Conduct a Gap Analysis

Conduct a Gap Analysis

When was the last time you conducted a gap analysis of your EHS program, either by using an outside consultant or an internal resource? If you have never conducted a gap analysis or if it has been some time since the last one, consider investing in this invaluable process.

A gap analysis should start with a thorough review of your EHS needs and an evaluation of the regulatory standards that are applicable to your site and the work being conducted. This should include taking a deep dive into the hazardous materials present and how they are being stored, manipulated, and disposed of. When reviewing compliance with permit and license requirements, consider any permits or licenses that may have been overlooked due to changing needs.

Gap analyses almost always produce a list of action items. Even when an EHS program is well run and well documented, there are usually areas for improvement. Nice to have or do items that fell off the radar may be re-identified during the gap analysis and lead to a major improvement to your overall program.

A knowledgeable individual that is not closely involved with the program should conduct the gap analysis. This helps ensure impartial opinions and considerations, a fresh set of eyes on the program.

About the Author:

As Director of Quality Research and Training, Sarah Mueller ensures the consistency and quality of Safety Partners’ work by overseeing all aspects of knowledge management and best practices for its programs and trainings. Sarah regularly conducts research into emerging and changing regulations, and trains both clients and Safety Partners’ staff on regulations and safety standards. Sarah also oversees Safety Partners’ recruiting effort – ensuring only the best and the brightest are hired to develop, implement, and manage top-notch workplace safety programs and services.
Known for her great instincts with regard to radiation, chemical, and biological safety programs, Sarah also has been integral to the development of Safety Partners’ suite of web-based trainings and professional development courses. Prior to becoming Director of QRT, Sarah provided efficient and effective EHS services to Safety Partners clients as a Senior Consulting Safety Officer.
Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2004, Sarah was a Senior Environmental Specialist for the Department of Environment Protection, Air Compliance and Enforcement, where she was responsible for the case management of assigned facilities to ensure compliance with air pollution regulations, as well as investigating citizen complaints and training new hires. Prior to the DEP, Sarah worked in a toxicology lab at Mobil Oil Corporation. Sarah received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Lehigh University.

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