Five Important Tips For Effective EHS Management

by Guest Contributor on March 14, 2017

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Management isn’t just important because it’s a part of regulatory compliance, it shows your employees that you care about their well-being.

However, when handled improperly, EHS Management can negatively impact your business, both in terms of company culture and productivity—all of which will affect your profits.

Read on to get out top five EHS Management tips.

Tip 1: Collect as Much Data as Possible

You can’t start the process of effective EHS Management without gathering and analyzing data—and the more you study, the better your EHS plans and strategies will be. 

Plus, rigorous data analysis and testing can reveal things your employees may not feel comfortable telling you. Studies have shown that 45% of employees are uncomfortable discussing safety risks with their employers.

When gathering data, rely on both industry experts and employee feedback. Also, make sure you’re speaking with employees at different levels and positions within your company about their health and safety concerns.

Encourage them to give feedback by implementing a recognition or rewards program. 

Tip 2: Make EHS Management a Benefit of Working for Your Company

When you’re in the process of evaluating your EHS systems, make sure you’re reminding both current and potential employees that it’s a company value, and that risk management in all forms is something they need to make a priority throughout the work day. 

As with the recognition of those who offer EHS feedback, make sure you recognize employees and departments who contribute to a “caring office culture.”

When crafting company correspondence and newsletters make sure you’re clearly outlining safety standards as often as possible, also run employee pictures in company newsletters (it’s great if your clients can see this matters to you, too).

Tip 3: Create Successful EHS Messaging 

Even in a low-risk environment, where employees aren’t handling heavy equipment or dangerous chemicals, EHS Management expectations must be clearly laid out and implemented. 

This means doing a serious risk assessment or your work environment, prioritizing your risks, and most importantly, running periodic safety training programs for employees, and using professional services to assess how to best get these messages out to your employees. 

Make sure your EHS expectations are outlined in posters that are clearly visible throughout your workplace.

Tip 4: Ask Leadership to Buy-In 

When it comes to EHS Management, leadership buy-ins will build credibility, remind employees that they’re an important company asset, and even helps to save your company money in the long run. 

Taking the initiative to make healthy decisions, especially when directed to do so from the top, will help to keep morale high.

Tip 5: Self-Audit Regularly

Unfortunately, 72% of employees say they don’t know what the role of their company’s EHS Department is. Make sure your employees know it exists by continually conducting EHS self-audits. 

You’ll avoid costly—and dangerous—potential health and safety risks by implementing a more continuous EHS Management strategy. Audits, whether you conduct them yourself or hire a professional to run them, will also help you to prepare for an unexpected visit from regulators.

Keep in mind, it’s all about the preventative steps that you take every quarter.  

You Now Know How to Implement Effective EHS Management

If you need further information regarding EHS Management, or wish to engage the services of a professional, get in touch with us to start the process.

No matter the size of your company or the industry you’re in, we can make sure you’re in accordance with regulations and that you’re effectively managing your risks. 

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