Providing a safe and healthy work environment amidst a pandemic has created one of the most significant challenges that businesses worldwide have faced and must continue to face. Businesses were forced to adapt their working conditions to a rapidly changing working environment. Protocols needed to be implemented to protect employees required to remain in traditional workspaces. Accommodations needed to be made for those working remotely, and further safety measures must be installed for those returning to in-person working conditions.
However, even before the pandemic, the 21st century was already introducing major changes to the way we approach the workplace. A younger, more culturally diverse workforce of different genders, experience levels, and social perspectives began to transform workplaces. Changes in workplace technology and work organization introduced new hazards, differential occupational exposures, and blurred the boundaries between work and personal life, leading to a negative impact on workers’ health.
In the field of occupational safety and health, it is essential to join efforts with strategic stakeholders to overcome existing workplace challenges and utilize the knowledge obtained from academic research, which can be translated into practical solutions, to address workplace safety and health gaps. And that is exactly what we intend to accomplish with the launch of SHIFT: Global EHS Research to Practice, the BCSP Foundation’s new academic journal.
I am delighted to serve as the publication’s Editor-in-Chief and to be supported by an exceptional team and advisory board. I began my safety journey as a safety engineer in Colombia. My background as a chemical engineer gave me the opportunity to collaborate for 10 years with a variety of industry sectors and educate safety professionals at the undergraduate and graduate level. I currently serve as an associate professor in the Department of Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
During the past 12 years, I have engaged in research in the field of occupational safety and health—evaluating the safety conditions of workers in low-income jobs in high-risk industries and examining determinants of health and safety among vulnerable worker populations. As a former safety engineer and current researcher and educator, I am aware of the importance of conducting research targeting the industry’s needs and developing practical interventions that positively impact workplace safety and health.
SHIFT is a collaborative venture. We enter this space with the deliberate intent to create a resource that advances our understanding of strategic solutions for a safer global community. Through actionable solutions, we support those who ask and seek answers to challenges. Our commitment is to provide access to high-quality research and the best practices that will advance the industry.
This is your journal! I invite everyone to submit your research to SHIFT. We are committed to publishing authors’ high-quality research and working in collaboration with reviewers and editors to significantly advance the field of safety and health and its businesses, workers, communities, and all safety and health professionals.
Luz S. Marìn, ScD
Department of Safety Sciences
John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
SHIFT: Global EHS Research to Practice