Leverage Innovation to Enhance Company-Wide

Safety Strategy, Culture, & Process

February 18-20, 2019 | Dallas, TX

Focus Afternoon
Monday February 18

Conference Day One
Tuesday February 19

Conference Day Two
Wednesday February 20

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Chair’s Opening Remarks

Keynote: How to Create a Comprehensive Safety-First Mindset in Your Organization that Doesn’t Risk People for Productivity


  • Outlining the current industry pressures affecting the uptake of a safety mindset at all levels of your organization: how to highlight safety as an equal priority
  • Understanding how to manage different layers of your workforce to effectively engage them in embracing a safety mindset: how do industry pressures affect different groups?
  • Discussing culture-boosting safety strategy: what are your metrics, how are they measured, and how do we use them to create change?

Developing & Sustaining Culture

Developing a Culture of Caring on the Job Site & Turning Every Worker into a Safety Proponent


  • Presenting safety as personal: how to illustrate workplace health and safety as affecting more than just time spent at work to build staff engagement
  • Identifying methods for encouraging worker advocacy of safety: how to include the frontline in decision making processes
  • Evaluating the most effective means by which senior management can exemplify and sustain a “culture of caring”

Speed Networking & Morning Refreshments

Identifying the Weakest Link: Which Layer of Your Organization Is in Most Need of Support Today to Further Enhance a Safety-First Culture?


  • Driving a comprehensive safety culture: the importance of each level of staff in participating in, and promoting a safety-first attitude from the boardroom to on-site
  • Discussing metrics to track for measuring staff engagement in safety culture: how do you identify those who need additional support?
  • Outlining how to target specific layers of your organization to help them embrace a safety-first culture: what role should you play in ensuring a company-wide mentality?

Ensuring Safety Managers Are Leading by Example: Doing It, Not Just Saying It

  • Sean White Safety, Health & Environmental Director, Balfour Beatty


  • Breaking down safety gaps: improving management visibility of job site culture vs their expectations
  • Reflecting on current standards of safety management: how to ensure that managers are an active part of the team, rather than just directing it
  • Identifying techniques for safety managers to increase their involvement in safety culture whilst executing their deliverables and maintaining leadership

Networking Lunch

Improving the Onboarding of Staff to Ensure They Align with Your Culture, Rather Than the Culture of Their Former Employer


  • Benchmarking industry onboarding processes: what are the current and most common means of preparing and training staff for the job site?
  • Assessing common onboarding mistakes: where are the gaps that lead to an inconsistent adoption of safety mentality?
  • Exploring how you can overcome the “safety baggage” of staff’s previous experiences to help them embrace your culture

Sharing Lessons Learned in Leading a Safety-First Culture


  • Comparing current practice in promoting a safety-first culture at all levels of your organization: what are the current standards and methods used?
  • Revealing tips and tricks for spearheading safety culture as a leader, and how to get your staff involved
  • Discussing takeaways from previous culture efforts to learn from moving forwards: what is less effective, and how do you overcome it?


Executive Level Buy-In: How to Secure Budget & Prioritize Safety over the Needs of Other Departments & Metrics


  • Outlining the business case for safety: linking safety to other functions, and examining the risk of poor standards to exemplify the importance of investment
  • Discussing the hidden messages in safety investment: what safety culture does investing, or otherwise, create in your workforce?
  • Examining key measurables resulting from investing in safety to illustrate the tangible return on investment to non-safety executives

Afternoon Refreshments

Prioritizing Safety Considerations in the Project Planning Phase to Reduce Future Issues

  • Kevin Kirk Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety, CSM Group


  • Discussing current industry process in safety decision making: at what stage do safety matters truly begin to be considered on a build?
  • Revealing the benefits of implementing a strategy where project safety matters are thought about in the planning phase: what is the return on investment?
  • Exploring examples of where safety has been prioritized in project planning, and how this has led to a safer build

Audience Discussion: Reflecting on the Changing Nature of Responsibility & Liability Between Project Partners in Developing a Safety Culture & Providing Training


  • Comparing the roles and responsibilities of owners, contractors, and subcontractors alike in setting project safety standards and expectations
  • Understanding how safety responsibilities relate to corporate risk and liability: what are the tiers of risk between parties for incidents and general project safety?
  • Reviewing culture and training: assessing different models in responsibility for maximum results

Keeping Track of, Interpreting, & Meeting OSHA Standards: How to Increase Efficiency & Reduce the Cost of Continuous Compliance


  • Addressing the significance of continual compliance to OSHA regulations despite frequent introductions, updates, and revisions throughout the year
  • Evaluating current processes for keeping up to date with changes to regulations: is it possible to standardize this process, or increase its efficiency?
  • Reviewing industry-wide levels of interpretation of OSHA regulations: is the implementation of regulations regular?
  • Discussing cost effective ways to maintain compliance throughout continual changes to legal requirements

Chair’s Closing Remarks

End of Day One