Thinking about workplace safety in a more holistic way
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Maria Pia De Caro: Safety of the body and mind

Published: September 14, 2021

Thinking about workplace safety in a more holistic way

With a passion for safety and a campaigner for cultural change, Maria Pia De
Caro, Vice President, Home Care Supply Chain, Europe and Safety Sponsor at
Unilever talks to Dupont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) about her personal views
on taking a more holistic approach to safety; why diversity is essential, and how acceptance can lead to psychosocial risk.

Q. Where does your passion for workplace safety come from, and how did you first get involved?

Maria: Initially, I was an engineer, and then I moved into an operational role. I was overseeing an inspection of a blocked silo and was completely taken aback by the level of danger the workers were willing to put themselves under to do their job. I vowed then to use that experience to fix the culture whereby workers could even be allowed to ignore safety procedures. Since then, safety has been a top priority for me. Not least because I eventually married the man putting his life at risk that day to undertake the inspection; so I can hardly forget!

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