5 Key Takeaways from NSC Expo 2015

By Britney Young | 10/08/2015

The NSC Congress & Expo brings together the world's largest gathering of safety professionals. This year hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA, this event provided safety professionals and leaders with best practices and innovative solutions to common and unique workplace hazards. Here are 5 key takeaways from this year’s conference.

1. Live Before the Accidents

Safety should not be reactive or proactive, but predictive. Predict the next accident by analyzing risks and creating greater safety margins. In the keynote speech by Todd Conklin, Senior Advisor for Los Alamos National Laboratory, he stated “The safer you become, the less your data predicts risk. You have to investigate success as much as failure.” In the field of safety, there is much time spent on prevention of accidents, but how does your organization react when they occur? We need to prepare for the capacity of accidents to happen.

2. Become a Learning Organization

In order to improve the safety culture of your organization, you must be willing to learn. Effective communication is vital to creating a healthy organizational safety culture. Keynote speaker, Scott Geller, PhD made the profound statement, “Are you working to achieve, or are you working to avoid failure”. He emphasized the importance of changing how we speak and think in regards to safety by identifying the barriers that prevent employees and leaders from performing their best. By creating an open dialogue, it allows employees to provide input into safety improvement efforts.

3. Employee Engagement is Key

Achieving a healthy safety culture takes a team effort. Engagement of both leaders and employees of an organization is critical to sustainable success. “Simply telling people to wear their equipment and do the right thing is not enough”, stated by David Michaels, PhD, Assistant Secretary of Labor OSHA. Without motivation, behaviors won’t change. It is important to both engage and motivate employees to care for their health and wellness as well as the organization.

4. What is Total Worker Health™?

Today both work-related factors and health factors outside of the workplace contribute to many safety and health problems that confront today’s workers and their families. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has formed the Total Worker Health™ Program which integrates occupational safety and health protections with workplace policies, programs and practices that promote health and prevent disease to advance worker safety, health and well-being. The TWH Program supports the development and adoption of ground-breaking research and best practices of integrative approaches that address health risk from both the work environment (physical and organizational) and individual behavior.

5. Safety Has a Positive ROI

Speakers Mark Eitzman and Philip La Duke presented a session entitled, “The Three C’s of Safety”. The focus was three key categories: Compliance, Culture and Capital. They explored how these three are interdependent of each other in order to advance an organization’s safety efforts. Additionally they explored the correlation between safety and productivity. “The safest companies in the world, are the most productive,” Philip La Duke. By providing a safer workplace it can increase productivity.

We truly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with safety professionals about the full scale of occupational health services we have to help your business. Concentra offers a range of occupational health services to support employers in maintaining a healthy, safe workforce, while reducing the overall cost of health care for your company and your employees. For more information on how Concentra can help you minimize workplace injury and keep your employees healthy and productive, click here.