Dr. Ronald Raymond L. Sebastian
(Lifted from Volume 1, Issue 1 of the QHSE Newsletter dated August 2013)
The words Quality, Health, Safety and Environment used to be associated mostly with factories and construction sites and along with these, the imminent dangers surrounding these workplaces. We have, however, learned over the years, that even offices and schools also face challenges regarding safety, health, and environmental concern. Office safety, pollution, ergonomics and office environmental concerns have become buzzwords and bywords today. One of the JBLF System’s major thrusts is on QHSE. The intent is to expand our focus beyond the implementation of a Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2008), to include environmental, health and safety concerns. Part of the University’s Mission “… We aim to improve the quality of life through our thrusts in health, safety and environment,: says it all. The implementation of the QHSE epitomizes the commitment of the JBLF System to ensure that all stakeholders have a safe and healthy working and learning environment.
We need to manage quality, health, safety and environmental concern with the same degree of expertise and to the same standards as our other core business processes, if they are to effectively control risks and prevent harm to people.
A priority for the QHSE is to have a more effective management of quality, health and safety and environment. We enjoin our employees, department heads as well as students to make key contributions.
QHSE isn’t just one more thing. It’s Everything.