SafetyFOCUS 2024


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.

Active Shooter Preparedness: Understanding the Neural Processing of Danger

Monday, February 19 | Beginner | 0.4 CEUs

Develop the skills and understanding you need to equip employees with the skills they need to effectively prepare for and survive an active shooter crisis. Through immersive activities and expert guidance, you will explore tangible strategies to enhance your organization's preparedness and response in high-stress situations.

Instructor(s): Morris Brent

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the critical role of the autonomic nervous system in survival during an active shooter crisis and its impact on decision-making
  • Apply strategies to help employees maintain emotional and physiological regulation and take effective action during moments of crisis
  • Develop effective strategies for incorporating proactive measures and situational awareness into their routines
  • Recognize the importance of trauma responses in high-stress situations and understand their potential impact on decision-making processes, enabling better self-awareness and informed responses
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Advanced Safety Management Methods

Monday, February 12 – Wednesday, February 14 | 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
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ANSI/ASSP Z16: Safety Metrics For the Modern Safety Professional

Tuesday, February 13 | 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
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Communicating For Action: Is Anyone Even Listening?

Monday, February 12 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Refine your communication skills to inspire action and promote a culture where teams consider safety in all work. Join us and learn to understand your audience, deliver impactful messages and enhance your public speaking. Gain effective techniques for presenting technical information, getting project approval, building relationships, fostering trust and boosting your confidence, ultimately benefiting your organization.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify and explain three learning modalities: visual, aural and kinesthetic
  • Develop a safety communications plan for your organization using a template
  • Identify safety drivers and tailor a safety message based on motivation
  • Assess your own communication skills and gaps
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Don’t Get Stuck! Sharpen Your Influence Skills and Optimize Career Navigation

Monday, February 19 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

Maximize your influence, accelerate your career and drive exceptional performance within your teams by cultivating the skills that will help you excel and effectively navigate your career path. By leveraging proven strategies and insights, you will learn how to unleash your full potential, gain recognition for your contributions and drive positive outcomes. Whether you are already skilled in influence or want to enhance your abilities, you will take away practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness. Self-reflection exercises will help you assess current strengths and identify areas for growth. By understanding the gaps that may be hindering your progress, you will gain valuable insights into how to optimize your performance. You will also receive guidance designed to help you overcome career ruts and role limitations so you can demonstrate your true value to your organization.

Instructor(s): David Musgrave

Learning Objectives:
  • Develop and refine core skills that lead to positive and effective outcomes in workplace safety and health
  • Assess your strengths and identify skill gaps that may limit your positive impact as a safety professional so you can map your path to personal growth and improved team performance
  • Explore methods and strategies to advance your career and embrace new opportunities for professional growth
  • Identify effective ways to establish yourself as a valuable contributor within your organization and the safety profession
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Establish Your Place in the C-Suite

Thursday, February 15 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

Your organization's senior management values occupational safety and health (OSH) leadership and will reward it with resources and support. Assess what senior management wants to know about OSH and develop skills to communicate this information to them. Strengthen your connection to the C-suite by developing knowledge of your organization's business goals and senior management's OSH expectations.

Instructor(s): James Boretti, CSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of business language and the foundation from which business decisions are made
  • Identify the expectations of the C-Suite for the OSH process
  • Develop, implement, and align OSH efforts driven by organizational objectives from the C-suite
  • Report on and present OSH data that gets the attention and involvement of decision-makers
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Ethics for OSH Professionals

Wednesday, February 21 | Intermediate | 0.5 CEUs

Today’s OSH professionals can encounter a wide range of ethical dilemmas. Build your knowledge of how you can use professional codes of ethics to identify, analyze, navigate and resolve these dilemmas. By using facts and promoting ethical practices, you can minimize harm, foster a positive company culture and support your organization’s long-term success and profitability. Explore the drivers influencing ethical decision-making and the theoretical framework supporting the use of such drivers. This course has been designed to meet the ethics training requirement established for certified industrial hygienists by the Board of Global EHS Credentialing (BGC), an organization that replaced American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Visit the BGC website to learn more. This course also meets the ethics requirement established for recertification by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Visit the BCSP website to learn more.

Instructor(s): Daniel J Snyder, Ph.D., CSP, CHST, OHST, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Review professional codes of conduct for OSH professionals
  • Build a better understanding of how the various codes of ethics apply to your practice as an OSH professional
  • Explore various approaches for resolving ethical issues
  • Practice applying various ethical principles through real-life scenarios to resolve ethical issues
  • Identify and analyze steps you can take to avoid future ethical dilemmas
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High-Impact Training and Presentation Techniques

Monday, February 12 – Tuesday, February 13 | Beginner | 1.4 CEUs

Elevate your presentation and training skills to achieve remarkable results. Join this interactive course and gain essential communication techniques for conveying ideas, concepts and messages. Designed for presenters, managers, supervisors, human resources professionals, safety and risk managers, safety coordinators, directors, and anyone aiming to enhance their skills, this program will help newcomers and seasoned professionals improve.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the fundamentals of delivering impactful presentations
  • Develop a compelling and effective training outline that captures the audience's attention and achieves learning objectives
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver dynamic training programs
  • Evaluate and analyze platform presentation skills
  • Review do’s and don’ts for delivering effective training
  • Explore ways to make safety training fun and engaging
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How to Write and Tell Effective and Powerful Stories

Monday, February 19 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Stories are one of the most powerful tools we have, helping us bond, relate, empathize, contextualize, persuade, communicate and even survive. In this course, you'll write, share, listen, give and get feedback, and get comfortable with the storytelling process. By the end, you'll have written a couple of scenes, a story spine, an opener and an ending using a worksheet that will guide you toward an effective structure.

Instructor(s): Jonathan T Klane, M.S., CSP, CIH, CHMM, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Create narrative-based content to use in future training courses
  • Compare and contrast the benefits (and challenges) of using narrative rather than traditional approaches
  • Explain the typical structure and format of creative nonfiction
  • Demonstrate how to create meaningful stories for communication, persuasion or training courses
  • Communicate and train more effectively with storytelling
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Improve Your Pre-Task Planning in 30 Days or Less!

Thursday, February 22 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

Are your pre-task plans, job hazard analyses or toolbox talks truly effective, or have they become a superficial exercise that doesn’t improve safety and health? Practice and master a systematic approach that will transform your pre-task planning processes into valuable tools that help you assess your organization’s leadership and culture. Effectively using these metrics will enable you to cultivate front-line leaders who can empower their project teams to anticipate safety hazards, foster trust, nurture respect and create a culture of safety ownership.

Instructor(s): Chuck Pettinger and Barry Nelson

Learning Objectives:
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of conversations (as opposed to checklists) in gauging the health of your organization’s front-line leadership and culture
  • Apply five proven techniques to transform your pre-task planning processes into engaging activities that encourage project teams to communicate, recognize safety risks and safeguard each other
  • Use leadership metrics to develop influential front-line leaders, assess performance and enhance your organization’s safety culture
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Influential Leadership Skills

Thursday, February 15 – Friday, February 16 | 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
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Learn How to Persuade Based on Science and Research

Wednesday, February 21 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Master the art of persuasion in this course that draws on centuries of scientific research. Through interactive exercises and practical applications, you'll strengthen your ability to persuade while learning from the experiences of other safety and health professionals. Overcome skepticism and doubt by harnessing the power of persuasion and become a more influential communicator.

Instructor(s): Jonathan T Klane, M.S., CSP, CIH, CHMM, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate persuasion techniques
  • Describe how certain persuasive strategies work
  • Explain why many attempts at persuasion fail
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Make Your Safety Training Stick: Improve Retention and Get Better Results

Thursday, February 15 – Friday, February 16 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

Go beyond the basics to improve your safety training. This course will focus on gaining the attention of trainees and management, designing 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. A copy of the textbook: Make Your Safety Training Stick: Improve Retention and Get Better Results, is included.

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

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
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Making Safety Stick

Tuesday, February 20 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Explore communication principles and discover the secrets behind impactful safety training. This session will offer a fresh perspective on delivering safety messages, ensuring comprehension, improving retention and driving meaningful change. Learn innovative techniques that will not only help your audience understand the information but leverage it long term.

Instructor(s): Eldeen E Pozniak, CMIOSH, CRSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze the factors that contribute to the widespread adoption of concepts and new behaviors
  • Explore how communication strategies improve retention
  • Apply emotional appeal and storytelling techniques to reinforce the effectiveness of messages
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Mastering Effective Safety Training: Strategies and Techniques for Success

Tuesday, February 20 – Wednesday, February 21 | Beginner | 1.4 CEUs

Develop effective strategies and practice techniques that will help you overcome the common challenge of engaging participants in safety training. Discuss how you can apply research, science and adult learning principles to create dynamic and impactful safety training programs. Overcome perceptions of repetitive training and energize your training programs by enhancing your training delivery using a combination of tips, techniques, templates and critical thinking.

Instructor(s): Marilyn Joy Hubner, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives:
  • Employ neuroscience strategies to create an engaging learning environment that optimizes retention and knowledge transfer
  • Discuss proven strategies to enhance your safety training using adult learning principles
  • Develop participatory learning interventions that encourage active engagement and practical application of safety concepts
  • Review effective strategies for fostering a positive and inclusive learning atmosphere
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Measuring Safety Cultural Maturity

Tuesday, February 20 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

This course presents a cutting-edge, mixed-method, experimental research design model for assessing safety culture maturity in global organizations. Participants will explore the application of qualitative and quantitative instruments to identify key indicators of safety culture maturity and analyze the outcomes. The researcher will share insights and findings from the study, offering a comprehensive summary of the assessment process and its implications.

Instructor(s): Daniel J Snyder, Ph.D., CSP, CHST, OHST, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Define safety culture
  • Discuss mixed methods for safety culture spectral analysis
  • Describe the determining factors of safety culture maturity
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Qualified Safety Trainer Workshop

Friday, February 23 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

In this interactive train-the-trainer workshop, you will develop essential skills that improve the ways you teach others about workplace safety and health. Explore the core competencies of a safety trainer, including instructional techniques, communication strategies and engaging delivery methods. Gain practical tips for designing and presenting safety training sessions that promote knowledge retention and behavioral change.

Instructor(s): Daniel J Snyder, Ph.D., CSP, CHST, OHST, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 criteria for accepted practices in occupational safety and health training
  • Describe the ADDIE model for instructional systems design
  • Explain best practices and instructional strategies for adult learners
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Safety Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: How Smart Are You?

Tuesday, February 13 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Occupational safety and health leaders often have strong technical skills, focusing on hazards, risks and controls. But without strong soft skills, even their best safety initiatives may fail to gain leadership approval and influence outcomes. Learn the importance of emotional Intelligence in navigating challenges, working with stakeholders and cultivating your organization’s safety culture.

Instructor(s): Eldeen E Pozniak, CMIOSH, CRSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Apply emotional intelligence concepts
  • Apply leadership and management skills, recognizing when to use each approach based on the circumstances
  • Evaluate the importance of emotional intelligence in occupational safety and health leadership
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Smooth Operator: Soft Skills for Safety Professionals

Wednesday, February 14 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Unleash the power of soft skills to increase safety compliance and captivate your workforce. This immersive full-day session delves deep into transformative interpersonal techniques that win the hearts and minds of workers, resulting in significant safety improvements. Learn to leverage consistency, positivity, empathy and storytelling to cultivate a robust safety culture and inspire faith in your program, whether you're a safety professional or a front-line supervisor seeking enhanced engagement.

Instructor(s): Tim Page-Bottorff, M.S., CSP, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate the value of soft skills
  • Analyze what soft skills can and cannot do
  • Examine research on relationship building and recognize its importance in safety
  • Identify the seven soft skills that will make your safety program more efficient
  • Apply the seven soft skills through interactive practice with other safety professionals
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Strategies For Safety Excellence: Advancing Safety in Your Organization and Career

Friday, February 16 | Intermediate | 0.7 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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The Fundamentals of ESG and Sustainability

Thursday, February 22 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

Explore key concepts related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG), sustainability, stakeholder mapping, human capital, regulations, voluntary consensus standards, and risk and dependency management. Using the risk management and reporting framework presented in this course, you will actively engage in discussions, enhance your understanding of the ESG/sustainability landscape and communicate your role as a safety professional. Hear real-world case studies from recognized ESG/sustainability leaders and participate in dynamic breakout groups.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Define and explain the fundamental concepts of ESG and sustainability
  • Analyze and evaluate the interdependent relationship between an organization’s ESG and its finances
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate and operationalize an organization’s ESG/sustainability and human capital strategy, identifying opportunities to improve worker safety and health
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The Safety Superpower: Influence!

Monday, February 12 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

As safety professionals, we need to lead, persuade others and maximize our personal impact on individuals, groups and organizations. The ability to influence is an essential leadership skill. To influence is to have an impact on the focus, attitudes, opinions, choices and behaviors of others.

Instructor(s): Eldeen E Pozniak, CMIOSH, CRSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand influential leadership concepts
  • Describe and apply the six fundamental principles of persuasion
  • Use logical, emotional and cooperative appeals to better protect your team
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We Can Fight Bias

Friday, February 23 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Bias is an inclination in favor of or against an idea or thing and is often prejudicial. In science and engineering, bias is a systematic error. People may develop biases that impact others’ professional development, safety and health. Why do we have biases? Where do they come from? And how do we shed them?

Instructor(s): Christina R Roll, M.S., CSP, CIH and Joy Jacobsen

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss, describe and define bias and its role in personal and professional development
  • Anticipate bias in the workplace
  • Recognize where bias can be a strength
  • Evaluate the impact of bias in the workplace
  • Control one's biases and learn to move through them
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SafetyFOCUS offers a deep dive into safety education and training with industry leaders who cover a 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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