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 dss+ (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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