This is a Perfect Time for a Cultural Tune-up

Across the board, the pressure's on American companies, their managers, and their employees. Succeeding in domestic and international markets is an extreme challenge when credit is tightening, skilled labor is scarce, raw material prices are rising, and regulatory regimes are changing – the looming Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is just one example. Your safety culture can be a firm foundation amid this tumult.

At least 11 educational sessions at this month's 95th Annual National Safety Congress & Expo offer intermediate-level or advanced guidance for tuning up your culture. Loss control experts, consultants, insurance company risk managers, university researchers, and experts from organizations including the U.S. Department of Defense, United Airlines, Coors Brewing Co., and NIOSH are presenting at these sessions, which are sprinkled across the program on Oct. 15, 16, and 17. If you attend, consider taking in some of these sessions:

  • Safety Performance Metrics: Importance of Culture, Oct. 15, 3:30-5 p.m., Session 34, room S503A: Joseph Dettman, Ph.D., Towers Perrin-ISR, Justine O’Connor, research associate, ISR, Amy Johnson, Towers Perrin-ISR.
  • U.S. Department of Defense Safety Transformation Update, Oct. 15, 3:30-5 p.m., Session 43, room S502B: William Morrison, DoD assistant inspector general, LCDR Robert Cooper, MA, DoD IG advisor.
  • A Lean Sigma Scorecard – Safety Excellence Framework, Oct. 16, 8-9:30 a.m., Session 49, room S403AB: Peter Furst, Liberty Mutual Group director of contracting services, Joy Erdman, U.S. Navy chief of naval operations.
  • Executives' Best Practices in Monitoring Safety, Oct. 16, 1:30-3 p.m., Session 67, room S502B: Kristen Bell, BST vice president of R&D.
  • Leading Measures for Performance, Oct. 16, 3:30-5 p.m., Session 79, room S405AB: Earl Blair, CSP, Indiana University associate professor, Barry Spurlock, Midwestern Insurance Alliance loss control consultant.
  • Six Sigma: Improving Your Risk Management Program, Oct. 16, 3:30-5 p.m., Session 82, room S401BC: David Jewell, CSP, Zurich Risk Engineering senior risk engineering consultant, Todd Carrier, Zurich North America regional field team leader, Manuel Quezada, ARM, Diversified Maintenance Services Inc. assistant VP of risk management.

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