As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the highlights of 2022. For our latest Faces of EHS feature, we’re sharing insights from some of our favorite guests this year. Here are their answers to the question, “Where do you see the industry going in five years? Or do you see current trends?”
Adam is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) working as an EHS Engineer for Northrop Grumman.
Now you’re hurting me! We could talk about this for hours… I see a lot on the horizon that I’m very excited about. From a public health perspective, we have an evolving understanding of how individuals are affected by work and how their communities are affected by it. Total Worker Health® (TWH) and general exposure health are just topics we’ll hear more about. From an industry perspective, I think we will see a proliferation of discriminating technologies such as additive manufacturing and robotics. We need to understand how these changes can eliminate or introduce exposures.
From a technology perspective, I think we will see an ever-increasing role of augmented and virtual reality. Can we use these approaches for better training or more effective auditing? Finally, from a people perspective, we will need to manage the risks to an evolving workforce where people are moving to work remotely. We must adapt to the needs of these workers and ensure that we properly address the ergonomic and psychosocial stressors inherent in this type of work.
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Cary is Vice President of Operations at SafetyStratus.
I see a few initiatives that are more widespread, and rightly so. One of them is Human and Organizational Performance (HOP.) practice. Although HOP has been around for some time now, it is becoming more universally accepted. HOP focuses on the concept of safe failure instead of the false assumption that all accidents are preventable. Related to the HOP movement is Psychological Safety (focusing on making communication safe within the organization.)
Another big trend, especially since I work for an EHS software company, is the adoption of advanced technology to manage EHS in an organization. The idea of using pencil, paper and charts should be similar to using stone age tools for the practitioner. The value of EHS professionals is in being in the field and communicating with their teams, whether with employees or managers. The dependency on performing data entry work with an outdated system should be removed.
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Kristina is an Employee Safety Risk Advisor at AXA XL, a division of AXA Group.
I think as a profession we will continue to see some things come out of the pandemic, but we will have our “new normal” in the workplace. One is telecommuting and working from home. Even though sales, office or engineering teams may work outside of our facilities, they are still our employees and should be taken care of. Finding solutions to ensure they have the necessary equipment, training and support will be critical. Another is our virtual meeting options. Yes, in-person collaboration is important, and for some situations, it’s the best thing to do. But statistics, reports, etc. holding a virtual meeting to review can be much more useful and cost-effective.
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