Creating a Culture that Values Environmental, Health and Safety Programs

When you have a strong environmental, health and safety program at your facility, wonderful things happen.

  • You add value to your organization by increasing efficiency and productivity.
  • Your customers appreciate the improvement in product quality.
  • You reduce costs on healthcare and downtime thanks to reduced workplace accidents.
  • You boost your company’s image and employee morale.

Of course, this all reflects well on you as the facility or plant manager.

So why do so many facilities lack strong EH&S programs, even at facilities that have the required regulatory knowledge and resources, and understand the importance of having such a program in place?

Two contributing factors are lack of buy-in from management and lack of participation from employees. These two groups just don’t get it—and for very different reasons, as we cover in this article in detail.

Getting Buy-In for Your Environmental, Health and Safety Program from Management and Employees

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When you’re trying to implement an effective environmental, health and safety program at your facility, there are two major audiences you must reach:

1. Management

2. Employees

As the facility or plant manager, you’re caught right in the middle—and as you try to put your EH&S plan into action, you have to consider that you need to communicate in very different ways to these two populations for them to understand and act on your program.

How to Follow the Most Important Regulations Dealing with Hazardous Waste at Your Facility

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Among all the regulations that facility managers must follow, those dealing with hazardous waste are some of the most important… and the easiest to fall afoul of.

The main hazardous waste regulation that is often overlooked is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), a.k.a. the “cradle-to-grave” law. In simple terms, hazardous waste must be accounted for throughout its entire life cycle (generation, accumulation, transportation, treatment, disposal and post-disposal).

The Most Important Things to Keep in Mind with EH&S Regulations

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The Right Way to Handle Permits at Your Facility

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Documentation

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What You Must Know About Property History

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The 4 Keys to Total Facility Knowledge

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The Importance of Communication for Facility and Plant Managers

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Four Core Requirements Every Facility/Plant Manager Must Follow

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You could have the most stringent environmental, health and safety program at your facility, but unless you have these four core requirements in place, it will inevitably fail at some point.

The result could be…

  • A workplace accident that causes injury
  • Being caught out of compliance by regulators and facing fines or other actions
  • A spill or other environmental issue that requires an expensive cleanup
  • A slowdown in production – and reduction in profits