US NIOSH Future of Work Initiative
Sheila Pantry OBE
“The future is not predestined; it is influenced by the choices we make today.
No one knows for certain what the future holds for occupational safety and health. What is exceedingly clear, however, is that we must take proactive steps now to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of the workforce.
Now is the time to evaluate the risks and seize the opportunities presented by future of work advances by developing evidence-based research solutions for the future workforce.
There is no launch date for the future; it starts now.”
In today’s modern world, technological innovations, digital transformation, and globalisation accelerate the speed at which we live and work. Indeed, the nature of work is changing more rapidly than ever before. Workers and jobs are impacted by the combined pace of automation and globalisation, requiring a forward-thinking approach to occupational safety and health. These forces have an impact on workers and organisations in the U.S. and around the world as they confront complex, emerging workforce issues, such as shifting employment relationships, recruiting and retaining workers in highly competitive labour markets, an aging workforce, gender pay and employment disparities, and the uncertainty of how best to manage new technologies entering into the workplace.
While progress has been made, some existing work-related challenges will likely continue to subsist. However, shaping processes that address these challenges can promote new and positive changes so that the workplace and work are better able to meet the needs of the workforce. The careful balancing of all these issues has the potential to favourably impact the safety and health of workers, their families, communities, employers, and society as a whole.
Future of Work (FOW) at NIOSH
Because of these new realities, NIOSH has launched the Future of Work (FOW) Initiative. To more broadly address future worker safety, health, and well-being, the FOW Initiative applies the Total Worker Health® framework by encouraging collaboration across the spectrum of organizational policies, programs, and practices. The Initiative is a collaborative effort of multidisciplinary research, communication, and partnerships throughout NIOSH, other agencies, and organizations that aims to identify novel research solutions, practical approaches, and partnership opportunities to address the future of work.
The goals of the NIOSH FOW Initiative are to 1) compile studies on the future of work; 2) feature current research projects related to the Initiative; 3) promote research among new industries, technologies, organizational designs, job arrangements, risk profiles, and ways to control risks; and 4) connect trends in workplace, work, and workforce changes to prepare for what the future holds for occupational safety and health.
More details: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/future-of-work
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This time of the year is a good time for all organisations worldwide to review their health and safety goals for 2020 and decide on the training or re-training that is needed for all levels of staff and update their information resources, in the Diary of Events
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Update your 2019 and now 2020 diaries with training for workers at all levels
Whether you are a manager, director, safety representative, supervisors or worker it is time to
- check out the training needed in your workplace.
- look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide well into 2020 offering training courses, symposiums, webinars and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects.
- make sure you do not put off training for yourself and your staff. In these days of tighter budgets perhaps training may be put on the “back-burner” – but think again how you can keep up with the latest techniques and training opportunities.
- remember accidents and ill health in the workplace is costly.
Remember that even if you cannot attend these many events, speakers and organisers are often willing to share their knowledge. Look at the details – where possible, we add in the web sites of these events so you can request further information. And do let me know if you are organising any OSHE events so that these can be added to the OSHWORLD Diary.
This month’s OSHWORLD FOCUS is entitled The future’s bright: new approach empowers young people to enjoy healthy working lives.
OSHWORLD – your portal to some great OSH and FIRE web sites in the world
Wherever you are in the world have a look at your health, safety, chemical, fire and environment procedures in your workplace and update them. Your review may also indicate training requirements and re-thinking how systems and services can be improved. This is where the free-of-charge OSHWORLD can help you.
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Don’t work harder – work smarter! Be ahead of the game.
Well did you have a zero accident, incident-free and healthy 2018 in your workplace? Some would argue that this is not possible! But keep on trying again in 2019.
And do continue to make plans for your campaigns for 2020 and beyond!