How to leverage your Business Continuity Program to build a more resilient EHS program

Buehler, Sarah
(ERM Inc., San Francisco, CA)

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Too often fast moving companies operate in silos which can create an inefficient and risky environment. The EHS Manager is regularly not involved in early discussions around operational changes including new product offerings, specific customer needs, tool updates and changes, and facility design making it hard to get out of the “reactive” versus “proactive” role. By leveraging key concepts in business continuity (BC) planning, leaders can help breakdown some of these barriers and build a more resilient organization. An EHS Manager can take advantage of the BC program to help identify risks to critical operations, build rapport and partnerships with key leaders and stakeholders, and increase awareness of the EHS involvement and capabilities. Some of these opportunities include participation in the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and Risk Assessment process, Supply Chain Audits, and joint emergency response and BC trainings & exercises. This session will include an overview of the ISO 22301 standard, relation to ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001 standards, supply chain risk, and common risks currently faced in the semiconductor industry.

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