Many environment, health and safety (EHS) managers are an “army of one” when it comes to managing EHS compliance across their organizations’ global operations: regardless of facility location or the growing number of facilities in the company portfolio, they are expected to be regulatory compliance experts, as well as help streamline operations and build a strong safety culture, according to Antea Group.
However, while EHS managers’ responsibilities are growing, their resources are often shrinking. As a result, many say they lack the time, personnel, budget and local insight to effectively ensure compliance at every facility.
EHS FleX, Antea Group’s low-cost, enterprise-level EHS gap analysis service offering, was born out of the need to help clients tackle these challenges head-on, the company says.
EHS FleX is a fit-for-purpose solution that aims to provide EHS managers with the data and insights they need to make informed choices on where to focus their efforts and spend their resources for maximum impact.
How does it work? Our four-step process provides a flexible framework that helps clients uncover gaps and prioritize next steps for closing those gaps – and to ultimately drive its EHS culture and program forward. FleX uses four steps to analyze gaps and assess risk for global companies with high-risk facilities or a large number of facilities spread across diverse geographies.
The design phase is a collaborative process that aims to define specific goals and information needs. After initial discussions and information gathering, Antea creates a tailored survey questionnaire with specific compliance questions for each facility to complete.
2. Training & Kick-off
Before launching the survey into the wild, Antea’s global team of consultants will virtually meet a client’s global team to ensure everyone knows the role they will play, and to answer any lingering questions. In addition, Antea can launch a test survey to ensure that questions are written in a culturally relevant way. During this process, the Antea Group team also carries forward messages and tools from corporate staff to increase knowledge of resources to support EHS operations, as FleX focuses on team building and laterally sharing information across the corporation as way to support EHS culture.
Once the results are in, Antea Group and in-country consultants – who are familiar with the spirit and intent of local regulations and speak the local language – will review survey results and other documentation, and call each site for a deep discussion about the company’s initiatives and EHS culture.
The final reporting phase is arguably the most exciting part of the process, Antea says. This is where Antea takes what it has learned and puts insights into actionable recommendations. At this point, gap trends across your organization and the facilities themselves are risk-ranked so you can see the highest priority topics and facilities that need your focus. Additionally, Antea Group looks for places where tools/resources could be strategically used to close gaps – globally, regionally or at an individual facility. While the corporate/regional teams get data on risks, the facility gets a list of potential gaps to address to lower its overall EHS risk.