Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018
What better way to end the year than by having a post about our 10 posts of 2018?
Here are the posts in chronological order. They were selected based on the number of views, feedback from readers, reactions on social media, or because they deserve a second look. Click on the titles for the full posts.
When you see a “Risk Manager” or a “Chief Risk Officer”, your instincts tell you that their roles have something to do with risk management. But if you assume that a Risk Manager or CRO is also responsible for identifying and mitigating risks, you would be wrong. Operational managers are responsible for owning and managing risks, not risk managers. Read more
In 2018 we hosted a webinar with LNS Research on harnessing advanced analytics for operational excellence in an IIoT world. A recording of the webinar is available if you did not attend. The webinar presented a wealth of information, including four important things that all professionals should know about EHS data and advanced analytics, and which are explained in this post. Read more
Safety culture should be the same across all locations. But there is a danger in forcibly imposing a global safety culture from the top. Beliefs, values and attitudes are not policies or rules. People must adopt them in their hearts and minds. Effective communication is key to promote a global safety culture, and adapting a communication style to take into account local cultural differences can help. Read more
Many people are familiar with Industry 4.0. But what about the 4th Wave of Environmentalism? The fourth wave consists of the use of technology to benefit the environment, not just the bottom line. When we look at Industry 4.0 and the 4th Wave of Environmentalism, we clearly notice an overlap in the innovations and emerging technologies that are fueling both trends. What does this mean? Read more
Rolling up operational risks from all sites or divisions to the corporate level is not enough. There must also be a calibration of risk ratings. An operational risk at a specific facility or unit may have a “high” priority, but it may have a “medium” one at the enterprise level. Without an adjustment of risk ratings there is a danger that low-priority risks get addressed first instead of more important ones. Read more
Milliken has over 40 manufacturing facilities around the world, and expertise in specialty chemicals, floor covering, performance and protective textiles, and other areas. The company was included on EHS Today magazine’s 2017 America’s Safest Companies List, and is a three-time honoree. Also, Milliken became the first-ever company named to America’s Safest Companies Hall of Fame. This post identifies key lessons that we can learn from Milliken’s journey to be a leader in safety. Read more
MOL Group is an integrated, international oil and gas company headquartered in Hungary, and present in over 30 countries with 26,000 workers. MOL is vertically integrated and active in all areas of the oil and gas industry, including upstream, midstream, downstream, and consumer services. This post shows how MOL is combining EHS and risk management through a single, integrated platform, and the benefits produced by having everything in one place. Read more
Organizations must determine if they want centralized or decentralized EHS management. Each industry is different and each organization is unique, but for most organizations, a balance between centralization and decentralization is needed. Going fully in one direction or the other is not ideal because there will be situations that will require some decentralization. This post shows four examples where centralization helps, and four where decentralization helps. Read more
The use of EHS mobile apps is growing. Companies that implement EHS management software are also extending the reach of their platform to mobile devices. Organizations that use EHS mobile apps say that apps made things much faster and convenient for workers. But the benefits go beyond simply making tasks easier. There are tangible benefits for the enterprise as well, in addition for workers in the field. Read more
The time to prepare for an incident investigation is before an incident occurs. Otherwise, you may lose control of an incident scene and miss collecting critical information to conduct a thorough root cause analysis. The right preparation saves time and prevents mistakes. Provide your investigation team with the guidance of a well-written policy. Stress the importance of solid evidence collection, and empower their skill set through training. Read more
Have a great 2019. See you next year!