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Safety Culture 2017: Buy-In, Behavior, and Other Keys to Making Safety Stick

Safety Culture 2017: Buy-In, Behavior, and Other Keys to Making Safety Stick

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Safety Culture 2017:
Buy-In, Behavior, and Other Keys to Making Safety Stick

September 11-12, 2017 | Austin, Texas

Safety Culture 2017 is the nation's most targeted event on safety culture improvement to increase engagement, strengthen compliance, and create more alignment between staff and safety initiatives. This conference pulls together best practices from safety experts, regulators, practitioners, and decision-makers across various industries to create a rock-solid blueprint for building a productive, proactive, sustainable safety culture that will lead to better business success and a safer work environment.

Attendees of Safety Culture 2017 will learn how to:

  • Align management and supervisors by establishing a shared vision of safety and health objectives
  • Implement processes that creates more accountability for safety compliance
  • Evaluate and fine-tune incentives & disciplinary systems to ensure maximum effectiveness
  • Define safety responsibilities across your organization
  • Restructure your safety committee model to allow it to function at peak performance
  • Optimize reporting, hazard tracking and other measurement metrics
  • Implement proven encouragement models to engage workers in safety training
  • Build essential leadership skills

Event Details:

  • 1.5 day live event 
  • Day One - 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast 
    8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions
  • Day Two – 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast 
    8:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Conference sessions
  • Pricing:
    $595 Early Bird Price: Ends June 1st!
    $695 Regular Price
    $278 Materials Only



Austin, Texas - September 11-12, 2017

Marriott Austin Downtown Convention Center (Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn Marriott) 
300 East 4th Street 
Austin, Texas 78701


  • Room rate $169/night 
  • Hotel cut-off - August 20, 2017
  • Call 1-800-321-2211 to make reservations. Guests should reference the BLR 2017 Safety Culture Conference group block.
    Or book online:
  • Complimentary guest room internet for all attendees registered in the guest room block
  • Complimentary wireless meeting room internet for casual use

AGENDA DAY 1 | September 11, 2017

Registration & Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. 

Welcome Remarks
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Opening Keynote
8:05 – 9:05 a.m.

Practical Steps for Supervisor Buy-In: Cultivating Your Best Allies to Influence Safety Culture Success
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Managers and line supervisors play an integral role in safety culture success. The critical question for safety leaders to ask is how members of your workforce should change their behavior to strengthen a safety culture. This workshop will provide you with practical tools to ensure that your safety culture goals are carried through every level of your organization, by introducing you to “safety culture activity menus.” These defined sets of specific safety culture activities, which are broken down by employees’ respective levels within the organization, include activity menu “options” that are tied to annual performance reviews. Use these menus to:

  • Inspire supervisors and managers to promote a strong safety culture 
  • Get them to embrace tools that will demonstrate their commitment to your underlying cultural mission and goals

Networking and Refreshments Break
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Safety Starts at Onboarding: 5 Steps to Instilling Your Safety Culture Values from Day One
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Safety orientation is good, but continuous onboarding to retain and engage the workforce is great. Organizations with strong safety cultures know that providing particular safety information on day one—such as eye wash station and emergency exit locations, what to do in the event of spillage, and so on—is essential. But, knowing what to do and where to go isn’t enough for continuous safety success. Employees require ongoing skills- and awareness-based training for recognizing hazards, understanding what they’re expected to do to maintain a safe working environment, and for continuing to perform their tasks in a safe manner. When you have a comprehensive onboarding and training program in place, you’re in a far better position to keep employees engaged for the long haul—whether they keep the same job for their whole time with your company, they take on a new role, or they’re returning to work following an injury. This session will teach you 5 steps to ensuring a process of continuous safety training and development for your workforce.

The Rules of Engagement: Fresh Ideas for Motivating Employees to Embrace Safety in Your Workplace
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
High levels of employee engagement can give your company a competitive advantage. It can boost customer satisfaction, and yes, it can translate into better safety practices and reduced injury rates. What are the best ways to motivate your workforce to embrace the notion that safety is part of their mission to do a good job for your company? During this workshop, you’ll receive actionable and innovative instruction on:

  • Why disengagement happens and steps for re-energizing disengaged workers
  • Proven strategies for engaging employees—and how those can have a positive impact on increasing safety reporting while maintaining productivity and boosting morale
  • Ways to get employees to “own” safety as part of their duties
  • How to use regular safety meetings as a method of engagement
  • And much more

12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Safety Culture Straight Talk: Strategic Communication Tools for Getting Your Messaging to Stick
1:35 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.
For your core safety message to stick, you need a “360” approach to analyzing whether company leaders directives support or hinder your underlying statement on safety, getting leaders to buy-in to reframing their position if necessary, and then tailoring—and adjusting if necessary—the message for the C-suite, managers, and the entire workforce. Then, comes execution, and it’s important to have a thorough, strategically minded approach to disseminating the information you want to convey about safety culture to every target audience. This session will provide tips on how to involve company leaders in developing core safety messages and values and the communication tools and modes of delivery for success. You’ll learn: 

  • Signs that company executives’ messages aren’t aligned with your efforts to build and grow a strong safety culture 
  • Tailoring your safety messages for the intended audiences 
  • How much is too much information—and how to achieve the right balance of communication 
  • Tips for creating snappy, easy-to-recall safety messages 
  • Methods of communication delivery that take into account how employees generally communicate and want to receive information 
  • And more

Networking and Refreshments Break
2:35 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Supercharging Your Safety Committee: How to Develop Powerful Advocates of Safety and Compliance Initiatives
2:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Safety committees, when “done right,” can help organizations zero in on and eliminate workplace hazards. They also can be an effective means of communicating safety practices and expectations to the workforce. This, in turn, may help decrease injury rates, but why do many safety committees fail? And, what makes others flourish? This session will provide insights into the challenges many safety committees face—hurdles that can prove devastating to the underlying mission of improving the safety culture—and tried-and-true strategies for overcoming similar obstacles to grow your safety committee into a safety culture powerhouse.

Temporary Work, Not Temporary Safety Culture: How Host Employers Can Overcome the Challenges of Integrating and Engaging Contractors and Freelancers
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
What works and what doesn’t when trying to assimilate temporary workers into your organization’s safety culture? How can host employers and staffing agencies work together effectively to protect temporary workers—and what are some red flags to look out for when choosing a staffing agency to supply workers to your site? Hear from safety managers who have learned first hand what strategies, policies, and practices flopped and which ones eventually flourished.

Day 1 Adjourns
5:00 p.m.

AGENDA DAY 2 | September 12, 2017

The Trust Quotient: How to Increase Walk-Through Presence as a Safety Partner, Not a ‘Safety Cop’
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Are you a safety cop or a safety leader? This insightful session will examine fundamental differences between those whose actions are perceived as “safety cops” and those who deliver as “safety leaders.” By the end, you’ll have a clearer picture of what it means to be a safety coach and mentor in your employees’ eyes and not the safety police.

Team-Based Accountability’s Connection to Leading Indicators: Using Effective Metrics to Drive Employee Participation and Accident Prevention 
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Tracking performance is critical to continual improvement and success but, in the area of safety, many organizations have struggled to identify measurements that have a strong correlation to successful safety performance.  Are you making the mistake of relying exclusively on lagging indicators, such as incident rates, lost or restricted workdays, or workers’ compensation costs? Although these can be useful and valuable indicators, companies that succeed at having a strong safety culture also incorporate leading indicators—which identify, track, measure, and correct the factors that have a strong correlation with potential accidents—into the overall safety metrics strategy. You’ll learn how to:

  • Select leading metrics that drive high performance safety management success for your company or at specific facilities 
  • Distinguish key performance indicators (KPIs) and key results indicators (KRIs) as they pertain to safety performance
  • Use measures to motivate, drive performance, and foster continuous improvement 
  • Effectively—and successfully—communicate EHS performance factors to everyone—from the C-suite down—to increase buy-in and overall accountability

Networking and Refreshments Break 
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Closing Keynote: Culture Isn’t a Campaign Promise, It’s a Way of Life 
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
You want to have a strong safety culture, but hope is not a sustainable strategy. Developing and maintaining a strong safety culture comes from the development of consistent practices that take shape based, in part, on feedback from workforce “constituents”—aka your employees. Safety culture surveys are a great way for management to evaluate the current state of safe work practices, identify areas of improvement and excellence, and more. It’s important to give employees a voice, so they can express their attitudes toward safety within your organization, and even more important to take the knowledge gleaned from what they’ve shared and act on it. Culture Isn’t a Campaign Promise, It’s a Way of Lifewill walk you through how to get the most out of interpreting the information the workforce is telling you through their responses to safety culture surveys, so you can figure out how best to proceed with a safety culture campaign strategy going forward.  Also, given that the new presidential administration may roll back workplace safety and health enforcement-based initiatives, we’ll give you some food for thought on how to handle situations where top-level executives’ message on the safety culture “campaign” trail might not align with the promises you, as a safety or HR manager, know need to come to fruition to ensure positive, trusting attitudes toward your company’s commitment to safety.  

Conference Closes  
11:30 a.m. 

2016 Speakers


Earl BlairDr. Earl Blair, CSP 
Blair & Spurlock LLC 
Eastern Kentucky University

Earl Blair is a professor in safety management at Eastern Kentucky University.  Prior to EKU, Earl served as the department chair for Health & Safety at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and taught for 12 years as an award winning author and teacher at Indiana University Bloomington.  In addition to academia, Earl has worked for over 20 years as a safety professional, consultant and trainer to industry.

Dr. Blair has authored numerous scholarly articles in safety publications such as Professional Safety Journal.  He is a frequent speaker at national and international safety seminars for the National Safety Council and the American Society of Safety Engineers.  Blair’s research interests involve ways to improve safety performance through leadership, measurement and education.  His mission is to advance the existing knowledge about safety performance: to find and articulate the most efficient ways to save lives and reduce injuries.


Ted BoyceThomas E. (TED) Boyce, Ph.D.
Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC

Thomas E. (Ted) Boycereceived a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the APA- Accredited Graduate Program at Virginia Tech and was a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently principal of the Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC and a sought-after safety consultant, conference speaker, educator, author, and executive coach. Dr. Boyce pioneered the application of behavioral science in the mining industry and has been providing cost-effective safety and culture change training to the U.S. mining manufacturing, and construction industries for over 20 years,transforming the cultures of many organizations. He hasauthored dozens of publications, including invited works for Aggman, Motivated Magazine, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Rock Products, and the Training Journal.  He also contributes a popular regular column to Mining Quarterly. His executive book, The Psychology of Leadership: Awaken Your Work Culture’s Full Potential in 2 Science-Based Steps was published in 2014 by SMPLLC. Dr. Boyce is a full member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He has also been active with local and regional chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Learn more and www.cbsafety.comor contact Dr. Boyce directly


Pat CunninghamPat Cunningham
Director of Safety and Auditing Services 

Pat Cunningham, the Director of Safety and Auditing Services for BROWZ, a premiere international contractor qualification service provider, has been working in the safety profession for over 25 years, since completing his Master’s degree in Safety Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He holds a BA in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota, which he found quite useful since the introduction of behavior based safety some years ago. His employment background includes working as the Corporate Safety Director of Xcel Energy, the 10th largest electric utility in the USA. During this time, he was responsible for establishing behavior-based safety metrics, providing guidance to a generating plant for a VPP application, and in creating the first ever Contractor Safety Department. In his present role, he has created a Safety Management System Assessment – modeled after the key elements of VPP, as a tool for clients to learn about the safety culture of their contractors. He is a Delegate of the National Safety Council, assisting the organization in its leadership role to advance the cause of safety across the country. Mr. Cunningham is also his company’s Safety Representative for the Campbell Institute. He is a member of the Education Committee of the National VPPPA. He serves on the Sacred Purpose - National Safety Committee for Theta Chi Fraternity.

Shawn M. Galloway
President & CEO
ProAct Safety®

Shawn M. Galloway is the President and Chief Operating Officer of ProAct Safety®. As an internationally recognized safety excellence expert, he has helped hundreds of organizations within every major industry, achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture.  He is the author of several bestselling books including STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (2013), Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence (2015) and the newly-released Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization (2016). He is a columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, authoring over 400 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos. Mr. Galloway has been recognized for his significant contributions with an award and honor by the American Society of Safety Engineers Council on Practices & Standards. He has been listed in National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World.


Courtney Malveaux, Esq.Courtney Malveaux, Esq.
Thompson McMullan,  P.C. 

Courtney Malveaux advises and represents employers in occupational safety and health citations, employment matters, business litigation and government relations.  He focuses his efforts on building relationships and achieving practical results to help his clients get back to the business of doing business. Mr. Malveaux has a unique background as both a solutions-oriented business attorney and as a regulator.  As Virginia’s Labor Commissioner through October 2013, he directed state enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Payment of Wage and Minimum Wage law, and a variety of state and federal labor laws.  As Immediate Past President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials, Courtney lectured nationally and overseas on a variety of subjects, including collective bargaining, Right to Work laws, labor relations, employee misclassification and occupational safety and health enforcement.

Mr. Malveaux is a former Assistant Attorney General and a former Deputy Counsel to the Attorney General of Virginia.  As a former Associate Solicitor General, he has assisted in developing appellate arguments and briefs before a variety of state and federal appellate courts up to the Supreme Court of the United States. In his earlier private practice, he epresented business clients in the United States and internationally in a variety of business litigation matters.  He has a background in construction litigation, and defended property owners in lead and asbestos litigation matters, as well as in premises liability disputes.

Mr. Malveaux has developed relationships in state and local government through his work with the General Assembly of Virginia, and has rewritten parts of the Code of Virginia to simplify important parts of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, the Health Spa Act, and state child labor law. He has been appointed to represent industrial employers on the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Codes Board.

V Jon Neubauer, CSP
Director of Safety, Organization Change
EnPro Learning System

Jonathan Neubauer, CSP, Director of Safety, Organizational Change for EnPro Learning System, helps organizations develop robust safety cultures, based on full employee engagement.  Jon has worked with  companies around, around the globe, helping to develop visionary safety leaders, engage the workforce and pursue an injury free work environment through a focus on behavior-based safety (BBS). Throughout his career, Jon has worked with a variety of behavioral based safety programs and helped develop EnPro Industries behavior based safety program, SafetyFirst.  In addition, to providing training and leading the behavior based safety program within EnPro Industries, Jon has also led several webinars and training events on behavior based safety.

Sharon PancamoSharon Pancamo, CSHO
Occupational Safety Manager
Elwood Staffing Services and Chairman of ASA Safety Committee

Sharon Pancamo is a TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official TM (CSHO) with Oil and Gas Endorsement, which is a tribute to her care for others and her passion for safety and health. She has demonstrated her knowledge in the field of Occupational Safety and Health and her commitment to creating safer work environments.

Ms. Pancamo is an experienced national loss prevention and safety professional with a diverse industry background and a proven track record for developing innovative people-focused health, safety, and risk management programs. As an area safety manager for Elwood Staffing, she conducts risk and loss assessments for new clients, and supports and trains field personnel in key safety initiatives. She is adept at identifying risk trends and developing solutions through education and loss control programs.

Stephen QuesnelleStephen Quesnelle
Managing Director
The International Safety Institute

Stephen Quesnelle is a senior consultant, executive coach, published author, professional speaker and behaviorist with more than 25 years of culture change experience. He has a successful track record of utilizing behavioral change management and safety culture practices to enhance the performance of organizations globally.

Mr. Quesnelle is the co-founder of The International Safety Institute, which focuses on safety culture and productive behavior change. He holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and ESC Reims in France, where he majored in Organizational Development. He earned a Ba.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and an Electronics Engineering Technology diploma from Seneca College in Toronto. He is a former VP of Human Resources, has been recognized as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, is a certified Behaviorist, and has completed Human Factors studies with the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace and the Electrical Institute UK. He is also certified in the use of multiple psychological instruments.

Mr. Quesnelle has been published by EHS Today and the World Congress on Customer Satisfaction. His change leadership work has been featured in Fast Company magazine and he has co-authored two books; “In the Company of Sacred Cows” in 2009 and  “Moments of Impact” in 2014. He can be reached at and (780) 717-5681.

Michael RivasMichael Rivas
Safety Director

Michael Rivas is a safety director with over ten years of experience. His expertise lies within workers’ compensation and liability exposures. He is responsible for conducting loss and behavior analyses to help clients mitigate their exposure to claims. To accomplish this, he meets with clients in a collaborative manner to determine their needs and develop a solutions-based service plan. As a licensed practical nurse and occupational therapist, Dr. Rivas understands the pains of the healthcare industry and can bring both a unique perspective and connection to all other industries.

Before joining Assurance, Dr. Rivas worked as a loss prevention consultant at a risk management firm outside of Chicago. While there, he gained experience reviewing workers’ compensation claims as well as conducting loss prevention and trend analysis on the frequency and severity of injuries. Prior to loss prevention, he worked as an occupational therapist.

Dr. Rivas received his Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Governor’s State University. He’s a member of the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association.

Emily ScaceEmily Scace
Senior Safety Editor 

Emily Scace is a Senior Editor for BLR’s safety publications. She oversees the day-to-day operations of; writes and edits news articles, training content, regulatory analysis, and other materials about workplace safety; manages content for BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor and Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor newsletters; works on BLR’s TRAC360 Chemical Lists product; and more. Prior to joining BLR, she worked as an editor in the audiobook publishing industry. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature and Psychology.

Joyce SchroederJoyce Schroeder, M.S.
Culture Change Consultants

Joyce Schroeder is an organizational change consultant with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership. She has extensive experience working with groups, both large and small, designing and implementing customized safety culture interventions. She is an expert in delivering the safety culture change assessment and was instrumental in developing both the “Implementing Culture Change” and “Coaching the Coach” public seminars, the safety culture teleclasses and the training manuals for the Safety Culture ToolkitTM. A frequent guest speaker, she has presented at both the National Safety Congress and at ASSE events. In addition, she has been the keynote speaker at the Leadership Conferences at the Earlham School of Religion and at the Con Edison Strategic Issues Seminar. Among her many clients are Austin Energy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Coca-Cola, Con Edison, Ken’s Foods, Portland General Electric, PSE&G, and The Smithsonian Institution.

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D.

Principal/Lead Change Agent

Eric Svendsen is principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies. As a learning and development consultant Mr. Svendsen has developed and rolled out a variety of learning programs using adult-learning theory for all levels of client companies, including compliance training for hourly field workers, leadership development for supervisors and managers, safety-leadership cultural training for field supervisors and directors, and business-acumen training. He has also advised executive leadership teams on development needs and appropriate programs for leadership-level succession planning. His client engagements reach to industrial companies worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He has authored several books and articles on safety-leadership culture, and is the weekly host of Recordable INSIGHTS video newsletter. His facilitation style is interactive and engaging with a constant view toward establishing performance outcomes, real-world skills building, and competency de