My ESH Webinar, 86-93 Major incidents Look back & NOW??

I propose to conduct a next video as live session through webinar and then post the session content on YOUTUBE later so that others who cant participate can take benefit of interaction that occurred. This way there is a potential for a 2 way communication to some extent.
As software that can link participants has limited connectivity, if you are interested, I request you to send me a response, so that I can send out the web link to connect in coming days. You would require an internet connection and (proxy disabled). access to some Netmeeting client. There is no need for phone connect or a dial in. 

Date Tuesday, 7th March 2017, 1600 Hrs-1700 Hrs.

Topic: EHS Implementation in a Best in Class Facility.
Details: How ESH Management system, operational programs, metrics, operational plans, budgets, can be aligned to business with organiations’s Strategy, planning and operational execution and creates value add in a typical  facility.
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1986-90 was a major learning curve for the Safety professionals. Lessons learned from Major disaster in that time period helped the professionals and authorities and agencies to work a maturity path forward. It is worth look back on them close to 30 years on and see how much world of Safety (ESH) has matured and how things have improved!!! 
The 1986 Chernobyl Disaster helped the world to coin a the Phrase “SAFETY CULTURE”!! It is said that Weak Culture was the reason for the incident to happen. This lead organisation to seek and to working a Safety culture maturity model as below. Most of the organisations, 30 years on would be somewhere between Calculative and Proactive (85%) and Proactive (10%) I personally remember Chernobyl very well as it was less than 100 days in to my Corporate Career and Bhopal disaster wave has just been subsiding after 18 Months. What is needed to work this ladder path is 1) Strong Leadership 2) ESH competence 3) Risk Based approach to managing ESH 4) Employee Engagement and Competence with Intrinsic motivation through Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose
2) The Second incident was November 1986, SandozSchweizerhalle, Basle. I had seen the spot where Incident happened (in 1994) so personal connection. This set new norms for WAREHOUSING and storage, managing inventory, Bio diversity, River stream protection became order of the day!! Also were Fire water Retention practices besides, Storm Water Drain Management. This disaster ruined 100s of Kilometer of River Rhine which flows from Switzerland to Holland. Good Companies always learn from events and make sure they never repeat anywhere else in their operations irrespective be in 1st or 3rd World Country.
3) The 3rd was PIPER ALPHA!! I distinctly remember where I was when I heard this news during  July 1988. Piper Alpha that took lives of 167 people was a classic example of 1)Poor accountability 2) Poor Emergency Response Plan and practices. 3) Untested methods of infrastructure. The Cullen commission which was set up made 106 recommendations for Oil and Gas platform Safety improvements, all of which were accepted. The salient part was many other countries took Cullen report as their own and enforced in to their Existing code of practices. Piper Alpha with Bhopal went a long way to Enforce PSM as per OSHA 1910.119.
4) Exon Valdez Spill of March 1989 in which 250,000 Bbl or 410,000 M3 of Oil spilled in to Alaska, US waters. While there were no human lives lost, like Sandoz spill/fire this was an ecological disaster exposed the perils of OIL Drilling and shipping. 1000s of miles of coastline was affected as were innumerable species of flora and Fauna. This lead to President George H W Bush Signing off the OIL Pollution Act,1990, which worked on better prevention, preparation of Marine spills as well as emergency preparedness. There was also planned coordination between Coast Guard and EPA! I now recollect the current Madras mess and how poorly it is being controlled, handled or mitigated!! 
main_12005) Hoechst-ona; while this was not a well publicised one, as there was no loss of life or property dame.  We got lot of information around that time, 1993, being a fellow European MNC. This was loss-prevention-psm of poorly planned communication, execution of Emergency plans, communication with authorities as well as lack of availability of good reliable Material Safety Data Sheets linked to products/process /intermediates. This lead to lot of negative publicity and image beat up for the company. I always wondered whether this marked the beginning of end for HOECHST as Brand image!!!! 
As you can see,Companies/countries learned a lot from these incidents and went on to strengthen their regulatory framework as well as preparedness mechanism, should things still fail. Also what is remarkable is the participation of private players/non governmental entities to reach out and work these guidelines/programs. It is to be noted that excellence for ESH is a process in which Industries play a significant part and Government just does the finishing touch enacting the provided laws with due vetting. 
It goes without saying, Industries in India cannot/should not wait for Government to reach out and enact legislations. Government has other priorities as is naturally in the III world country such as India. (I wont use the word Developing too, we a long way off from what I have seen globally!)……. Would Industries take up the Challenge??? I wonder???


Bangalore. 2/3/2017 1530 Hrs. 

Author: Karthik B; Orion Transcenders. Bangalore.

Lives in Bangalore. HESS Professional of 30+ yrs experience. Global Exposure in 4 continents of over 22 years in implementation of Health, Environment, Safety, Sustainability. First batch of Environmental Engineers from 1985 Batch. Qualified for implementing Lean, 6Sigma, HR best practices integrating them in to HESS as value add to business.

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