NAEM Network E-News

Feb. 21, 2012

This week's management quote

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." - Ernest Hemingway, (1899 - 1961), American author and journalist

Summary

  1. Building the foundation for a sustainable safety culture
  2. States' group calls for 45% cut in amount of carbon emissions allowed
  3. Relax! You'll be more productive
  4. More companies reporting profitability from environmentally friendly practices
  5. 4 steps for getting the most out of utility rebates and incentives
  6. How to give a meaningful "Thank You"
  7. Job Opportunities
Upcoming 2012 NAEM Events

NAEM Conference
2013 EHS and Sustainability Software conference
Feb. 26-27, 2013
Learn how companies are using data management systems to track compliance metrics, mitigate business risks and report sustainability results externally. This is the only conference where you will see live software demonstrations by the EHS and sustainability leaders who selected and use these systems on a daily basis.
Register today!

NAEM Expert-led Webinar
From Research to Practice: The Story of Actionable Safety Leading Indicator
March 7, 2013
Learn how to predict safety performance in a way that is actionable and measureable so that it can be acted upon by leaders.
Register today!

NAEM Conference
2013 Corporate Sustainability Management Conference
April 18, 2013
This conference will offer practical insights for EHS and sustainability and managers responsible for leading corporate sustainability efforts in all industries.
Register today!

And now the news

Building the foundation for a sustainable safety culture - Article
Culture change in an organization of any size is not a simple process. When it comes to workplace culture, many elements contribute to creating and sustaining a strong culture of safety.  While it is likely that some of these elements vary from organization to organization, there are four distinct cornerstones that create a foundation on which a more effective safety culture can be built, despite complexity and variability among organizations.

States' group calls for 45% cut in amount of carbon emissions allowed - Article
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative proposed a fundamental change to increase electrical utilities' incentive to cut emissions from fossil-fuel plants by raising the cost of compliance. The group proposed a 45 percent reduction next year in the total carbon dioxide emissions allowed. The cut is not as draconian as that number suggests, however, because the new total of 91 million tons reflects the current emissions level after five years of a slumping economy and increases in renewable energy and energy-efficiency measures.

Relax! You'll be more productive - Article
More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal - including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations - boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.

More companies reporting profitability from environmentally friendly practices - Article
For years, companies have wrestled with the question of whether environmentally friendly business practices created enough financial value to justify investing in them. Those questions remain for many organizations, but a new report indicates that companies increasingly are discovering value in environmental sustainability, and they are changing their business practices to take advantage of it.

4 steps for getting the most out of utility rebates and incentives - Blog
As the demand for energy is rising at record rates, billions of dollars in incentives are being allocated at the federal, state and local level across the U.S. to spur energy efficiency programs. For businesses, this means that there is a wealth of money available for them to tap into to help fund their energy reduction initiatives and offset the cost of energy efficient capital investments.

How to give a meaningful "Thank You" - Blog
Forget the empty platitudes; your star employee is not a "godsend." They are a person deserving of your acknowledgment and worthy of appreciation and respect. When was the last time you thanked them - really thanked them?

Job opportunities

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Global EHS Director, National Resources Solutions Inc., Wisconsin
National Resources Solutions is looking for a Corporate EHS Director will have global responsibility for ensuring operational awareness and strategic alignment in all facets of environmental, health and safety, while supporting the continued growth and stability of the organization. Some duties and responsibilities of the position include providing leadership and expertise in EHS matters company-wide, developing and managing relevant programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, providing oversight to all facilities on environmental issues related to capital projects, production waste and emissions, facility audits, and interaction with governmental agencies, and leading efforts to improve safety performance and training, while working to reduce worker injuries and associated costs. A Bachelor’s degree in a technical field is required with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering highly preferred with a minimum of 10 years of experience in the food & beverage, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical, or specialty chemical industries is required. Experience at the Director, or Senior Manager, level is required as is international EHS experience. A Master's degree and industry certification [e.g. P.E., CSP, CIH] are desired. This position requires significant travel, up to 50% of the time, including international travel up to 25%.

Group EHS Manager, Ancra International LLC, Erlanger, Kentucky
Ancra is seeking a Group EHS Manager. This position will have multi-site responsibility in providing support and direction for Ancra EHS programs including program development, implementation and evaluation. Key responsibilities include program improvements, auditing, metric evaluation and reporting, incident investigation and closure of associated findings.   The position will report directly to the Director, Ancra Human Resources/EHS with dotted line responsibilities to the Corporate EHS function. Some responsibilities of the position include developing, conducting and tracking EHS training programs and processes to be used by the Ancra businesses which will achieve improved performance at the sites, ensuring accurate and up to date tracking of EHS metrics through use of Corporate EHS tools. Required skills include 7-10 years of diverse manufacturing experience in broad EHS programs, including experience in all media – Health/Safety, Air, Water, Waste and having experience in multi-site responsibilities. Preferred skills include being fluent in Spanish, Certified Safety Professional or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (or equivalent study, or demonstration of near term completion of CSP/CHMM).

Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Manager, Cox Communications, San Diego, CA
The Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Manager is responsible for overseeing the environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organizations. S/he will also develop, implement and monitor environmental strategies, policies and programs that promote sustainable development. The Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Manager examine corporate activities to establish where improvements can be made and ensure compliance with environmental legislation across the organization. Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Managers have a wide remit and will review the whole operation, carrying out environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving environmental problems and acting as agents of change. An important element of the role is to ensure the staff are trained at all levels and that the workforce recognizes their own contributions to improved environmental performance. Some typical work activities include developing and implementing environmental strategies and action plans that ensure corporate sustainable development, coordinating all aspects of pollution control, waste management, recycling, environmental health, conservation and renewable energy and deciding the implementation of environmental policies and practices. Requires BS/BA in related discipline.  Generally 7+ years experience in related field.  Certification is required in some areas  OR  Advanced degree and generally 5+ years experience in related field. To apply for this position, visit Cox Communications careers website and search for job # 43686.

Supervisor Health & Safety, Johnson Controls Corp., Florence, SC
Johnson Controls is looking for a Safety Supervisor. The Safety Supervisor will oversee all activities related to safety including, hazard assessment and remediation, accident investigation, oversight of workers compensation and return to work initiatives, regulatory and non regulatory safety training and record keeping/retention. This position will also have Human Resource related activities as assigned. The position will function as a primary interface with governmental agencies such as EPA, OSHA as well as state and county agencies and will also function as the site ISO representative. Qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Safety or Industrial Hygiene, along with  2-5 years overseeing safety activities in a manufacturing setting. Union experience is desirable. Demonstrated ability to formulate and present simple to complex training. To apply for this position, visit Johnson Control's careers website and search for job #091483.

Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment, and Security, National Resource Solutions, Virginia
National Resource Solutions is looking for an EHS/S VP. Managing product regulatory risk is the primary responsibility of the VP of HSES. The VP role is charged with responsibility for leading Company's global HSES program primarily as it relates to products, e.g., Product Stewardship, product registrations, product inventories, etc. The VP has shared responsibilities for working across departments to ensure that Company employees are carrying out their duties safely and that work sites are secure.  Communicating HSES issues and educating management at all levels rests with the VP, who provides leadership and motivation to ensure that Company remains compliant with all regulations and is a responsible steward of human health and the environment.  Responsibility for Company's Responsible Care program resides with the VP.  Inherent in these broad responsibilities are numerous implementing steps that must be led and managed by the VP. Some responsibilities include providing leadership in all aspects of health, safety, and environment related to Company's products.  Product Stewardship, Regulatory Affairs, and Risk Assessment are among the primary functions associated with Company products. BS degree in Chemistry, Chemical or Environmental Engineering, Life Sciences or similar degree is required.  An advanced degree is preferred. 20+ years relevant work experience with increasing levels of authority and responsibility, 15+ years' experience in an HSES role in one or more of the following industries: specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, or petrochemicals.

HSE Manager, Syngenta AG, Minnetonka, MN
Syngenta is looking for an HSE Manager. This position supports HSE activities for businesses or operations, with a focus on leadership and the application of practical HSE skills, knowledge and experience to enable sustainable HSE performance and compliance. Some responsibilities include developing and implementing HSE programs and policies that enable the Business to 1) meet or exceed applicable HSE laws and regulations; 2) identify and effectively manage HSE risks and opportunities; and 3) comply with Syngenta HSE policy and standards. The ideal candidate will also be asked to proactively partner with the Business or operations to identify and implement appropriate, practical and sustainable HSE solutions to existing challenges, along with being tasked with a myriad of other relevant responsibilities. BA/BS with equivalent work experience is required, MA/MS degree in a HSE or related field desirable. Professional organization and/or accreditation desirable along with a knowledge of HSE regulations, e.g. OSHA, EPA, RCRA, and WPS regulations etc., is preferable. Must have at least 8-10 years relevant experience in corporate agriculture HSE function.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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