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August 9, 2022

Lockout/Tagout – Inspections

You’ve completed most, if not all, of your LOTO procedures, and you’ve started to use them. You’ve worked out the roles and responsibilities of those involved. Now it’s time to move into the phase of maintaining them. A big part of that is making sure that your employees are using those procedures correctly and regularly. To do that, you use inspections and audits of the people performing the lockouts.  

Carry out these inspections on a regular basis. Lockout/Tagout was so crucial to your company that they created a complete program for it, assigning roles and responsibilities. If you’re not policing it, that initial investment can become worthless in no time at all. If a big problem is developing, regular inspections can find it quickly. 

How Many Inspections Should You Do? 

The Statistical Approach 

Although the statistical approach is guaranteed to deliver significant results, the problem we are facing …

July 6, 2022

How ESG Investing Impacts EHS Programs?

The investment community is leading in setting the standards for overall company responsibility towards the planet, people, and good management.  

By focusing on investing only in companies that meet the ESG criteria, investors, big or small, are forcing businesses to make a tremendous shift towards adopting these principles. Those who will enable successful disclosure and reporting will take advantage. 

Let’s look at Investopedia’s definition of ESG (environmental, social, and governance): “A set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments. Environmental criteria consider how a company performs as a steward of nature. Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates. Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.” 

Instead of just focusing on sustainability, the health of your workers, or the health of a business, …

July 5, 2022

Ready to Lead Your Organization’s ESG Strategy?

Our previous article discussed health and safety affecting ESG investments. The odds are that your organization is already working towards an ESG strategy, or at least looking at it. 

Getting the process started 

To aid management on their ESG journey, EHS leaders should take advantage of this opportunity by better understanding the language, roadmap, and goals to be fluent in all things ESG. You can become the go-to person, be included in all discussions, and possibly assist in formulating plans and eventually carrying them out. In short, you can be the driving force that gets your company to the goal of ESG compliance. 

Why should EHS take the lead? 

Environmental Health and Safety personnel take action. You are accustomed to working with protocols and international standards – and turning them into reality. I’m sure that with some research on ESG, you’ll be able to drive the action …

July 4, 2022
Suzano to Build New Tissue Mill with Converting Operations in Espírito Santo, Brazil

Suzano to Build New Tissue Mill with Converting Operations in Espírito Santo, Brazil

Suzano’s new tissue mill would have the capacity to produce sixty thousand (60,000) tons per year of tissue, which would then be converted into tissue and towel products. June 30, 2022 – Suzano has announced plans to build a tissue mill with converting operations in the municipality of Aracruz, state of Espírito Santo, Brazil. The new plant would have the capacity to produce sixty thousand (60,000) tons per year of tissue, which would then be converted into tissue and towel products. Suzano estimates investment in the project of around R$ 600 million and an implementation period of approximately two years from the time of its approval. The project is subject to approval by the company’s internal governance bodies, including the Board of Directors, as well as the closing of contracts with suppliers. Suzano plans to fund the investment using its balance of ICMS tax credits in the state, which […]

July 4, 2022
Ensuring sustainability: Questions to ask your packaging supplier

Ensuring sustainability: Questions to ask your packaging supplier

Geber86 via Getty Images Consumer concerns around sustainability and protecting the environment have been increasing, leading to closer scrutiny of companies’ actions in those areas. Nearly half (44%) of consumers said their interest in shopping sustainably has risen since the start of the pandemic, according to the 2022 Consumer Sustainability Survey from Blue Yonder. Much of the focus on sustainable business practices has revolved around packaging — 55% of consumers in a 2020 McKinsey survey reported that they were extremely or very concerned about the environmental impact of product packaging. Consumers were also concerned about packaging as it relates to food waste, citing an interest in attributes such as hygiene and safety, shelf life, and durability. Questions for your packaging supplier Amid the growing consumer interest in eco-friendly business practices, food companies need to ensure that they are following through on their claims when it comes to sustainable packaging. […]

July 4, 2022
International Paper 2021 Sustainability Report

International Paper 2021 Sustainability Report

Read the full report here International Paper is building a better future, guided by our Vision 2030 goals and driven by our people. We are committed to being a force for good in our communities. And we are using resources responsibly and efficiently, ensuring our business is safe, successful and sustainable for generations to come. At International Paper, driving sustainable outcomes is core to our corporate values and business strategy. We rely on the daily actions and personal accountability of each of our employees and business partners for our success. We instill trust and respect, the underpinnings of our reputation, through sound governance practices. The four pillars of our Vision 2030 goals – healthy and abundant forests, sustainable operations, renewable solutions and thriving people and communities – remain core to our operations and define our sustainability strategy for the decade ahead. The goals embody our commitment to advance a […]