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Three Takeaways from the Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Since it commenced this past Monday, the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21, also known as the 21st Conference of the Parties) has been all over international news.

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Tags: Sustainability

Adapting to EHS Pressures Facing Oil & Gas Manufacturers

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

It’s no secret that, in the oil & gas industry, employee safety has long been an important issue. Not only are oil & gas companies dealing with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and customer demands, recent negative events have contributed to public scrutiny of health and safety standards across the industry.

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Tags: Sustainability, Risk Management, EHS

Risk, Mobility, and Emerging Opportunities are Central to SPF Americas

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

In our quest to continue to provide expanding coverage of the wide set of environment, health and safety (EHS) management software companies, LNS Research is frequently invited to attend user conferences and other events hosted by these vendors. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the annual Sustainable Performance Forum (SPF) Americas, a gathering of hundreds of end users across the continent presented by Enablon, a key vendor in the EHS software space.

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Tags: Risk Management, Big Data, Internet of Things, Mobility, EHS

5 Questions from Last Week's EHS Management Webinar

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

On September 9, LNS Research and Environmental Leader hosted a webinar entitled "The New EHS Performance-Based Paradigm: Enabling Operational Excellence with a Holistic Technology Strategy." During the presentation, there were a number of questions that filtered in that we were unable to address in the time alloted on air, which I'll address below.

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Tags: EHS

A Month of Highs and Lows for Conflict Mineral Rules

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

May was a month of both progress and setbacks on the conflict minerals front. Just as one region established a commitment to support mandatory reporting on conflict minerals, on the other side of the globe another region found the success of existing commitments, well, lacklustre at best. In the face of these developments, it’s a valid question for affected manufacturers to ask whether efforts to combat the conflict minerals trade are beginning a long journey toward eventual success or simply dead in the water.

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Tags: Sustainability, EHS

Why Risk Management Dominates EHS Priorities

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 09:52 AM

We use a lot of lingo in environment, health, and safety (EHS) management to describe different metrics, approaches, technology, and best practices. There’s behavior-based safety (BBS), near-miss evaluations, at-risk behaviours, adverse events, and even—as one of the more cumbersome terms out there—outcome-and-behavior-based safety incentive programs (OBBSIP). What’s generally missing in conversations peppered with these terms is the fact that we’re often talking about different aspects of the very same thing: risk management.

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Tags: Risk Management, Environment Health and Safety

3 Reasons We Need to Bring Product Stewardship Back

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

Once upon a time, product stewardship entered the corporate lexicon as a term that essentially asked producers to take responsibility for the complete lifecycle of their products, particularly from an environment, health and safety (EHS) perspective. But somewhere in the process, "product stewardship" got lost as an all-encompassing term describing how we approach the cradle-to-grave impacts of the things we generate. No longer should this be the case.

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Tags: Sustainability, Environment Health and Safety

5 Ways to Achieve Successful Safety Leadership

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

As we have discussed to great lengths on this blog, effective safety performance is built on a foundation of involved safety leadership from the top down, and engaged safety activity from the ground up. It sounds great in principle--and perhaps simple, but in reality is a lot more challenging in execution.

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Tags: Environment Health and Safety

Is Mobility the New Norm in EHS Management?

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

A scant decade ago, when dedicated, cloud-based environment, health and safety (EHS) offerings were starting to become mainstream, ‘mobility,’ as it were, was in its comparative infancy. Tablets were still a number of years off, smartphones as we know them today were only beginning to take shape, and Blackberry was the talk of the town.

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Tags: Sustainability, Environment Health and Safety, Mobility

What Motivates Companies to Produce Sustainability Reports?

Posted by Paul Leavoy on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

The term ‘sustainability reporting’ can either excite business leaders or incite them to roll their eyes. Some view it as an opportunity to benchmark and improve sustainability performance, while others see it as a waste of time, effort, money, and resources, with no positive bottom-line impacts.

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Tags: Sustainability, Environment Health and Safety