RL Macklin's Sustainability & EHS Website

Integrated Strategies for Managing Sustainability & EHS

RL Macklin's Sustainability & EHS Website

Integrated Strategies for Managing Sustainability & EHS

RL Macklin's Sustainability & EHS Website

Integrated Strategies for Managing Sustainability & EHS

RL Macklin's Sustainability & EHS Website

Integrated Strategies for Managing Sustainability & EHS

You Can Still Benefit From the Bad Economy

The current economic downturn has left most organizations reeling in its wake. Spending has been significantly reduced with a focus on only funding essential activity. Internal EHS programs have been slowed down and many activities have come to a halt. Here are ideas to keep your EHS program going during the downturn.

Benefiting During the Economic Downturn

The current economic downturn left most organizations reeling in its wake. Spending was significantly reduced with a focus on only funding essential activity. Internal EHS programs have been slowed down and many activities have come to a halt.

Though the media are declaring the downturn over companies are still faced with operating under the strain caused by the reductions made during the height of the crises. Despite the difficulties presented by these trying times there is still an opportunity to benefit during this overall slow down in activity. Now may be, for many a time to look at doing the things you always wanted to or needed to do within your EHS programs but could never find the time to do. Using this time may result in having an overall stronger program when the crises really comes to an end and activity increases.

To help get you started identifying areas to improve below is a list of activities to consider undertaking during the current economic crises.

  1. Make a list of 5 to 10 tasks you haven't had time to complete/review in the past 2 years. Use this list to choose tasks to work on during the downturn.
    2 Have senior staff professionally mentor junior staff (transfer technical information).
    3 Review and update your internal policy manuals.
  2. Review and update your internal standard operating procedures and best practices.
  3. Develop a method to improve coordination between the EHS department and your internal partners/customers.
    1. Review with your internal customers their needs and expectations
  1. Refresh your training program/material and/or delivery system
    7 Evaluate the maturity of you EHS Management System -- Can it take you where you want to go?
    8 Prepare for the recovery -- What challenges will you/your business/department face: mergers, divestitures, sustainability demands, inexperienced workforce, reduced professional staff, newly assigned responsibilities?
    9 Improve your vendor management program
    • Develop standard criteria for evaluating vendors performance
      c Prepare templates to use for requesting proposals.