Because environmental, health, and safety conditions can change frequently during the course of a project, missing the opportunity to identify these concerns up front poses a risk to the company, as well as to the public.
Con Edison’s policies incorporate these concerns into project planning. As an example, the company has established a checklist which is a critical tool in evaluating environmental, health, and safety concerns, as well as opportunities to improve project design and construction. In 2013, the company will evaluate the effectiveness of this process. This evaluation will include how these checklists are used in project inception, as well as how the environmental, health, and safety concerns are reevaluated over the course of a project's life. Improvements will be identified and implemented to more effectively use these tools.