Looking to the year ahead, DEKRA Insight, a global leader in safety at work, released the “2017 Guide to Safety in Action: 6 Ideas Shaping Safety Now”. The ebook identifies six issues that are primed to command the attention of safety professionals this year, including:
- Behavior-based safety
- Contractor safety management
- Total worker health
- Serious injuries and fatalities
- Human performance reliability
Redefining safety leadership – Leaders are becoming more deeply involved in exposure reduction. They are redefining what behavior-based technology for safety is and what it must evolve to. Organizations are recognizing that exposure is profoundly affected by decisions, practices, and systems that are driven by leaders first. The result is that the face of BBS is much more holistic and leader-centric than its early pioneers ever dreamed.
The age of the connected workplace – In 2017, the “Internet of Things (IoT)” will have a dynamic impact on the workplace. Workers can now be connected automatically to their environment, creating a continuous exchange of information that will reinforce safe working practices and alert workers instantly of impending risks or hazardous atmospheres.
Contractor selection, oversight and retention – The issue of contractor safety has been growing for years now — it’s time for a specific plan. With a concerted effort in three main areas, organizations will make critical progress in 2017 in contractor oversight and protection.
These ideas have also shaped the agenda for the Safety in Action Conference, coming to Chicago, IL on March 16-17, 2017. With over 2,000 executives, safety professionals, facilitators, team members, and union leaders, the Safety in Action conference is the largest frontline employee safety conference in the world.
As the global leader in safety at work, DEKRA Insight is a consultant and partner to many of the world’s largest chemical, oil and gas, transportation, utilities, pharmaceutical, and agriculture companies. With a passionate, scientific approach to transforming safety, our clients mitigate risk to their employees, assets, and reputation in a quantifiable manner—and in the process, enhance business performance.