Origin/ Role at Enhesa/Jurisdictions Covered:
I’m an EHS regulatory consultant covering mostly Belgium and the Netherlands—sometimes also other French speaking jurisdictions. I’m also part of the EU team; I’m responsible for water issues, occupational health issues and transport of dangerous goods.
Education and Credentials:
I graduated with a Bachelor and Master of Laws from the University of Ghent.
When did you join Enhesa?
I joined Enhesa in February 2017.
What languages do you speak?
French and Dutch are both my mother tongues. I’m fluent in English and I can understand and speak German at a basic level. I can understand Spanish quite a bit, however having a real conversation is challenging and I would like to improve it (ordering food and drinks is not an issue though!).
What are your hobbies?
I’m a passionate lacrosse player. I play for my team in Ghent and the Belgian national team. love to go snowboarding whenever I get the chance to go to the mountains in the winter. I also enjoy cooking and traveling (and tasting the delicious food in all the countries I visit!).
What EHS issues are you most passionate about?
I’m mainly interested in occupational health and wellbeing (for example: workplace stress, ergonomics, occupational diseases, etc.). This is probably connected to the fact that I’m passionate about sports and maintaining a healthy lifestyle; I pay a lot of attention to it. I’m also interested in anything related to climate change and the protection of our environment and our beautiful planet. Go nature!
What are some trends or hot issues occurring in your jurisdictional coverage at the moment?
A recent topic that sparked my interest was the right to be disconnected from work. In France, the right to disconnect from work has been incorporated into law (le droit à la déconnection). However, in Belgium, employees do not have the right to disconnect,, but rather the “right to discuss the issue” with the employer. This was implemented into law in March 2018. Obviously, this is not the same, but the positive thing about this is that it can encourage conversation between employers and their employees, working together to find a good way of achieving work-life balance.
What do companies need to know about EHS in your jurisdictions or what would you tell companies thinking about doing business in one of your jurisdictions?
Belgium and the Netherlands are part of the EU regulatory system, so a lot of the laws are very similar. However, each country (even the different regions in Belgium) have slight differences. You can definitely spot this in the waste regulations, for example. Even though it comes from EU law, each jurisdiction does it a bit differently.
What is your favorite aspect of working at Enhesa?
We are a mix of nationalities and cultures, working together and sharing our thoughts and experiences. It’s always interesting to be able to compare different jurisdictions and see how it’s done in other parts of the world.
Besides the fact that we work on our countries of expertise, we have the funniest and lively conversations at lunch. For example, teaching each other strange words and comparing different eating habits.