Q&A: HSEQ Manager Peta Rogers shares her story
Tell us a bit about what you do
I manage the integrated Health Safety Environment Quality (HSEQ) management system for water business. Part of my role is providing support for operations, making sure our environment and safety standards are maintained across the business.
But that’s just what I do in terms of providing and supporting business needs. I think the most important part of my job is to continually look for new ways to improve HSEQ - we strive for the best so enhancing what we do is always front of mind.
Have you always been interested in protecting the environment?
The passion probably came as part and parcel of the job. I have a Health and Safety background, and in an HSEQ role, I see that I’m also caring for the safety of the environment. Obviously, doing a job like this, you become acutely aware of potential dangers and damage. In treating waste water, we’re protecting the natural resources we have. When it comes to the environment, my job is to make sure the decisions we make every day won’t bear negative impacts, indeed we want our decisions to work to actually better the environment.
Safety plays a big role in our work culture. How easy/difficult do you find it to promote safety at SUEZ and keep people engaged?
I can honestly say that I don’t have any problems at all in getting people engaged with our safety programs. We’ve got some pretty high-risk workplaces, including plants where we’re using potentially dangerous chemicals, high pressure water and complex equipment. But everyone believes in safety as paramount, so it’s just how we work every single day. Like you say, it’s part of the SUEZ culture, which is great for me.
What do you love most about what you do?
This will probably sound cliché, but I love knowing I’m looking after people. Everything I do everyday at work, always comes back to making sure that SUEZ employees are able to do their job safely.
What advice would you give to young people looking to get into HSEQ?
I’d say get your qualifications, then get out there and gain experience of how the theory works in real-life. Watch how people work, see how people make decisions and how that affects them every day. Get an understanding of workplaces and look at the reality of day to day operations in the workplace.
In HSEQ, that’s what makes the difference between someone with a qualification, and someone who’s excelling in their job.