An ever changing world makes HSEQ face some new challenges

The world is changing rapidly – with new technologies and environments means new challenges for health and safety professionals. These challenges have meant that health and safety managers have had to change their approach and attitudes to the workplace in order to move with the changing world. The changes are also being reflected in the incoming new ISO 45001 standard which aims to help organisations all over the world create better and safer working conditions.

In light of this, for the third year running we assembled a panel of prominent HSEQ professionals to discuss their predictions for health and safety in 2018 and beyond. We wanted to find out what the trends and challenges professionals see in 2018, and what are their hopes and wishes for the world of HSEQ, too.


Attitudes in HSEQ are progressing in 2018

In recent years many health and safety managers saw people in need of fixing and controlling in order to prevent accidents and incidents in the workplace. However, a number of our panellists agreed that this attitude must change and instead we must see people as a solution to health and safety issues.

Leadership was highly discussed with more emphasis required on safety leadership than management, with panellists hoping for there to be a shift in the understanding of how the influence of leadership and behaviours can cause accidents in organisations.

Technological advances were also a hot topic, with our professionals agreeing that harnessing technology to improve HSEQ at work and better reporting can help prevent similar incidents from reoccurring.


Can new technology help improve the challenges HSEQ professionals face?

When asked about the challenges in work safety information management in 2018, our panellists unanimously agreed that collecting and interpreting data is still a huge challenge. Data can be poorly controlled and unverified, with some commenting on the challenges of sharing data anonymously.

Mention was also made about organisations only measuring outcome statistics, but not process statistics meaning learning about process factors influencing HSEQ is limited.


Are HSEQ senior positions being replaced by HR?

Our experts are concerned that many organisations are eradicating executive and director level HSEQ positions in favour of HR executives under the fallacy that HR can manage the HSEQ function. Basic safety management falling off the radar is a concern, with our panellists commenting that many organisations are now moving away from focusing on physical and technical factors in health and safety and are moving to encompassing human factors such as workplace stress.


More views and points of discussion in the NordSafety Safety Management Trend Report 2018


In conclusion, our panelists have raised a number of interesting points for discussion regarding health and safety in 2018. From more emphasis on people, to emerging technologies, and of course the wish to entirely eliminate serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace.


You can see all the responses from our panelists by downloading the full report, NordSafety Safety Management Trend Report 2018


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