For the third year, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) conducted a corporate listening tour to strengthen corporate relationships and better understand the ongoing safety challenges facing leaders and their organizations. The 2023 listening tour was conducted shortly after the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released 2021 fatality data. The BLS reported that the fatal occupational injury rate of 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2021 represented the highest annual fatality rate since 2016. ASSP continues to be disheartened by these results. This year’s tour offered insights into trends impacting safety, the profession, workers and the companies they serve. With this enhanced understanding of trends, ASSP will be positioned to support occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals as they lead forward. We categorized trends into priority topics that impact safety including the workplace, work and workforce. In addition, we indicated a level of intensity representing the frequency of the trend during the interviews according to the following scale:
1) immediate focus (i.e., now);
2) mid-term focus (on the list, but not the top); and
3) long-term focus (aspiration for action).
Intensity and impact of the trend is driven by shifting expectations of customers, investors, and regulators. This framework helps ASSP focus its investment into new products and services that are likely to deliver the greatest value to the professionals we serve and the companies and workers they support.
If your lead safety professional would like to represent your organization on the ASSP Executive Safety Forum, please reach out to Tom Kerschner for more information:Tom Kerschner
Business Development Manager
Office: (847) 768-3446 | email: TKerschner@assp.org