Introduction

In this age of consolidation and personnel reduction, regulatory personnel are also feeling the pinch. Businesses are trying to do more with less – less inventory, less lead-time, less overhead. For locations with both a safety and an environmental person, more and more often, these positions are being consolidated into one. While there is much overlap between these areas, there are sufficient differences. Typically, at the base level, safety compliance, since it deals with cultural change and people issues, tends to be more people-oriented. Environmental compliance, on the other hand, tends to be more of an exercise in intellect. That is not to say that environmental professionals are smarter than safety professionals – far from it. However, environmental compliance tends to focus on meeting specific regulatory limits, using specifically identified methodology. Safety compliance, on the other hand, deals with behaviors of the individual, and therefore, the successful safety professional must, in my opinion, be more empathetic. So, with these differences being what they are, what does the safety professional need to know to make sure you are the one who remains if consolidation of responsibilities does occur? Using what Darwin teaches, you must be "the fittest" to survive. You must be more adaptable than your counterpart, and to do that, you must have the most useful knowledge.

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