August 2003

Plant Safety/Standards

Safety and environmental management compliance

A brief review of common certification programs that can enhance performance

Sawyer, M., Apex Safety Consultants

Aside from policing by regulatory agencies and peer pressure from professional associations, companies are under little pressure to act responsibly in regard to safety and environmental programs. In contrast it may be argued that liability exposures justify safety and environmental programs, but in truth, most companies have ample means to control exposure. This includes strategically balanced marketing programs to mold public perception. When used responsibly, safety and environmental programs are not just marketing gimmicks. Properly implemented, they equate to a safer workplace, reduce environmental pollution and crea

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