SafetyFOCUS 2023


Whether you're part of a large corporate team or a safety team of one, the right business and leadership insights can help you support the goals of your business and elevate your safety successes. The following courses help prepare you to take your new technical knowledge back to leadership and make sure safety has a seat at the table in your organization.

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

Business Economics for the Safety Professional

Thursday, September 21 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Most of the C-suite speaks in the language of business and economics. This course will provide the tools and examples to understand that language, apply economic techniques to demonstrate the impact of safety-related projects and programs, and use that language in presentations.

Instructor(s): Lawrence Schulze, Ph.D., P.E., CPE

Learning Objectives:
  • Apply the universal principles of economics
  • Formulate a basic economic analysis
  • Solve economic analysis problems
  • Evaluate competing projects and assets
  • Explain analyses to the C-suite

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

How to Create an Effective Safety Vision Statement

Friday, September 22 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

A strong safety vision statement can improve your organization’s safety culture and performance. Discover how to develop a safety vision that is more effective than “achieving zero injuries” and reflects your organization’s values. Acquire a variety of new management tools, tactics and routines that helped transform several manufacturing facilities into profitable bastions of safety.

Instructor(s): Jean Ndana, CSP, CHMM

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the elements of an effective safety vision statement
  • Differentiate between a goal, business plan and strategic plan
  • Practice writing an effective safety vision statement for your organization
  • Experiment with techniques that make your safety vision come alive in people’s minds

Impact Metrics: Safety Measures That Improve Performance

Friday, September 22 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

This course will explore emerging issues in safety performance measurement through the lens of the ANSI/ASSP Z16 voluntary consensus standard. After reviewing related case studies and other examples, you will identify effective safety metrics for various employee levels, criteria for impact measures, potent evaluation instruments, and why and how to measure soft factors. Learn to develop custom measures based on your needs and interests.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the limitations of focusing primarily on lagging safety measures
  • Describe impact metrics and how to select and benefit from them
  • Use a custom evaluation instrument to measure and benchmark site safety culture
  • Develop measures with the potential to help you reach your goals by impacting safety performance

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

Leading With CARE Tactics

Tuesday, September 19 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

This course teaches the CARE leadership model, where leaders are collaborative, authentic, radical and engaged. It is designed for both experienced and emerging leaders who want to develop their leadership skills and create a positive impact in their organizations. Participants will learn how to promote open communication, teamwork, mutual respect, trust and transparency — all while embracing change, taking calculated risks, and inspiring team members.

Instructor(s): Joshua Russell, CSP and Gabe Encarnacion

Learning Objectives:
  • Differentiate between prevalent leadership styles and theories
  • Identify the leadership style you currently use in the workplace
  • Translate the CARE leadership model into specific behaviors that will increase your effectiveness
  • Identify opportunities for leadership improvement
  • Construct a leadership plan

Measuring the Success of Your OSH Program: A Standards-Based Approach

Monday, September 18 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Many occupational safety and health professionals struggle to define success for their programs and tie outcomes to business objectives, but voluntary consensus standards can help. ISO 45001 and ANSI/ASSP Z10 address OSH performance measurement, and metrics are the subject of the recently published ANSI/ASSP Z16 standard. In this course, you will learn how to use these standards to measure OSH performance and gain key insights into aligning metrics with your organization's strategic plan.

Instructor(s): Pamela J. Walaski, CSP, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss why leading and lagging metrics are ineffective at measuring performance unless they are tied to organizational processes
  • Describe how voluntary consensus standards address organizational performance measurement and why using them is effective
  • Review voluntary consensus standard requirements related to OSH performance measurement
  • Develop performance metrics

Safety Influencer: Leadership Skills that Impact Performance

Thursday, September 21 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Are you looking for ways to increase your knowledge, skills and influence as a safety leader? Leadership has been defined simply as “influence.” This course explores the foundations of influence, significant structural and system applications influencers use, influential conversation tools, and an influencer model for leading permanent change in your organization.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the foundational elements required for influencing safety outcomes
  • Apply leadership and change management concepts from an influential conversation model
  • Recommend safety-related influencer roles for organizational levels of management, employees and front-line supervisors
  • Draft a plan for solving a significant safety issue using an influencer model

Selling Safety in Your Organization

Monday, September 18 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Whether you are working to earn the buy-in of front-line workers or executives, safety can be a tough sell. That’s why influencing, with or without authority, is a crucial soft skill for safety leaders. This course will teach you the three components of selling (vision, knowledge and heart) through examples and storytelling, preparing you to influence change at your organization.

Instructor(s): Patrick Karol, CSP, SMS, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Illustrate the importance of soft skills, including influencing without authority
  • Define the three key components of selling: vision, knowledge and heart
  • Assess your safety leadership abilities
  • Develop a personal action plan based on your self-assessment

Working Together: Are You Communicating Effectively With Your Multicultural Team?

Wednesday, September 20 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

In today’s workplace, it is not uncommon for workers to come from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. To contribute to the improvement of communication, morale, productivity and safety, you must recognize and celebrate the diverse components of your organizational culture. It is also important to understand how different values, beliefs and traditions can play an important role in production, quality and workplace safety.

Instructor(s): Hector M. Escarcega, M.S., CSP. ARM, LCS

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and discuss the importance and value of a multicultural and diverse workplace
  • Recognize the value of an organizational commitment to understanding cultural differences
  • Review simple-yet-powerful tips and techniques for closing communication gaps with your multicultural team
  • Discuss strategies to help develop and maintain positive relationships in the workplace

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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.

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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