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, February 13 – Wednesday, February 15 | 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

Tuesday, February 14 | 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

Are You Speaking the Right Language? Multicultural Consideration for Safety & Training

Thursday, February 23 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

With the increase of globalization, cultural diversity or multiculturalism in the workplace has grown. Gain insight on cultural differences, assess their impact on your organization and discuss why these considerations matter in safety.

Instructor(s): Eldeen Pozniak, CRSP, CHSMSA, CMIOSH, FIIRSM

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess the effects of multiculturalism on workplace safety
  • Develop stronger cultural intelligence through knowledge of five cultural dimensions
  • Apply specific considerations when planning communications, teamwork and training

Becoming an Effective Independent Consultant

Monday, February 20 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals often have expertise in specific industries or areas of practice that they would like to share with other organizations. The challenge is that technical expertise is not enough to start a consulting practice and make that business financially successful in the long term. Learn what it takes to run a consulting business beyond providing OSH expertise. Discuss the traits entrepreneurs have found beneficial; review basic business operations such as business plans, legal structure, financial issues, insurance, pricing strategy, proposals, contracts and letters of agreement; and recognize the marketing and sales processes you will need to bring in work. Connect with other OSH professionals at different stages of their consulting journey and gain insight from a safety professional who successfully transitioned from employee to consulting firm owner.

Instructor(s): Deborah Roy, M.P.H., CSP, COHN-S, CIT, FAAOHN, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the traits often found in successful entrepreneurs
  • Identify basic business operations of an independent consulting practice
  • Discuss three methods of pricing safety and health consulting services
  • Describe three marketing strategies that can differentiate consulting products or services
  • Identify the key elements of a winning proposal

Building Employee Engagement for a Strong Safety Culture

Wednesday, February 15 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

This course provides practical recommendations for safety professionals, managers, leaders and other stakeholders. A portion of the content is derived from peer-reviewed articles that are based on research, safety management system guidelines, evidence-based case studies and the thinking of key psychologists in the safety field. Participants will discuss how to develop a strong safety culture and identify tools for meaningful engagement. The course will also explore differences between the roles of safety professionals, frontline supervisors and senior leaders.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the benefits of employee engagement
  • Identify key strategies for building a strong safety culture
  • Describe the factors that motivate employees
  • Advise leadership on how to engage employees in safety
  • Apply lessons from case studies

Business Economics for Safety Professionals

Monday, February 13 – Tuesday, February 14 | Intermediate | 1.4 CEUs

Build your understanding of tools you can use to evaluate and select projects that contribute to the welfare of the workforce and the organization. Apply these tools to determine the economic and fiscal impact of a project, including the impact on the major stakeholders involved and well as the projects’ risks and sustainability. Take away practice guidance and tips for communicating these recommendations in the language of the C-suite.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the universal application of economic principles
  • Review the basic economics analysis process
  • Build skills to help you solve economic analysis problems
  • Employ techniques for evaluating competing projects/assets
  • Develop skills to present analyses results to the C-suite

Business Strategies For the Safety Executive

Friday, February 24 | Advanced | 0.7 CEUs

As a safety executive, your goal is to align safety management with organizational objectives. This course will help you build skills to apply proven strategies for demonstrating the impact of safety initiatives. You will also improve your ability to influence others, actively listen and think creatively.

Instructor(s): Mark Hansen, M.S., P.E., CSP, CPEA, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Practice techniques for communicating with senior management
  • Develop your personal leadership qualities and skills
  • Outline effective methods for achieving safety excellence
  • Review effective ways to influence peers as well as the C-suite

Confronting Business Dilemmas in OSH Consulting

Thursday, February 23 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

Even established consulting firms face business dilemmas. These can range from people-related issues (such as how and when to add employees or contractors) to unrealistic business demands to questions about business growth. Practice considering various ways to resolve these dilemmas through case studies and group exercises. This process will help you hone your decision-making skills and gain insight into challenges you may not yet have faced.

Instructor(s): Deborah Roy, M.P.H., CSP, COHN-S, CIT, FAAOHN, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss two common financial issues in a consulting practice
  • Describe challenges that you may face when growing a consulting business
  • Identify key factors in determining the need to hire employees or contractors

Developing Your Next-Generation Leadership Star

Thursday, February 23 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Using mind mapping and network of influence mapping, as well as many examples based on the popular TV show “Ted Lasso,” you will develop skills and review strategies to develop next-generation leaders. If you’re an emerging leader, you will also gain insights about working with established leaders to develop organizational context and craft a lasting vision for career success.

Instructor(s): Wyatt Bradbury, M.Eng., CSP, CHST, CIT; Gabe Encarnacion

Learning Objectives:
  • Distinguish the strengths and opportunities for growth within your multigenerational team
  • Synthesize the definitions of the terms “leader,” “manager” and “culture,” and review their application within an organization
  • Formulate strategies to bridge gaps within your workforce with the purpose of building up the next generation of leaders
  • Develop a culture where knowledge transfer and leadership development are the norm

Forging Your Replacement: Developing The Next Generation Safety Leader

Friday, February 17 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Our profession is undergoing a transition as the pioneering generations of safety leaders transition with the naturally changing dynamics of the workforce. Build your knowledge of how senior leaders can act with intentionality to influence the next generation of safety professionals. Exploring communication theory, best practices related to mentoring and the network of influences that helped the presenters rise within the profession can help you craft a plan for intentional action.

Instructor(s): Wyatt Bradbury, CSP, CHST, CIT; Daniel Hopwood, M.P.H., CSP, SMS, ARM

Learning Objectives:
  • Determine strategies you can use to successfully communicate in a variety of methods to diverse employee populations
  • Establish the characteristics of the mentor and mentee and of the relationship between these roles
  • Employ the roles of mentor and mentee and how these roles can interact successfully for the benefit of both parties using the mentor: mentee phase model
  • Formulate a leadership tree identifying the key influences that have impacted you as a leader and how to transfer those influences to support the growth of the next generation of professionals
  • Develop strategies to implement communication, foster collaboration and mentoring, and drive next-generation development

How to Write and Tell Effective and Powerful Stories

Tuesday, February 21 | 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 Klane, M.Ed., CSP, CIH, 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

Influential Leadership Skills

Thursday, February 16 – Friday, February 17 | 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

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

Tuesday, February 21 | 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

Professional Ethics for the Safety Leader

Thursday, February 16 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

This course provides insight into the world of professional ethics. It will provide context and experiential learning opportunities through lectures and group activities. An exploration of ethics from a historical perspective will seek to expand your understanding of how ethics have been viewed and used throughout civilization. Groups will analyze various professional codes of conduct and codes of ethics, evaluating what they do and do not say for the safety profession. Then, they will use a practical approach, as presented through case studies, to present new guidelines on ethical behavior in safety. Enhancing your understanding of ethics, and how you can unwittingly be persuaded into unethical behavior, will enrich your career and strengthen your credibility.

Instructor(s): Wyatt Bradbury, CSP, CHST, CIT; James Boretti, CSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of ethics in the safety profession
  • Perform ethically while working in the safety profession
  • Explain how to use ethical behavior to manage interdisciplinary relationships
  • Evaluate situations in the context of professional ethics, ethical codes, individual understanding and the impediments of responsible action

Putting Servant Leadership Into Practice

Wednesday, February 22 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

This course not only turns conventional leadership on its head, but it also shows you how to put it into action and grow team members into servant leaders. You will use a skills inventory to evaluate yourself and take away guidance for using it to develop your team. Practice using a proven method to grow servant leaders and transform your organization.

Instructor(s): Mark Hansen, M.S., P.E., CSP, CPEA, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss the background and history of servant leadership
  • Review the characteristics of servant leadership
  • Practice putting servant leadership into action
  • Practice using a skills inventory
  • Review relevant case studies to identify potential results of this approach

Qualified EHS Trainer Workshop

Wednesday, February 22 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Based on ANSI/ASSP Z490, Standard for Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training, this interactive skills development workshop is designed to help you become a better trainer and deliver engaging training events. This course will explain the qualified trainer requirements found in the standard and will teach you effective methods for improving your training development and delivery. The course will focus on adult learning theories and applied methods.

Instructor(s): Daniel Snyder, Ed.D., CSP, CHST, CIT; Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe attributes of a qualified trainer
  • Assess learner needs
  • Develop measurable learning objectives
  • Implement engaging learning activities
  • Evaluate training effectiveness

Selling Safety in Your Organization

Monday, February 13 | Intermediate | 0.7 CEUs

Selling the idea of safety is about influencing employees, including upper management, to do more than simply comply with regulations. We can have all the technical skills and the best policies, procedures, and training, but compliance will be difficult to achieve if employees don't see the benefit or the need to change. This course will help you understand and apply the three key components of selling: vision, knowledge and heart.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess your leadership skills by completing a self-assessment
  • Develop a personal action plan designed to build your safety leadership skills
  • Describe the importance of influencing organizational behaviors and decisions to improve safety outcomes

Sell What You Know: Build Your Brand and Make Money Doing It

Tuesday, February 21 | Beginner | 0.4 CEUs

Product development can help consultants create new income streams, demonstrate their expertise, and build their business and personal brands. This course will cover the many product development options available to consultants and others hoping to grow. Brainstorm with other attendees and get feedback on your ideas.

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

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of branding and what it means for individual and company success
  • Generate and test product ideas
  • Create a product that aligns with personal or company branding goals

Solving the “S” in ESG: The Role of the EHS Professional

Wednesday, February 22 | Intermediate | 0.4 CEUs

Develop your foundational knowledge of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and its critical role in organizational success. In addition to deepening your understanding of major ESG elements and how they interact, you will learn about success and challenges so you can avoid common pitfalls. In particular, the course will help you understand the social elements of ESG and how you can use standards and applied metrics as an EHS professional to influence outcomes and drive these efforts.

Instructor(s): Kevin Weaver, M.S., CHMM, CEA, REPA

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss why ESG matters to organizations
  • Review the fundamental elements of ESG
  • Discuss how to use leading and strategic metrics to measure safety performance
  • Explain the impact of the regulatory climate leading into tomorrow

Technical Writing For the Safety Professional

Friday, February 24 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

Learn a proven process for planning, writing and editing technical documents — including steps such as analyzing your audience, formatting your documents, conveying complicated information and using effective graphics. Practice producing and analyzing common technical writing documents, such as safety and health manuals, memos, letters, emails and reports.

Instructor(s): Cynthia Braun, CSP, CHMM, CIT

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify key principles of technical writing
  • Explain the difference between safety policies, programs and procedures
  • Develop strategies for organizing and developing content
  • State three common pitfalls of technical writing
  • Identify ways to avoid plagiarism

The Lost Art of Negotiation

Monday, February 20 | Beginner | 0.7 CEUs

Safety professionals often struggle to negotiate financial details with vendors, employees and senior management, simply because they have limited experience talking about money. This course will provide skills and exercises you can use to negotiate your salary. Practice having important financial conversations that make a difference in your career and the success of your safety program.

Instructor(s): Mark Hansen, M.S., P.E., CSP, CPEA, FASSP

Learning Objectives:
  • Name the elements of successful negotiation
  • Practice active listening and confident body language
  • Demonstrate emotional control
  • Understand negotiating tactics

The Safety Superpower: Influence!

Monday, February 20 | 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 Pozniak, CRSP, CHSMSA, CMIOSH, FIIRSM

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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