Still a Gap Between Intent and Implementation in Workplace Safety Processes

Still a Gap Between Intent and Implementation in Workplace Safety Processes

In a new survey, only 40% said they have a well-defined safety performance roadmap in place.

While safety is embedded in a company’s culture, often a clear path to achieve safety goals is not present. According to a new report from Sphera, based on a survey of 350 risk, process safety and health and safety professionals, while 75% of the respondents said that safety is part of their organization’s corporate culture, only 40% said they have a well-defined safety performance roadmap in place.

As for the key safety performance drivers, reducing operational and major accident hazard (MAH) risk exposure came in first at 60%. Regulatory compliance, at 48%, was second and corporate and board priority rounded out the top three at 37%.

As far obstacles to delivering planned safety-critical maintenance and inspections, the report found that 51%of respondents point to limited resources, 43% to conflicting priorities and 31%to limited budgets as the main obstacles to delivering planned safety-critical maintenance and inspections, which has remained consistent.




And of course the report this year was different due to the pandemic. Over a quarter (27%) of respondents indicated that the adoption of centralized Health and Safety processes is lagging.

“The pandemic has highlighted just how quickly safety and risk management processes can be thrown off balance," said Sphera CEO Paul Marushka, in a statement. Safety in all its aspects makes for a resilient and sustainable business model, especially in an era when ESG goals are of the utmost importance,” said Sphera CEO Paul Marushka, in a statement.

Employers' awareness of the safety hazards facing their workforce has been heightened during the pandemic. Over a quarter (27%) of respondents indicated that the adoption of centralized

“An effective safety culture and efficient safety process help ensure a healthy workforce and enhanced business performance," Marushka added."However, we are still seeing a gap in how companies link safety and business performance, which highlights a need for a more holistic approach through data, software and expertise.”


SOURCE:

https://www.ehstoday.com/safety/article/21180146/still-a-gap-between-intent-and-implementation-in-workplace-safety-processes