Cultural Intelligence in Health and Safety

Cultural Intelligence in Health and Safety

In today’s global economy, workplaces are becoming increasingly diverse. It is commonplace for people to now come together to conduct business who are from different parts of the world, each with their own unique languages, culture, history, perceptions and experiences.  Appreciating diversity among the workforce is essential on many levels within an organization, including health and safety professionals who are tasked with helping workers prevent and avoid occupational accidents and injuries.  Importantly, it cannot be assumed that all individuals understand, appreciate or interpret the concept of health and safety in the same manner.  Thus, this presentation will highlight the importance of cultural awareness specifically for health and safety professionals and how enhancing “cultural intelligence” can help improve effectiveness when interacting with people with different backgrounds and perceptions.  Real life examples and case studies will be presented to highlight the importance of cultural awareness and how it can potentially impact safety performance.

Presenter Scott Patlovich, DrPH, CBSP, SM(NRCM), CHMM, CPH

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