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10 New Year’s Resolutions OSH Professionals Are Making for 2018

12/28/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s hard to believe 2018 is right around the corner. 

Since the holiday season is a time to reflect on the year that is ending and set new goals for the year ahead, we polled our community of OSH professionals to see what resolutions they’ve made for improving safety and health outcomes after January 1. The largest number of respondents (45 percent) said building a culture of safety and health was their top priority in 2018. In second place, 18 percent of respondents said reducing complacency and motivating their teams was their most important goal moving forward. An additional 18 percent of people wrote in their own answer, sharing the more unique ways their teams plan to tackle safety and health concerns in the coming year.

Based on those responses and the two additional ideas we put forward – improving communication and providing engaging safety and health training opportunities – here is the final top 10 list. All 10 resolutions are important for advancing the OSH profession and keeping employees safe. Ultimately, ASSE community members chose their most important goal for the year based on the challenges faced within or presented by their individual workplaces.*

There’s no time like the present to improve. We wish you a safe, healthy and happy new year!
 

1. Build a culture of safety and health.

“Culture is the foundation of a world-class safety program and without a good culture the other options are irrelevant. Working on culture needs to be a continuous exercise.”
-G.G., Illinois, U.S. 


2. Reduce complacency and motivate teams.

“It's not exactly that the workforce is complacent, but every year they reach a level at which they feel comfortable. I want them, and myself for that matter, to embrace the concept of chronic unease. I want them to look for weak signals and then explore those signals to determine if some action needs to be taken to address each one.”
-R.C., Alaska, U.S.


3. Provide engaging, company-wide safety and health training opportunities.

“I want the training I provide to be the best possible. Informative, educational and fun.”
- Anonymous


4. Improve communication.

“Communication with the workforce, at all levels, is the most influential tool we have at our disposal. Regardless of what we do, whether training, motivation, coaching, etc., none can be accomplished without effective, clear and targeted communication.”
- R.V., British Columbia, Canada


5. Seek out individual training opportunities.

“Getting more safety training myself . . .  will help me to identify and solve safety issues more easily.”
-C.K., Colorado, U.S.


6. Strengthen organizational alignment.

“We currently invest much time and resources into [building a culture of safety and health]. However, [we] find difficulty maintaining continuity across geographical areas, clients, demographics, etc.”
-E.P.

7. Focus on risk.

“Often people know what they are supposed to do (follow a lockout procedure), but they don’t understand the hazard, the risk – the ‘why.’”
-J.J.


8. Challenge the status quo.

“Currently employees [feel] that EHS is a burden, and they are not willing to participate in EHS. Through this culture [of safety and health], everybody will speak [about] EHS and care for occupational health and safety.” 
-A.H., Pakistan

9. Take responsibility for individual and group behaviors.

“When it comes to safety, it is easy to ‘talk the talk,’ but many leaders do not know what it takes to ‘walk the walk.’ Many of them are taught to ‘delegate, delegate, delegate’ as they climb the corporate ladder. S/he who delegates the best usually gets the greatest rewards. However, that is contrary to the [behavior of] the truly great leaders who are great at safety, and consequently are even more successful than the ‘delegators.’ This is because they understand what it takes as a true leader to truly and fully ‘own safety.’”
-Anonymous

10. Remember that a commitment to safety is lived year-round.

“2017 for my company was the ‘year of safety.’ We want to continue that same frame of mind for 2018.”
-Anonymous

 

 

* The opinions quoted here belong to individual survey respondents and do not necessarily reflect those of ASSE or its affiliates. 

 

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