GREEN BUSINESS LETTER

EHS, By the Numbers

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Courtesy of GREEN BUSINESS LETTER

FOR DECADES, COMPANIES HAVE benchmarked their staffing levels against industry norms. Ratios such as employees per production volume represent the most basic measures of productivity and profits. There are specific EHS activities where standard industry ratios may be a valid methodology to size staff support. For example, regulatory-required personnel training and industrial hygiene monitoring are well-defined tasks that can be “normalized” against a standard unit, namely employees. As a rule, the more the service resembles a well-defined commodity, the more likely that simple ratios or other factors can be reliably used.

This presents an interesting paradox: Commodity services are typically the first to be outsourced.

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