June 3, 2019
Management Systems for Sustainability
Jack McVaugh, PE, RCMS/EMS-LA, Environmental Technology & Management
In December 1984 a chemical release in Bhopal, India resulted in what may be the greatest loss of human life resulting from any such incident. The U.S. chemical industry responded with six codes of management practices called the Responsible Care® initiative. The management practices of several of these codes followed the “plan-do-check-act” model espoused by Total Quality gurus such as Deming and Shewhart in the post-war world. In 1991 the United Nations asked the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for support in introducing the concept of Sustainable Development at the 1992 Rio Environmental Summit. In response, ISO created the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard in 1996. In 2012, the American Chemistry Council converted Responsible Care® from its Codes of Management Practices to a Management System approach, with one scheme wedding ISO 14001 to the principles and ideals of Responsible Care®. In this presentation, we will share some good practices observed during hundreds of visits to facilities with environmental, safety, quality and Responsible Care® management systems. We will offer tips on how to make the latest changes to the standards benefit HSSE performance in your organization. No matter what type of management system you have, you will gain some ideas to make it more effective and efficient. Come ask your questions and share your experiences, as well.