Award Winners Spotlight EH&S Best Practices


Source: IHS

ESS Excellence Awards Show Measurable Benefits of Using IT to Reduce Operational Risks and Costs

TEMPE, Ariz. -- October 6, 2006 -- Tuesday, October 10, the first annual ESS Excellence Awards will be presented to 18 businesses, agencies and institutions for their outstanding use of information technology to reduce risks and costs associated with environmental, health and safety (EH&S) and crisis management. Pollution Engineering and Industrial Safety and Hygiene News are media sponsors for the new award program - which is hosted by the Customer Care Council of ESS, the leading provider of operational risk management software and services for EH&S and crisis management.

The inaugural ESS Excellence Awards will celebrate extraordinary achievements of organizations that reduced operational risks that resulted in reduced costs and enhanced operating efficiencies. For example:

. A manufacturer cut emission compliance costs more than $100,000 during a 12-month period by implementing an emissions monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting (MRR) tracking system;

. A public utility projects $1.3 million in cost reductions and efficiencies over seven years following deployment of a regulatory compliance system;

. A chemical refining company saved a projected $200,000 in annual outsourcing costs for its leak detection and reporting (LDAR) system, eventually transforming the program into a profit center; and

. A major university saved $70,000 by using its refrigerant tracking capability to locate a broken plastic interlock instead of replacing a refrigerant motor.

'The variety of award winners - ranging from oil and gas refineries, manufacturers, public utilities, and retail grocers to government agencies and universities - is another indication that nearly every organization can benefit from using new information management tools and techniques to address critical EH&S and crisis management issues,' said Robert Johnson, ESS President and CEO.

The 2006 ESS Excellence Award winners are:

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: Alcoa, Inc., Alcoa, Tenn.; DAK Americas, Leland, N.C.; Eastern Municipal Water District, Perris, Calif.; Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho; Linc Facility Services, Austin, Texas; Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M.; New Jersey Natural Gas Company, Wall, N.J; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.; Plant Services, Inc., Worden, Mont.; Sunoco, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.; SUPERVALU, Eden Prairie, Minn; and Volvo Trucks North America, Inc., Dublin, Va.

SAFETY MANAGEMENT: Halliburton, Houston, Texas; Hunter Douglas, Broomfield, Colo.; and United Stationers Supply Co., Deerfield, Ill. CRISIS MANAGEMENT: Puyallup Fire & Rescue, Puyallup, Wash. PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT: City of Boynton Beach, Boynton Beach, Fla.; New York Power Authority, White Plains, N.Y.; and Sunoco, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. One ESS Excellence Award winner will be recognized as being the 'Best of the Best,' the organization whose automated solution stood out as the most innovative, and generated the greatest benefit to its stakeholders. Winners of ESS Excellence Awards were determined based on achieving measurable benchmarks for innovative use of technology; impact on employee health and safety; emission reduction; resultant benefit to the surrounding community; cost reduction or fiscal impact; risk reduction; and internal awareness of the project. The recipients will be honored at an awards gala to be held during ESS EXPO.06, the Business Conference and Workshop for Essential SuiteT and Compliance SuiteT users, scheduled for October 8-12 at Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix.

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