OHS Canada Magazine

PODCAST: How COVID-19 has changed safety

Alan Quilley discusses pandemic's impact on OH&S profession

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world — and the occupational health and safety profession — in many ways.

Alan Quilley

Alan D. Quilley, CRSP, is the president of Safety Results, a consultancy and training service in Sherwood Park, Alta. 

He recently joined OHS Canada editor Marcel Vander Wier on the Safe Zone podcast for a conversation about how much the profession has changed as a result of the virus.

In this episode, Quilley responds to the following questions:
  • What do you believe will be the most significant effect of COVID-19 on the workplace?
  • What type of changes will this pandemic cause in regards to the OH&S profession?
  • Is COVID-19 viewed as simply another hazard in OH&S, or is it an entirely different beast?
  • Has the pandemic prompted safety professionals to re-evaluate any processes and procedures?
  • Do you think there are any traditional safety measures that may not serve workplaces as well moving forward?
  • Can you comment on how misinformation may affect safety culture, and how to overcome it in the workplace if necessary?
  • What types of changes will the virus have on emergency management planning as the world braces against global pandemics like this in the future?