Sustainability in the Workplace

OSHA’s new white paper, “Sustainability in the Workplace: A New Approach for Protecting Worker Safety and Health,” highlights the importance of including worker safety and health in the growing movement toward sustainability and corporate responsibility.

The Campbell Institute – the National Safety Council’s center of excellence for environmental, health and safety management – has released a new white paper titled “Profiles in Sustainability: Business, Community, and Environment” to demonstrate the connection between worker safety and health and “true” sustainability.

OSHA’s white paper highlights ways in which sustainability can be leveraged to reimagine and identify innovative approaches for advancing safety and health, which include:

  • Creating new partnerships to support integrated OSH and sustainability activities;
  • Enhancing interdisciplinary training and education for workers, the OSH community and business professionals;
  • Measuring the impact of safety and health performance on business outcomes;
  • Recognizing employers that successfully integrate OSH into sustainability efforts; and
  • Improving access to data on safety and health for sustainability reporting.

The white paper, which contains real world experiences of eight Institute members – AES, Cummins, FCA, ISN, Mosaic, Owens Corning, United Rentals and USG – outlines their best practices for developing and managing sustainability efforts. It explains how sustainability implies a corporate responsibility not only to the planet, but also to the organization’s people by protecting worker health and safety, and to profitability by ensuring a viable business for many years to come.