Advice for better occupational safety in 2021
What advice can you give to those who’ll be involved with issues of health and safety in the workplace in 2021?
I would advise a young professional just entering the field of health and safety in the workplace that they need to have a visceral passion for the subject. This job can be both very frustrating and hugely rewarding. You need an abundance of commitment and passion, like I said, as well as courage, resilience and creativity. I think the best time to enter this profession is now.
I would advise HSE managers and professionals who have been working for some time in the sector to take advantage of the opportunities currently available. Right now, there is even more fertile ground to work on as the shock waves that the Covid-19 pandemic has sent round the world have highlighted the importance of safety more and more, and has caused extensive changes in how people behave.
The pandemic has also made us all understand the responsibilities we have, not just to ourselves directly, but our indirect responsibilities to the community as a whole, too. So, the advice I can give is that – now, more than ever – every member of staff and every leader should understand how to leverage their individual and social responsibilities.