As 2022 draws to a rapid close, it’s time to think about what 2023 holds and how we can prepare our business for the coming year. People who work in QHSE contemplate what trends will make headlines in the next year and how they can set up their businesses for continued success. Below we outline the five trends in QHSE to be aware of in 2023.

1. Mental Health and Well-Being of Employees 

One of the most significant factors to come out of the pandemic was the lasting effect of COVID-19 on mental health and well-being. While COVID-19 was one of the worst disruptors we have seen in our lifetime. It has shone a light on an overlooked area of mental well-being and psychological safety. 

Fast forward to (almost) 2023, the recent ISO 45003 occupational health and safety management — psychological health and safety at work standard is now a top priority for many businesses. 

As a result, large enterprises are looking to understand precisely what psychological risks are in the workplace. Also, identifying what is relevant to their workers and implementing appropriate controls to reduce psychological hazards.  

2. Continued Investment in Digital Transformation

Most businesses quickly learned from the pandemic that real-time access to crucial data and information is key to operating in disruptive circumstances. 

As paper and pen become increasingly redundant and businesses migrate away from spreadsheets and disparate software systems that cannot handle the ever-growing need for real-time data processing, QHSE executives are investing more and more in QHSE software. 

3. Increasing Awareness and The Need to Tackle Environmental Impact

The effects of climate change and how organizations address their impact on the environment are becoming more and more of a concern for consumers. As a result, it is becoming increasingly important for large companies to show their efforts and highlight changes they have made to minimize impact and that ESG (environmental, social, and governance) is incorporated into their future strategy. Investors are increasingly applying these non-financial factors to their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities. ESG examples are waste management or green energy initiatives.

4. Data Technology 

Every year we hear more and more about advancements in technology, integrated systems, and how data is king. 2023 will be no exception. As technology continues to improve rapidly, it becomes more affordable. The ability to collect and utilize data from various intelligent technologies like wearables and mobile QHSE software is driving continuous improvement. 

With these technological advancements, data is no longer siloed by manually recording events on paper and disconnected spreadsheets and systems or manually processing them into legacy systems.  

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5. Managing Cybersecurity Risks  

Cybersecurity is an increasing concern for almost all businesses, and it’s a big trend to watch in 2023. Especially for organizations that are transitioning to hybrid workplaces. More and more organizations are working in the cloud, and staff is working remotely, which presents many cybersecurity risks. 

For quality professionals, these risks can’t be ignored in quality systems, processes, or audits, which call for strategic, risk-based thinking. An example of a cybersecurity solution is two-factor authentication. This is when you use two knowledge factors like a password and a pin to log into your device.

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