Adopting HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) Management Using Innovative and Proactive Strategies to Support Sustainability
The fundamental responsibility of each company and employee is to minimize the environmental impact where we operate and focus on HSE and well-being in the workplace
What is HSE?
HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) is a set of processes and procedures identifying potential hazards to a certain environment, developing best practices to reduce or remove those hazards, and then training employees for accident prevention, accident response, etc.
The major intent of having a Health, safety and environment Management System dates back in time to the faulty working practices of workers in an earlier era, especially in the manufacturing industry. Employees were barely protected from the accidents caused by the machines and equipment they worked with. As a result, there was a high rate of accidents that led to injuries and even death of the employees. Eventually, the workers began to demand better safety and forced the government to take action. The governments responded by introducing legislation requiring employers to assure workplace health and safety, pay for medical insurance and other compensation for injuries, death and illness resulting from work activities.
Why is HSE needed?
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), it has been found that more than 2.3 million workers die every year because of occupational accidents or work-related diseases. The ILO estimates that the annual cost to the global economy from accidents and occupational diseases alone is $3 trillion. So, preventing illnesses and accidents caused by work should be a vital priority for everyone at work.
Providing Health, safety and environment training or information helps to:
- Ensure workers are not injured or affected by the work they do
- Implement a positive health & safety culture that fosters health, safety and wellness
- Manage workplace health and safety in a better way
- Ensures well-being through advanced technology and professional development
Which are the Best Practices for HSE?
Health, safety and environment are considered a top priority due to their significance in safeguarding human lives and properties, especially in high-risk industrial sectors. These industries are afflicted by workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities because of unsafe work environments. It is important to establish and execute an effective workplace health and safety management system to avoid the risks of irreversible accidents.
The safety culture of an organization refers to the set of organizational practices relating specifically to the values and beliefs concerning HSE safety shaped by employees working together in social relationships and organizational structures in the workplace. The significant impact of strong HSE safety culture is improved safety performance, reduced incidents, conducted a successful near-miss investigation and incident reporting in an organization.
Safety performance measurement
The primary aim of measuring safety performance in a work environment is an attempt to mitigate unsafe behaviors and conditions that can lead to accidents. Usually, performance measurements can either be reactive or active monitoring. Reactive monitoring defines identifying and reporting incidents and learning from mistakes while active monitoring provides feedback on performance before an incident occurs.
A safety performance indicator refers to measuring the changes over time at the level of safety as the result of actions taken by providing information on organizational performance, motivating people to work on HSE safety, and increasing the organizational potential for HSE safety. There are two safety performance indicators, leading and lagging indicators. In leading indicators, the response is proactive in nature with the intent of making changes in the safety process to avoid injuries, while in the lagging indicators, the response is reactive because injuries have already occurred and the response is initiated to try to prevent the occurrence of further injuries.
Safety management by recognizing the hazard
The initial step to prevent accidents is the identification of hazards. The HSE safety performance improvement requires the implementation of proactive worker hazard identification and prevention programs. The risk associated with hazardous conditions or situations in a work environment can only be analyzed for accident prevention if the related hazards can be properly recognized or identified. To proactively identify hazardous situations and conditions, details from HSE safety incident data can be analyzed to identify predictor variables of future incidents in manufacturing environments.
Safety data collection, analysis, and sharing
Safety data collection, analysis, and sharing will assist the industry to find out the root causes of an event, explore existing and potential hazards, and improve existing HSE safety programs. In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigates the workplace to ensure compliance with minimum safety standards. If OSHA compliance agents detect any infringement on a site, they may issue a penalty or a citation. In case of any serious accident or incident at the workplace, OSHA must be notified to inspect the accident.
Why ComplianceQuest for HSE?
Workplace Health and Safety will reduce the avoidable illness and injury cost, improve your HSE safety culture, and enhance health and safety-related decision making for an efficient and effective operation. Human resource is a very essential asset of every workplace that needs to be safeguarded by implementing a robust health & safety program.
ComplianceQuest’s Health & Safety management solution enables seamless management of your organization’s complete H&S program through a range of intuitively integrated tools and applications and by collecting, collating and trending health and safety data related to any risk to the health and wellbeing of staff, clients, contractors or the community.
CQ Approaches for HSE
ComplianceQuest’s Health, safety and environment management solution boosts your HSE Safety culture and enhances performance through accessible reporting and effective management, communication and analysis of all health and safety information.
Safety Event Reporting
An organization can promote its safety culture by empowering workers to report injuries, accidents, or near misses that could affect safety on the worksite.
Corrective and preventive action (CAPA) investigates and addresses unwanted events, hazards and facilitates change management by assigning to the right people, monitoring the workflow and providing full visibility as the process moves through verification of effectiveness.
An organization should define the schedule, checklists, and assess the type and level of safety activity for all or specific locations by keeping inspections seamless, consistent, timely and allowing managers to assign actions to unwanted findings.
Organizations should engage their employees in the safety culture and report positive or negative observations. Safety managers can use the trending data or assign investigations and actions depending on what is required.
ComplianceQuest’s Health, Safety and Environment management solution not only allows an organization to manage all their stakeholders but also ensures that their participation and involvement in identifying H&S risks and the root cause for any incident are a part of the H&S solution.
Risk Management Through ComplianceQuest’s risk management module , an organization can,
- Maintain a consolidated document related to all hazards & risks
- Categorize risks through risk rating methodology
- Classify risks based on the function, process or activity
- Follow the hierarchy of controls while determining control measures
- Assign risk owners and frequency of review
- Alter the risk level based on the effectiveness of the control measure
Frequently Asked Questions
What is HSE?
HSE (Health, safety and environment) is implemented when a company is accountable for protecting occupational health and safety rules and regulations along with environmental impact.
What are the objectives of HSE?
There are two objectives HSE is generally responsible for:
- prevention of all incidents and accidents that can result from peculiar operating conditions
- reduction of harmful effects that may result from normal operating conditions
As an example, dealing with fire, explosions, and harmful substances in the work environment is a type of the first objective while reducing a company’s carbon footprint and its impact on the environment is a type of the second objective. In both objectives, incorporating regulatory requirements inside a company’s written policies plays an essential role in developing measures that serve the company’s needs while conforming to state and federal regulations.