GEMI Releases First-of-its-Kind HSE Web Depot: A Tool to Enhance Corporate Value Through the Management of HSE Information

Source: GEMI, 7 September 2000

The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) announced the availability of a new HSE Web Depot, designed to help Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) professionals, facility managers and business unit leaders provide value to their companies by reducing costs and risks and improving performance through HSE information automation.
Large and small companies constantly look for new ways to enhance the top and bottom-line value of their companies. This first-of-its-kind HSE Web Depot will help information technology professionals and business leaders find ways to use and coordinate their information needs and technology, said Audrey Bamberger, Environmental Systems and Performance Measurement Specialist, Anheuser-Busch Companies, and Chair, GEMI Information Management Systems Work Group. She continued, A major challenge for HSE professionals inside any company is how to integrate HSE information into their company’s systems in a way that will enhance top and bottom-line value. This new web-based tool has been designed in a user-friendly way to collect and share information based on the experience and lessons learned by leading corporate environmental information technology experts.

Jim Thomas, Executive Director, Health, Safety & Environment, Novartis Corporation, and Chair of GEMI’s Communication and Marketing Committee added, This new web-based tool is another example of how GEMI’s members work together to develop tools that will help Business Help Business Achieve Global Environmental, Health and Safety Excellence. "The issues and examples that are included in this new tool highlight ways that professionals with these rapidly evolving skills can play a unique role for both the environment and in creating value for their companies," Thomas continued.

The HSE Web Depot is the culmination of over a year’s worth of effort by representatives of GEMI companies along with the consulting support of Hagler-Bailly and Blackwell Consulting. The HSE Web Depot can be accessed through GEMI’s website at

"This HSE Web Depot represents the first time that much of the information has been collected and organized in an easy-to-use format," Bamberger said. "Before this new Web Depot, often the only source of knowledge and experience in this new field existed in the minds of a few leading professionals," she continued. "Now GEMI has made it possible for the world to learn from these leading professionals in a way that has been designed to encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences, and the web-based nature of the tool allows the resource to continue to grow in both volume and value" she concluded.