There is an imbalance in the world. Whether you’re employed in a facility or work as an environmental consultant or in some other profession that requires you to visit potentially dangerous job sites, you probably have a dangerous blind spot. Let me explain. At work, you take safety seriously. You wear eye protection or hearing protection whenever necessary. If there is contamination, you assess the potential exposure and select and wear the proper protective equipment. You stay aware of your surroundings to protect yourself and others from harm. Yet, when you leave work, your training goes out the window and you expose yourself and potentially others to all sorts of risks and dangers unnecessarily. I’m on a mission to change that.
We use an environmental due diligence approach that emphasizes environmental stewardship, saves money, limits waste and energy consumption, and allows you to successfully work within an expedited schedule.
Faced with any EH&S issue, only when you know the real problem can you come up with a viable solution. Seems fairly simple. However, all too often, the root cause is not addressed in problem-solving efforts, and, as a result, the wrong decisions are made. That means, at best, the issue isn’t resolved, and it has the potential for getting worse. The solution is a methodology for getting at the root cause of problems called the 5 Whys process. Using this process, you drill down to the real problem, which guides your decision-making in the right direction and allows you to come up with the real solution.
Many companies have a knee-jerk reaction to any sort of law or policy designed to protect the environment. Typical reactions include that it’s sure to increase costs, make sourcing raw materials more difficult, and cause other issues. But with pollution prevention policies in place, facilities can actually cut costs in a variety of sectors, including materials, waste treatment, contamination clean-up, and more… while boosting worker health and safety and the company’s public image.