The future of safety
How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the field of occupational safety and health?
While it’s hard to see otherwise, I think it will have an impact in the short and medium term, but not a lasting one. Short to medium term, the impact will be economics – where companies had significant profit margins in the past, the expenditure on safety and health was liberal and we were able to do sophisticated things, such as introducing expensive technology, culture analyses, systems automations, etc. It will be a “back to more basic” safety; stronger focus on compliance, sorry to say, a more regressive focus on safety and much more focus on health.
In the long term, economic balances will be redressed, and then the human need to interact and affiliate will overpower the fear of pandemic threats, and we will drift back to “normal.”