Could a healthy and safe workforce positively contribute to a company’s overall performance? I’ll be presenting the latest from UL’s Integrated Health & Safety Institute (IHSI), during tomorrow’s webinar hosted by the National Business Group on Health (NGBH). IHSI recently sponsored a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental […]
Integration of health and safety is not a new concept, but there is new opportunity to accelerate its adoption. Healthcare costs are becoming insurmountable for companies and consumers. People spend one-third of their adult lives in workplaces. None of them leave their health conditions at home when they go to work or leave their occupational […]
Employee engagement is often mentioned along with strong leadership commitment as a critical component for a safe workplace. But employee engagement goes far beyond workplace health and safety – it has significant implications on overall business performance. In 2013 the Gallup organization published the results of a poll on employee engagement titled the “The State […]
When I look at the landscape of health and safety today in the United States and globally, it reminds me of a Henry Ford quote I heard long ago: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Our workforce is getting older and less healthy; organizations are experiencing […]
You have certainly heard the quote by Alexander Pope that begins, “to err is human”. A good friend of mine often uses this phrase when discussing deviations that occur in the workplace. Organizations often characterize those deviations as unsafe acts, but are they really? Immediately following the report of the first Dallas nurse who contracted […]
Read part one of this blog, “A New Way of Thinking About Safety” Great companies take the time to learn from identified errors in systems and/or processes and to fix the issues creating the problems in the first place. This proactive approach is what separates the great companies from the good ones. Great companies have […]
Have you ever wondered how some organizations are able to achieve great safety performance year over year? Sure, a natural inclination would be to assume that they are “cooking the books” or using incentives that directly or indirectly entice employees not to report accidents. While I can’t definitively say that doesn’t happen, let’s assume for […]
In the aftermath of ASSE’s Safety 2014, industry professionals can be reminded of the continuous evolution of safety precautions, regulations, and products. The impact of safety in the workplace has been great and will continue to improve through innovative products coupled with responsible procedures in the U.S. and globally. The evolution (or as some would refer to it, “revolution”) of safety in […]
The seeds have been planted and are being cultivated for the development of a global occupational health and safety standard.
UL Workplace Health and Safety’s evolution of safety timeline gives us a unique perspective into how catastrophic events and work-related deaths and injuries can be prevented when we make the effort to glean lessons from the past.