Our QHSE whizz kid!! Ryan joined our team this Summer, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the QHSE sector. We know the importance of implementing effective quality procedures and ensuring that the right health and safety protocols are implemented in organisations today, and we wanted to offer our clients that support and knowledge. As part of our managed services, Ryan supports our clients to help manage their QHSE to reduce risk, improve employee safety and improve sustainability.
We spoke to Ryan to give us an insight into his role at Edac
So Ryan, tell us about your role within Edac…
I have recently joined Edac as a QHSE Advisor. My role within Edac is to work alongside the team to support and guide our customers towards environmental compliance. It is important that as a team we achieve this goal, while also helping our customers achieve their own personal goals.
How did you get into this field and find your passion for the industry?
I first discovered my passion for the QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment) field through a combination of personal experiences and professional interests. My journey into the industry began during my undergraduate studies when I was completing a degree in environmental science & health.
During that time, I became aware of the importance of preserving our environment and ensuring the well-being of individuals in various workplace settings.
As I continued my education and gained practical experience through internships and part-time jobs, I realised that QHSE was an evolving field with a direct impact on people’s lives. I was drawn to the idea of making a positive difference by implementing safety measures and environmental sustainability practices in various industries.
One moment that solidified my passion for the QHSE field was witnessing the positive outcomes of my work. I had the opportunity to collaborate with organisations to develop and implement safety protocols that prevented accidents and protected employees.
I also participated in environmental initiatives that reduced waste and minimised ecological footprints. Seeing the positive results of these efforts was incredibly rewarding and reinforced my interests in this industry.
What do you enjoy about working in the industry?
I truly enjoy working in the QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment) industry for multiple reasons.
One of the most gratifying aspects of working in QHSE is the direct impact on people’s lives and the environment. Every decision and action I take has the potential to prevent accidents, improve the well-being of employees, ensure product quality, and contribute to environmental sustainability. Knowing that my work makes a positive difference is fulfilling.
I also have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary teams, from engineers and scientists to managers and frontline workers. This collaborative approach allows me to learn from others, share knowledge, and collectively work towards common goals.
Many of the initiatives and improvements in QHSE have a lasting impact. Implementing safety measures and sustainable practices not only benefit the present but also create a foundation for a safer, higher-quality, and more sustainable.
Why do you think it is important for organisations to consider their approach to QHSE?
Organisations should consider their approach to Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) for several crucial reasons, as it plays a fundamental role in their overall success.
Adhering to QHSE standards and regulations is often a legal requirement in many industries. Failing to comply can result in severe legal consequences such as fines, penalties, and even business shutdowns.
Prioritising health and safety within the workplace is vital. Organisations have a moral and ethical responsibility to ensure the well-being of their employees, customers, and the public. A QHSE program helps prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses, which in turn, protects human lives.
By identifying and addressing potential risks related to quality, health, safety, and the environment, organisations can proactively reduce these risks. This not only prevents incidents but also reduces the financial and operational impact of unexpected events.
A strong QHSE commitment can significantly enhance an organisation’s reputation. Customers, investors, and stakeholders increasingly value businesses that demonstrate responsibility and ethical conduct. A positive reputation can lead to increased customer trust, brand loyalty, and financial success.
What challenges do you think organisations face within the area of QHSE?
Organisations encounter several challenges within the area of Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE). These challenges can vary depending on the industry, size of the organisation.
Ensuring that employees at all levels are adequately trained and aware of QHSE protocols is essential. Keeping a large workforce up-to-date with the latest safety and quality standards can be challenging.
Engaging employees in QHSE initiatives and encouraging them to actively participate in safety and quality improvements can be a challenge. It requires effective communication, training, and a strong safety culture.
Gathering and analysing data related to QHSE performance is crucial for decision making. Although, managing this data can be difficult and time-consuming, particularly for organisations with large operations.
Being prepared for emergencies, such as industrial accidents, is vital for QHSE. Developing and maintaining effective emergency response plans and training employees for various scenarios can be challenging.
How do you see the role of QHSE evolving in business over the coming years ahead?
I feel the role of Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) in business is set to undergo significant changes in the coming years as organisations adapt to a rapidly changing global landscape.
Governments and regulatory bodies will continue to tighten QHSE regulations, particularly in response to environmental and health concerns. Organisations will need to adapt quickly to changing compliance requirements.
I believe QHSE will extend beyond physical safety to include mental health and well-being. I have previously witness companies investing in programs that support the mental and emotional health of their employees, recognising its impact on overall productivity and safety.
Organisations will continue to prioritise sustainable sourcing, recycling, and minimising environmental impact at a greater scale by putting a larger emphasis on eco-friendly practices such as waste reduction and resource efficiency.
What would you say to someone thinking about following a similar career path to yourself?
Go for it, this field is deeply rewarding, but it requires a genuine commitment to making a positive impact on people’s lives and the environment. Consider pursuing further education in QHSE, such as a degree in Health & Safety, Environmental Science or Safety Management. A strong educational foundation will provide you with essential knowledge for the industry.
I would advise to seek internships or entry-level positions in QHSE to gain practical experience. Real-world exposure is invaluable for understanding the rewards and challenges you face in this field.
It is also important to be prepared for setbacks and challenges. QHSE professionals can at times encounter resistance to change. Resilience and perseverance are essential traits.
And finally, Ryan. When you are not working, how do you like to relax and enjoy your downtime?
I spend a lot of my evenings after work at my local gym and pool as I find this is an excellent way to unwind after a day at work.
I also play golf and try to play regularly, although the shorter evenings and unpredictable weather conditions are currently limiting my opportunities to get out.
I am a big sports fan and would watch all kinds of sport that are televised. In my opinion, it is the ideal way to pass the long, dark winter evenings.
I was recently away on holidays in Rhodes, Greece. It was nice to get away to relax and recharge. I had never been to any of the Greek islands previously, but it is somewhere that I will definitely return to again.