We talk to Heath Ralphson, Head of QHSE, Aggreko, about the advantages, challenges and solutions of implementing a solid QHSE program on an international basis.
Operating in a hazardous or high-pressured environment can mean anything from working in intense temperatures, during extreme weather conditions, in an offshore environment, deep underground or in remote, hard to reach locations.
Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) programs are vital to the successful running of any international company, especially companies like Aggreko who install and operate electrical generation and distribution equipment in diverse and often remote environments, sometimes lacking the most basic infrastructure. Without strong and comprehensive QHSE systems in place, companies could be exposed to incidents that could put their people and the environment in danger. Implementing a strong QHSE practise can be further complicated by the differing regulatory and compliance standards that exist within certain companies, countries and across the various industry sectors. Therefore, finding a common standard that ultimately ensures the safety of all and reduces the potential impact to the environment can be considered by some as a time-consuming and expensive problem.