WESTERVILLE, Ohio, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- With energy supply chains becoming increasingly global, regulations in the industry have made compliance management more difficult, especially without a clear way to measure adherence to Health, Security, Safety and Environment (HSSE) standards. According to a new white paper,"Outsourcing in the Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) sector –Safety First," published today by Exel, the North American leader in supply chain management and a Deutsche Post DHL company, third party logistics providers (3PLs) can significantly improve energy companies' compliance to HSSE standards and adherence to safety procedures across global operations.
This white paper is the final part in a four-part series based on in-depth research and interviews with energy experts and professionals in procurement, supply chain, and materials management roles. The series identifies values, concerns and opportunities for Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) professionals. In this report, MRO professionals identified safety and compliance as a top priority for the energy industry.
According to the report, the lack of key performance indicators for HSSE standards places additional responsibility on supply chain managers to develop immediate expertise in international regulations and to strictly manage compliance at every step of the supply chain. However, partnering with the right 3PL can improve an energy company's adherence to standards. The report outlines four characteristics for managers to identify when selecting a 3PL partner:
1. Shared Priorities: Safety First: No two energy supply chains are alike, so it is of vital importance that a 3PL is able to align with a client's internal safety culture. Furthermore, 3PLs should offer added value as regulatory experts and display a proactive attitude toward safety. Establishing a mutual understanding of safety and compliance standards will ensure a beneficial partnership for energy companies.
2. Effective HSSE Management on Site: An ideal 3PL partner will have up-to-date certifications from highly regarded safety organizations such as PICS or Can Qual. 3PLs should also provide regular HSSE compliance training to ensure that all processes are meeting the standards. Maintaining this level of detailed attention within any organization can be difficult and costly, so partnering with a 3PL can save time and money.
3. Being Ready for the Worst Case Scenario: It is not only important to have plans for day-to-day safety management, but it is equally important to prepare for unexpected crises. The ideal 3PL will have energy industry experts who are experienced in managing safety during emergencies. Additionally, 3PLs should have the ability to properly conduct investigations should an incident occur.
4. Making Sense of the Regulatory Regime: As national organizations develop a deeper understanding of the impact of energy on the environment, energy professionals can expect additional regulations. 3PLs can aid energy partners by paying close attention to the ever-changing regulatory environment. 3PLs can also add value by proactively providing solutions that meet both HSSE standards and company needs.
"Regulations and discoveries in the energy industry are occurring at a rapid pace, placing additional pressure on the supply chain," said Ed Smith, Exel's Vice President, Business Development Energy in US and Canada. "To simplify compliance management without sacrificing safety or quality, companies can partner with 3PLs that provide expertise in government regulation and safety compliance."
More information can be found in the white paper, which can be downloaded here. To learn more about Exel's supply chain solutions for the energy industry, visit http://www.exel.com/exel/exel_energy.jsp.
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Exel is the North American leader in contract logistics, providing customer-focused solutions to a wide range of industries including automotive, consumer, retail, engineering and manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare, technology, energy and chemicals. Exel's innovative supply chain solutions, skilled people and regional coverage bring together all aspects of contract logistics in addition to a wide range of integrated, value-added and specialist services. Exel is a wholly owned entity of Deutsche Post DHL, the world's leading logistics group. For more information, visit www.exel.com.
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