The abbreviation QHSE stands for Quality, Health, Safety and Environment. With a good QHSE policy, your organisation ensures that it complies with all laws and regulations relating to these topics, but above all: you guarantee the health and safety of your colleagues. Having everything in order makes you a reliable party for customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
In this article, we take a closer look at the various aspects of QHSE management, what the job of QHSE manager entails and what the most common challenges of this job are.
You now know what the acronym QHSE stands for. Let’s take a closer look at the QHSE meaning for each letter:
As an organisation, you want to deliver quality – no matter what product or service you offer. Besides meeting customers’ wishes and expectations, your organisation must also comply with standards, laws and regulations.
As a good employer, you want employees to work in a healthy working environment. Apart from motivations based on an individual’s intrinsic motivation, as an organisation in the Netherlands you are also obliged to do so by law, for instance under the Working Conditions Act.
The ‘S’ of QHSE involves minimising workplace accidents and hazards, identifying risks and drawing up emergency plans. It is also important that employees receive regular training around safety measures.
Your organisation must take responsibility when it comes to the environment and sustainability. Consider transparency around standard issues such as energy consumption, waste storage and emissions. By 2023, doing the bare minimum will no longer be enough – more and more organisations, customers and stakeholders expect you to take additional measures to reduce your ecological footprint.
As a QHSE manager, you ensure improvement – in all areas of QHSE. This is quite a challenge, as the topic of quality touches the entire organisation. Consider obtaining the right ISO certifications, for example. Not only must a QHSE manager draw up the policy, he or she must also ensure support within the organisation and create commitment.
Good quality management stands or falls with implementation in practice and the extent to which the organisation is involved. Read these five tips on how to create more support and commitment in your organisation. One of the tips is to ensure clear and straightforward communication. Easier said than done! Fortunately, there are good tools available in the market that can help you strengthen your QHSE policy.
What the challenges in this field are Susanne van Dijk,
Sales Consultant at Infoland, knows all too well.
“Besides drawing up a solid policy, the big challenge of QHSE managers is to get management and employees on board with this. This is a continuous improvement process. If you do not have this in order, it results in mistakes, deviations and accidents and therefore higher costs. Implementing this properly ensures efficiency, clarity, satisfied and healthy employees and gives you a competitive edge.”