What's driving these impressive results? Execs view accidents and injuries as both unacceptable and costly, according to The Conference Board. They believe business strongly benefits from workplace safety programs â€” through reduced costs, improved morale and increased productivity.
"Operational integration" â€” building safety into all facility operations and processes â€” is the most highly rated practice driving performance improvements, according to the survey. It's been adopted by 90 percent of the survey participants. More than 75 percent give it an effectiveness rating of 8 or better, on a scale of 1 to 10.
Ratings for more traditional programs, such as safety committees and training, were less positive. The Conference Board suggests that surveyed companies view these programs more as necessary obligations than best practices.
Core elements of successful safety and health strategies, according to The Conference Board survey: