Why it Matters
Nowadays it’s essential that Environmental, health, and safety (EHS) compliance be an integral part of how you run your portfolio. Compliance is not something you can afford to take lightly and it can’t simply be the concern of your EHS group. It’s also not about the regulatory fines. The impact on your reputation, brand and how your employees relate to the company is what is most at risk and once you lose it, it’s very difficult to get it back.
EHS compliance is a critical function that lies at the heart of your business. It is necessary you empower everyone to have a say in compliance and to ensure everyone has access to the software tools to plan, operate and be accountable for compliance across the company. This requires a software platform like Refined Data that provides a mobile solution for your facility staff and the powerful analytics, reporting and dashboards of an enterprise solution for your office staff. Otherwise, you will struggle to keep up with it all.
What does an EHS Compliance System Provide?
Environment, health, and safety (EHS) compliance refers to the set of laws, regulations, standards and workplace procedures that are in place to protect the well-being of your employees, tenants and suppliers. These standards include:
OSHA, OHSA, WCB, OHSAS 18001
EPA, ISO 14001, CEPA,
While you need to comply with regulations from a legal standpoint (if you fail to comply, your company is subject to inspections and punitive action as well as public scrutiny), there is much more at stake. You also risk your reputation, your brand as well as the respect and loyalty of your employees and customers. That is a much harder loss to recover from.
Why it’s Important to Integrate EHS Compliance into your Operations
We have touched on the importance of EHS Compliance from a legal perspective. Diving deeper into the cultural issues it’s also about how you do business and who you are as a company. It’s a promise to your employees and customers that they matter to you and that you will treat them with care and respect. It’s also a commitment to continual improvement and the ongoing growth and development of the business.
With tenants more aware than ever, you can increasingly rely on them scrutinizing your social responsibility credentials before giving your their business. When you make a commitment to operating with a high level of sensitivity to environment, health and safety issues, you demonstrate that you are the kind of company that “walks the talk”.