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Improving Working Skill, Perfecting EHS Procedure--EHS Academy Business Success Story (2)

Improving Working Skill, Perfecting EHS Procedure--EHS Academy Business Success Story (2)

It is my honor to receive this training. Although it lasted only 9 days, I gained a fresh new perspective and a much wider understanding of the EHS system and culture. When I returned to work, I will work to bring EHS performance at the company to a higher level.

Jiang wrote this of his experience at the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Academy-Guangdong in 2010, and he has stayed true to his words. In the following two years, Jiang worked tirelessly with his colleagues to make EHS improvements at the factory where he works. Mr. Jiang Haizheng is the Safety Manager at an electrical appliance company in Panyu, Guangzhou. In the second half of 2010, he received EHS training that was designed for Wal-Mart suppliers and organized by the EHS Academy at Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University.

Jiang works at a Taiwan-owned enterprise that processes imported materials. It mainly manufactures Christmas light bulbs. Prior to the training, the company had a standard system for areas or issues concerning "environment" and another general framework concerning areas or issues of "Health" and "Safety". In order to improve its overall EHS performance, Jiang had to help overhaul its EHS system. Many regulations that operationalize these overall intentions had to be created and implemented.

With support from Wal-Mart and the company where he works, Jiang got the opportunity to attend the EHS Academy training. During the professional development training, Jiang not only gained technical knowledge, but he also received management and communication skills training. He was most struck by the interactive nature of the sessions-there were open discussions between the trainers and among the various trainees. "In the Inspection and Auditing course, we participated in some role play-acting out the two sides of the auditing process. Experiencing these different roles stimulated us to think about the issues from a different perspective. This exercise deepened our understanding and helped us to bring what we learned into practice. It really inspired our imagination!"

The EHS knowledge training, case studies, and communication skills training have all been very helpful to Jiang's work. After the training, he dedicated himself to applying what he learned to his work. Soon after the training, he developed standard procedures for identifying and estimating environmental issues, such as a checklist for major risk assessment and a contingency management plan for gas stations. Also, Jiang was proactive about sharing what he learned with his colleagues, including those in the human resource, administrative, and security departments, all of whom he would need to coordinate with in order to implement the new procedures successfully. "They were glad that I shared the knowledge with them, and they wanted to assist me in finalizing our EHS system," Jiang said soon after the training.

Over the past two years, he has been in regular contact with his fellow trainees from the EHS course. "It's good that we keep touch with each other - when I come across any difficulties, we discuss and exchange ideas by phone. This way, we can continue to learn and share with one another," said Jiang. Jiang continues to launch new EHS initiatives. The latest major projects include creating standards for safer production and staff guidebooks, which is almost complete.

As Jiang described, the company's management and his team have been supportive of his initiatives, and they are making improvements towards a better EHS system step by step. Since last year, his team has also been given the new task of selecting and implementing measures to reduce the overall energy consumption of the factory.

Wal-mart has set an ambitious goal for their suppliers: by the end of 2012, their factories need to reduce energy use by 20%. However, Jiang feels that improving energy efficiency is not just about responding to Wal-mart's request. He knows that doing so follows a global trend, which will benefit the factory and society as a whole.

It's widely agreed that improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is every factory's responsibility. Moreover, we will benefit a lot from this effort.

--Jiang said.

Since the beginning of 2012, Jiang and his team have been retrofitting their facilities and optimizing their production lines to reduce energy usage at the factory. Jiang cites examples: "after retrofitting our production line and installing some thermal retardation devices, we have significantly reduced our fuel oil usage."