What Is EHS Compliance?

EHS compliance becomes more important as companies expand global operations.

EHS compliance refers to the environment, health and safety (EHS) regulations and workplace procedures that are designed to protect workers, the environment, the public, and production. 

Businesses that operate globally must contend with regulations that are unique to every jurisdiction, and the regulations for each jurisdiction can be extremely complex. Some businesses are responsible for complying with regulations in several or many jurisdictions, which adds to the workload of EHS teams that already are stretched thin.

EHS Compliance Part of OPEX

For many companies, EHS compliance is an aspect of operational excellence, and it is an important component if you want to operate a safe and productive business. Managing EHS for multiple facilities, in multiple countries and across multiple functions can be a daunting task. Often, compliance must be achieved without a lot of resources.

Failure to comply with EHS laws not only can lead to devastating injuries and business losses for companies, it can lead to fines from regulatory agencies charged with maintaining worker safety and protecting the environment. Failure to comply can lead to citations, increased workers’ compensations costs, disrupted production, and even a loss of brand reputation.

To Ensure Compliance

EHS compliance is the right thing to do to protect your workers, the environment, your business, and your customers. To ensure EHS compliance:

  • Identify the laws, regulations and workplace procedures that apply to your industry and company. Agencies frequently adopt, update, and roll back or eliminate regulations.
  • Monitor regulations for changes.
  • Review and update workplace policies and procedures related to EHS regulations.
  • Communicate with employees about changes to workplace procedures related to compliance with updated regulations and provide training for them.
  • Invest in software and tools to help manage tasks related to EHS compliance.  
  • If you have not done so already, develop or adopt a safety management system (SMS). These management systems are a strategic approach to creating a culture of health and safety. and can be integrated into every level of your organization.

Related Resources:

Webinar: Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Citations: Straight Talk from A Former OSHA Compliance Officer
Insight Report: An ISO 45001 Checklist for EHS Professionals
White Paper: Beyond Compliance
White Paper: The Costs of (Non) Compliance with EHS Regulations, brought to you by Enhesa
Webinar: Streamlining Compliance: Using AI to Solve Pain Points in Your Regulatory Compliance Efforts

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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