BLR News

3/29/2005

Survey Shows Increased EHS Stature, Poor Communication

Old Saybrook, CT – March 29, 2005 – Environmental health and safety professionals should feel pretty good about their role in their organizations – 75% of the 470 respondents in a Business and Legal Reports, Inc. online survey agree that their organizations see the value in EHS functions. The trend is positive too, with 77% reporting that expectations for EHS have increased over the past 5 years. Full results of the survey conducted by Enviro.BLR.com – Making State Environmental Compliance Easier – may be downloaded at http://www.blr.com/80502500/PRS7.

If increased EHS stature is the good news, however, the bad news is that only half of those taking part in the survey report that they regularly communicate the business value of their environmental or safety activities, or that they have a formal process for measuring EHS performance.

"The profession is growing in stature, and recognizes that they need to manage toward business drivers," said Clare Condon, managing editor of BLR’s environmental products. "The response to BLR’s survey shows that EHS professionals need to complete the cycle by regularly communicating the value of their environmental and safety activities to upper-level management," Condon commented.

When asked to relay their biggest on-the-job headaches, 24% of the EHS managers surveyed listed paperwork and red tape, 14% referred to problems getting upper management buy-in, and 27% reported problems with employee training and compliance. Encouragingly enough, more managers say that their budgets are increasing (38%) than decreasing (20%).

To address these growing needs in an era of increased responsibilities, BLR’s Enviro.BLR.com provides regulatory activity tracking, plain-English analysis of EHS regulations, detailed training meetings, checklists and forms, and access to its team of expert attorneys and practitioners for 1-day compliance answers.

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Old Saybrook, Conn.-based BLR produces plain-English compliance and training resources for environmental, safety, HR, and compensation managers. For a free catalog, call 800-727-5257 or visit www.BLR.com.

Contact:
Environmental Managing Editor Clare Condon
editors@blr.com
860-510-0100 x 2240