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Focus on Leading Indicators to Transform your Safety Culture

September 1, 2012

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Watch the archived presentation below

This presentation, webcast live on Sept. 12, identifies what needs to happen for an entire organization to make the leap from lip service to active and visible involvement that can achieve lasting sustainable safety results. Safety change and "zero-incident excellence" isn’t a matter of prioritizing. Rather, it requires incorporating safety as a core value and integrating well-defined accountabilities — leading indicators — into the organization’s overall operations from top to bottom. Safety accountabilities become a key metric directly tied to job performance just like those for production, quality and customer service. Using success stories from a variety of industries, this presentation focuses on the leading indicators for which to establish a culture of safety accountability. Get the larger view of why incidents happen in the first place and penetrating insights into the Six Criteria for Safety Excellence.


Mike Williamsen, Ph.D., CSP, Senior Safety Consultant, Caterpillar Safety Services
Mike Williamsen is a nationally recognized workplace safety consultant with more than 25 years of safety and business change management experience. His background includes serving in Engineering, Operations, and Safety Manager positions for companies such as Frito-Lay, Inc. and General Dynamics. In 1985, Mike teamed with safety author Dr. Dan Petersen for three years to develop and implement a nationwide safety accountability and continuous improvement system that helped a Fortune 20 company reduce injuries by 80% within two years. Since that time Mike has applied these and other high-impact safety principles with similar success to other Fortune 500 companies, such as General Dynamics, Baxter Healthcare, ATCO Electric, Rohm and Haas Co., and BASF. Mike earned his academic degrees at the University of California, Berkeley (B.S.), California State University, Hayward (MBA), Columbia Southern University, Orange Coast, Alabama (Ph.D. business).
Kyle Morrison, Senior Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine, National Safety Council
Kyle Morrison covers occupational safety and workplace safety regulation for the magazine. He moderated the session.
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