The workshop also looked at the CSHS's role in influencing how the sustainability field combines occupational safety and health (OSH) with the evolving definitions of sustainability and human capital. CSHS joined delegates in signing a commitment to position people's safety, health and wellbeing at the centre of the sustainable business agenda.
Take a look at how organisations globally are investing more time and energy into the sustainability agenda and then consider your own definition of what sustainability means. Now think about the growing list of the world's most sustainable companies. Sustainability is much more than environmental issues. It's about people, the planet and profit. How can a company be labelled "the most sustainable" when its workers or its suppliers' workers are not safely managed? Is the safety field about helping its professionals to survive in their workplace? Or is it about helping them to thrive? When a company can show how it is taking care of its workers' wellbeing, its suppliers and its customers, might this have a positive impact on the bottom line, employee and customer loyalty, retention and attraction of talent? These were a few of the issues discussed in Paris.
How can a company be labelled 'the most sustainable' when its workers are not safely managed?
So how can others become involved? How can you make it relevant to your own OSH expertise and organisation? More companies are actively measuring, managing and reporting on their overall sustainability performance. Your OSH expertise is crucial to the human capital conversation.
Best-selling author and speaker Seth Godin argues that everyone is a marketeer. The advent of social media has caused us all to have the ability to present ourselves as a product. But more than that, everyone is now also a leader. For the first time, everyone in every organisation – not just the boss – is expected to take responsibility, to lead. And our job as leader? To unite tribes.
Safety interventions should be practicable and cost-effective, but too much of an imbalance towards safety does not make economic sense for employers, argues Geoff Vaughan, who suggests ‘gross disproportion’ provides a practical limit.
A randomised control trial has found that office workers who use a standing desk alongside other interventions that encourage them to sit less and move around reduced their sitting time by an hour a day over one year.
A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has underlined the need for stronger OSH protections in response to the growing focus on psychosocial work to support wellbeing and productivity, changes to working practices brought about by COVID-19 and technological advances in the economy.
Newcastle City Council has accepted responsibility for failing to properly manage the risk of a decayed willow tree that collapsed in strong winds and struck several children while they were playing at Gosforth Park First School in Newcastle upon Tyne during the lunchbreak.
A European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) report exploring the health risks associated with prolonged static sitting at work has outlined a range of measures that employers should include in a prevention strategy to enhance employee protection.
The five-year anniversary of ISO 45001: 2018, the first truly international OSH management system standard, is an ideal opportunity to reflect on its impact and plan for a climate-affected future, writes Richard Jones CFIOSH.
Employees are often under pressure go to ‘over and above’ their normal working hours, but could businesses be doing themselves harm by expecting staff to work long hours? OSH content developer Ryan Exley says it’s time for a rethink