The future of safety

How will the COVID-19 pandemic change the field of occupational safety and health?

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Lorraine M. Martin

President and CEO
National Safety Council

We’ve seen COVID-19 change the safety world already. But, how much of that change will be permanent and long term, and what “silver linings” do we want to make sure we hold on to as we navigate the future?

For example, many employees have been working from home while many are still working in their traditional work environments – but those environments have changed. We’ve needed to maintain the right procedures and practices while they’re in that modified work environment, and we’ll need to keep referencing learnings post-quarantine.

Additionally, safety professionals have always recommended that there be task forces or disaster preparedness plans in place for all organizations. Before this, how many considered those plans and task forces “nice to have” rather than essential? If you don’t have one right now around COVID-19, it’s really important that you form one.


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