April 15 2018
By: Terry L. Mathis
As we enter the fourth industrial revolution, or "Industry 4.0" as it is being labeled, we need to adjust our safety efforts to fit the new realities this era will bring. Although it will be driven largely by technology, it will not be sufficient to simply adopt new gadgets. The basic elements of safety excellence will need to change. New strategies will be needed which will include technology roadmaps along with matching management of change (MOC). New leadership styles and techniques will be needed to lead people with newly-enhanced performance from the technologies. New cultures will form in person and online as new communication tools become the norm. New methods will be needed to encourage employee engagement in technically-enhanced safety.
If you think Safety 1.0 will be sufficient during Industry 4.0, think again!
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.