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Companies worldwide may be shifting attitudes on safety: survey

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Katy, TX – Companies around the world are changing their approach to occupational safety by recognizing the benefits of safety management, suggests a recent survey from certification and consulting firm DNV GL – Business Assurance and research institute GFK Eurisko.

The survey is based on a sample of about 3,860 professionals working in different industries across Europe; North, Central and South America; and Asia.

According to a press release, more than 90 percent of participants agreed that workplace health and safety management has been integrated into businesses’ corporate strategies. DNV GL cited the results as evidence that companies around the world are shifting from reacting to issues to managing them, which is seen as a step toward the development of a corporate culture of occupational safety and health.

The top reason driving employers to safeguard workplace health and safety is compliance with laws and regulations, according to 87 percent of respondents. An additional 73 percent of respondents also identified internal policies as a main reason.

The top factors preventing businesses from making more occupational safety and health progress were lack of financial resources (31 percent) and a focus on short-term results (26 percent).