Health and Safety 101 for HR Professionals

Workplace health and safety (H&S) programs protect an organization’s most important asset: its people. No one wants to see their people get hurt on the job (or at home, for that matter). A company’s Human Resources (HR) department plays an important role in championing, administering and communicating H&S requirements. In some organizations, HR is multi-hatted and owns the H&S responsibilities.

However, the ins and outs of H&S can be overwhelming. There are a number of things you can do to make it less so.

  • Recognize that you are not solely responsible. Form a team to help! A team or committee can help you identify H&S risks, communicate H&S requirements throughout the organization, and obtain critical input and buy-in for your H&S program.
  • Set a company policy. It is important to have an H&S policy for the organization to serve as the cornerstone of the H&S culture. The policy should outline

Leverage HR Data to Drive a Powerful EHSQ Program

By Saif Iqbal

For IT professionals responsible for Environment, Health & Safety, and Quality (EHSQ) programs, gathering the essential data required to make their program a success is harder than it seems. EHSQ often has heavy overlap with Human Resources (HR) data, and for many large organizations, the HR system is at the heart of every process. When success of one system depends on another, having a reliable flow of HR data into your EHSQ system brings value to the success of both programs.

A key measure of EHSQ success in all parts of the world is being able to meet the ever-increasing demands of compliance requirements – and this involves information about employees and the departments in which they work. Ensuring the workers’ information is available in your EHSQ system can have positive impacts on employee engagement, inter-organizational communication and helping to mitigate risks associated with inconsistent data.

So, …