Valencia, May 5th, 6th and 7th, 2010

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- Creating Value Through Risk Prevention ManagementCreating Value Through Risk Prevention Management -


Creating value involves all corporate decisión-making. Creating value, in its fullest sense, is the priority that gives meaning to companies and organizations, as it is what allows them to be competitive, to consolidate, and to grow.

To achieve excellence, companies must extend the concept of value, as it will help them to structure, give meaning, and orient their corporate strategies. Nowadays, unfortunately, most companies overlook the value of preventive management, which is often viewed as a collateral element or as a factor that contributes little to a company´s overall growth.

Let us accept the limited definition of Occupational Risk Prevention Management as the process by which a company plans, develops, and carries out preventive activities. Obviously, in accordance with this definition, implementation is tied to an evaluation process designed to measure the gap between the desired objective and the attained results.

In this case, the functional process must per se include a program of corrective actions in accordance with the requirements established in the company´s prevention policies. Therefore, we can agree that a Risk Prevention Management Program refers to the manner in which a company carries out and documents these preventive activities.

Once we have defined the operational form, functions, and responsibilities of the risk prevention program, there then emerges the importance of integrated and effective company resource management that understands the concept of value in a holistic manner. Such management will doubtlessly result in a clear increase in value creation.

Therefore, to develop a coherent and effective Risk Prevention Program we must consider the various facets of Occupational Risk Prevention, in general. We will consider the primary objective to be that of establishing within the company a “risk prevention culture”. This “prevention culture” must: a) be adapted to the concrete realities of each company; b) steer away from maxims and stereotypes that forget or render impossible the attainment of company goals; c) recognize risk prevention as an integral part of corporate management that must be included in all corporate improvement plans; and d) guarantee the consultation and participation of all company employees.

Workers´ health has been a constant concern throughout history, and has always been exposed to and often aggravated by organizational and technological changes. Protecting workers health and well-being is a governmental priority, and developing risk prevention standards is the most effective means of meeting that priority and improving health in the workplace.

Though the problem of safe working conditions is an ancient one, only in recent years have we begun to find effective solutions. Worker health is a complex issue requiring the collaboration and effort of all agents involved directly in the production process, and of the government, which through effective policies can facilitate and regulate worker health and safety.

Excellent working conditions are critical to the creation of quality products and services. A company can only create value if it dedicates time, effort and knowledge to its area of economic activity. As we stated earlier, creating value is a diffuse process and often difficult to understand in all its dimensions, as it involves not only economic value, but social, political, and ethical value as well.

We are convinced that all these values together will greatly enhance corporate performance, and that they cannot be treated separately. While upon first glance these values may appear as distinct from one another, they are in fact interrelated, and together create a single, indivisible result.

It is well established that labor risk prevention combines legal, ethical, administrative, scientific, technical, practical, and above all, human aspects. Humanity can no longer allow workers to harm themselves while working, and governments must ensure the well-being of its citizens, both for reasons of ethics and economic survival.

A country that wishes to be advanced, modern, and dynamic must base its competitive advantage on the planning and implementation of excellent working conditions. Only in this way can we effectively meet the challenges of unemployment, impoverishment and dislocation that threaten our future.

We are profoundly convinced that one of the most important ways of improving employee benefits, product and services quality, and company competitiveness is by creating safe and ergonomically-sound jobs that ensure a productive process in keeping with goals and objectives of the company, the workers, and the society as a whole.

If our conception of work embraces responsibility to society and the environment, that conception must also include effective occupational risk prevention, as it is the cornerstone of any company or society that strives for excellence and creation of value.

Román Ceballos Sancho
Director General de Trabajo,
Cooperativismo y Economía Social
Generalitat Valenciana

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