Knowledge is often divided into “need to know” and “nice to know” categories. “Need to know” knowledge can be looked upon as the critical must have information, while “nice to know” knowledge is often the information that is quite useful, but not necessarily vital or critical.
When it comes to environmental, health and safety issues, make sure you obtain and understand what you “need to know” first and foremost, and then complement that knowledge with the “nice to know” information.
You should take this approach to all of your environmental, health and safety issues at your facility – regardless of complexity. For one client we worked with in the Mid-West, the location and discharge point of several floor drains throughout their facility definitely became “need to know”.