Thread regarding Williams Cos. layoffs

Why the EHS hate?

Of all departments it seems EHS gets slammed most often on this board. Why is that?

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Post ID: @OP+KFpkRhh

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Big improvements in safety where made after the explosions and deaths in 2013. It took a grass route effort to clean up tons of issues, big progress was made in the Northeast for example. Corporate did help some, but in many cases they passed the buck and did nothing but produced a bunch of spreadsheets and reports. It took an aggressive hands on approach to clean up things at the local level, unfortunately not much credit was given out to the people involved in fact some where unfairly and prematurely terminated in 2016 during the massive. I guess in a big company you can get away with stuff like that because there are always replacements waiting in the wings. Too much finger pointing and not enough can do people, probably because doers don’t seem to get rewarded maybe blamed.

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Post ID: @rQzyq+KFpkRhh

EHS exists to convince people that EHS needs to continue to exist. That's why they make problems when there aren't any.

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Post ID: @rPtbv+KFpkRhh

A poor safety culture is a straw man. Let the experts at corporate dictate down to the field what they need to do. In turn the field needs to eat it or face severe consequences. No more slaps on wrists. However, I will say as I look around the corporate EHS team I don't see many experts left. I don't even know if there is anyone left with professional credentials/certifications. There has been quite the brain drain over the last year. Only the faithful soldiers remain. My team works closely with EHS and it's been sad to see the decline in that department (top leadership getting fired for scandalous behavior, competent employees getting laid off, current leadership having little safety/health knowledge).

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Post ID: @5rlo+KFpkRhh

You should probably learn to read. I don't think anyone said it was corporate was/is the issue, although I think it would be humorous to hear your bases on why the calture is so excellent at corporate.

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Post ID: @5zio+KFpkRhh

Both field EHS and operators in the field. No respect for the corporate expertise.

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Post ID: @4hzq+KFpkRhh

Do you mean the field EHS folks??

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Post ID: @3riy+KFpkRhh

I disagree. I think the corporate EHS folks are not the culture problem. I think it's the field guys' problems.

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Post ID: @2yqq+KFpkRhh

Well said. EHS is any easy scapegoat and a convient target, all part of the safety culture at Williams, it even shows up on this message board, shows that much more improvement is needed.

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Post ID: @1sgi+KFpkRhh

Because people think that EHS excellence is purely the responsibility of EHS, when in fact they should probably look in the mirror. Culture and EHS excellence takes everyone, espically the folks closer to the work.

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