Friday, May 17, 2013

Guide - Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS)

This guideline on Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) was prepared by International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank Group. The health and well being of a workforce is a key part of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and it is crucial to the wider issue of sustainable development.

Research by Nuffield Health and Ashridge Business School asserts that “companies need to develop a strategic approach to health and well being and concentrate on building a ‘sustainable workforce’ if they are to remain competitive.” The UK-based report, Developing a strategy for employee wellbeing: a framework for planning and action, calls on companies to focus on improving employee well being as a way of strengthening an organization and reducing risk.

At a 2012 briefing in London, Nuffield Health chief executive David Mobbs said, “We already worry about the sustainability of the environment, but in the future it’s going to be about the sustainability of the health of your workforce. Health and wellbeing will become the new CSR,” said Mobbs.

The IFC Environmental Health and Safety Guide addresses the following key issues:
  • Water Quality and Availability
  • Structural Safety of Project Infrastructure
  • Life and Fire Safety (L&FS)
  • Specific Requirements for New Buildings
  • L&FS Master Plan Review and Approval
  • Specific Requirements for Existing Buildings
  • Other Hazards
  • Traffic Safety
  • Transport of Hazardous Materials
  • General Hazardous Materials Transport
  • Major Transportation Hazards
  • Disease Prevention
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Communication Systems
  • Emergency Resources
  • Training and Updating
  • Business Continuity and Contingency
To access the PDF click here.

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