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I was recently asked by them to share some thoughts on trends or expectations (or hopes) for safety in the new year and beyond.
You can download the entire 32-page report here (free registration required):
Explore behavioral safety, occupational safety and health, Lean manufacturing, and management responsibilities through the eyes of safety professionals.
Here are some of the thoughts that I shared that were included in the report.
Under the category of:
1. Increased Focus on Psychological and Psychosocial Safety
I said this:
“I would believe the cause and effect of the relationship, if people are feeling miserable and disrespected at work, that it negatively affects their health in different ways.”
Here is an article on that topic:
Disrespectful Behaviors: Their Impact, Why They Arise and Persist, and How to Address Them (Part II)
“Disrespect causes the recipient to experience fear, anger, shame, confusion, uncertainty, isolation, self-doubt, depression, and a whole host of physical ailments such as insomnia, fatigue, nausea, and hypertension.”
Safety as a Continuous Challenge
I also said this:
“Safety as with any continuous improvement method is a never-ending battle. New technologies, new equipment, new people, new processes, there's always the risk of introducing new safety hazards.”
My friend and frequent collaborator Deondra Wardelle had this to say:
“We need to envision what is it that we aspire for our organization to achieve. Where do we see our company in the future as it relates to a more inclusive workplace? Evaluate where we are now, understand, be honest, be open about the gaps between the two. We can apply continuous improvement as a way to get closer and closer to where it is we aspire to be.”
More From Value Capture on Safety
You might also be interested in these pages from the firm Value Capture:
- Psychological Safety and its Essential Link to Continuous Improvement
- Safety for Healthcare Staff: Providers, Caregivers, and All Employees
- Patient Safety: Working together toward Zero Harm
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