A third of the year’s already over, but there’s still a lot happening in health and safety this year, especially when it comes to key conferences you may want to consider attending. As we know, conferences can be overwhelming and leave you questioning if it was really worth it in the end. That said, a good conference can be a source of much-needed inspiration, provide unique networking opportunities and offer instant insights into your current challenges.
Last year was an interesting mix of topics for HSE, and it was reflected in our most popular blog posts for 2016. Take a look at our pick of your top 6:
As we kick off the New Year, it’s time to look ahead to the emerging trends that will affect your work in health and safety. Many carry over from last year, but the instability of many factors means we still cannot ignore them. These trends have the potential to impact business operations or your role as an EHS, sustainability or risk professional.
Technology has a tremendous impact on communication. Those who are early to adopt new technology typically have a competitive advantage, which allows them to stay ahead of their competition.
Conversely, failing to identify and adopt advancements in technology has had irreparable consequences for several well-established businesses. So, what is technology’s impact on the health and safety industry?
Below are eight current trends in the occupational health and safety industry that could have an impact on your career path.
Trend #1: Global Harmonised System
The Global Harmonised System has arrived. On the agenda for many years, GHS finally came into effect in 2015. GHS is not greatly different from the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS), and is long overdue in our world of interlinked economies.
In the last few decades, technology and its use has accelerated at an almost alarming rate, and technology in the health and safety sector is no exception. We don’t just mean machines being used in the place of human employees. We’re talking about the kind of tech that can be harnessed to enhance the HSE processes and systems you have in place.
We've recently been looking at Megatrends in OHS and HSE, with a particular view on how these megatrends can affect OHS training in the workplace. In this blog post we will be examining more closely the 5 challenges these megatrends present to OHS.
Earlier this week, NOSA Head of Innovation, Dr Deonie Botha attended the IOE GOSH meeting in Belgium, and presented on global megatrends and their impact on occupational health and safety. Below we summarise the key points of her discussion, including the trends in OSH, its challenges and the blueprint of the future ‘organisation’.
Part one of our report on global trends in e-learning looked at how learning platforms are changing. Part two is looking at how e-learning can be incorporated into health and safety training in the workplace.
E-learning in HSE
The future of e-learning looks bright for health, safety and environmental (HSE) training. Here are some statistics cited by eLearning Industry :
- Companies who utilise e-learning tools and strategies have the potential to boost productivity by up to 50%; and for every $1 the company spends it is estimated it can receive $30 worth of productivity in return.
- E-learning has the ability to increase information retention rates by up to 60%. This means that not only is e-learning more cost-efficient, but more cost-effective as well (in terms of how much knowledge is acquired during the learning process).