June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Cooperative & Experiential Education
22.400.1 - 22.400.16
Creativity and Workplace Safety: Proactive Safety Practices are Vital in Preventing Employee InjuriesAbstractToday’s workplace is filled with hazards that can impact the overall success of an organization.Workplace injuries caused by such hazards can significantly affect the operation of an entireorganization. OSHA (2008) has stated, “Recent estimates place the business costs associatedwith occupational injuries at close to $170 billion- expenditures that come straight out of thecompany profits” (para. 10). Therefore, how to manage organizational safety issues has becomea challenge in various industries. The concerns about workplace safety are forcing companies toreevaluate their operations and safety management practices in order to become more safetyconscious while remaining competitive.Traditionally, companies placed emphasis on correcting hazardous situations after an injuryand/or fatality had occurred. An alternative and progressive approach that is currently beingtaught and used in industry, places emphasis on proactive safety programs. Proactive safetyprograms focus on accident prevention. Using creativity, proactive thinking can be developed tohelp identify and correct hazardous situations before injuries occur.As future leaders and professionals in industry, it’s important for engineering and technologystudents to develop skills in proactive thinking to reduce workplace injuries. Therefore, it’sessential for these academic programs to provide students with an understanding of proactivethinking as it relates to safety management.This paper will discuss how creativity concepts and techniques can be used to develop proactivethinking in order to reduce job related injuries. Common workplace safety concerns andproactive strategies to prevent employee injuries will be identified. The authors will also provideideas on how engineering and technology faculty can incorporate workplace safety concerns intotheir courses to help prepare students for future leadership responsibilities in the 21st centuryworkplace.
Ocon, R., & Nakayama, S., & McFarlane, O. (2011, June), Creativity and Workplace Safety: Proactive Safety Practices are Vital in Preventing Employee Injuries Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17681
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