ESH Folks at Cross Roads,What to do?-2

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Part 1 of Blog Here! 

Part 1 I covered about Sharpening Technical Skills, diversifying knowledge beyond ESH, Relationship building, Data is essential to any discussion and work your personality profile to know yourself and others!!.

Here we go further!!

You are a Leader:– Many times, I see ESH folks expressing helplessness and inability to get things done or influence. They always point that the Leadership doesn’t support or encourage them. This attitude must change. You are a leader for people around you and for folks whom you influence and get things done as a staff function. It is all within us to build that skill. You become what you think about, Belive and succeed. Watch these 2 videos. Earl Nightingale talk changed my life 20 years back.

Steal Responsibility:- To move up the career path and make meaningful contributions, you have to sometimes steal Responsibility from your Boss! No one would hand responsibility on a platter. Try to know your boss’ job,see how you can contribute your bit or take it up on you  to free her as well as to learn and grow. 99 times out of 100, No Good boss would never say NO to things being delegated down.  I can quote 10s of example, but I would let big boss Larry Bossidy (Ex-Honeywell explain here in this article) hbr_what_your_leader_expects_of_you

Develop Metrics and Track:- What gets measured gets done. Be it in personal life, professional growth, or any other sphere of life! Work key metrics that you would like to track and stay on top of that. Keep a Diary of events and track. Now a days, Calendar, Evernote are all digital. This will also help you to write your performance review better. While on performance review, have a Career Document that highlights all of your achievements. (This is different from your Resume). Ofcourse, for this to be successful, one needs to have key goals aligned to targets, plans etc as part of Management Systems.

STAR Method of Performance Review!! measure, measure Measure, Data Data Data 

Safety Domain Growth:- When I began as Environmental Professional in 1985, (1st Batch of such professionals) we never would have dreamt that the domain would extend so much. Today the Word Safety would encompass in a span of 30 years, the following operational aspects to which ESH Folks are responsible.( These all functions I have handled or managed experts reporting to me)

  1. General Safety including Operational Safety.
  2. Loss Prevention including Fire Safety.
  3. Ergonomics & Well Being.
  4. Process Safety.
  5. Industrial Hygiene.
  6. Occupational Medicine.
  7. Project Management & Review/ Construction/ Contractor Safety (Certified Representative Development)
  8. Sustainability including Diversity, Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Foot Print, energy management.
  9. Human Rights/Social accountability
  10. Business Continuity (Non IT domain)
  11. Product Stewardship (Including Life Cycle Assessment, SIN, Congo Minerals)
  12. Facility.
  13. Security including Vulnerability Assessment (Post 9/11)
  14. Management Systems covering ISO 9000, 14000, 45001, 50001, 27001 etc linkage to Operations.

Great organisations see Synergy to include all these aspects of ESH and link to other areas like Productivity, Quality, Inventory, Delivery, Cost and make them a business enabler to grow business.I am sure that EHS Domain that I have listed above would stretch even further in coming decades. It is all in ESH professional’s hands to reach out and grab the opportunities (or better steal it) and move forward in life! As they say “The Glass is Half Full or Half Empty”, Which way one sees it is entirely up to them.

PS: If you ask me one book that made me, what I am, this is one! I charted my life at 1988, Great book to influence your life. I am glad I got it although a bit late at 24! I gifted this book to my Children at 18, so that they have a better life  planned than mine! The challenges faced by this generation is very very different, I dont think, I am up to it!!!




17/3/17. 1415 Hrs.


ESH Folks at Cross Roads;What to do??-1

Ever since I have began blogging, I have been receiving calls, emails, Linkedin messages from ESH personnel from Indian entities, asking for advice,that their career has hit a road block as well as there is sense of learned helplessness besides economic blockade with funding for projects etc making them stagnant and no way appearing out. The spectrum of folks who got in touch with me, includes  Senior ESH Managers covering multiple location responsibility to a few folks with good years in ESH responsibility. download

I have already covered this  in my earlier post, here   I thought looks I dive deep further and try to provide hands on tools to make some practical way for folks to wiggle a way out. Let me try to try to work from my personal example.

  1. I had a very average SITE manager, who felt,way up to influence top management was showing improvements in ESH as his deeds and interfering a lot in my way of work (which is broad spread,delegating, participating and I never count trees in forest) as well as micromanaging. So much so,it had a deep impact on my personal emotional side. I had set myself a target of 6 months that I would find a new job with higher responsibility. I was ready to relocate. I sharpened my knowledge/ application skills on international Regulations (This was way before Internet era & downloads can cost a fortune) knew them as good as Indian regulations. When job interview came,on technical skills, I answered them quoting sections of the global law and how its interpretations are done locally to my work and how I achieved success through behavioural approach.  Always see a positive side to everything, be OPTIMISTIC. Things will only get better!! Factories Act, rules, EPA rules of India are laws of yesteryear! World has moved light years ahead! so adapt new standards and practice!! No one is going to say NO when you do more and apply to your work.
  2. Enhance divergent credentials:- In my job interview, Mr PM Thampi, Chairman of BASF -1997, wondered(rightly so in hindsight) how I would sustain in  SHE (He always calls that way He man in She job!!) as the job can get pretty boring once big targets are hit! In spur of moment I replied, Sir, (Mr Thampi is now 80+ Older than my Dad)I plan to acquired Management Degree to see perspective of doing / seeing things from other side! He seemed satisfied! 4 years down the line, when I took up Corporate Job which involved travel to Pakistan,Indonesia  etc (Intelligent Risk Taking as a behaviour) as Regional ESH Head! I remembered my commitment to Mr Thampi, used the time in Flights, Hotel to pursue a course in MBA- HR. (People perspective to Safety aligns well Ops is already at work).This gave me a divergent view to business and how ESH fits in. Why management does what it does!! (Yes my first and last entrance exam to something in life!!!!, boy Entrance exam and expense reports! How much I loathe!! Thank god, I am out of it!!)
  3. Data, Data, Data If less, Fire Hose it with More Data!!!! I can’t help but express my helplessness that ESH folks feel fundings are cut, allocations don’t happen,unnecessary interference from investors/ Top leaders! As I said before in my presentation! My antenna goes up, if I hear folks say we get all funding, safety no problem. I was always clear, We are here to make Profits, enhance bottom line” So how do we go about it.
    1. Work risk based approach to funding. When you carry out Risk assessment and link the mitigation to Costs of projects. Data is with you. Screen Shot 2017-03-16 at 1.26.49 PM.pngWhen you provide data, Leaders appear convinced. With data you get a chance to speak at table, without it, Boss’ opinion prevails. As simple as that! c74ee83cfecf433e6aa63cdc19551b50
    2. I cant help but wonder in astonishment,how many times ESH folks crib that they were informed about plans, events, change, modification at the XI hour. Is it??? Where were your relationship bridge?, where is your internal network? Where is your personal touch to go beyond workplace? Where is your emotional aspect I can go on and on and on!! Essence is People achieve results thro Relationship Power (70% of results at work) otherwise called interpersonal skills. Work that! get to know people, build emotional quotient, Reach out! Most relationship goes beyond workplace and so nurture it! Get to know people…… I cant help recollect the tens of instances where major decisions were always hardwired pre-wired over dinner /over drinks at a bar at 2330 Hrs!! 5 years after leaving corporate, I am in touch with 90% folks spread over 27 years in 4 continents!! 

      3. Work your DiSC Profile or equivalent!! You have data to know yourself and easily can get to know others  too from the way they express, interact, react, etc etc, and adapt your interaction, Engagement etc. I am a HIGH”D”! By the way! I can write a couple of blogs on DISC alone and it would become a HR Blog.

      I would continue later!!  Let me know your comments, thoughts!!
      Karthik. 16/3/17, 1440 Hrs.








ESH (MS) Audits Risk Based Approach!

This is my 5th session on state of ESH Nation INDIA. This 40 min youtube upload (I thought I could do in 25) covers the RISK BASED Approach to ESH audits at facilities. I have shared some of my experiences of ESH& ISO MS audits across the globe, practical aspects and how to be ready for an audit besides Audit Scoring and criteria for Risk mitigation that comes out of Audit findings!

Please feel free to comment & inputs.I am thankful to some of info I have picked from books, (Ashbury, Ashwell) Web to substantiate auditing basics and concepts info from general domain.

In my global experience, (about 50 Audits as Auditor, Auditee across Globe) what are key aspects that work a successful audit. I would list the following items that stood out. These are sites spread across 4 continents so culture, people, power distance variance all covered.

  1. Leadership Engagement:– In almost all sites, where audit scores are  > 65% ( Considered Average) the hallmark of such result, is an effective Site Leader who clearly understands ESH values, sets objectives, targets and tracks them through effective delegation. He, visible on shop floor! Enjoys the support  / confidence of folks at the facility (As inferred in one on one, Skip level auditing). The ESH leader is well-connected with him/her and it appears like an outstanding “Rowing team at Sync”
  2. Ownership through Owner/Sponsor. Sites have identified owner/sponsor, which requires them to take responsibility for implementation of said program. The sponsor is a person with Senior Leadership position who champions the implementation, Maturity and leadership engagement. Standard Owner is a person who takes up operational responsibility to make sure that the requirements of the standard/procedure/program is fully met as well as strives for continuous improvement besides giving feedback as applicable. He is the interface during audit. (example Warehouse Manager is Owner for Forklift handling and safety). This way collective responsibility spreads across site through clear expectation, communication, feedback to keep status up to date and no SURPRISES and implementation is ensured in both width and depth.
  3. Facilities which have ace ESH audits, have an outstanding “RISK Assessment Register” covering depth of activities from Normal, Abnormal, Emergency activities. (Word Risk covers all operational aspect from ESH standpoint, like Aspect-Impact Register) In order to calibrate risk further, these facilities work, the 1)Probability, 2)Severity, 3)Frequency, 4)% Folks exposed to the operations as well as 5)Legal compliance status with action plan for the same. With such 5 dimensions, the lowest risk is 1*1*1*1*1=1 and Highest risk is 5*5*5*5*5=3125 so the spectrum is so  enormous to focus to spend the time, money, energy, to mitigate such high risks. Also visible would be collective participation in to risk register preparation from various area owners giving input, post a training/awareness sessions.
  4. In some facilities to compete for operational excellence awards “SAFETY” is one of criteria where audit scores have to be 80+% (Average is 65 %) to be in the race. With such stretch target, facilities work towards preparation, doing Self Assessment with improving their ratings over time( say doing assessments every 6 months) and closing out corrective actions. With such ease at correction, self-confidence, the documentation and record retrieval during audits is outstanding with almost 5-10% time saved due to ease of retrieval.
  5. Facilities with good audit scores have devised their own near miss reporting systems (5% of census/month a minimum to report) and work the investigations /root cause determination for each of them with “5WHY *6M (Man, Management, Method, Mileu, Material, Machine) and root cause identified is deployed horizontally across the facility through “Knowledge Sharing/communication”. In short they excel in Rapid Problem Solving! 
  6.  ESH is never standalone, it always piggy backs as a linkage to operational excellence through value creation, optimisation of resources, collective ownership, behaviours and culture. Also the facilities which ace the ESH audits have always beat the monthly metrics targets set comfortably. So an audit it appears is a mundane, routine, non sexy exercise. Another highlight aspect is facilities which ace ESH audits, across the world, invariably have immense regards / Good opinion, respect of community in the eyes of statutory authorities, neighbours, community at large. The pride of employees in such facilities is visible. As saying goes, Safety, Quality, Delivery, Inventory, Cost all are pillars! So all are held together! 
  7.  ESH audits site with scores above 65+%, ace Corrective Action closure. They stay on top of issues and close them out, on time on budget! Many entities reward sites for achieving this through credits in site Safety Performance Metrics. Also another important aspect  in such organisations  as a measure of ownership at the top, are that corrective actions which require more than 365 days to close, due to scale, depth of implementation, the facility is no longer responsible to close the issue from safety metrics performance stand point and wont be held against them.
  8. Facilities which top in ESH audits, have a very good linkage to Annual Operating Plans, Budgets, resources allocation, Census that drill down from Strategic plan. While budgets may be stretched due to economic conditions, business environment, downturn market, these facilities with great precise linkage to Risk Register are clear and focus on where to allocate the scant resources.
  9. Housekeeping in facilities across all aspects is of highest order. A place for everything and everything at its place.
  10. Continuity of Folks, career growth! Sites that ace ESH excellence in Audits (thus obviously interconnected operational excellence reaching Five Star or Gold Status) have gone on to reach higher levels in career ladder or moved to other area of operations and adapted with ease.  (Success Breeds Success) With telecommuting, work base continues to be same, in some cases, the facilities take advantage of their expertise for crucial aspects which they willingly support.

So bottom line is ESH Audits linked to Risk based auditing can deliver results. What is required is great preparation, participation, premptiveness, positive attitude, Presence (5Ps)  by all to work them.


15/3/17 1400 Hrs.


ESH-The Lady Vanishes?????

445pm during evening walk ,listening to the newly Stumbled  AudioPodcast by Malcom Gladwell, (Author of great books such as Blink, Tipping Point, David & Goliath) called “REVISIONIST HISTORY” in which Gladwell disects about 10 events in history  spread over 300 years and tries to explain the hidden meaning or what we missed or failed to see or an alternate view. In the first episode of Lady Vanishes referring to Famous British painting by Ms.Elizabeth Thompson, “The ROLL CALL” which was held in awe &even hailed by Queen Victoria in 1870s, and then the lady was never heard by anyone again! Gladwell argues many of the gestures are tokenism and never was done with any serious intention! (Female President/PM, Germany Inclusiveness to Jews etc etc) 

Elizabeth Thompson Butler: A Case of Tokenism


I can’t help wonder,the correlation of this symbolism/tokenism to ESH in 90% of organisations? Is it that ESH is purely symbolic, tokenism, necessary evil to be had, EHS Manager /VP/GM given a token position (like Women in Board Room) and Door is Shut to let nothing else ??? Do carry out National safety day celebrations, move on!!  Is ESH moving like the LADY Vanishes ??  I am more so intrigued with Budget constraints, Issues of cat dog fight of ESH vs Projects, No Formal ESH design review, No decision making power with Functional Authority!! (especially over last 10 years, a global trend!)!!! 


Only one consolation is we (as in Developing World) is not an Island & it is getting worse everywhere!!! So cheer up!!

Workplace safety did not take center stage as a campaign issue for Trump or any other presidential candidate. But Trump’s limited-regulation stance, coupled with his experience in construction and other industries, suggest to some that he will steer OSHA more toward compliance assistance and away from enforcement.
Trump offers the unprecedented case of an incoming commander-in-chief who has been fined multiple times by OSHA for safety violations at his worksites. His businesses also have relied on contractors and subcontractors who have been hit with major penalties. One of his contractors was fined $104,000 after a construction worker fell 42 stories to his death in 2008 at the Trump SoHo hotel condominium in New York City. The penalty was later reduced to $44,000.”

Look to hear from Folks on thoughts views comments??? 


13/3/17 1800 Hrs!!!!

ISO Alignments Video,Andreas Lubitz!?

I have posted today, YOUTUBE Video presentation of 50 min duration on the revised ISO 9001,14001 and new ISO 45001 key steps requirements with my thoughts and inputs. The video also covers on how an integrated management system can be easily worked than before so that duplicity can be avoided. Please post your comments either at video link page or here. Thank you in advance.

I took the picture during my recent travel.

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This is more relevant in context of Wellness, Work place stress that can have disasterous consequences as was the case on 24th March 2015. Andreas Lubitz, who was copilot of German Wings flight, crashed his plane at Alps (Flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf) killing all 150+ passengers on board. 

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who deliberately crashed his Germanwings flight killing everyone on board, kept a diary that reveals how profoundly disturbed he was in the months leading up to the disaster, it has emerged. The diary and other details uncovered in the German investigation raise serious questions over why Lubitz’s doctors did not alert the authorities to the danger he posed, according to details leaked to the German press . Investigators have discovered a sheet of paper Lubitz left dated March 22, on which he wrote “Decision Sunday”, followed by the BCN, the code for Barcelona airport.

Work place Stress due to Fatigue, Mental conditions play a huge part in deciding a safer work place. In the current day work environment  especially post Y2K era,where Stress, Competition, compatibility, Proving to be different, Social and peer pressure can easily lead to burn out, decay of performance, and few times even leading to suicides at work are known. It is very essential that organisations give enough focus and attention and work program which cover policy, coaching, counselling and remedial measures. While culture in broader environment would not let employees accept such issues (Say USA as an example, where Work and Life are considered by folks as two separate entities) a great manager with Relationship building, good network, performance review, as well as good occupation wellness support system with counselling, can decode issues in the very early stage. Goes to show again why relationship at work matters!

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Survey of work related Stress BRICS Nation! 

I am also posting my thoughts,as I just heard from my son,who is nine months in to corporate life,describing a star performer at work, known to him,planning to quit 8 year job and the organisation doing its best to sort things out!. This person’s performance dipped very significantly in recent past,for whatever reason totally unconnected to work! Mental well-being, balance, Emotional Agility is key for a successful life. Great organisation go a long way to nurture them as a two-way street with equal open participation by employee themselves willing to accept an issue exist. 


combine_imagesTake care, Stay Safe!!


12/3/17, 1500 Hrs.


2nd Friday March,2011!! 1446 JST!

Some events are etched in your memory forever, Events like Mrs Gandhi Assassination 1984, ( I was in college)  9/11 ( Lahore, Pakistan) where you would remember exactly where you were and what you were doing at that moment! 2nd Friday of March 2011, 11/3 was one such event. The Japanese Earthquake followed by tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi  disaster!!

The disaster proved that when such “BLACK SWAN”events happen, even the best prepared entities with good plans need a bit of luck to escape Fury. In our case, our entity was 110 miles away from scene of disaster so escaped by and large with no primary disruptions.”Comments: 14 Mar 11. Some employees would not reach the plant due to the fuel shortage of their car. Many gas stations are closed today”.



The 11/3 Incident put in to place organisation’s rededication to embrace Business Continuity Planning / Management (BCP/BCM) with Disaster Management component even further and see it as a value proportion to business. It is to be said that BCM program was in early stages of maturity in implementation as full understanding was felt during 9/11 as many companies were wiped out of business with even back up plans destroyed. The full alarm wake up call was when SARS epidemic hit hard many supply chain /travel disruptions to key geography/supplier locations causing delay/interruption in business.


As figure shows above (Courtesy BCM institute) in late 2000s, many organisations drove the implementation of BCP /  BCM (Non IT/IS components in scope) through ESH functionas they could see the overlap of RISK Based approach to implementation. This was a great opportunity for ESH function to work the value add to business using Risk Assessment tool to find the key components which pose a threat to business beyond work place safety& health.



The BCM works not only on mitigating salvage disaster but also focuses on Recovery of business or alternate plans to resume business from a mirror site. (Physical or Virtual as required) 

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BCM/BCP gives an excellent opportunity to assess all vulnerabilities and work the recovery from Business interruption standpoint. So much so, post 11/3 Tsunami, it is mow mandatory to report Business interruption down the supply chain side forseeable for 3-6 months for US companies and report them in their regulatory filing to SEC.

Organisations have moved ahead in the curve over the last 6 years!A lot need to be done ahead. With more and more tools and enablers now linking BCP/BCM to Integrated Management Business system, it is an optimistic future for organisations to face disaster with better plans, tools, infrastructure in place. As with any program, “The proof of pudding is in eating” the BCM plans work well only when periodically tested through simulation and table top excercise.



10th March 2017 1530 Hrs. 



Explosion at Pharma Unit! Is it Legal Requirement ?????

I was thinking of not posting anything today, (To give readers a respite) When a ESH Whatsapp Group to which I had been added to with about 1800 Members, a gentleman posted details about a Major Explosion in a Pharmaceutical unit at Amdavad, Gujarat. It appears this incident which happened, Tuesday 8th March, appears to have had major impact on the business on this company as Stocks have fallen by about 5%. I am also informed that there appears to be loss of life ( Not officially confirmed Hopefully not the case of death). The facility has been closed by GPCB/ Factory Inspectorate pending investigation.

While details are sketchy, it appears that a Centrifuge operational area due to accumulation of toluene, Hexane Vapors in the area, an exhaust fan was switched on, leading to explosion and fire spreading to tank farm etc. 

Incidents like these which are common in solvent/haz chem handling were the precise reason the PSM Standard OSHA 1910.119 was introduced in West during 1991. (Shamed by Bhopal 1984) 27 years on, there are no such official guidelines / legislations, to implement in the developing world. In the absence of such enforcement, such incidents become routine thus leading to loss of lives, property, business impact. I am given to understand that this facility is Indian entity ventured as a Multinational one, spread mostly in Europe/UK! I wonder if lessons of norms, that are required there were transferred as knowledge transfer?? 

GCAP-OSHA-PSM-Safety-Day-1024x730I keep saying to Indian folks in my site visits, that voluntary compliance is the way to go for operational excellence. Government/legislature have hundereds of other things in mind and EHS/Welfare are the last items in their agenda. If we wait for legislature /laws/rules to guide us and then implement them as call of duty, we would be going nowhere!!! In this context, the recent HAZ chem labeling standard in USA was totally an Industry lead initiative of Dow, Dupont, Wal-Mart. Sworn enemies 2015, Republicans and Democrats Joined hands to vote 403-12  when pushed to make that a law!! (Even India and Pakistan may agree on some aspects!! not them!!!) 

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 5.25.44 PM.pngThat sort of initiative is required here to make ESH a non entity to business so that you don’t worry about accidents, loss to property etc. Even when such incidents happen once in bluemoon, one can take consolation that whatever could have been done to prevent such incidents has been done!!!

I wonder, if I see it happening in my life time??? Probably not??  



9/3/17.1715 Hrs.



Professional Dedication to job!?

Over the past few months, I am noticing a trend that personnel of all functions  (esply here in India) are expressing their frustration, anger, inability (Impotent!!) to get things done at work in the social media platforms,viz personal a/c on Facebook, Twitter etc. Also, I also see some kind of resentment and anger towards their manager, company policies etc. While, this is natural reaction to shout about the perceived injustice or any other felt emotion go viral, my personal suggestion is “DONT”!!! 
It is perfectly fair and expected to have a divergent opinion on other areas which are non work related and stick to it. I personally differ  with  quite a few  EHS professionals on my political ideologies, view and opinion on other religion/culture.  While I have not allowed that judge them professionally, I have let them have their opinion about me as they are entitled to their opinion, but not entitled to their facts. quote-you-are-entitled-to-your-opinion-but-you-are-not-entitled-to-your-own-facts-daniel-patrick-moynihan-36-8-0815.jpg
But when it comes to work related issues/client privileges, I have never allowed my emotions to come better of me, even when situations at work, client sites were totally unpalatable. (Such emotions were rare, the last one being good 20 years back!) 
You are judged these days, especially in the last decade of emerging organisational work trends, not only on what you delivered at work for results, but how you delivered it by exhibiting the behaviours the organisation prescribes. (See Matrix above)  The plotting of Results vs Behaviours displayed at work goes a long way to make you a person who is complete as a professional as well as a good human being. So please do every effort to grit it out and hang in out there. I also agree, that if you are forced engage in certain activities /things which are contrary to ethics, compliance, law of land, then it is altogether different situation. You can become a whistle-blower (Without compromising your personal and family safety and well-being). These days it is all about being emotionally Intelligent and having a good EQ!! The EQ Calls for traits such as Self Awareness, Social Awareness, Situational Awareness and excel.


Behaviours that deliver results at work:- You are judged on each component along with Results:- 

An example of results and behaviours 2007, I posted in my Personal Blog then!! I reproduce the image below:- This is an example of how you are judged for results and behaviours:- 

honeywell behaviours

Also in your frustration, never Quit the job in spur of moment or anger. That will take you nowhere. Please note in these tough times and sagging economy, it may take up to good 6-9 months to complete the next hiring process. (I know of companies that havent back filled positions for 15 months or so) so unless you are in a financially sound situation of Nine (9) months of take home Compensation in the bank, never even attempt to throw the towel /quit. Always, be frugal and try to keep the savings!
As APJ Abdul Kalam said, Be emotionally attached to your job, not to the organisation or entity. 

People join the company, but leave the manager, but influencing the manager is not an easy job. But if you deliver results and exhibit sound behaviours then there is hope. Of course, always remember this saying of great Jack Welch.

What’s better, to work for a bad boss at a good company or a good boss at a weak company?

We’ve gotten this question several times while traveling around the world, and we have been amazed at how split audiences seem on the answer. Amazed, because to us this is an absolute no-brainer. If you have to pick between these options, by all means, work for the good company!

Here’s our reasoning. If you are at a truly good company, its leaders will eventually find and dispatch the bad boss. That can take time—months, or even a year or more. In that case, you might even be rewarded with a promotion for having delivered results during your ordeal. After all, everyone has been there at some point in his or her career, toiling for some turkey who’s moody, mean, or just plain incompetent.

Take care stay safe, God bless


8th March 2017, 1645 hrs. 


ESH Nuts & Bolts; ESH Credentials, qualification, link to site Maturity Growth!

I have uploaded a YOUTUBE presentation on “ESH Nuts and Bolts—> How to execute ESH in facility. I have covered based on practical experience as to how we did implement EHS programs. This covers aligning to Strategic planning over 5 years which then drill down to Annual operating plan, Objectives & Targets based on Risks identified with appropriate “Capital” provided. Ofcourse, key ingredient is MEASUREMENT through Metrics. Please go through this 30 Minute presentation and let me know your comments, views.

Over time, I have been asked by many budding ESH Professionals with a bag full of  EHS credentials through Diploma, Certification courses, Overseas trade accreditation in Safety, Environment as to what further they need to engage so that they can get the hang of EHS implementation and become ESH experts. My Answer is, I offer “NOTHING”!! (To paraphrase Michael Corleone)

This means first become perfect in practicing and putting in to action what you have learnt so far. Many times what we learn and what we can/want to do could be very divergent. In some cultures/organisations, you may not even get an opportunity to put in to practice what you come across in your study (For whatever reasons!!). ESH professional growth is all about going on field and applying the learning and getting to see results through maturity path.

Maturity Path for a Facility:-




NON Existent


No evidence of Implementation of safety element.



Who cares as long as we are not caught.



Safety is important we do a lot every time we have an accident.



We have systems in place to manage hazards, but still accidents happen, people get injured.



Safety leadership, values, mission, objectives, targets deliver continuous improvement.



Safety is the way we do business here.

In many emerging regions 80% of organisations are between 3-4. So working the implementation is learning curve for ESH Professionals.

As for Process/System/ Procedure maturity path, the following guideline is a good yard stick to measure the same.
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What are some of EHS Process:- Pl see below ( Courtesy AHC Group 2009 duly acknowledged) facility needs to establish policy, procedure, programs for each of the core elements and link them to the RISK assessment protocols as mitigation measure.



Elements of ESH Operational aspects:-


Also note, many World class organisations have “ZERO FATALITY PROGRAM” which include operational elements such as


  2. Confined Space Entry

  3. Elevated Works

  4. Machine Guarding

  5. Vehicle Safety

  6. Electrical Safety /Arc Flash

  7. Hazardous Material Management elements. (Linked to Process Safety Management OSHA 1910.119) 


in which the maturity path is either you are rated 1 or a 4 with 2 or 3 rating is not an acceptable level for these elements in specific!!!! So it calls for lot of hard work, effort, involvement, engagement as well as understanding the basics of these programs, to move the needle forward to reach ESH Excellence. 

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So bottom line is apply your skill learnt to implement/engage, in EHS excellence! Qualifications, however high and might,are just an enabler, (Just like a speedometer/ Altimeter, Dashboard /cockpit ) they can let you know what you do& How you do! But can’t take you to the destination!!! 


7th March 2017 1720 Hrs.

Ferry Diaster as 30 years ON!!! Culture?

  1. Today 6th March, Marks the 30th year of Ferry Disaster of the coast of Belgium in which 193 people traveling to Dover, UK lost their lives! I recollect the event vividly.

Zeebrugge 6th March 1987 Herald of Free Enterprise!!

Some of facts:- Pressure of work, turn around!!???

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Of course, great organisations learn lessons very well and implement the recommendations. Few resist?? This one took a lot and lot of time to learn lessons as this write up explains?? 

2) Phil has posted an excellent blog on Culture sell? I have also posted my thoughts on Culture in his blog post! 

Culture is all boil down to leadership! Greater  the 1) leadership, 2)team of personnel guided by 3)Subject matter experts of professionals, who have free, independent thinking to speak about without fear or favor or retribution the better and matured is the culture in the functional area of operation. Culture can never be sold in! It is an intrinsic value. 

3) I keep seeing mails on ISO 45001 the new Standard on Occupational Safety. The new standard may be expected to get released IV Qtr 2017- II Qtr 2018. OHSAS 18001 could be valid for 3 years from the new ISO 45001 standard release date. If you are already in to ISO 9001 or ISO 14001 -2015 revised standards, this one is smooth sailing. Here is an overview.


Good Luck.


6th March 2017. 1155am.

PS: Look foward to some feedback! Thanks.