The perfect storm is looming and companies will have to change how they look at their health and safety programs to ensure integration of bottom line objectives with their overall employee and workplace health, safety and well-being goals. Today, most companie's health protection programs are separated from health promotion programs. The two programs are from two drastically different organizational divisions and schools of thought and; as such, impedes their effectiveness to maximize the overall health and productivity of the workforce.
This paper will review the safety and health issues facing employers in dealing with the changing workforce and why developing a total solutions approach to safety, health and wellness will be critical to every employer's business survival. This will require us to explore how the best companies have created a culture where everyone feels responsible for identifying, reporting and reducing potential risks that greatly improve their ability to take proactive corrective action before anything bad happens.