Serving as a safety professional is an important and valuable role, but it can also be difficult and taxing on personal wellness. Duties require attention to hazards, necessary regulations and preventative measures, along with risk assessments. All of which, often including potential worst-case scenarios affecting many workers, come with little actual authority.
In addition to the job duties themselves, they are often performed in a context of variable human, political or corporate factors. With this, “surviving safety” is a matter of continual education, professional development and personal wellness to balance due diligence at work and home with maintaining physical and mental health.
Cory Worden, Ph.D.*(ABD), MS, CSHM, CSP, CHSP, ARM, REM, CESCO, Safety Advisor, Houston Health Department
Cory has more than 16 years of experience in safety and has written nine books; his work has been published by the American Society of Safety Professionals, the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare, the Institute for Safety and Health Management, and more. Cory was the 2014 ISHM Safety Professional of the Year, a 2015 National Safety Council Rising Star of Safety, the 2016 ASSP Healthcare Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year, the 2017 AOHP National Extraordinary Member, the 2018 AOHP Extraordinary Services Award recipient and a 2020 Houston Health Department Excellence in Community Service recipient, as well as the recipient of numerous military medals and awards. He has presented for ASSP, NSC, AOHP, the College of the Mainland’s Gulf Coast Safety Institute and many more.
Barry Bottino, Associate Editor, Safety+Health magazine
Barry covers worker safety for Safety+Health.