The respondents to the 2013 National Safety Survey generally are well-paid (approximately 80 percent earn more than $55,000 and 15 percent earn more than $105,000 per year); most have responsibility for safety (96 percent) followed closely by emergency preparedness (74 percent), occupational health (73 percent), ergonomics (66 percent) and industrial hygiene (65 percent); 94 percent attended college; and three-quarters are certified safety professionals (CSP). salary of safety professionals

Most rate their organization's EHS performance as "good" (31.8 percent), "very good" (34.2 percent) or world-class (4.9 percent). Companies that offer a "one-size-fits-all" approach to EHS were criticized and the "production versus safety" argument appears to be ongoing. 

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Here is a sample of what some respondents said when asked: "What is the most frequent complaint you hear from employees about your organization's safety and health program?":

    • Our managers care more about product than safety.

    • The foremen of the company still push and drive with disregard to safety. The foremen are not held accountable [for poor safety performance].

    • Management does not follow safety programs.

    • That our side (construction) has to follow the regulations but the facilities and maintenance sides do not have to follow safety policies, training or OSHA requirements.

    • They identify a hazard and it does not get fixed in a timely manner.

    • Some safety rules make the job more difficult.

    • Lack of consistency in policies vs. procedures.

    • Inconsistent messages and an overwhelming number of corporate  (global) "one size fits all" procedures.

    • The people enacting rules and regulations have never gotten their hands dirty.

    • We don't know what happens to folks that are poor performers in relation to safety

    • Management does not really listen to the employees.

    • No money (many mentioned money/budget concerns).