Experienced EHS professional revitalizes manufacturer's EHS program. Thanks to Shirley Parsons.
A manufacturing company was seeking help sourcing an EHS Manager for a 200-year-old, historic paper mill in an extremely rural US location. There were few other manufacturing businesses located in the area, and therefore few local EHS professionals could take on such a challenge. Despite advertising the position for several months, no relevant applicants had been received by this high-risk, 300-employee facility.
As part of the Shirley Parsons candidate screening process, we explore where a candidate lives and where they would potentially relocate. Over the years, we have collected hundreds of thousands of data points for EHS professionals within our network, which include whether they would be open to relocation to more rural locations, such as this one. As a result, we identified dozens of candidates for this opportunity, one of whom possessed 20+ years of EHS experience in the paper mill industry and was ultimately offered the position.
The candidate initially led an extensive audit of the entire EHS program, identifying over 1,000 deficiencies. They proceeded to develop and implement a new EHS management system and safety training program (neither of which had been updated for 10+ years), as well as a new hazard recognition program and a revamped behavioural-based safety process.
Within 2 years, the site recordable rate had been reduced by 33%.