September 12-14, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
OVERVIEW | Safety Culture 2018 will empower employers to create an engaging and effective safety culture in the workplace that will strengthen safety compliance and engagement, reduce risk for accidents and injury, and avoid costly OSHA fines and litigation. This curriculum of this interactive two-day conference applies to both Safety and HR professionals who need to improve safety adherence and responsibility across their workforce.
Attendees of Safety Culture 2018 will learn strategies for:
- Supercharging your safety committees for maximum safety engagement and retention
- Dealing with difficult employees and training them to make safety a priority
- Measuring safety performance with analytics and hazard tracking
- Evaluating and fine-tuning incentives & disciplinary systems to ensure maximum effectiveness
- Identifying and eliminating cultural hazards that threaten workers
- Improving your safety training to ensure its engaging and accessible for all employees
Our team of event liaisons would be happy to help you with your registration so your experience is as smooth as possible. Contact them now and they will get you set up in just 5 minutes!
Who Should Attend Safety Culture 2018?
- Safety Directors
- Facilities Directors
- EHS Managers
- HR Generalists
- Training Managers
- Operations Staff
- Safety Coordinators
- Production Supervisors
- Vice Presidents
- Environmental Specialists
- Risk and Compliance Specialists
- Business Owners
- Logistics Managers
- Occupational Health and Safety Professionals
Pricing & Deadlines
Access The Latest Safety Culture Management Strategies
Network and Ideashare with Peers and Practicing Experts
Earn Recertification Credits Towards Your Professional Advancement
Create a Powerful Action Plan to Promote Safety Engagement and Improve Bottom Line
Don't Take Our Word for It:
“Great, great speakers – everything they spoke about was clear and concise, funny, and kept everyone on their feet. I hope they keep it up. This was one of the better conferences I’ve attended in a long time.”
– Diego Herren, TD Industries, Round Rock, TX
2018 Program Agenda
|8:30 – 11:30 am||Human Factors in Risk Assessment|
|Presented by: Gary Higbee, Higbee & Associates, Inc.
Safety performance in the United States has been improving at a very slow rate over the past 20 years. Even with technology improvements, hazard elimination efforts and additional safety improvements, we have been unable to lower recordable rates much more than 1% per year over the past 20 years. The solution isn’t easy and it certainly will require numerous initiatives. One thing we have to do is stop ignoring human factors and human error. We do not want to blame the worker but we do need to understand the worker and the pressures we put on them intentionally or unintentionally.
In this workshop, we will:
|11:30 am – 1:00 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 – 4:00 pm||Changing Safety Culture to Manage the Threat of Workplace Violence|
|Presented by: Felix Nater, CSC, Nater Associates, Ltd.
How vulnerable is your workplace to violence? The reality is it’s probably far more likely than you think. Every workplace has its vulnerabilities, and many, including educational institutions, health-care facilities, late-night retail operations, social services, and service providers are some of the most susceptible workplace settings and environments for workplace violence. Active shooter incidents make the news, but the reality is that assaults, bullying, harassment, and other forms of violence are far more common.
As an employer, it’s your responsibility to assess your risks for all types of workplace violence and take appropriate steps to protect your employees. Your workplace violence prevention strategy needs to take a multifaceted approach that addresses everything from physical security and written policies to the cultural norms and expectations within your organization. If the workplace culture doesn’t aggressively promote responsibility, accountability and consequences, your employees will be more vulnerable to violence, and your organization will be at a greater risk for OSHA citations, liability issues, and other human and financial costs.
Regardless of your industry, there are steps you can take to proactively manage workplace violence risks, and it all starts with culture.
In this in-depth workshop, former U.S. Postal Inspector and Violence Prevention & Response Consultant Felix Nater will cover:
|7:00 – 7:55am||Registration & Breakfast|
|7:55 – 8:05 am||Welcome Remarks|
|8:05 – 9:05 am||Seven Life Lessons for Safety and Beyond|
| Presented by: Scott Geller, Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. & Virginia Tech
After studying, teaching and researching psychology for more than 50 years, Dr. Geller has identified seven evidence-based lessons people need to practice daily to prevent workplace injuries, but also to improve human welfare in general through less interpersonal conflict and bullying and enhancement of work productivity, environmental sustainability and life satisfaction. Join Dr. Geller, Founder of the Actively Caring for People Movement and Senior Partner of Safety Performance Solutions, as he shares these life lessons for improving human wellbeing and safety.
|9:10 – 10:10 am||Best Practices for Onboarding: Gain Buy-In, Secure Trust, and Motivate Employees from Day 1|
| Presented by: Cathy Hansell, Breakthrough Results LLC
“You only get one chance to make a first impression.” This old adage also holds true for on-boarding, welcoming every new employee into your organization…from entry level to senior leadership. On-boarding offers much more than communicating regulatory-required information, local procedures and training. Effective on-boarding helps to consistently clarify the organization’s vision, culture, expectations and accountabilities for all people. It creates a common understanding of the organization’s direction, and each person’s important role in it. This is the beginning of establishing trust, respect, motivation and engagement.In this session, attendees will learn how to design an on-boarding program, tailored for each audience, to communicate company culture, expectations and opportunities for engagement and input.
|10:10 – 10:30 am||Refreshments and Networking Break|
|10:30 – 11:30 am||Effective Safety Committees: Best Practices and Pitfalls to Avoid, Making Your Committee a Powerful Ally for Your Safety Efforts|
|Presented by: Joe Keenan, Environmental Health and Safety Management Consultant
A strong safety committee is an essential part of your company’s safety program. It serves many purposes, including increasing awareness of responding to safety issues, promoting cooperation between employees and management and fostering employee engagement. Many states require some or all employers to conduct safety committee meetings; even if your state doesn’t require a committee, they are considered industry best practices for promoting and improving safety engagement.
In this session, you will learn common roles and responsibilities of safety committees, guidance for making your safety committee an effective ally of your safety program, challenges and pitfalls of safety committees and how to avoid them, skills and training committee members should receive, and how to set goals, measure progress, and communicate results of the safety committee within the organization.
|11:35 am – 12:35 pm||Training & Messaging: How to Keep Your Employees Engaged|
| Presented by: Ted Boyce, Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC
Have you heard or even said any of the following regarding your company’s training: Why are safety speakers always so boring? If all they’re going to do is read their slides, I could do that on my own! Here we go again, death by PowerPoint! Why do we have to hear the same stuff every time? Our trainers’ monotone voice puts me to sleep. If so, your employees are likely not well engaged in the training they’re receiving. And, with a decrease in engagement comes a decrease in learning, retention, and application. To put it differently, the change you want to see does not occur. In this session, you will learn what training traps to avoid and how to incorporate “best practices” in adult learning to truly engage your employees in training that should benefit them and your organization. Get the most from the time you spend learning, attend this session and experience first-hand what training should look and feel like.
|12:35 – 1:30 pm||Lunch|
|1:30 – 2:30 pm||Why Workers Fail: How to Address Attitudes, Habits and Misinformation|
| Presented by: Steve Roberts, Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.
Complex systems require a great deal of human contribution to maintain productivity, quality, and safety. Human error is the inevitable by-product of our necessary involvement in complex systems. To eliminate human error would require us to eliminate the best source of creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving ability. Therefore, regarding errors, our purpose should be to understand the sources of error, predict when errors are most likely to occur and predict which errors will lead to the most serious negative outcomes (injury, property/environmental damage, reduced quality). We can then design or modify the system/job to reduce error, develop personal strategies to reduce individual error, and implement safeguards to mitigate negative outcomes when errors occur and improve workplace safety.
In addition, the perception of risk is often different from the actual hazards. Therefore, the hazards most likely to cause harm are not necessarily the ones that get noticed. This presentation will also focus on hazard recognition traps, why people don’t accurately perceive risk, and why we don’t always act on the risks we identify.
|2:30 – 2:50 pm||Refreshments and Networking Break|
|2:50 – 3:50 pm||Encouragement and Discipline: When to Be a Coach and When to Be a Cop|
|Presented by: Shawn Galloway, ProAct Safety
Do employees perform excellently because you inspire them to or because they are fearful? Do you want a culture of have to or want to? Many leaders unintentionally make common mistakes that undermine what they are trying to accomplish. Some actually harm their own efforts while trying to improve performance and culture. Good intentions are not enough! Explore these common mistakes and discover when to encourage and when to discipline, the two sides of the performance coin.
|3:30 – 4:45 pm||Panel Discussion: Emerging Issues in the Workforce|
|Presented by: Scott Geller, Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. & Virginia Tech; Steve Roberts, Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.; Chuck Pettinger, Predictive Solutions Corporation
The modern workforce is changing at a rapid pace. From the rise of the gig economy and the growth of temporary and contract work, to the influx of millennials into the workplace while many older workers postpone retirement, to the new technologies with the potential to radically transform many jobs and industries, sometimes it’s all you can do to keep up. But how do all these trends and developments affect your safety culture? What are the challenges–and the opportunities–for you as a safety professional, for your workers, and for your company as a whole? In this session, we’ll hear from an expert panel on the developments to watch and the practical steps you can take to harness the opportunities and navigate the challenges of the ever-changing 21st-century economy to keep your safety culture on a path of continuous improvement.
|4:45 – 6:00 pm||EHS Daily Advisor Safety Standout Awards Ceremony and Reception|
|7:30 – 8:00 am||Breakfast|
|7:15 – 7:40 am||Breakfast and Learn – Attend to Win!|
|8:00 – 8:30 am||Safety Culture Awards Ceremony|
|8:30 – 9:30 am||Keynote: Leadership for 24/7 Safety Culture|
|Presented by: Don Wilson, SafeStart
Worker safety is not limited to 40 hours per week and, since statistically people are much more likely to get hurt off the job, developing a 24/7 safety culture is not only the right thing to do, it’s a sound business decision.But fostering a safety culture requires appealing to workers’ personal agenda. Because they might not be naturally inclined to achieve the company’s safety goals or protect themselves, but they can definitely be motivated to protect their colleagues and their families.In this session, you will learn how to make safety personal and use it to drastically reduce injuries 24/7. Participants will:
Growing a safety culture requires commitment, dedication and the right attitude. Because you cannot enforce or mandate a safety culture—you cultivate and grow it by weaving safety into all the aspects of the workers’ lives and making it personal.
|9:30 – 9:50 am||Networking Break and Raffle|
|9:50 – 10:50 am||Workshop: How to Build and Execute an Employee Perception Survey|
| Presented by: Chuck Pettinger, Predictive Solutions Corporation
This workshop will first discuss the differences between culture and climate, and then debate specific areas of interest (i.e., safety constructs) and how to develop perception survey questions to assess those areas. We will also talk about the frequency of the measurements; how often, when, what time of day to most effectively gain insight into culture. Through class exercises, participants will identify safety constructs, and discuss which questions would most likely tap into their culture. We will also discuss how algorithms combining the quantitative and qualitative information can be developed to create an even better method of proactively identifying gaps in processes and systems to get in front of incidents and save lives.
|10:50 – 11:50 am||Closing Keynote: Your Safety Culture Needs a New Strategy|
|Presented by: Shawn Galloway, ProAct Safety
Safety will never become a core value within company culture until the safety strategy is aligned with and supports the business strategy. Every organization has a safety culture, but could it be better? Yes, but not by doing more in safety. Safety culture can evolve by continuous improvement and by capturing and delivering real value. Strategic thinking can create value at every level of an organization, but people need a guide and reason to support where they choose to invest their discretionary effort. Based on his 2016 book, Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization, keynote speaker Shawn M. Galloway will share how to take strategic thinking and focus it internally toward your organizational culture.
Venue and Accommodations
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Hotel cut-off – August 15, 2018 – reference the Safety Culture Conference group block
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Recertification Credit Information
SAFETY CREDIT INFORMATION: This program qualifies for 0.50 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, CMP credit for CHMMs, and eligible for CM credits for CIHs who attend. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) may also be available for environmental managers participating in this event (please note that event attendees are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).
HR CREDIT INFORMATION: This program has been approved for 10.0 credit hours of general recertification toward PHR, SPHR, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
The use of this seal is not an endorsement by HRCI of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met HRCIs criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.Business & Legal Resources (BLR) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 10.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the SHRM Certification website at www.shrm.org/certification.
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