By Eric Luyer, Market Manager for IBM Asset Management, Industrial Manufacturing
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) activities are a global challenge for every company, regardless of your location – USA, Europe or Asia/Pacific. All over the world there is a growing focus to safeguard the wellbeing of our employees and consumers, but also to keep the environment clean and green with a focus on sustainability. More and more regulations are put in place both by governmental and industry organizations, and they are increasingly complex to manage.
A few examples include global HSE regulations such as the US EPA’s Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule and proposed greenhouse gas endangerment finding under the Clean Air Act, the European Union REACH regulation, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and other regulations as ISO14001 Environment Management System and OHSA’s18001 Job Health Safety Management System.
New and increasingly complex regulations are appearing in many industries, including Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Mining, Utilities, Life Sciences, Electronics, Transportation, Manufacturing, and even in Government. To offer some perspective as to the importance of Health, Safety and Environment in two companies, these quotes were extracted from their corporate websites:
ExxonMobil: “Committed to conducting business in a manner that protects and promotes the safety and health of our employees, those involved with our operations, and the communities where we work”
- The #1 priority at LaFarge is: “Be among the best industrial companies in safety by ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for our stakeholders”
At IBM, we understand that strong health, safety and environment programs and processes are necessary to ensure the health and welfare of employees, consumers, communities and the environment. By investing in HSE programs, companies can protect these aspects of their business and reduce the risks associated with the development, manufacturing and distribution of their products. This is why we developed a smart HSE solution that integrates health, safety and environment processes to give organizations a complete view of their operational performance.
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In the meantime, think about the environment, go ‘green’ and stay ‘safe’!