Proper EHS management is important regardless of company size

Tyler Martin, Senior Consultant at RPS, discusses the importance of compliance for businesses of all sizes.

Tyler Martin, Senior Consultant
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In today’s age of increased regulation, strong Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) compliance is more important than ever. Companies and operations of all sizes and complexities are subject to EHS regulations. Many are unaware of the regulations that apply to their operations, let alone how to manage them.

It is a common misnomer that just because a company is “off the radar” of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that they do not need to actively manage their EHS. These companies do not have designated EHS staff and are less likely to have regulators reminding them to stay compliant. What results is a situation where EHS responsibilities have been ignored for years, and the company is subject to larger monetary penalties or devaluation in the eyes of investors. Violations for failing to submit even simple reports can result in large fines ($25,000 per day for failure to submit Tier II Report[1]). Further, organizations benefit from being able to show customers, investors, and other interested parties that they are taking environmental compliance seriously and are committed to a culture of health and safety.

Thankfully, modern companies have more options on how to successfully manage EHS. In-house EHS managers may be prohibitively expensive (between $60,000 -$120,000 per year), but environmental consultants or digital platforms offer alternatives for less financial commitment. Environmental compliance solutions can be tailored to the size and complexity of the business. Online EHS platforms can assist businesses in both day to day and long-term EHS compliance. Affordable systems are available that aid in meeting compliance deadlines, storing records, reporting and tracking accidents, and managing employee trainings. RPS’ ComplianceMap offers an ideal pairing of expertise and inexpensive online management. RPS compliance experts design and build a company-specific system within ComplianceMap that is designed to be managed with ease by on-site users immediately following launch. If EHS compliance should be the goal of a successful modern business, why not leverage modern technology to meet that goal?

 

[1] “Enforcement Response Policy for Sections 304, 311, and 312 of EPCRA and Section 103 of CERCLA”. Office of Regulatory Enforcement US EPA, September 30 1999.

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