As an industry-leading environmental company, CH2M places a high value on protecting the environment. Through our project delivery system and HSE program, we implement systematic environmental risk management practices in a manner that adds value to our clients, firm, staff and projects, with the ultimate goal of achieving Target Zero.
Our environmental performance is exceptional, especially considering the variety and complexity of the projects we deliver. In 2016, CH2M had zero environmental fines or penalties.
Our commitment to Target Zero and our environmental program starts with leadership. Senior leaders are trained on our environmental program and cascade HSE expectations throughout their organizations. A network of environmental professionals provide tools, training and resources to help projects and operations comply with environmental requirements. Our strong environmental performance is the result of our educated, equipped and empowered employees, who care about achieving Target Zero and protecting the environment.
CH2M’s proprietary online tool, the “Hours and Incident Tracking System” (HITS), reports, tracks and trends spills and near-misses, including those reported by subcontractors. Most of the releases are small in volume and occur on impervious surfaces or within containment systems. In any event, we note root causes and define corrective actions for our project teams. In the event of a significant spill, our environmental managers follow prescribed protocols to investigate and issue corrective measures that incorporate lessons learned to educate staff and prevent further incidents.
Significant spills are defined as those that exceed regulatory reporting thresholds, as established by the U.S. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). CH2M had no significant spills in 2016.