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Helping You Create a Workplace Culture Based on EHS Best Practices

ehs specialists at job siteCreating a workplace culture that focuses on Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) is well worth the effort, but the amount of time and attention to detail it takes can be prohibitive. Clym Environmental Services partners with a broad spectrum of companies to provide all or part of the support needed to create and maintain a safe and healthy workplace and community.

A study by the American Psychological Association recently revealed that millennials are more concerned about workplace safety than any other issue—more so even than their counterparts in earlier generations. With more millennials entering the workforce, addressing workplace health and safety is becoming increasingly important.

Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) is the set of principles that protect the health and safety of employees and the public, as well as safeguard the environment, from hazards associated with the workplace. Containing environmental releases, controlling airborne particulates and pathogens, and maintaining equipment and machines safely all fall within the purview of EHS. 

Creating an active EHS culture demonstrates your commitment to your employees’ wellbeing, while also preventing injuries, illnesses, and harmful environmental releases. A focus on EHS makes your employees feel safer and more valued, which ultimately has a positive effect on morale, productivity, recruitment, and retention. 

Organizations attempt to manage risks related to EHS hazards through workplace programs that identify, assess, and control hazards. Educational programs that seek to train employees on workplace hazards, including what to do to protect their own personal safety and health, in addition to that of their colleagues, the environment, and the larger community, are also carefully planned and executed. Safety management programs, such as ANSI Z10, provide a formula for creating an appropriate focus on EHS at your place of business.  

Creating an EHS culture at your workplace is well worth the effort, but the amount of time and attention to detail it takes can be prohibitive. Clym Environmental Services partners with a broad spectrum of companies to provide all or part of the support that is needed to create and maintain a safe workplace including but not limited to:

  • Risk management.
  • Ensuring EHS regulatory compliance
  • Performing job hazard analysis, worksite walkthroughs, safety observations, and incident investigations.
  • Running safety and health management programs and helping to run the safety committee.
  • Ensuring that environmental, health, and safety training is delivered.
  • Working with industrial hygienists 
  • Implementing controls for identified hazards, often by using the hierarchy of controls
  • Gathering and analyzing EHS leading and lagging indicators
  • Helping to improve human and operational performance

Building a workplace culture of health and safety requires both leadership and employee commitment. Having an experienced partner like Clym Environmental ready to assist and support you in your efforts can make the process smoother and more engaging.