October 8, 2013 marked the second annual Global EHS Regulations Workshop presented by Antea Group and Inogen Environmental Alliance to members of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA) in Detroit, Michigan, corporate home to 90% of USA-based automotive suppliers. The full-day workshop was designed to deliver applicable insights and best practices in managing EHS regulatory challenges affecting global automotive supplier operations. Through presentations, panel discussions and interactive break-out sessions, attendees gained local perspectives on emerging EHS trends and technical topics in Australia, Brazil, China, European Union, Indonesia, Mexico and Vietnam.
"Effective management of manufacturing operations in the face of ever-changing global regulation is a complex undertaking," says Jerry Hincka, Senior Consultant and Automotive Segment Leader for Antea Group. "In-country understanding of local requirements and dynamic developments is critical for maintaining compliance and avoiding business interruption. It's our hope that, as an affiliate member of OESA, we can help provide a forum for sharing best practices and actionable solutions for the EHS issues most relevant to the automotive supplier community."
Workshop content was tailored to the interests of the attendees, which resulted in an emphasis on air emissions standards, water discharge, new plant permitting, machine guarding, health & safety metrics, and EHS management systems. In attendance were representatives from Ashland, Cooper Standard, Delphi Corporation, Dow Automotive Systems, Goodyear, Lear Corporation, NSK Corporation, and TRW Automotive to name a few of the 35 participating companies.
Workshop feedback was very positive with attendees citing an appreciation for the comprehensiveness of information provided, native presenters and use of real-life examples. "The Inogen global footprint was very well represented at this workshop," said Nicole Hamilton, EHS Program Manager for a Global Specialty Chemical Company. "It is rare to attend an event with such a global scope, and in my role as global EHS program manager, it was very much appreciated. All of the presentation material was timely, concise and included the local perspective that is so important to companies seeking to better understand the potential impacts of EHS business risks across multiple geographies."
Inogen Environmental Alliance companies that contributed expertise to presentations and discussion panels included Angel Ambiental (Brazil), Antea Group (Belgium, Colombia, France, Netherlands, USA), AREC (Mexico), Denkstatt (Austria), HPC AG (Germany), Peter J. Ramsay & Associates (Australia), EnviroSolutions Consulting (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore), and ESD China (China).
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Formed in August 1998, OESA provides a forum for automotive suppliers by addressing issues of common concern through peer group councils, serving as a reliable source of information and analysis, providing an industry voice on issues of interest and serving as a positive change agent to the automotive industry. With 450 member companies having global automotive sales exceeding $300 billion, OESA represents more than 70 percent of North American automotive supplier sales. For more information, visit www.oesa.org.