“Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises - Invest Now in Resilient Occupational Safety and Health Systems”
We have learnt to live with Covid-19 pandemic for more than a year now. But have we also learnt how to prevent future risky situations? Covid-19 pandemic has massively affected many aspects of our life and the labour market is not exempt. The way of approaching work changed and, consequently, health and safety risks have changed as well. Therefore, we need to learn how to anticipate potential crises, keeping in investing resources and effort in the Occupational Health and Safety, so that Organizations can face the Health and Safety challenges ahead.
This is the focus of the 2021 “World Day of Health and Safety at Work”, organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on April 28th, like every year. The headline is very telling: “Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises - Invest Now in Resilient Occupational Safety and Health Systems”.
Since long time, Arkad S.p.A. has invested in developing an effective HSE system able to respond to stresses involving risks for its personnel and the environment. In fact, Arkad has promptly implemented the necessary measures not only to safeguard its personnel from the pandemic, but also to deal with brand-new risks, arisen from the battle against Sars-CoV-2. As an example, remote working has been effective against pandemic hazards, but it has been demonstrated that an extended use might affect physical and mental wellbeing, from posture to stress – in general what is called “pandemic fatigue” – as well as gender equality. Mental health has been one of the main focuses for Arkad, with both formal and informal campaigns.
However, it is not only matter of Covid-19; investing in Health and Safety at work pays off. European studies have shown that the return on investment in Occupational Health and Safety is noteworthy: it is estimated that every Euro spent on OHS generates more than double in value. That works even more within those corporations that encourage an active consultation and participation of workers and stakeholders to OHS matters. Arkad has been constantly committing to involving people in its HSE system to create a work environment where Health and Safety is an inseparable value added.
There is still a long way to go, but last year should have taught us that we need to treasure all the steps we have made so that we can anticipate and better react the OHS challenges in front of us.