SafetyFOCUS 2023



Advanced Safety Management Methods

Monday, September 18 – Wednesday, September 20 | Advanced | 2.1 CEUs

Safety management no longer is a compliance-driven approach to systems, best practice thinking and concepts. This contemporary approach is influencing the way safety professionals deliver guidance and direction to their organizations. Whether you are an executive-level safety professional or an emerging safety leader, you will develop knowledge and tools to greatly improve safety performance in your organization. This course is the first in a second-course series for obtaining ASSP’s Leadership in Safety Management Certificate.

Instructor(s): Joel Tietjens, CSP, CSHM, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Manage organizational safety by applying methods established by recognized and respected contemporary management innovators, behavioral scientists and great leaders in organizations and occupational safety and health (OSH)
  • Apply strategy and techniques focused on risk, business and the reality of human performance to provide another dimension to OSH management in your organization
  • Demonstrate safety leadership that will build a connection with senior leaders and inspire workers to perform the best safety practices

ESG/Sustainability: Strategy, Road Mapping and Action Planning

Tuesday, September 19 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

This course introduces a best practice framework for decision making; developing and implementing an environmental, social and governance (ESG)/sustainability strategy; and action planning based on your progress. The framework considers risks and opportunities, including stakeholder expectations and mapping, impacts, dependencies and materiality, the ever-evolving “alphabet soup” of regulatory and ESG/sustainability standards, data management, reporting/disclosure, the role of rating agencies, and corporate culture. Expect a highly interactive learning experience that helps you navigate and tailor ESG/sustainability to your organization’s needs, expectations, culture and program maturity.

Instructor(s): Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Define your role in ESG/sustainability/human capital strategy, practices and programs
  • Develop an integrated ESG/sustainability strategy and road map using a framework tailored to your organizational culture, needs and expectations
  • Recognize the interdependency between a company's environmental, social, governance and financial impacts to support informed decision making
  • Explain the drivers, risks and opportunities associated with ESG/sustainability

Influential Leadership Skills

Thursday, September 21 – Friday, September 22 | Advanced | 1.4 CEUs

Safety has evolved from a function that provides only technical expertise to one that provides leadership at all levels of an organization. Contemporary safety professionals must influence executive management through effective guidance and direction. Whether you are an executive-level safety professional or an emerging safety leader, you will learn the principles of leadership, strategic thinking and planning; discuss techniques for influencing executive, middle and line management; review expected ethical behavior; and discuss how to select the best management model to improve your organization’s safety performance. This course is the second in a second-course series for obtaining ASSP’s Leadership in Safety Management Certificate.

Instructor(s): Joel Tietjens, CSP, CSHM, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Apply the principles of leadership, participating in strategic thinking and planning to lead organizational safety
  • Determine the occupational safety and health (OSH) model that would most benefit your organization
  • Demonstrate the unique traits of successful leaders to inspire and influence workers to improve safety performance
  • Develop a stronger connection to your executive, middle and line leaders
  • Integrate new concepts in OSH management and leadership into your organization

Leadership Safety Coaching

Wednesday, September 20 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

Coaching is critical to organizational performance and the most effective way to inspire your team. The purpose of coaching is to help leaders and employees perform at their best — every time, everywhere. Learn more about the four factors necessary for successful coaching: familiarization, focus, feedback and facilitation.

Instructor(s): Shawn Galloway

Learning Objectives:
  • Develop the skills, language and capabilities to hold others accountable and coach for performance
  • Identify the factors that influence workplace decisions and learn how to change them
  • Demonstrate personal care for the safety of others
  • Differentiate between policing and coaching opportunities in safety and decide which is appropriate


Leveraging Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) to Operationalize Serious Injury & Fatality Prevention

Monday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 19 | Advanced | 1.4 CEUs

Why has the number of work-related fatalities remained stagnant and, in some industries, started to increase in recent years? The reality is that while the incident prevention programs we have deployed have significantly reduced the total number of recordable injuries, they have had limited impact on reducing the number of fatalities. This is because injury prevention is different than fatality prevention. Through discussion of scenarios and case studies, you will establish the foundational knowledge and building blocks you need to bring this new way of thinking into your organization.

Instructor(s): Todd Hohn, CSP and Cary Usrey

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the context of the problem on why traditional methods for addressing industrial incidents do not apply to serious injuries and fatalities
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how essential controls are established, and more importantly how they are verified, in the field to support better outcomes
  • Summarize case studies and scenarios to reinforce learning and support the shift in thinking from “stop work” to “start work when certain”

The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership: Managing Social Risk

Monday, September 18 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

Relationships are important to risk management, and developing them with employees, peers, managers and other stakeholders is key to your success as an occupational safety and health professional. Communication failures are at the heart of most safety, health and environmental incidents. These failures are often due to misunderstanding the role of psychological and social dynamics in risk management.

Practice the skills and use the tools that will enable you to communicate effectively, create awareness, build trust and obtain buy-in. Gain insight on ways you can encourage the conversations that enable people to raise concerns about risky actions or hazardous conditions without fear of retaliation. Through review of case studies, you will identify effective ways to build a relationship strategy with key members of your organization and take away practical tools to engage all levels in workplace safety efforts.

Instructor(s): Rosa A. Carrillo and Harvey Liss, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives:
  • Develop and practice the skills to maintain safety management and cultural systems through your relationships with employees, managers, supervisors, peers and other stakeholders
  • Improve your skills in identifying the social aspects of risk assessment and prevention
  • Describe how to apply the research on the relationship factor to your organization’s levels of engagement and safety performance
  • Identify at least two practices that will enable you to enhance psychological and psychosocial safety in your workplace
  • Extend your awareness of neuroscience and psychology to understand how they impact safety performance


People-Based Safety: The Human Dynamics of Achieving an Injury-Free Workplace

Monday, September 18 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

This course will focus on the individual, culture and system factors that influence safe and at-risk behaviors. Participants will learn the principles of behavior-based psychology, hazard recognition and human error reduction, safety leadership, and employee involvement. Explore how to design jobs to improve safety performance.

Instructor(s): Steve Roberts, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the components of an ideal safety culture
  • Use principles of behavior-based psychology to facilitate an ideal safety culture
  • Explain the continuous improvement process, integrating the best aspects of behavior-based safety and human and organizational performance
  • Understand leadership’s role in supporting an ideal safety culture
  • Identify hazard recognition traps and reduce human error
  • Use safety culture assessments to identify and drive improvement opportunities

SafetyFOCUS is an immersion in safety education with industry leaders who cover a wide range of topics that will help you excel at keeping workers in your industry safe.

Founded in 1911, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is the world’s oldest professional safety society. ASSP promotes the expertise, leadership and commitment of its members, while providing them with professional development, advocacy and standards development.

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