SafetyFOCUS 2023


Advanced Safety Management Methods

Monday, October 24 – Wednesday, October 26 | 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.

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

ANSI/ASSP Z16: Safety Metrics For the Modern Safety Professional

Friday, October 28 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Modern safety professionals must understand many kinds of metrics and how to work with management to choose the right ones. Following the new ANSI/ASSP Z16.1 standard, this course will explore the use of balanced scorecards, leading indicators and other metrics that can help you understand your safety program’s effectiveness. Learn the history of traditional metrics, how they’ve been used and why they shouldn’t be the only way you measure success.

Your registration includes a copy of the ANSI/ASSP Z16.1-2022 Safety and Health Metrics and Performance Measures.

Instructor(s): C. Gary Lopez, MS, CSP, FASSP, DSS

Learning Objectives:
  • Apply traditional lagging indicators, such as incident rates and lost-time incident rates
  • Select leading indicators and apply them to improve culture and management accountability for safety
  • Explain the types of metrics being used to measure safety performance
  • Measure losses beyond direct costs
  • Understand the financial impact of key metrics

Communicating For Action: Is Anyone Listening to Me?

Thursday, October 27 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

Safety professionals must communicate effectively to move people to action — to get them to speak up, make safe choices and consider safety as they do their work. Learn to understand your audience, deliver effective messages, build your public speaking skills and get projects approved. Create a persuasive and engaging safety communication plan for your organization.

Instructor(s): Camille P. Oakes, CSP, SMS, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the ways adults prefer to receive information
  • Practice public speaking
  • Rewrite technical information in a way people will understand
  • Identify safety drivers and tailor safety messages
  • Assess your personal communication skills and create an action plan for improvement

Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability: Risks and Opportunities for Safety Professionals

Monday, October 24 | Advanced | .7 CEUs

Well-run, purpose-driven companies are realizing that taking care of people and the environment creates resilient corporate performance. Learn to connect the dots between environment, social and governance (ESG), sustainability, human capital, the regulatory landscape, and our role as safety and health professionals. Develop a personal road map that will help you integrate safety while navigating this unprecedented shift in stakeholder expectations.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Apply ESG, sustainability and human capital concepts currently presenting opportunities for safety professionals to influence business leaders
  • Develop a safety/ESG operational road map, tailored to your business environment
  • Interpret mandatory and voluntary ESG reporting requirements

Great Leaders Don’t Solve Problems: Principles and Practices for Finding and Preventing Hidden Safety Problems

Wednesday, October 26 – Thursday, October 27 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

Good leaders solve problems, but great leaders prevent problems. The safety profession is about prevention, and safety professionals must be experts in identifying the opportunities that exist in potential problems and preventing the problems that lead to injuries and fatalities. By applying this knowledge, you can genuinely add value to your organization. Explore ways to employ servant-leadership principles and best practices for identifying problems across the various levels in an organization before problems arise.

Instructor(s): Barry S. Spurlock, J.D., CSP; Earl Blair, Ph.D., CSP, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Proactively identify hidden safety problems in your organization
  • Identify common barriers to becoming a problem finder and describe how to overcome these barriers
  • Identify organizational practices and culture that prevents workers and leaders from failing safely and learning from mistakes
  • Develop organizational metrics that enable a systematic approach to identifying problems before they happen
  • Select effective countermeasures for prevention before problems mushroom and result in injuries and harm
  • Advise frontline supervisors on ways to engage their teams in discovering hidden problems and enthusiastically participating in safety efforts

Influential Leadership Skills

Thursday, October 27 – Friday, October 28 | 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.

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

Make Your Safety Training Stick: Improve Retention and Get Better Results

Tuesday, October 25 – Wednesday, October 26 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

o beyond the basics to improve your safety training. This course will focus on gaining the attention of trainees and management, designing in methods for increased retention, and implementing techniques to help trainees apply their knowledge. Learn how to create your own activities, backed by science, that help keep people safe.

Instructor(s): Linda M. Tapp, CSP, ALCM, CPTD

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the challenges associated with retention and transfer and ways to overcome these challenges
  • Understand accelerated learning principles and research-based learning science
  • Create and deliver safety training that provides greater opportunities for retention and transfer
  • Facilitate interactive learning activities that have a beneficial impact on the success of training classes

Managing the Employment Law Risks of the Safety Profession

Monday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 25 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

This course will equip you to manage employment law issues that impact safety. It will also explore strategies for minimizing liability. Topics include the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), workers' comp, whistleblower complaints, the legalization of cannabis, attorney-client privilege, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and more.

Instructor(s): Barry S. Spurlock, J.D., CSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze potential legal concerns associated with occupational safety management
  • Inspect safety-related employment policies and practices (e.g., employee physicals, workers' comp claims, incident investigations, drug testing) and identify associated legal risks and exposures
  • Identify proactive measures to minimize liabilities associated with the practice of occupational safety
  • Support internal and external legal counsel when safety-related employment law issues and disputes arise

Strategies For Safety Excellence: Advancing Safety in Your Organization and Career

Friday, October 28 | Intermediate | .7 CEUs

There are many challenges that keep organizations from achieving safety excellence. This course will explore how to create an effective safety strategy that emphasizes learning and working with leaders to anticipate and address risks. It will use an in-depth case study of CEO Paul O’Neill’s tenure at Alcoa to illustrate how safety can become an organizational value.

Instructor(s): Earl Blair, Ph.D., CSP, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand past failures and successes to promote safety
  • Describe how strategy must be deliberate to sustain safety excellence
  • Use foresight to influence safety outcomes

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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.

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