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Health & Safety

September 24-25, 2013
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Preventing work-related illness and injury is the most important job at any organization. All workers have the right to a healthy workplace and to return home each day safe and sound. Explore this community for prevention tips, assessment tools, raising awareness, health and safety articles, blogs, and other related resources to protect workers' health, safety and well-being on the job.

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Amy Niras, Sales and Community Ring Master(

Welcome to the Institute for Human Resources Health & Safety Virtual Event! Thank you to everyone for your participation and support. The next two days mark the 4th Virtual Event for this great community. We have a very exciting event planned for you with many informative sessions covering the hot topics and trends around Health & Safety. Join Amanda Norris, Community Facilitator at and Advisory Board member for Health & Safety as she reviews the Institute's accomplishments thus far and highlights what’s in store for the coming months. During this short, 15-minute session, Amanda will provide an overview of the certification program (have you signed up?) and an update on hours accumulated to date. Find out what you have missed, and take a look at what is planned for the remainder of 2012. Throughout this session we will:
• Introduce you to the Advisory Board
• Introduce you to the Institute and the Certification program
• Help you become an expert in Health & Safety
• Learn why this Institute is important to the Health & Safety community and
• Learn how you can contribute to its success.

If you are new to the Institute for Health & Safety, this introduction will cover not only our past accomplishments but explain why you should continue to participate and be a part of this community. For those with questions regarding the Institute and its content, this is your chance to share your ideas. Don’t forget, this is a great opportunity to converse with our industry experts.

Looking forward to your participation!

Rick Dalrymple, Senior Risk Consultant(Insurance Office of America)

If you were to modify some operational policies and procedures in your company, and it had the impact of adding over $1,000,000 - $3,000,000 to your company's sales, would you want to know how to do that?

In this information packed seminar, participants will learn about cost containment strategies, best practices, and tools used by companies to become more profitable in this new economy. If you are like most successful businesses, you need to cut your expenses and you want to be more profitable. This program was developed to help you attain these goals, in addition to reducing your business risk.

Main Topics:

Reducing Your Business Risk
Understanding the Importance of Total Cost of Risk
Training: Pre Hire, Post Hire, Pre Claim, Post Claim
HR / OSHA compliance / wellness / safety training

Claims management procedures, best practices, examples.
Do you want to know a secret to lower the total cost of your workers comp program? It starts with knowing your company’s RiskScore. Similar to the same methodologies used in the mortgage/financial world to provide loans, having a good high credit score can enable you to secure lower mortgage rates. In the insurance world, having a good high RiskScore has proven to enable companies to receive better lower cost workers compensation programs.

Don’t let your competitors pass you by, as many are starting to deploy many of the strategies that this attorney approved system teaches. Your company has already experienced 3 back-to-back workers compensation rate increases, and you are expected to see increases in the future.

Have you had concerns over your profit margins, and hoped that there were methodologies that can help you gain control over this costly part of your business? If so, you will not want to miss this program.

Shawn Galloway, COO(ProAct Safety Inc)

Zero incident programs and goals are the desires of average safety cultures, not excellently-performing ones. Organizations that have achieved sustainability of excellent results in culture and performance define, measure and motivate what they want, rather than what they don’t. Is health the absence of visible disease? If you never receive a check-up by a physician, yet you feel good and nothing appears to be wrong, have you reached your health goals and feel confident you will live a long life with this approach?

Organizations on the journey to safety excellence realize they must move beyond managing for results, to influencing for performance and enhancing the existing role safety plays within company culture. Everyone has a culture of safety beliefs and behaviors, but is it as effective as it could be?

Creating a sustainable safety culture only occurs through an internalization of key principles outlined in this energetic and insightful webinar. Organizations in every industry eventually reach an important realization; safety excellence is equivalent to business excellence. With this, it is little wonder why there has been a significant, yet unfocused increase in the importance of a culture of safety excellence. Having a desire and executive strategy for such a reality is step one. Knowing where to focus your energy is step two. Internalizing the capability to achieve and repeat the results is the final step. Most never make it past the first step.

Led by industry-recognized thought leader, and coauthor of the best-selling book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, Shawn M. Galloway will share how best-performing organizations develop and execute against a strategy that proactively prioritizes objectives and initiatives that both improve incident prevention and measurably enhance culture.

Tom Heebner, CSP, ARM, ABCP, AVP/Risk Consultant(HUB International)

One challenge that many leaders have is determining how to measure safety and hold their staff accountable for safety performance while striving to continuously improve upon their safety program. The fact is that there are a lot of things that can be done to improve safety in an operation, but in order to drive results individuals must be educated and measured on performance against company expectations and against the performance of their teams and the organization as a whole.

Safety is no accident and to make improvements, safety must be a core value within an organization. If safety is not important to top management, driving safety improvement will be difficult if not impossible, even with a great team in place. Creating a positive safety culture is hard work and requires that safety be integrated throughout an organization’s operations.

This educational opportunity will provide a framework for those in leadership positions to evaluate current methods of measuring safety performance and driving accountability while learning about how to: communicate safety goals and objectives throughout the workforce, establish responsibilities for safety to all levels in an organization, turn safety into something your employees value not only at work but at home, using coaching as a means to change behavior, using disciplinary action to set boundaries for team members to work within, using metrics as a means to evaluate performance for use in evaluation processes and how to establish cost allocation systems to hold management accountable for safety and to help them balance safety with other areas of responsibility.

Natalie Kosydar, Marketing(Select International, Inc.)
Esteban Tristan, Ph.D., Safety Practice Manager and a Senior Consultant(Select International, Inc.)

Leadership is critical to safety. So why is it that very few organizations look at a person’s Safety DNA when they are identifying or developing their safety leaders? Why do so many also ignore leadership style and behaviors? Instead they rely on basic qualifications such as technical skills, experience or education without looking at these essential personal factors which research shows are strongly linked to safety incidents and injury rates.

Until recently there was no proven, research-based method for assessing Safety DNA in combination with leadership style and skills. Recent advances in psychometric testing now make it possible to accomplish this in a valid and reliable way. This provides us with a revolutionary new way of looking at the group-level risk that a leader can expose their team members to as a function of their 1) personal risk profile (i.e., Safety DNA) and 2) their leadership style and behaviors. For the first time, we can now measure and understand how these two factors work together to impact the safety of a leader and their team members.

This presentation will provide an in-depth look the psychological factors that comprise these important safety leader characteristics, and will show how they predict at-risk leader behaviors. An overview of the research findings in this area will be shared, highlighting the strong relationship between Safety DNA, leadership style and group-level safety incidents and injuries. Best practices will also be provided on how this methodology can be used by organizations in order to identify, select and develop a pipeline of strong safety leaders, as well as ways to incorporate this type of process into existing leader development and safety management programs.

Rosa Antonia Carrillo, Safety Leadership Consultant(Carrillo & Associates)
Cheryl Archer, Managing Partner(Women in SH&E: A Leadership Collaborative)

Business Women Rising is pleased to announce a new leadership development webinar and in our leadership workshop series specifically tailored for women in SH&E entitled: “Know Your Value: A Game Changer for Women in SH&E”

• Are you comfortable talking about your accomplishments?
• Do you have a clear idea of your non-negotiables?
• How much time do you spend networking and creating a supportive circle of professionals around you?
• Are you willing to walk away from a non-win situation?
• What are you known for? What is your brand or niche?

These were questions at a recent gathering of Women in Safety Engineering. We asked ourselves, “Who is responsible for our success?” The resounding answer was, “We are.”

Many of us are conditioned to recognize the contributions of others and minimize our own. There is nothing wrong with sharing the credit with others. In fact there is a wise saying that one of the signs of great leadership is that people often feel they did it themselves without help from the leader. However, any strength can be carried to excess leaving us stressed out and de-energized. This seminar will focus on how to establish our credibility and get noticed for our contributions in a way that supports our professional goals and gives us more leverage and positive energy!

The process begins with knowing who we are and the value of our own contributions. Making others aware of our strengths is balanced by also recognizing where we need to improve and then asking others for their help and expert advice.

Our NEW Know Your Value: A Game Changer for Women in SH&E webinar is strongly recommended for any woman in SH&E who feels the need to increase her visibility, advance her career, or simply increase her power to effectively influence others.

The two women professionals hosting this seminar have been there, done that. Their tips and stories are real and they work! If you want to be more effective in getting your points across, join us! Register today and learn how others influence with credibility and confidence!

Salvatore Caccavale, Corporate Director EHS()

Job Safety Analysis: A Step by Step Plan for Getting Them Right

Program Overview

Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is a proven systematic technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify and control hazards before they occur. A JSA develops a relationship between the worker, the job task, the tools provided and the work environment. Controlling these unidentified hazards in our work environments and eliminating and/or controlling them have been proven to reduce personal injuries and drive down costs.

A hazard is often associated with a condition or activity that if left uncontrolled can result in an injury or incident. The purpose of a JSA process then is not accumulate a lot of empty procedures but to provide front line supervisors and facility managers with a tool/training guide to be utilized for the instruction and refresher training of their employees. This session will focus on the importance of the JSA and provide the steps necessary to complete and implement a successful JSA process.

The General Duty Clause of the OSHA Act requires employers to provide a safe workplace environment free of recognized hazards for their employees. OSHA highly recommends the use of the JSA process as one of the key elements of an effective safety management system. Failure to do so can result in citations of the general duty clause in the event of a catastrophic event. However JSA’s are just the right thing to do for any organization to demonstrate to their commitment to safety to their employees.

Benefits of a JSA Process
•       Reduces Frequency & Severity of Injuries
•       Reduces Absenteeism
•       Increases Productivity
•       Increases Employee Morale
•       Studies jobs for possible improvement in job methods
•       Provides information to deliver effective training programs
•       Assists in the incident investigation process
•       Assists in standard-specific compliance (e.g., personal protective equipment)

Participants will learn:

What is a Job Safety Analysis?
What are the benefits and uses?
How do I identify a job that requires a JSA?
Who should be involved in the JSA process?
What the steps are in performing a JSA (through a series of examples)
How to develop and implement a written JSA program

Handouts will be provided.

Glenn French, President & CEO(The Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence)

Because of well-publicized incidents in both Canada and the United States, “workplace violence” has quickly become a specific category of occupational risk. Organizations are increasingly called upon to demonstrate how they will prevent, assess and respond to threats of workplace violence, homicidal ideations, stalking, and other situations where targeted violence is a distinct possibility. How one responds can have a significant impact on the outcome. Therefore, it is imperative that leaders and Human Resources professionals respond effectively, and have policies and procedures in place, which not only meet specific legislative requirements, but also provide the best chance for a successful outcome. Although Canada and the United States may differ in the types and frequency of workplace violence, both countries share a common concern about how to identify and respond to known or suspected threats of harm.

This webinar will review the key components of a comprehensive violence prevention program paying particular attention to the assessment of organizational risks and individual threats. Although there is no absolute means of predicting violence, employers must demonstrate they are taking reasonable steps to meet this significant health and safety challenge. Now is not the time either to “over” or “under” react; rather, it is the time to act thoughtfully.

Glenn French, President of the Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence, will facilitate this webinar "Workplace Violence: Assessing the Risks and Managing the Moments". Mr. French’s work has been showcased in print and electronic media throughout Canada, including Public Safety, Canada's Prevention Magazine published by the Federal Department of Justice.

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