Environment, health and safety: Managing risk and compliance in manufacturing operations

Source: PlantServices.com

Jun 17, 2010

Increased focus to comply with regulations and the need to manage risk is causing companies to adopt new strategies to streamline Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) programs. Companies are looking for ways to reduce the cost of compliance, improve the safety of people, product and processes while at the same time surpass corporate goals around brand equity and share holder value. This is further complicated by the pressure of holistically managing carbon emissions and energy; the key focus of organizations' sustainability strategies.

Aberdeen’s Environment, Health and Safety: Managing Risk and Compliance in Manufacturing Operations examines how best-in-class manufacturers use interconnected business processes and organizational structure to create a socially responsible culture. This research will pay particular attention to the role technology assumes in supporting EH&S programs, with a particular focus on how the best-in-class minimize environmental incidents, reduce the carbon footprint of plant assets, maximize the efficiency of plant operations, optimize energy consumption and ensure the safety of facilities, workers and products.

EH&S issues are becoming an increasingly important business concern. As new regulations evolve, internal and external stakeholders are increasingly directing their attention to sustainable business; the need to stay in compliance to these regulations is at the top of the mind of these companies. Indeed, the consequences of not being in compliance with EH&S regulations are drastic. It can result in penalties, fines, damage to the brand image, erosion of shareholder value, plant shutdowns and, in some cases, even fatalities. Indeed, EH&S risks not only threaten an organization's people but also its bottom line.

The top performers who are able to address these challenges are enjoying benefits such as a realizing an 87% operational equipment effectiveness (OEE) rate, 1% repeat accident rate and 10% reduction in energy consumption. This report enables readers to take advantage of the lessons learned from these companies while avoiding the pain points and obstacles encountered by their peers.

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