Is a Zero-Incident Objective Achievable in Environmental Health & Safety?


A zero-incident objective, known formally as Zero-Accident Vision (ZAV), is a popular philosophy in environmental health & safety (EHS) that holds that no one should ever be injured in the workplace. It’s a way of thinking about injury-prevention strategies rather than an actual goal, thus providing a basis for continually improving EHS processes. ZAV proposes that all accidents are preventable, and a strict interpretation of this philosophy holds that accidents don’t even exist because all such incidents occur for a reason. While it acknowledges that people make mistakes, ZAV holds that these errors shouldn’t result in injuries.


So, IS a zero-incident objective achievable in EHS? Let’s find out!


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