As companies evolve, relocations seem almost inevitable for many facilities. Relocating an entire facility, expanding to additional space, and downsizing all require involvement from EHS personnel early in the process.

Many people do not realize the importance of bringing EHS into a relocation project from the beginning. There are numerous safety considerations that must be taken into account during the design phase, which can be easily overlooked if EHS personnel are not involved in the early planning. Many permits take an extensive amount of time to obtain, requiring applications to be filed several months in advance of projected occupancy dates. Every town has nuances with the town specific permitting processes, some being more involved than others. It is important to explore the town specific requirements well in advance so there are no surprises. If EHS is not brought into the process, costly fixes and time delays can be encountered.

Be proactive about participating in planning meetings and establish a clear task timeline in order to maintain a successful occupancy date.