Community news|14/04/16

Factors for the success of a “Zero Accident Vision” strategy

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > Factors for the success of a “Zero Accident Vision” strategy

The research institutes of seven European countries1, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Poland, took part in a study on factors for the success of a “Zero Accident Vision” strategy. The study is based on 8819 first-hand accounts by workers and managers from 27 enterprises, in various sectors and of various sizes, which have all based their OSH policy on such a strategy.

The key idea of the “Zero Accident Vision” is that all accidents can be prevented. To achieve this, the survey clearly points to the need for significant commitment and involvement of both managers and workers, and for a strategy focused on commitment rather than control. Safety then becomes “a value of the organization but also of each individual”.

It is interesting to note the differences between conventional risk management and a “Zero Accident Vision” strategy:

  • Instead of “preventing accidents”, the aim is to “create safety”;
  • Safety is no longer an “operational challenge” but a “strategic challenge”;
  • Compliance with rules and “we have to” become “involvement” and “we want to”;
  • Instead of being “failures”, incidents “provide opportunities for learning”, etc. 

A “Zero Accident Vision” strategy is therefore a whole mindset and way of acting, which, as the study showed, “is fully compatible with innovative management practices focused on the creation of an intrinsic motivation to improve the performance of the enterprise”.

1. CIOP, FIOH, HSL, IFA, NRCWE, Prevent, TNO

Report

Discover other news

Community news

20/06/24

ETUC calls for legislation on psychosocial risks

“A directive to end stress at work must be a priority for the next European Commission if it really wants to improve mental health in Europe”. This is the call from the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) to mark European Mental Health Week.

Community news

20/06/24

PrevenOS&H preventive services: the professionals’ perspective

An article published by EU-OSHA presents the point of view of professionals in 11 European countries (Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Spain) on the role of preventive services (internal and external) in supporting compliance with OS&H legislation.