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by Rod Erwin - Thursday, 19 November 2015, 7:09 PM
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by Rod Erwin - Sunday, 18 October 2015, 9:35 PM
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I am the HSEQ manager for Qld and NSW for the organisation I work with. In this role I am responsible for the delivery of communications around this area where we work on client sites. Sometimes there is sensitive information that needs to be communicated in regard to injuries or investigations into various incidents. There is not many Environmental incidents to report, however this too would be investigated on site and reviewed by myself prior to communication with the client. Where a significant Environmental incident is sustained on one of our sites I would be responsible for the investigation and company communication, although the Operational Manager would also be involved in the process.
 
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The organisation I work with is a major contractor to the Underground Coal Mining Industry both in Qld and NSW. The company has recently delved into the ground consolidation work performed within underground coal where this is required for the continuance of mining operations. It requires the storage, transport and use of chemical that are both Hazardous and Dangerous in reasonable large quantities. Within the chain of use the highest likelihood of a spill is whilst the chemicals are in transit, although non compatible chemicals are transported separately there is still serious issues around a spill of either of the two parts. Due to the nature of the coal mining industry and minimal number of licenses to use these products in the underground environment communications around incidents within the industry of an incident would (and have done in the past) have a seriously detrimental effect on the company in a few ways: - The reputation of the company as a reliable and safe user of the products would be seriously damaged. - Licensing requirements both for the use and transport of the product could be affected. The organisation uses a separate business division to transport the product so there would be adverse publicity for both. - The share price may also be affected adversely.
 
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by Rod Erwin - Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 3:09 PM
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With the business i work within being a contractor to the big mine owners there are specific (and many) requirements made of us contractually not the least of which are our environmental responsibilities and accountabilities. As far as the general workforce goes there are obviously Environmental requirements e.g. reporting of spills, correct storage etc however on a day to day basis maintaining the focus of the workforce on their work duties, including Safety requirements and Environmental responsibilities is difficult at times. With strict monitoring and regular auditing taking place the workforce is aware of environmental requirements but it is difficult for them to become involved in the continuous improvement we re looking for. The company has incentives and initiatives around Safety and Environment and when these are in progress there is much effort placed by all, however the focus falls away as Management implements something different. To maintain the general workforces commitment to the continual improvement is the main difficulty in the EMS.
 
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by Rod Erwin - Monday, 24 August 2015, 7:10 PM
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I currently belong to various networking forums such as : Queensland Resource Council (QRC,) and Mackay Active Industry Network (MAIN) I receive updates from - Enviro Law and - Government websites. - Conferences and training seminar attendance Within our business we also define accountabilities and responsibilities for ensuring legislative reviews occur and updates are circulated to the Group for the specific elements of the HSEQ Management sytem that we are “champions of” there are 12 elements and 4 HSEQ Managers 3 each
 
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by Susan Jenkins - Friday, 10 October 2014, 6:19 AM
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For me one of the biggest challenges in environmental management is trying to have people within the organisation "get on board". 

Currently our environmental team sits withiN the Health & Safety team. Safety is the priority for obvious reasons, but at times it feels like environment is the "poor cousin" to safety

 
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by Marc Chatt - Tuesday, 3 September 2013, 10:08 PM
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The Ichthys LNG construction project is a multi national funded project predominantly through Japanese based companies. The largest stake holder is the INPEX a Japanese owned corporation. 

As with all Japanese traditions maintaining face and being seen to be doing the right thing has a major impact on activities. If there were to be an incident on the project the detriment to company image would be there high. The Japanese take great pride in their work ethics and efforts. 

INPEX has a 40 year plan for the gas reserves in the Ichthys Gas Development Area north of Broome off the Western Australia coast. The loss of reputation and Japanese pride would ne far more costly than share price dive. The Northern Territory community would not forget if a spill resulted in the Harbour or many esturies surrounding the site. 

 
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by Marc Chatt - Sunday, 30 June 2013, 3:03 PM
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Ensuring an effective EMS is continually improved and is efficient for practices is about educating others around on the benefits to 'whole of business' approach. Not many people outside of the environmental profession are schooled nor wish to know about EMS. This is a challenge as it encompasses all good business practices.

 
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by Daniel Yates - Tuesday, 25 June 2013, 1:30 PM
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I think the biggest challenge on our site is to get feedback from the workforce and to make them understand the EMS can make a difference.

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