I’ve always said that communication is a key part of running a facility safely, efficiently, and profitably. Lack of communication can lead to expensive mistakes, injuries, and other negative consequences. One form of communication that often goes overlooked in facilities is signage. Signs warning of hazardous materials, for example, or the necessity of wearing hearing protection. Most places do the bare minimum as mandated by regulation. But I recommend taking an extra step…
When you have something important to say, how do you say it? A text message, email, conference call or Zoom meeting? In today’s fast-moving world where everybody is busy all the time, technology has kept pace, allowing us to communicate with anyone at any time from anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, sometimes that means important messages get lost or misunderstood. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
A thorough environmental due diligence process is crucial when closing a facility for several reasons. And you should get started in hiring a qualified environmental consultant as soon as possible to do this assessment. Simply put, closing a facility is a complicated process and you must clearly understand the environmental risk and exposures at the site, the required regulatory steps you must take as you decommission the facility, and much more. Otherwise, not taking this step could come back to impact you for years down the line.
When it comes to potential environmental impact at a facility, the places where a material is produced usually get most of the attention. But storage areas are typically ground zero for environmental issues, especially chemical or liquid materials that could spill. That means it’s vital to closely monitor how a facility stores materials, whether inside or outside, to limit environmental impact and dangerous exposures to team members.