What challenges and success factors reform workplace safety? From ISO 45001 and Behavior Based Safety to smart Personal Protective Equipment: In Quentic’s Safety Management Trend Report 2019, leading experts from 8 countries discuss what will shape the occupational safety of the future.
The world of work is changing. Industry 4.0 is bringing people and technology closer together than ever before. Companies are working more globally, more flexibly and with more automation. But are they also working safer? When it comes to digitalization, occupational safety still rarely stands at the forefront. But the potential is enormous: for a field of tasks that affects an entire organization, data is the foundation of any smart company.
How digitalization is changing occupational safety
The experts Quentic questioned for the Safety Management Trend Report are all sure of one thing: New technology is permanently changing occupational safety. Artificial Intelligence, EHS software and smart Personal Protective Equipment offer new ways to protect employees. But digitalization is not just bringing opportunities. The phenomena of constant availability and increasingly blurred boundaries between work and personal life constitute mental health risks, which need to be duly considered and mitigated.
Motivating managers and employees
The biggest challenge foreseen by the experts asked lies in motivating all members of a company for workplace safety. Leadership is required! ISO 45001, the international standard for management systems of occupational health and safety, emphasizes management commitment to proactively improve safety performance. To establish a goal-driven safety culture, leaders need to foster long-term motivation in their employees. The level of occupational safety in a company can only develop positively when executives listen to, encourage and involve their employees in the long term. Due to this, approaches such a Behavior Based Safety (BBS) are gaining in popularity, especially in an international context. Emerging movements like Safety II and Safety Differently also see the classic top-down approach as increasingly outdated. They are also questioning the numeric “Zero Accidents” goal.
Different approaches united in one report
So, do skilled workers need to rethink? Or are these new approaches merely old wine in new bottles? Quentic purposefully joins together different schools of thought in the Safety Management Trend Report 2019. Occupational safety specialists and EHS managers will get a good overview of current movements, trends and success factors. The experts who have contributed to this report include professors, association members, consultants and representatives with practical experience. Download the entire qualitative report here.
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