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Risk Management in a Pandemic – Key Learnings about Capacity, Resilience and OSH Leadership


1/19/21 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm CST

Event Description

Many organizations have been shifting from a compliance-based framework for their occupational safety and health programs to one that focuses on risk management – an approach that is designed to build an organizational culture of capacity and resilience as well as identify and manage emerging risks. As we near the beginning of the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, what have we learned about how those organizations fared?

With its focus on management commitment and worker engagement, did risk management provide an advantage? What about the OSH professionals who work for them – did their role change and what does 2021 look like? And finally, how can technology be leveraged to improve overall performance? Join Pam Walaski, CSP of Specialty Technical Consultants Inc., and Aaron Davis of Intelex as we dig into these questions and more.

Attendees will:

  • Learn how a risk management framework provides an organization with a better approach to managing OSH risks, especially emerging ones.
  • Explore how the foundations of risk management – management commitment and worker engagement – build capacity and resilience in an organization and how those aspects function in a crisis situation.
  • Hear about how OSH professionals played a critical role in leading their organizations in the early stages of the pandemic and how they can build on that role as their organizations move to a post-pandemic world.
  • Discover how technology provides tools for enhancing risk management processes.


Pam Walaski, CSP, Senior Program Director, Specialty Technical Consultants (STC) Inc

Pam Walaski, CSP, is a senior program director for Specialty Technical Consultants Inc. Her work involves conducting management system assessments and developing risk management programs. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Safety Sciences Program. Pam’s seminars and webinars have covered multiple occupational safety and health topics such as risk management, OSH management systems and serious injury prevention. She has been a general session presenter at all of the major OSH organizations’ conferences for nearly 20 years, as well as state safety conferences and company safety meetings. Pam is a regular contributor to Professional Safety, including articles on shifting organizations from compliance to risk, right-sizing risk management and the use of indicators in OSH performance measurement. She is the Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems section coordinator for the third edition of ASSP’s Safety Professionals Handbook.

Aaron Davis, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Intelex

At Intelex, Aaron focuses on bringing value throughout the customer journey and advocates for innovative solutions to organizational challenges. He has more than 15 years of product and marketing experience in technology industries, including mobility, enterprise security and Internet of Things.


Kevin Druley, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine.

Kevin covers worker safety for Safety+Health.



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