Why Health and Safety Is Essential For Sustainability

Why Health and Safety Is Essential For Sustainability

  • by Rory Hughes - Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:43

 

From ethical sourcing methods, recycling programs, and renewable energy initiatives, sustainability has become a core value and a large part of many businesses long term strategies, placing emphasis on the future and long term goals of organizations rather than focusing on short term profits. Organizations are becoming increasingly successful in incorporating and balancing social, economic and environmental factors into their business decisions. However, one factor of sustainability that needs more emphasis is health and safety.

Typically, organizational sustainability has a strong focus on energy, materials, and green initiatives, but at the core of sustainability is health and safety. Organizations must strive to think of health and safety in terms of sustainability, with the health and safety of their employees as the most vital and essential resource. Many companies have come to realize that improving health and safety practices benefits their bottom line, and that it must be a core business value.

To achieve a truly sustainable business, organizations must emphasize the development of occupational health and safety, and begin integrating QHSE software and innovative and proactive strategies into their health and safety practices. Safety needs to be linked in with an organization's sustainability initiatives to improve operational performance.

With the use of tools and technology to help manage sustainable QHSE practices, organizations can access consistent and reliable metrics critical to maintaining a proactive culture based around health and safety and sustainability.

In the future, as we see technology continue to redefine safety processes, all organizations will have to incorporate new technologies into their QHSE processes. With the detailed logic and technical capabilities to streamline safety processes across the spectrum of connected devices, iTrak allows organizations to manage every facet of their QHSE, quality and safety processes, from hazard identification, performing inspections, workflows, and audits.

As it becomes more apparent that a healthy and safe workforce directly affects the bottom line of organizations around the world, it remains essential for all organizations to consider the safety, health and well-being of workers, customers and the community as part of their sustainable business practices.