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Growth and expansion through acquisitions can be exciting and profitable, but maintaining focus on a strong and effective environmental, health and safety management system (EHS) during the merger of two or more companies can be challenging. While the focus during the integration is much more on increasing the provision of goods and services, ensuring a stable and structured EHS management system is also crucial in order to reduce both risks and costs.
7 components of an effective EHS management system:
Comprehensive written EHS programs that are in line with applicable regulatory requirements and best management practices, with clearly defined roles, responsibilities and record-keeping requirements
Management’s commitment to the EHS management systems and programs
Established processes to monitor and review the effectiveness of the implementation of programs and to implement program changes, if necessary (i.e. management of the change process)
Strong process for identifying, analyzing and correcting hazards and related documentation (e.g. analysis of occupational risks)
Comprehensive incident reporting and investigation process, including root cause analysis
Detailed employee training
A strong focus on continuously improving EHS compliance
The benefits of a strong EHS management system include:
Fewer injuries and incidents
Improved employee morale, employees will feel like they have a voice
Better quality control
Better performance (audits and regulatory compliance)
Better informed decision making
Change management through cultural change
In mergers and acquisitions, there are often several common EHS management challenges, including different programs and practices, and conflicting processes, goals, personalities, and corporate cultures. In the case of some acquisitions, the changes that occur may conflict with the previous management. This could include introducing new or changing existing documents, including work permits, inspection checklists, and other documentation. Managing cultural change can be difficult, so it is important to involve employees and managers from all organizations in decision-making processes. If they feel they are part of the process and the changes, they will be much more likely to adapt to and adapt to these changes.
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Combination of EHS programs vs. maintaining local programs
In the early stages of integration, efforts should be made to evaluate each company’s EHS programs and procedures to identify gaps and best management practices and to determine if there are processes or documentation that can be shared or replaced by best practices Others. If it is impractical to integrate the organizations into the same programs, the organization should determine whether a decentralized or a centralized EHS management system would be more appropriate for the combined organization. If the organization chooses to decentralize the management system, EHS management programs and procedures would be administered at the local level and a process to monitor and manage each organization’s EHS metrics should be implemented and maintained.
The concept of “one size fits all” should not be used in all circumstances. When bringing together companies that do not offer the same type of operations or services, it is important to take these differences into account. An understanding should be created to ensure that components of the EHS management system, such as policies and procedures, can be effectively applied across organizations.
For example, if an acquiring organization is active in the manufacturing industry and acquires an organization that provides field service, such as
Importance of EHS programs
A coordinated, stable and structured EHS management system promotes efficient operation and reduces risks and costs during and long after the merger and alignment. A number of approaches can be used to determine the type of EHS management system that will be most effective for the organization. Gap assessments, EHS program comparisons and applicability matrices are just a few examples of methods that support this decision-making process.
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