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HSE Management System

HSE refers to “Health, Safety and Environment”. It is another acronym for EHS. An HSE management system allows a company to manage various HSE programs in an automated way. There is a wide variety of HSE management systems, but in general there are some basic aspects of health, safety and environment that almost all HSE management systems will address.

What follows is a list of the topics addressed by most HSE management systems. To make it more relevant, we grouped the subject matters in three major categories.


  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Physical hazards
  • Incidents and accidents


  • Industrial hygiene
  • Biological hazards
  • Chemical hazards
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Ergonomics


  • Air emissions
  • Greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide emissions
  • Water and wastewater management
  • Chemical management
  • Waste management, including hazardous waste
  • Energy management

In addition to the topics specific to each of the three main categories, the following are common to an entire HSE program:

  • Quality management
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Emergency responses
  • Preventive and corrective actions
  • Risk management
  • Training
  • Audits
  • Reporting

What is given above is not a complete list. Rather, it constitutes the minimum of a complete HSE management system. There are other features and characteristics offered by systems. In addition, HSE management systems can vary based on the type of industry that they are targeted at. For example, an HSE management system aimed at the oil and gas industry may have some differences compared to an HSE management system aimed at the retail industry.

Moreover, since there are different regulations for each country, it is important to determine whether the HSE management system is geared towards the type of markets where you are present. For example, if you are present heavily in the U.S., the EU and Japan, the HSE management system should be able to manage programs designed to achieve compliance to the environmental laws of all three jurisdictions.

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