ASSE Virtual Symposium Network

The “hub” of the Best-in-Class Safety Management virtual symposium is its social network. Designed from the ground up to be easy-to-use, the Virtual Symposium network allows you to do such things as:

General Session Presentations

Management and Leadership Thinking: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

Dr. John Howard, former Director of NIOSH
Dr. Howard will give session attendees an understanding of the historical context and origins of safety and health management programs. From this historical perspective, he will bring us up-to-date on the more recent national and international versions of safety and health management programs and assess their value to the enterprise--both large and small.

Leading with Safety: Making Sure Best Practices Produce Best Results

Dr. Tom Krause, Chairman of the Board, BST
Knowledge about safety best practices is only as good as the organization’s ability to execute them successfully. The same set of safety best practices produce different results in different organizations. What are the primary factors that differentiate successful from struggling safety initiatives? And how are they related to leadership and culture? What about executing best practices developed in North America in other countries? These and other related issues will be discussed and relevant research findings reviewed.

Relational Leadership in an Electronic Age

Julius Rhodes
This session provides attendees with the skills needed to accomplish tasks using technology to interact with geographically dispersed volunteers. Attendees will examine their individual actions and learn to build authentic relationships by understanding the difference between leadership and management in addition to developing skills in influence and collaboration.  

Worker Health and Safety:  Expectations of the Obama Administration

Frank White, Sr. VP, ORC   
Details coming soon.


Concurrent Session Presentations

International Safety Practice: Barriers and Bridges

Dr. Roger Brauer, Executive Director, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
There are many similarities and differences in professional safety practice in various countries. There is a growing interest in professionalism. This session will discuss what safety professionals do based on studies of practice in several countries. There will be a discussion of trends in practice and factors that influence similarities and differences. The session will also discuss some activities focused on improving transportability of qualifications and credentials across borders.

SH&E Equipment Validation: Making Sure Equipment is Safe

Antoine Carrillo, World Engineering and SH&E Director, L'Oréal R&D
L'Oréal has a strong commitment to safety and "Zero accidents at work" is one of our goals. To achieve this, all work equipment must be supplied and installed to ensure that they do not present any uncontrolled hazard. To achieve this, L'Oréal has developed the concept of SH&E equipment validation. Since L'Oréal is an international company, this process needs to be effective and applicable all over the world where L'Oréal operates. This concept will be explained in this presentation.

Achieving HSE Targets using a Multi-Culturally Diverse Workforce

Ashok Garlapati, CSP,QEP, G-IOSH, HSE Specialist, Exploration and Production Development Directorate of Kuwait Oil Company in the State of Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company is the premier oil & gas Company in the Gulf region involved in exploration and production of oil & gas reserves. The company engages a number of contractors, who in turn employ a Workforce from more than 65 countries around the world. The workforce is highly diverse in nature and workers have many different backgrounds, languages and skill sets which provide a big challenge for the company to achieve HSE (Health Safety & Environment) targets. The company adopts variety of methods in implementing the HSE Management process by involving this diverse workforce. The speaker is currently involved in this process and played a key role in the past. As part of the best practices sharing among the global HSE community, the presentation will provide one Company’s experience in achieving HSE targets working with a diverse workforce.

Evaluation of Safety Interventions

Dr. Andrew Hale, Professor of Safety Science, Delft, Netherlands
Do we know if the programs we introduce to improve safety really work? Not much scientific evaluation occurs, if we contrast that with the research we do on medical interventions. From a study of 17 organizational interventions in the Netherlands it is possible to draw some conclusions about what works in the companies there who took part in the program. The emphasis lies there on energizing workforce dialogue with line management, and providing incentives for those line managers to solve problems arising from that dialogue. Question is - would those interventions work elsewhere?

Ethics & Compliance and the Safety, Health & Environmental Organization

Mark Hansen, Vice President, Environmental & Safety for Range Resources Corporation
As a result of the improprieties that have occurred over the last few years, many companies today have instituted compliance and ethics departments. These departments are usually represented at the Board of Directors level. Many companies also struggle where to place Safety, Health & Environmental (SHE) within the company organization. Should it be under … Operations? … reporting to the CEO? … Legal? … Human Resources? Just where does SHE belong without being a step child and how well can it function there? Because we deal with compliance, many companies are bringing the two together … ethics and compliance … and … SHE. It seems that after all these years struggling where we fit into the corporate cosmos, we have finally found a home that fits like a glove.

The Added-Value EHS Audit Process

John J. (Jack) Fearing, CPEA, Senior Consultant, Aon Global Risk Consulting

Managing a well-designed Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) audit program is critical to the success of multinational companies in all business sectors. This has become more important as senior management seeks a greater response in “real time” information on the compliance of all operations. This session will outline a three step Health and Safety Audit Process which adds value over traditional audit processes.

Building a Safety Culture Using EHSMS As A Leading Metric

James “Skipper” Kendrick, Director, EHS Training, Textron Inc.
Learn how one business enterprise built and used their EHS Management System to build a safety culture and reduce recordable injuries by as much as 75%. You will hear of their accomplishments, pitfalls, roadblocks and what is currently being done to ensure continual improvement.

ANSI Z-10 Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems

Gary Lopez, President Risky Biz Services Inc. and James D. Smith, M.S., CSP, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

This session will cover how the Z10 Health and Safety Management Systems Standard is being used as the benchmark standard for developing state of the art safety programs and approaches to managing safety, health and risk management issues in businesses across the country.

The presentation will discuss the content of Z10, how the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach of the standard fits into other sectors of the business and how the standard introduces the concept of managing the overall risk to an organization as opposed to just focusing on standards compliance.


Implementing OHSAS 18001:  A Corporate Perspective

Zack Mansdorf, SVP, SH&E, L'Oreal North America & Worldwide

This session will focus on our approach to global implementation of OHSAS 18001 in all of our factories within a three year time period. We will review why we decided to use this management system, how we decided to implement it, where we had problems and the results of our efforts.

Propelling Next Level Safety Culture

Robert Pater, Managing Director, Strategic Safety Associates. and Anil Mathur, CEO, Alaska Tanker Company
This webcast will focus on strategies for next stepping up to the next level of Safety performance and culture. Safety culture encompasses what everyone in your company really believes about Safety - and how they act, even when no one is watching. During the session, we will talk about proven methods for catalyzing significant improvements in Safety performance and culture, through improving safety leadership on all levels, baseline behaviors and "surround system" at work and at home.

Integrating Injury, Event, Corrective Action Management and Lessons Learned Data

Steven Prevette, Flour Handford Environment, Safety, Health & Quality

Fluor has undertaken a “Human Performance Initiative” at its large nuclear projects in order to improve communications, worker safety and operational reliability. The goal was to foster a highly reliable organization that focused on preventing and mitigating events. This session will focus on the HPI concepts and go into a case study of the our experiences implementing it.

Coaching Today’s Business Leaders: Gaining Support For Safety Initiatives

Tom Rancour, CSP, CIH, President, Rancour & Associates, LLC

Safety professionals must have the skills to effectively influence and coach business leaders in order to attain world class safety. This session covers practical methods for communicating and effecting positive changes in safety performance and process, leadership team behaviors and safety business integration.

International Credentialing of Safety Professionals

Steven Schoolcraft, Examination Director, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
The purpose of this session is to (1) identify a few of the more frequently-cited safety-related certifications that are in use globally, (2) understand how third-party certification accreditation organization help ensure the quality of credentialing organizations and (3) consider the implications of transporting safety credentials across national boundaries.

Best Practice Global Safety and Health Management Strategies

Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP (US), CMIOSH (UK), President Global Solutions, Inc. and Global Solutions International (UK) Limited

How effective is your company’s global safety and health management process?   This session will provide session attendees with best practice global safety and health management strategies used by successful global companies.   Learn what they know about how to manage the “business of safety” within their organizations.  

Safety In China – Culture Does Make A Difference

Henry Smahlik, CSP, CIH, Manager, Consulting and Training Services, Hagemeyer North America
Through 54 dynasties and 5000 years, China has endured.  Many international companies now operate in China, bringing with them their own set of occupational safety and industrial hygiene rules & regulations.  While this is a boon for China, many learning pains have resulted from this clash of cultures.  This symposium will review the clashes and offer solutions to the problems.

Developments in International OH&S Standards – OHSAS 18001/2

David Smith, Chair OHSAS 18001/2 Working Party
The session will cover the application of the revised document OHSAS 18001: 2007, now adopted as a standard in a number of countries with some 35,000 organizations certified to it. The presentation will cover what is required of an organization seeking to become certified to this standard through the formal certification process and how OHSAS 18002 will help in this respect.

The UK have produced a further document on good practice, BS 18004 (previously BS 8800), which goes further than the new standard helping organizations become the “Best-in-Class” in managing occupational health and safety proactively. 

Sustainable Safety: You Can’t Be Green Without It!

Moniqua Suits, Safety Through Engineering
This session defines sustainable safety and identifies its elements, requirements and future in the built environment. Engineers and CSPs will discuss the role of sustainable safety in protecting a company's people, guests and environment. This presentation will give you the tools to incorporate safety practices which will contribute to sustainable safety in your workplace.

Calibrating Your Safety and Health Management System for Peak Performance

Joel N. Tietjens, CSP, CSHM, President, T-JENS & T-JENS, INC.

The system, it’s all about the system in which we function that drives safety and health performance. The system is created. What will be discussed is what creates the system and how that system can be calibrated to support safety and health. Various formal safety and health management systems will be briefly discussed and whether such a system can benefit your organization.

Strategies for Managing S&H in Asia Pacific

Edwin Yap
Setting out to create a good Safety & Health that is characterized by fewer risks will lead to better Safety & Health outcomes. This will reduce disruptions to production and service capacities, as well as enhance business profitability in Asia Pacific. In this session, we will discuss the strategies for managing Workplace Safety & Health, particularly in these three areas: chemical, machinery and ergonomics.

Interactive Roundtable Sessions

Real-Time Benchmarking Using Virtual Tools

Moderated by James “Skipper” Kendrick, Director, EHS Training, Textron Inc.
Benchmarking the old fashion way was expensive and time consuming. It involved airplanes and hotel rooms. Join us for a real-time benchmarking session utilizing the latest in virtual technologies. Also learn how to continue the dialog and information sharing utilizing our “Ning” site.