The I.C.E. (Identify, Control and Eliminate) Protocol is an easy to follow approach for reducing your environmental exposures. With so much going on at your facility at any one time, these simple steps go a long way toward eliminating existing and potential liabilities.
This keeps your employees safe, helps stop costly cleanups from spills and other incidents, and ensures you’re in the good graces of regulators.
The first step is to…
Identify your environmental, health and safety issues.
To do this you must develop a strong knowledge base about your facility. You must understand everything your facility does and how you do it. Your team (long-service employees and managers, especially) is a great resource here, as are existing permits, your current documentation of processes, and your colleagues at a sister facility.
You should also consider getting a second pair of eyes on your facility, such as an environmental consultant. As an “outsider” they can often spot things you miss because of familiarity blindness. In a nutshell, you’re so used to seeing your facility as is, you can’t identify what are seemingly obvious liabilities – which is probably why they haven’t been dealt with before.