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So you think Safety and Compliance Don’t Matter?

So you really think not having a rigorous safety and compliance management software system doesn’t matter? Just ask Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, who was sentenced Wednesday April 6th, 2016 to one year in federal prison for safety lapses connected to a deadly West Virginia coal mine explosion.

A jury in federal court convicted Blankenship in December of conspiring to willfully violate mine safety standards, connected to an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in 2010 that killed 29 men. One year in prison was […]

Reactive vs. Proactive Compliance

Whether we are talking about broader HSSE or more narrowly focused CIP, NERC, ISO, Dodd-Frank, etc. compliance,  there are two general approaches to implementing a compliance plan within an organization:  proactive and reactive.

Reactive – Many companies have used a reactive compliance process for many years.  I hesitate to call a reactive approach a plan because it really isn’t a plan beyond the mechanics of scheduling an audit and remediating it.   A simple and common example would be:  Purchase an audit checklist, Audit against that checklist in […]

Laws, Regulations and Standards – What is the difference?

This question came up the other day; a question that I’ve answered on many occasions over the years.  Admittedly, the differences between how the terms are used can be quite confusing.  The question is usually asked by individuals who do not have a background in compliance; they just know they need to follow the Clean Air Act and its associated EPA regulations, NERC, ISO27K, BVPC, etc. and they hear the terms used in a seemingly interchangeable way.

Speaking in terms of North America, the layman’s explanation is fairly […]