Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Panelists Encourage Employers to “Hit the Road” | 2022-09-20
When it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, NIOSH Director John Howard says many organizations are still learning how their efforts can improve workplace outcomes. safety and health.
“We’re all starting out in this area,” Howard said Tuesday during a panel discussion at NSC Safety Congress & Expo 2022 at the San Diego Convention Center. “None of us are mature DEI professionals.”
For organizations that want to make an impact, however, taking a step forward can help. “Your motivation doesn’t necessarily matter; it’s important that you go,” said security consultant I. David Daniels, one of the session’s seven panelists. “It’s impossible to have a culture of safety when only certain people are safe. It’s not security.
“I say [DEI] is daunting to some, but it is a journey. Hit the road as soon as you get there. As long as you’re pointed in the right direction, you’ll eventually get there.
OSHA Administrator Doug Parker kicked off the discussion by sharing the agency’s perspective on the importance of IEDs to workplace safety. “This is a central principle for OSHA. We strive to ensure that every worker, regardless of gender, age, skin color, language spoken or citizenship status, knows their rights and gets the protections they deserve.
As part of a discussion on using data to understand the impact of DEI, Ken Kolosh, head of statistics at the National Safety Council, provided relative data from a national perspective. Based on 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fatality rate for Hispanic/Latino workers increased by 7%. At the same time, non-Hispanic and black workers have seen lower death rates. The 2020 figures marked the fourth straight year that Hispanic/Latino workers have seen an increase in the death rate.
Among non-fatal injuries, reporting issues made the quality of data insufficient. Of non-fatal injuries reported in 2020, Kolosh said 45% of reports did not include race and ethnicity information. In 2011, 37% did not include this data.
Knowing the challenges that all workers face every day at work is paramount.
“When workers are sitting at the table and contributing to the program, that’s when you have an engaged workforce and buy-in to the safety program,” said Jessica Martinez, co-director executive of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. “I could never sit down and say I know what a construction worker’s job is. When you ask them, “What are the problems on your site and how can we find a solution?” » you have workers who are more engaged. They feel empowered to use their voice.
– Barry Bottino, reporting from San Diego