The HSE work requires the practitioners to be knowledgeable in a country’s health, safety, and environmental laws, regulations, and codes as well as industry standards. For this reason, HSE training is usually country or region specific so as to address the several types of regulatory requirements that each jurisdiction and country stipulate.
Health, safety and environment departments are generally responsible for two objectives:
- prevention of all incidents and accidents that can result from abnormal operating conditions
- reduction of adverse effects that may result from normal operating conditions
Dealing with fire, explosions, and harmful substances in the work environment is an example of the first objective. Reducing a company’s carbon footprint and its impact on the environment is an example of the second objective. In both objectives, incorporating regulatory requirements inside a company’s written policies play an important role in developing measures that serve the company’s needs while conforming to state and federal regulations.