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Former Executive Director of EHS and Quality
Jessica Jannaman is the former* Executive Director, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), Quality & Manufacturing Planning at Advanced Vehicle Assemblies (AVA) in Rochester Hills, MI. She has held safety management positions with Dura Automotive Systems, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, and ABB in North America. A Lean Black Belt, Jessica holds a B.S. in Environmental Health and a Master of Science in Safety Management from Oakland University and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree from Oakland University in Organizational Leadership, where she also serves as an adjunct professor. Jessica is a former President of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Greater Detroit Chapter. She currently serves on the Environmental Practice Specialty Board for ASSP.
Tina Duffy is an accomplished Environmental Health and Safety professional with more than 16 years of global experience focusing both on corporate and facility level Health and Safety programs. After obtaining her BS in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Tina worked as a Region Safety Manager for a leading transport operator in North America before joining the Corporate EHS department of one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. Working with sites around the globe, she actively provided safety leadership, EHS functional expertise, data-driven safety performance improvement solutions, and EHS software management.
Hello Jessica! Thank you for joining me for this fireside chat! Can you please tell us a little bit about Advanced Vehicle Assemblies (AVA)?
Hi Tina, thank you for the invitation! Advanced Vehicle Assemblies (AVA – pronounced as Eva) creates highly efficient process-based and product solutions that form the future of mobility safety and environmental sustainability. Our facilities utilize manufacturing processes to enable the production of complex metal assemblies using multiple in-house forming and joining methodologies. Our core process technologies include roll-forming, laser welding, stamping, stretch bending, and hydroforming, among others. AVA supports several of the largest automotive OEMs, including Stellantis, Ford, and GM, among others. Above all, the health and safety of our 1,200+ employees spread across five locations in North and Central America, and environmental sustainability is the bedrock of our organizational culture, strategy, and execution processes.
Thank you, Jessica, for that insight into AVA! What encouraged you to prioritize EHS data intelligence solutions right from the very beginning of the new company?
Our focus was to incorporate workplace safety right into the very DNA of our company culture. We understood that the first step in that direction was to adopt a disciplined and structured approach towards data standardization. Without a centralized EHS system in place, it was rather challenging to ensure that our EHS stakeholders in various plants and facilities spoke the same safety language and could share best practices or lessons learned with each other. Above all, with ACT (Accurate, Complete, and Timely) visibility into the safety data analytics, we were able to emphasize the impact of driving employee engagement in being active stakeholders of the safety-driven culture.
That’s truly an admirable focus on driving safety through data analytics d employee engagement. What role do you envision ProcessMAP’s EHS solutions ll play in enabling your EHS objectives?
With ACT data analytics as the linchpin of our EHS vision, strategy and execution plan, ProcessMAP’s EHS software solutions play a very fundamental role in helping us achieve our objectives. The software solutions help us perform incisive data stratification to dive deeper into unsafe acts and unsafe conditions. With mobile-first solutions, every employee is an active participant in identifying hazards and reporting risks and observations proactively. The end result is that we evolve as an organization to continuously improve our EHS performance.
What helped you select ProcessMAP over other solutions to manage your EHS performance data?
Apart from the fact that we had already gone through an exhaustive process to select ProcessMAP for Dura Automotive before AVA became an independent entity, what really set the team apart is their commitment to transparency and collaboration. Right from the very beginning, ProcessMAP’s team was able to break down the cost and the project hours into a highly defined and detailed plan. We did not receive this level of commitment from any other EHS software provider in the market. Finally, the ProcessMAP team was open and willing to work with each of our individual locations to understand their specific workflows and challenges and build them into the central project plan. This helped us get buy-in for ProcessMAP solutions not just at a corporate leadership level, but also from each individual plant and facility where the solutions get used on a daily basis.
That’s so great to hear! What are some of the EHS performance improvements you have achieved so far?
While our organization has reduced our overall Recordable and Lost Time Incident Rate by more than 60% over the past three years, let me share a very specific example of how we achieved safety excellence by leveraging ProcessMAP EHS solutions. Our facility in Monterrey, Mexico, has been using the platform to proactively report unsafe acts and unsafe conditions. The system’s availability in the local language and on mobile helped accelerate user adoption and engagement. We initiated a “Spot, Alert, Fix & Educate (SAFE)” program to proactively prevent safety incidents from occurring. I am proud to share that as of July 2021, the Monterrey facility celebrated and recognized all of the employees for assigning safety the highest priority and achieving the enviable result of zero recordable or lost-time incidents/ injuries in the past three years!
Additionally, we now report normalized and standardized EHS performance data to our executive leadership team on a weekly basis.
What are some key recommendations for your peers (or the EHS community-at-large) from your experience in driving an EHS transformation initiative?
EHS is a collective responsibility within any organization. Consequently, every single individual is accountable to do his, her, or their part to elevate our organizational EHS/ESG culture. The other interesting insight we have gained is just how far-reaching the impact of robust EHS practices go. For example, by leveraging the ProcessMAP EHS solutions to conduct proactive audits and inspections, and drive on-time closure of Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPAs), we were able to turn the ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System Certification into a seamless process.
Thank you, Jessica! Your insights and a firsthand account of leading a major EHS transformation program will be of great value to EHS professionals across the board. Thank you for your time and your trust in ProcessMAP! We look forward to supporting you in the form of trustworthy partners as you and your team scale greater heights of success.
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* This fireside chat was recorded between Jessica Jannaman and Tina Duffy in August 2021. In September 2021, Jessica accepted a new position as Senior Manager of EHS for the Americas at TE Connectivity