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April 3, 2017 – 08:56 am

3E Company Helps LG&E and KU Electrify Its SDS Management Program

Background

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company (LG&E and KU) are regulated electric and natural gas utilities, based in Louisville, KY. A member of the PPL (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, the utility serves 394, 000 electric customers and 319, 000 natural gas customers in Louisville and 16 of its surrounding counties, an area that covers roughly 700 square miles.

Challenges

Jeff Gilbert, Health and Safety Coordinator for LG&E and KU, has been responsible for managing the utility’s Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) since he joined the company back in 2000. When he first joined the company, LG&E and KU was managing its SDSs in an Excel spreadsheet, then printing them and storing them in binders. With nearly 6, 000 SDSs, the utility quickly accumulated more than 50 volumes of three-inch binders.

“It goes without saying that the binders were a lot of work to maintain. When I first started working for LG&E and KU, I was tasked with identifying and deploying an electronic SDS management system. At that time, our biggest challenge was getting sites to send SDSs to our Health and Safety group for new products when they were brought on site. A couple of years before I came on board, the company had purchased an SDS management tool with hardware, but it was unable to meet our requirements. I recommended that we use an online service, ” said Mr. Gilbert.

Solutions

An extensive research process lead the team to MSDS Solutions, now part of 3E Company. The team originally deployed MSDS Solutions’ e-Service tool but since migrated to 3E Online® - MSDS in 2008.

With an easy start up process and extensive customer support system, 3E Online – MSDS made it easy for LG&E and KU to start managing its SDSs electronically. LG&E and KU simply submitted its inventory to 3E’s team of experts, which then contacted the suppliers to obtain the appropriate SDSs. From there, the team indexed its nearly 6, 000 SDSs and created a custom database that could be accessed by any of LG&E and KU’s 3, 200 employees.

“Initially, our managers were reluctant to invest in a new system because of our previous experience with the old electronic system, but their reluctance quickly faded when we saw how easy it was to manage our SDSs and maintain our inventory information using the 3E solution, ” said Mr. Gilbert.

Source: 3ecompany.com
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