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.” How do we create a sense of urgency with leaders to take on the responsibility of prevention when their thoughts are driven by the financial burden of the health and well-being of their workers?
In June 2014, UL sponsored a two-day Leadership Roundtable in collaboration with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (CCRM) at the University of California, Berkeley. A diverse group of thought leaders, experts, and executives explored this issue and are providing a roadmap that will help organizations improve outcomes rather than continue to compound the problem.
The participants collectively identified seven necessary conditions that must exist in organizations to achieve and sustain health and safety integration:
As occupational health and safety experts, we face a huge challenge. Ideally, the framework for change presented in the eBookThrough the Eyes of the Executive, Creating a Healthier and Safer Workforce will result in the next big thing for health and safety – the thing that helps all organizations, regardless of the path their journey takes, to achieve excellence and ensure improvements are sustainable for generations to come both in the United States and abroad.
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