effectively and efficiently creates business value. With ongoing expansion of these standards – representing a company’s ‘license to operate’ – implementation of focused, tailored, and structured EHS management systems is an effective and efficient solution toward meeting these demands.
A comprehensive EHS management system begins with analysis of the company’s operational EHS aspects, followed by an assessment of impacts. The impacts assessment consists of a compilation of accurate and representative workplace and environmental monitoring/analysis data, and a thorough characterization of operational practices. The preparation of a customized, focused, and efficient EHS management system to mitigate impacts and meet local and international standards allows the company to demonstrate that it has those programs in place to achieve conformance with worldwide legal and societal requirements. This demonstration is often a requirement for companies to compete for business internationally.
The foundation of any management system is the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle. For EHS, the analysis of aspects/impacts and subsequent management-system-design promotes a cost-effective solution by prioritizing those key EHS impacts that require action and engagement with the necessary resources. EHS management systems can be established at the company level and cascaded across multiple operating facilities, thereby reducing duplication, enhancing standardization, and reducing costs. The recurring review of an EHS management system ensures that the company’s programs and systems remain current and effective, and are responsive to the latest EHS requirements, standards, and norms.
RJ Lee Group offers a Global EHS Program that helps ensure your company adheres to these standards, working with your team to keep your workers, workplace, and the environment safe. Contact us today to learn more.