After graduating with a degree in environmental engineering, Laura developed a passion for workplace safety.
Here she explains the growing link between caring for the environment and human safety and how joining the dots between both is an essential step for the future of good business.
How can we create a better balance between safety legislation and good workplace safety culture?
This is a very important topic. It’s fundamental to put in place all the legal requirements. But it’s also essential to raise the awareness of workers and get them to take responsibility for safety. It’s not sufficient relying on safety rules alone as that requires an approach that strictly controls workers continuously. For obvious reasons, this is not always possible, nor is it a reliable or long-term solution. Yes, it’s vital to set up rules to indicate what can be done or what cannot be done. But it cannot be the default approach. You need the involvement of the workforce to develop true awareness and willingness to take care of people around us. So it’s essential to work on behaviour and encourage cultural growth so that new ideas and thinking on health and safety mature and evolve. Read full interview (PDF)