A new report from the National Safety Council (NSC) shows the importance of “embracing modern safety approaches” along with the impact that health and safety initiatives have on society in general.
The report, New Value of Safety in a Changing World, reveals “the interconnectedness of safety, sustainability and societal responsibility, marking a significant step forward in contemporary workplace safety,” according to the NSC.
This research, which was done in collaboration with Lloyd’s Register Foundation, delves into the critical role environmental health and safety plays in “today’s dynamic landscape, bridging scientific advancements, technological innovations, regulatory transformations and public pursuit of holistic wellbeing.”
“This report highlights the intricate relationship between EHS, sustainability and societal wellbeing, offering valuable insights into the transformative power of modern safety tools and initiatives,” said John Dony, vice president of workplace strategy at the NSC. “In an era defined by technological leaps, global wellbeing and economic challenges, and shifting cultural norms, understanding and embracing the critical role safety – and all it encompasses – plays in the workplace is a must, and it needs to start with an expanded, holistic approach. This report will not only help decision-makers advance safety but will also help workers across the globe live their fullest lives.”
Some highlights of the report include:
- a holistic approach that extends beyond physical safety and direct cost reduction
- discussion on value generation areas, including health, economic, environment, sustainability, resilience, ethics, society and reputation
- use of integrated initiatives in safety from other company programs, including diversity, equity and inclusion; mental health; and sustainability, and
- future-ready strategies to help safety programs adapt to the changing regulatory and standards landscape.
To help employers adopt these concepts, the NSC developed an activation guide with practical tools for continuous EHS improvement strategies. The guide can be found here.