Royal Dutch Shell's Brutus platform sprung a leak on May 12, 2016 that almost went unnoticed until a helicopter spotted it. Around 2,000 barrels, or nearly 84,000 gallons of oil was released from an underwater oil well near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. Shell officials moved quickly to isolate the leak and shut down production from the Brutus platform. This resulted in the oil slick being isolated off the shoreline so no fisheries should be affected. According to Reuters, the sheen most “likely came from a release of oil from subsea infrastructure, though it is still determining the exact cause of the release.” There is a silver lining to this story. Shell handled the situation well and not only stopped the leak, it prevented injury to its workers.

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Environmental, health and safety (EHS/HSE) managers truly have a unique job where the entire company relies on them to assure that the business is running safely for all employees. This means making sure employees are safe in the workplace, healthy enough to complete the job, and minimizing the effects on the environment they are working in. Many businesses are still using paper to document hazard assessment and incident management protocols. There are better ways to manage EHS tasks which will not only reduce the environmental impact of paper processes but also lead to better outcomes at reduced operational costs. Below are three reasons why HSE officers must end their relationship with paper processes.

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Clearly the massive Canadian wildfire near Fort McMurray is an unprecedented disaster for the province of Alberta, Canada. According to the BBC, nearly 560,000 acres (220,000 hectares), or approximately 620 square miles, have been scorched since May 1, 2016. Rising temperatures, dry flora and little rain have all attributed to the immensity of the fire.

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