Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Program Management Tips

Most companies embrace the EHS function and understand the value of compliance and workplace safety. They appreciate the added value of a well-functioning EHS management system However, some companies do not operate that way. Besides the few newsworthy accounts of companies flagrantly ignoring regulatory requirements or of company managers being indicted for criminal conduct, other companies have not yet made the headlines but may be headed that direction as well. Why, because perhaps they tend to treat the EHS function as something abstractly required but not value added. In that environment, the effectiveness of the program surely suffers.

If your EHS management system is not producing positive indicators as you would like, don’t give up, but press on and be willing to modify both your system and your expectations.  That does not mean to stop shooting for the moon, but rather to keep expectations in line with the maturity of your management system. Otherwise it is easy to become discouraged. Speaking of which, we once encountered a senior company executive that advised how after a serious workplace injury occurred, upset that his investment has seemingly failed, he withdrew from a positive advocacy role and did nothing proactive for months. While he tried to sooth his ego, the program floundered.  Management in particular has to be a consistent, visible and positive force for change and improvement. That sort of mentality is of course counter-productive. If they had been an accountant had had run into difficulty balancing the books, would one just quit trying?

The message is simple: stay adaptable, manage change well, seek constant modes of improvement and maintain visible and positive support for your company EHS management system. Of course, if performance is an issue, ask for our assistance. We will assess your program elements and help get you on a trajectory that works for your company.

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