Safety and Health's Core Role in Sustainability

he US Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA released a white paper
late last year titled "Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for
Protecting Worker Safety and Health." In it, the agency highlights the
importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward
sustainability and corporate responsibility.

According to the agency, sustainability "strives to balance social,
environmental, and economic considerations to achieve long term success and
viability. Responsible firms currently embrace the triple bottom line of
people, planet, and profit to achieve sustainability goals. While these efforts
have mostly focused on environmental issues, such as resource usage and
emissions reductions, attention is now turning to other aspects of
sustainability, including occupational safety and health (OSH)."

The paper highlights ways sustainability can be leveraged to reimagine and
identify innovative approaches for advancing safety and health, such as:

  • Creating new partnerships to support integrated OSH and sustainability activities

  • Enhancing interdisciplinary training and education for workers, the OSH community, and business professionals

  • Measuring the impact of safety and health performance on business outcomes

  • Recognizing employers that successfully integrate OSH into sustainability efforts

  • Improving access to data on safety and health for sustainability reporting.

Further Information

AplusA-online.de - Source: Environmental Protection