EHS Roundup – September 2017
Bekaert is a global company headquartered in Belgium and employing almost 30,000 people. The company is a market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies, serving customers in over 120 countries in diverse sectors such as automotive, construction, energy, agriculture, consumer goods, and others. Bekaert decided to implement a single EHS & Sustainability platform across the organization to break down silos and improve performance. This post on Enablon Insights takes a closer look at three key lessons from the Bekaert implementation. Read more
Companies should shift their focus to risk-competence rather than a safety culture focused on compliance alone. Communication is one of the most critical components of creating risk-competency. Organizations should create an inclusive, interconnected culture, from the executive boardroom to the plant floor, that includes everyone in identifying, measuring and avoiding risk. Read more
Frontline supervisors play a key role in holding together the many moving parts of a safety program. In particular, frontline supervisors play a key role in engaging the workforce in safety. An engaged workforce contributes to a safer workplace by participating in safety discussions, planning for and anticipating hazards, actively working to keep peers safe, reporting hazards and near misses, and challenging decisions when appropriate. Read more
Making a compelling business case for process safety management (PSM) can be a challenge. However, the OECD has developed a guidance document where it argues that leaders need to recognize major accidents as credible business risks. This article explains the negative business impacts that can result from process safety management failures. Read more
EHS compliance is always a challenge. But in the case of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, the challenge was amplified for two reasons. First, as a result of many mergers and acquisitions, Teva manufacturing sites had different levels of “EHS sophistication” because they all had different organizational backgrounds. Second, more than 80 facilities are spread all over the world on four different continents, creating a risk for potential cultural and linguistic barriers. This post on Enablon Insights explains how Teva uses an EHS management solution to help address these regulatory compliance challenges. Read more
This site from NIOSH was created to provide information in designing an effective ergonomics program to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders. It outlines practical strategies for identifying and correcting ergonomic deficiencies. Defining key elements of an effective program, the site allows you to tailor the information to your particular work setting or situation. It also provides a number of useful materials including references, sources for further information, and generic forms and questionnaires. Read more
Safety+Health Magazine asked PPE manufacturers three questions: What PPE trends are happening now, what challenges are your customers reaching out to you with, and what technological innovations are here or on the horizon? This article gives their responses to the three questions. Read more
Addressing safety should begin with an examination of company culture and its effects on employees. Since organizational behavior is shaped by shared beliefs, attitudes, values and practices, assessing where a company is in terms of a culture of safety can help determine what steps to take to develop and implement safety policies, prevent workplace injuries and ultimately improve the bottom line. Read more
A key component of a company’s written hazard communication program are Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). Employers are required to have an SDS available for each hazardous chemical they have on site, and the information contained is the basis for training employees on the hazards of chemicals. This article mentions some industry best practices to help keep your SDS library up to date and compliant. Read more
Developing good safety habits can help reduce the risks of injuries. But what happens when there is an emergency or something out of the normal? Employees need to be just as prepared for the unexpected as they are for routine operations. Employees need to refresh their training and have drills regularly so they will be able to rely on both their knowledge and their experience when emergencies happen. Read more
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