As we try to see our way through the latest phase of the pandemic, in which certain activities and industries are allowed to resume gradually and with caution, and distancing rules are relaxed, it’s difficult to predict how long it will take for everyone to feel safe and confident in life and at work – if at all.
Yet it’s for this reason that the OSH profession must step up and lead the charge to find solutions aimed at rebuilding trust – it is an opportunity on a scale we’ve never seen before, which must be seized. The time for standing back and surveying the rubble has passed; a proactive and positive drive for lasting change – in workplaces and beyond – is what we need to see.
That the OSH community has been brought even closer together, that health and safety is now the business of everybody within organisations and that the public is now far better informed regarding disease control and hygiene can only work in our favour as we emerge from the fog.
Emma Godfrey, editor, IOSH magazine