The goals of environment, health and safety (EHS) management have remained relatively constant since I started my career as a corporate EHS professional with Alcoa in the 1980s. Keep people and the environment safe, and the plant running smoothly. Stay in compliance and manage risks to prevent problems. Look for opportunities to help the business grow profitably.Read More
Enablon Still Pushing Frontiers of EHS Information Technology
Recently I participated in and presented at Enablon’s Sustainability Performance Forum (SPF) in Chicago, for the third consecutive year. This conference is part of a global series of SPF events hosted by Enablon. The events bring together the ecosystem of customers and partners focused on using Enablon’s software solutions to manage environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability performance.Read More
Digital innovations such as Cloud computing, mobile apps, Big Data Analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are fundamentally changing industry business models and operations. This presents Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Operations business leaders with an unprecedented opportunity to leverage technology to improve safety and environmental performance while adding value to the business.Read More
On Thursday, May 25, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Unlock the Power of Organizational Culture to Improve Safety and Operational Performance.” The presentation explained how culture can impact safety and operational performance, how to assess it, and strategies for achieving culture change to support organizational objectives and help operationalize management systems.Read More
Organizational culture is one of those ubiquitous but nebulous terms thrown around in the business world. “We have a strong culture of continuous improvement” … “Our safety culture is lacking” … “We need to change the culture around here.” These and similar expressions might be heard in the executive suite, the plant manager’s office, or on the shop floor.Read More
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the EHSQ Leadership Summit in Toronto. The event was a gathering of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) and Quality business leaders hosted by Intelex. A highlight of the event for me was moderating a panel discussion on the opportunity to integrate EHS and Quality Management systems in the pursuit of Operational Excellence.
It never seems to get any easier, does it? Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) and Operations business leaders confront big challenges in managing performance in the face of increasingly complex requirements and risks. Fragmented systems and siloed organizational structures are foremost among them. Although modern information technology is available to help overcome these obstacles, adoption remains relatively low throughout industry.Read More
On Tuesday, March 14, LNS Research hosted the webcast, “Build a Strategic Business Case for Your EHS Technology Initiative.” The presentation showed how to articulate the business value of EHS management, and how to build and position a strategic business case for the EHS technology investment.Read More
You’ve probably heard of W. Edwards Deming. Most people working in manufacturing, quality, or Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) management are familiar with him. He was a well-known management consultant and author noted for his advanced work in quality management and productivity.
In his 1986 book “Out of the Crisis,” Deming laid out the management principals needed to transform industry. One of these principals reminds me why common approaches to EHS and safety management are often inadequate. Let’s look at how this principle applies to EHS and Safety management today, and how a practical framework can help guide improvement efforts, even in an environment that tends to use on “slogans and exhortation” to get results.Read More