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Keeping People and Environment Safe

Sustainability – Not many people think it is a really great thing to go out and pollute or injure people. But when it comes to trade-offs between their personal behaviors and their own wants, their enthusiasm diminishes. Is this also true for companies? Do they want to be protective of people and the environment, but they want to make money more? We allow ourselves to pollute every day we drive to work or buy yet another toy with too much packaging. But when it is the manufacturing company next door to our home that is polluting, we call it unacceptable. At some level, we probably all understand that it is a matter of degree – that companies should be expected to comply with regulations and reduce pollution to a reasonably practicable level. The question is, who decides what is reasonably practicable?

Today, I saw a webinar on the iSHN Virtual Safety Expo about one company for which zero is the only acceptable goal for number of injuries, called “The McWane Makeover: How a Notorious Safety Program Turned It Around.” One of the key elements of their turn-around was a comprehensive, Web-based EHS Management System. They mentioned several software products that they were using, but sadly none were SAP.

This is a great story about a company that used a systems approach to improve their EHS performance, and it is definitely worth 30 minutes of your time to listen to the recording.

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