Sphera Sustainability Day 2019: Looking After the Lakefront and Working Toward a Wonderful World

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Did you ever see a team walking … to clean up a beach and park? Well, I did. For Sphera’s third-annual Sustainability Day, Spherions in the Chicago office ventured to the nearby Ohio Street beach to grab the garbage from the ground and beach and dispose of it properly. The cleanup was part

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Episode 8: Bring in the IMS Buy-in

In this episode of SpheraNOW we discuss the importance of a properly implemented Incident Management System with Katherine Horn, a senior consultant at Huco Consulting. Part of the discussion centers around challenges and pitfalls when trying to implement an incident management system. Why is it that some implementation projects stall and struggle to get across

Episode 7: The Audit: Don’t Fear It; Applaud It

In this episode we speak with Meredith Boyer, a senior consultant at Huco Consulting, about audits and how companies can view them in a positive light to benefit their employees, facilities and the environment. Yes, we said audits. Boyer is passionate about Environmental Health & Safety audits, and you will be too after listening to

Moving from Lagging to Leading Indicators to Improve Safety Performance

Lagging indicators are easy to measure, but they typically offer insight into the outcome of a process only after an incident has taken place. That means lagging indicators are tricky to influence. Time-tested Environmental Health & Safety metrics, such as number of incidents and injuries, are useful but only to measure safety performance to date. Thus, they’re of limited use when attempting to improve future performance and prevent further incidents from taking place. Leading indicators, on the other hand, can provide actionable EHS information that can help reduce risk and encourage teams to be more proactive in preventing incidents.

Effective Actions – EHS Action Management Best Practices

Common pitfalls post risk assessment, audit or inspection activity tend to be – simply do everything, resolve things quickly, reject based on costs or technology – and move on. How should EHS personnel avoid the mistake of complying for the sake of complying when we know fully well that this approach turns out to be just more expensive. This webinar will touch on the fundamentals of action planning, building on the vast experience of the speaker in running and guiding risk assessment and mitigation programs at multiple organizations.

Episode 6: Quick Learners: Accelerating the Adoption of a Safety Culture

In this edition of the SpheraNOW podcast we interview Chris Israni, the senior principal consultant at ERM, a leading provider of Environmental Health & Safety consulting services, about building a strong safety culture on an accelerated schedule. It starts with finding the right people—who are passionate about safety—leading the charge. People fall into three broad

Environmental, Health, and Safety Auditing – Changing Your Mindset on Audits and Assessments

Does news of an upcoming internal EHS audit or assessment make you cringe? This webinar will challenge you to view internally prompted third-party Environmental Health & Safety audits and assessments in a positive light to get the most out of them. EHS audits or assessments offer an opportunity for you to get a different perspective on your compliance programs, and identify gaps before a government or regulatory body does. These gaps can then be fixed, which minimizes the organization overall risk. A small investment in an audit or assessment also decreases overall costs by applying lessons learned to other sites, which saves the company both time and money.

Developing the Business Case for EHS

For many safety experts, explaining the business case for purchasing Environmental Health & Safety solutions is not so elementary. But, since an Integrated Risk Management (IRM) solution is the best way to mitigate risk, the game is afoot. According to the annual Verdantix survey of 382 EHS managers, 78 percent of EHS decision-makers do not have sufficient budget to fund the technology investments they need, so there’s no time to delay. Join this upcoming webinar as David Metcalfe and Mike Zamis offer tips on how to help fix this funding gap by building a financial business case for EHS software.

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