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Chevron wins IHS Spectrum Excellence Award

11:29 AM MDT | August 21, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Chevron was selected as the “Best of the Best” among this year’s IHS Spectrum Excellence Award winners based on its innovative use of information systems and best practices to achieve environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) business goals. Chevron’s team accepted the award during a ceremony at the IHS EHS&S solutions workshop in Houston in June.

Several chemical makers also won Spectrum Excellence awards for sustainability and innovation, including Drom Fragrances, RPM's Rust-Oleum Europe subsidiary, and Total Petrochemicals and Refining.

“IHS congratulates Chevron for showing how enterprise-level operational risk information solutions can be successfully leveraged across a multi-faceted global organization,” says Scott Lockhart, IHS v.p./EHS and sustainability. “Chevron’s proven ability to enhance critical decision-making and achieve world-class performance through a comprehensive strategy for enterprise sustainability management that drives operational excellence will serve as a model for all kinds of businesses around the world.”

Chevron implemented IHS’ Impact ERM software for operational risk management, along with its own data analysis and reporting tool warehouse and legacy systems, for a more “unified incident analysis and reporting system.” The company also received the award due to its enhanced health, environmental and safety (HES) business intelligence, greater transparency and accountability, key performance indicators (KPIs) in its reporting, and improved incident analysis through archiving management of change (MOC) systems, IHS says.

Total Petrochemicals and Refining (TPRI) won an Excellence Award, and was acknowledged for implementing IHS Impact ERM at all 17 of its facilities worldwide. Nearly 5,000 users work in the system to generate reporting that helps EHS managers track incidents and response actions while proactively reducing hazards and improving work processes.

“We are committed to a management system approach that promotes continuous improvement,” says Karen Jones, manager of occupational health/crisis management at TPRI. “We are always looking at our operations to see how we can make our business work better. That’s why we also made a commitment to consolidating information systems across the company, picking the best ones and phasing out the rest. In this case, it became apparent that one small, outdated application that was supposed to facilitate the auditing protocol for our management system was actually holding us back.”

Rust-Oleum Europe, a subsidiary of RPM, has been acknowledged for automating the production and management of its data safety sheet information (SDS) and label texts with IHS’ Intelligent Authoring and Datalink software at some of its facilities since 2007—now complying with all EU laws. The company reformatted all of the SDSs for all of its mixtures under the REACH program.

“The greatest challenge for our department, is meeting the requirements of new and increasingly complex EHS regulations across the EU,” says Els Peeters, regulatory and product stewardship for Rust-Oleum Europe. “We are also always trying to go beyond compliance and promote standardization – to make our operations more efficient and help us drive. Safety Data Sheets are the cornerstone of compliance for a number of standards in Europe and around the world. Intelligent Authoring is complete and easy to use so we were able to perform this huge task in a limited time and on schedule.”

Drom Fragrances, a leading fragrance manufacturer, has also implemented IHS’ Product Stewardship Solution and Intelligent Authoring to simplify its data management and production of SDS documentation and labeling, consolidating 7 systems into 1, standardizing material safety data, saving time, developing interfaces with ERP to provide safety data throughout the supply chain, and proactively addressing future changes to product regulations and standards.

“Demands from both regulators and customers are increasing. Our team was spending too much time and effort collecting product compliance and safety information using seven disparate systems across our different sites. We had to continually input and export data from each system in order to create one complete picture,” says Glen Currier, data manager at Drom. “We knew we needed one centralized, global system to standardize and streamline our work processes so we can ensure accuracy and lower operating costs.”

To learn more about IHS' Spectrum Excellence Awards and see the full list of winners, visit IHS online.














 
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