A report by global leader in personal protective equipment solutions, 3M Safety Products
outlines best practices for companies to achieve workplace safety goals.
There is increasing pressure on health and safety professionals to manage company costs without compromising worker safety. The new 3M Safety Outlook and Trends Report offers insight into the latest global occupational health and safety trends as well as the financial benefits of safety measures.
For instance, every dollar spent on safety sends $4US to $6US to the bottom line, according to the report, which recommends that companies invest in risk evaluations to identify on-site hazards, and put the best processes and controls in place including appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE). The report also advises that health and safety managers holistically assess the required PPE components and select an integrated solution.
According to 3M’s safety report, the majority of current PPE performance standards around the world regulate the performance of each type of PPE separately. Employers can increase worker comfort and compliance by providing respirators, hard hats and other equipment that work well together and fit each unique face and head shape.
Cutting-edge advancements in PPE manufacturing and fit-test systems for hearing and respiratory protection now allow health and safety managers to confirm the suitability of the PPE for each individual. Key cost-saving trends highlighted in the report include a forward-thinking focus on sustainability, the use of end-of-service indicators, and on-site vending machine PPE distribution.
Terrie S. Norris, President of the American Society of Safety Engineers, who is quoted in 3M’s report, says that the safety and health professionals must demonstrate to their employers that safety is not just driven by compliance or regulation but also by financial benefits.
The Safety Outlook and Trends Report was compiled based on a 3M global survey of safety and health professionals, 3M scientific research, and data from industry associations including the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, World Health Organization, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Home Improvement Research Institute, Home Safety Council, and Health & Safety Middle East.