When it comes to managing the Health, Safety, Environment & Quality (HSEQ) for your business in the liquid bulk and chemical industry, there is no “push button” solution that will get you a quick result. But, the process to start designing your HSEQ system to protect people, environment assets and reputation (PEAR) is simple if you have the right guidance.
It is important for organizations to control key risks and complexities within the supply chain, which nowadays often span multiple countries and continents. As supply chains are getting more complex, managing suppliers, site operations, distribution, and customers are key in creating a sustainable business.
Yes, I know it can be hard to know where to start, so I created a basic five step-by-step guide to help you.
Step 1: Develop an HSEQ culture
A significant number of accidents can be traced to unsafe behaviors since effective risk management depends partly on the behavior of individuals in an organization. The safety culture of a company is thus important and starts with our attitude towards it! What are you waiting for? Start building your HSEQ culture and get everyone involved.
Step 2: Implement Safety Management Systems
The long-term value of implementing Safety Management Systems is to create step-change improvements in safety without large scale disasters to drive them. First, allocate some time, resources and money to start performing proper risk management. This should include safety management for logistics and transport safety risk assessments. Management must also set goals, objectives and make use of the correct measurement tools.
Step 3: Mount a successful crisis response
It is important to mount a successful crisis response plan covering activation, communication, information management, and decision making. Review how fast you can activate your crisis team and analyze your capabilities to deal with emergencies, including product knowledge and language barriers, for example.
Step 4: Use effective crisis communication
It’s important to set up a crisis management center, know your internal and external target groups and communicate appropriately via a trained and authorized spokesperson. You should be message driven explaining who, what, when, where, why and how and consider the key concerns of each target group. Also, think about how a crisis will impact your business in today’s media landscape. Get prepared and trained to communicate when the worst happens.
Step 5: Develop a good plan B – Contingency planning
Having a well-developed and embedded crisis management capability enables the organization to avert crises were possible, respond to crises that do occur in a manner that protects its assets and learn from experience to improve practices through time. Develop responses in advance for various situations that might impact your business.
Taking risk is part of doing business and is an acknowledged and inescapable part of it. Risk management is an integral part of a successful organization!
Many companies either have a lack of resources for HSEQ or would like to review their current set-up.
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Rudi has a strong background in Asia Pacific dating back to 1992 and has more than 20 years of experience in Liquid Bulk & Chemical Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Business Development and Marketing. Rudi is the founder and Managing Director of ener8 limited.