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Safety Culture 2017: Engage Workers, Achieve Safety Excellence

September 11-12, 2017 | Austin, Texas

Safety Culture 2017 is the nation's most targeted event on safety culture improvement to increase engagement, strengthen compliance, and create more alignment between staff and safety initiatives. This conference pulls together best practices from safety experts, regulators, practitioners, and decision-makers across various industries to create a rock-solid blueprint for building a productive, proactive, sustainable safety culture that will lead to better business success and a safer work environment.

Attendees of Safety Culture 2017 will learn how to:

  • Align management and supervisors by establishing a shared vision of safety and health objectives
  • Implement processes that creates more accountability for safety compliance
  • Evaluate and fine-tune incentives & disciplinary systems to ensure maximum effectiveness
  • Define safety responsibilities across your organization
  • Restructure your safety committee model to allow it to function at peak performance
  • Optimize reporting, hazard tracking and other measurement metrics
  • Implement proven encouragement models to engage workers in safety training
  • Build essential leadership skills

Event Details:

  • 1.5 day live event 
  • Day One - 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Registration/Breakfast 
    8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Conference Sessions
  • Day Two – 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast 
    8:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Conference sessions
  • Pricing:
    $595 Early Bird Price: Ends June 1st!
    $695 Regular Price
    $278 Materials Only



Austin, Texas - September 11-12, 2017

Marriott Austin Downtown Convention Center (Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn Marriott) 
300 East 4th Street 
Austin, Texas 78701


  • Room rate $169/night 
  • Hotel cut-off - August 20, 2017
  • Call 1-800-321-2211 to make reservations. Guests should reference the BLR 2017 Safety Culture Conference group block.
    Or book online:
  • Complimentary guest room internet for all attendees registered in the guest room block
  • Complimentary wireless meeting room internet for casual use

2016 Speakers


Earl BlairDr. Earl Blair, CSP 
Blair & Spurlock LLC 
Eastern Kentucky University

Earl Blair is a professor in safety management at Eastern Kentucky University.  Prior to EKU, Earl served as the department chair for Health & Safety at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and taught for 12 years as an award winning author and teacher at Indiana University Bloomington.  In addition to academia, Earl has worked for over 20 years as a safety professional, consultant and trainer to industry.

Dr. Blair has authored numerous scholarly articles in safety publications such as Professional Safety Journal.  He is a frequent speaker at national and international safety seminars for the National Safety Council and the American Society of Safety Engineers.  Blair’s research interests involve ways to improve safety performance through leadership, measurement and education.  His mission is to advance the existing knowledge about safety performance: to find and articulate the most efficient ways to save lives and reduce injuries.


Ted BoyceThomas E. (TED) Boyce, Ph.D.
Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC

Thomas E. (Ted) Boycereceived a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the APA- Accredited Graduate Program at Virginia Tech and was a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently principal of the Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC and a sought-after safety consultant, conference speaker, educator, author, and executive coach. Dr. Boyce pioneered the application of behavioral science in the mining industry and has been providing cost-effective safety and culture change training to the U.S. mining manufacturing, and construction industries for over 20 years,transforming the cultures of many organizations. He hasauthored dozens of publications, including invited works for Aggman, Motivated Magazine, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Rock Products, and the Training Journal.  He also contributes a popular regular column to Mining Quarterly. His executive book, The Psychology of Leadership: Awaken Your Work Culture’s Full Potential in 2 Science-Based Steps was published in 2014 by SMPLLC. Dr. Boyce is a full member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He has also been active with local and regional chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Learn more and www.cbsafety.comor contact Dr. Boyce directly


Pat CunninghamPat Cunningham
Director of Safety and Auditing Services 

Pat Cunningham, the Director of Safety and Auditing Services for BROWZ, a premiere international contractor qualification service provider, has been working in the safety profession for over 25 years, since completing his Master’s degree in Safety Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He holds a BA in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota, which he found quite useful since the introduction of behavior based safety some years ago. His employment background includes working as the Corporate Safety Director of Xcel Energy, the 10th largest electric utility in the USA. During this time, he was responsible for establishing behavior-based safety metrics, providing guidance to a generating plant for a VPP application, and in creating the first ever Contractor Safety Department. In his present role, he has created a Safety Management System Assessment – modeled after the key elements of VPP, as a tool for clients to learn about the safety culture of their contractors. He is a Delegate of the National Safety Council, assisting the organization in its leadership role to advance the cause of safety across the country. Mr. Cunningham is also his company’s Safety Representative for the Campbell Institute. He is a member of the Education Committee of the National VPPPA. He serves on the Sacred Purpose - National Safety Committee for Theta Chi Fraternity.

Shawn M. Galloway
President & CEO
ProAct Safety®

Shawn M. Galloway is the President and Chief Operating Officer of ProAct Safety®. As an internationally recognized safety excellence expert, he has helped hundreds of organizations within every major industry, achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture.  He is the author of several bestselling books including STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (2013), Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence (2015) and the newly-released Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization (2016). He is a columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, authoring over 400 podcasts, 200 articles and 100 videos. Mr. Galloway has been recognized for his significant contributions with an award and honor by the American Society of Safety Engineers Council on Practices & Standards. He has been listed in National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World.


Courtney Malveaux, Esq.Courtney Malveaux, Esq.
Thompson McMullan,  P.C. 

Courtney Malveaux advises and represents employers in occupational safety and health citations, employment matters, business litigation and government relations.  He focuses his efforts on building relationships and achieving practical results to help his clients get back to the business of doing business. Mr. Malveaux has a unique background as both a solutions-oriented business attorney and as a regulator.  As Virginia’s Labor Commissioner through October 2013, he directed state enforcement of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Payment of Wage and Minimum Wage law, and a variety of state and federal labor laws.  As Immediate Past President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials, Courtney lectured nationally and overseas on a variety of subjects, including collective bargaining, Right to Work laws, labor relations, employee misclassification and occupational safety and health enforcement.

Mr. Malveaux is a former Assistant Attorney General and a former Deputy Counsel to the Attorney General of Virginia.  As a former Associate Solicitor General, he has assisted in developing appellate arguments and briefs before a variety of state and federal appellate courts up to the Supreme Court of the United States. In his earlier private practice, he epresented business clients in the United States and internationally in a variety of business litigation matters.  He has a background in construction litigation, and defended property owners in lead and asbestos litigation matters, as well as in premises liability disputes.

Mr. Malveaux has developed relationships in state and local government through his work with the General Assembly of Virginia, and has rewritten parts of the Code of Virginia to simplify important parts of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act, the Health Spa Act, and state child labor law. He has been appointed to represent industrial employers on the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Codes Board.

V Jon Neubauer, CSP
Director of Safety, Organization Change
EnPro Learning System

Jonathan Neubauer, CSP, Director of Safety, Organizational Change for EnPro Learning System, helps organizations develop robust safety cultures, based on full employee engagement.  Jon has worked with  companies around, around the globe, helping to develop visionary safety leaders, engage the workforce and pursue an injury free work environment through a focus on behavior-based safety (BBS). Throughout his career, Jon has worked with a variety of behavioral based safety programs and helped develop EnPro Industries behavior based safety program, SafetyFirst.  In addition, to providing training and leading the behavior based safety program within EnPro Industries, Jon has also led several webinars and training events on behavior based safety.

Sharon PancamoSharon Pancamo, CSHO
Occupational Safety Manager
Elwood Staffing Services and Chairman of ASA Safety Committee

Sharon Pancamo is a TEEX Certified Safety and Health Official TM (CSHO) with Oil and Gas Endorsement, which is a tribute to her care for others and her passion for safety and health. She has demonstrated her knowledge in the field of Occupational Safety and Health and her commitment to creating safer work environments.

Ms. Pancamo is an experienced national loss prevention and safety professional with a diverse industry background and a proven track record for developing innovative people-focused health, safety, and risk management programs. As an area safety manager for Elwood Staffing, she conducts risk and loss assessments for new clients, and supports and trains field personnel in key safety initiatives. She is adept at identifying risk trends and developing solutions through education and loss control programs.

Stephen QuesnelleStephen Quesnelle
Managing Director
The International Safety Institute

Stephen Quesnelle is a senior consultant, executive coach, published author, professional speaker and behaviorist with more than 25 years of culture change experience. He has a successful track record of utilizing behavioral change management and safety culture practices to enhance the performance of organizations globally.

Mr. Quesnelle is the co-founder of The International Safety Institute, which focuses on safety culture and productive behavior change. He holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa and ESC Reims in France, where he majored in Organizational Development. He earned a Ba.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and an Electronics Engineering Technology diploma from Seneca College in Toronto. He is a former VP of Human Resources, has been recognized as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) by the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, is a certified Behaviorist, and has completed Human Factors studies with the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace and the Electrical Institute UK. He is also certified in the use of multiple psychological instruments.

Mr. Quesnelle has been published by EHS Today and the World Congress on Customer Satisfaction. His change leadership work has been featured in Fast Company magazine and he has co-authored two books; “In the Company of Sacred Cows” in 2009 and  “Moments of Impact” in 2014. He can be reached at and (780) 717-5681.

Michael RivasMichael Rivas
Safety Director

Michael Rivas is a safety director with over ten years of experience. His expertise lies within workers’ compensation and liability exposures. He is responsible for conducting loss and behavior analyses to help clients mitigate their exposure to claims. To accomplish this, he meets with clients in a collaborative manner to determine their needs and develop a solutions-based service plan. As a licensed practical nurse and occupational therapist, Dr. Rivas understands the pains of the healthcare industry and can bring both a unique perspective and connection to all other industries.

Before joining Assurance, Dr. Rivas worked as a loss prevention consultant at a risk management firm outside of Chicago. While there, he gained experience reviewing workers’ compensation claims as well as conducting loss prevention and trend analysis on the frequency and severity of injuries. Prior to loss prevention, he worked as an occupational therapist.

Dr. Rivas received his Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Governor’s State University. He’s a member of the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association.

Emily ScaceEmily Scace
Senior Safety Editor 

Emily Scace is a Senior Editor for BLR’s safety publications. She oversees the day-to-day operations of; writes and edits news articles, training content, regulatory analysis, and other materials about workplace safety; manages content for BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor and Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor newsletters; works on BLR’s TRAC360 Chemical Lists product; and more. Prior to joining BLR, she worked as an editor in the audiobook publishing industry. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature and Psychology.

Joyce SchroederJoyce Schroeder, M.S.
Culture Change Consultants

Joyce Schroeder is an organizational change consultant with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership. She has extensive experience working with groups, both large and small, designing and implementing customized safety culture interventions. She is an expert in delivering the safety culture change assessment and was instrumental in developing both the “Implementing Culture Change” and “Coaching the Coach” public seminars, the safety culture teleclasses and the training manuals for the Safety Culture ToolkitTM. A frequent guest speaker, she has presented at both the National Safety Congress and at ASSE events. In addition, she has been the keynote speaker at the Leadership Conferences at the Earlham School of Religion and at the Con Edison Strategic Issues Seminar. Among her many clients are Austin Energy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Coca-Cola, Con Edison, Ken’s Foods, Portland General Electric, PSE&G, and The Smithsonian Institution.

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D.

Principal/Lead Change Agent

Eric Svendsen is principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies. As a learning and development consultant Mr. Svendsen has developed and rolled out a variety of learning programs using adult-learning theory for all levels of client companies, including compliance training for hourly field workers, leadership development for supervisors and managers, safety-leadership cultural training for field supervisors and directors, and business-acumen training. He has also advised executive leadership teams on development needs and appropriate programs for leadership-level succession planning. His client engagements reach to industrial companies worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He has authored several books and articles on safety-leadership culture, and is the weekly host of Recordable INSIGHTS video newsletter. His facilitation style is interactive and engaging with a constant view toward establishing performance outcomes, real-world skills building, and competency de

AGENDA DAY 1 | Thursday, September 15, 2016

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks (Editorial) 
8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. 

Safety Culture ‘X Factors’: Standout Qualities OSHA Looks for in VPP and SHARP Workplaces
Moderated by: Courtney Malveaux, Esq., ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.
Panelists: Ted Boyce, Ph.D., Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC
Pat Cunningham, BROWZ
8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Safety Culture 2016 kicks off with valuable insights into how organizations of every size can make their safety culture shine. Get a look at what makes some organizations stand out—in a good way—for OSHA through its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs). VPP organizations have increased worker protection, cut business costs, enhanced productivity, and improved employee morale. You’ll learn what it takes to become a VPP Star Demonstration, Merit, and Star standout and ways to improve your safety culture core to achieve star status in your own right. Plus, you’ll get a look at OSHA’s Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), which accepts small businesses that exhibit exemplary injury and illness prevention programs.

Behavior-Based Safety and Employee Training Secrets for Long-Term Success
Presented by: Jon Neubauer, CSP, EnPro Learning System
9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Behavior-based safety (BBS)starts with the idea that any injury at work has an immediate cause that is directly related either to unsafe conditions or unsafe behaviors. These identified behaviors can then be used for programmed observations, feedback, and program improvement. BBS has broad appeal across industries, but often companies experience challenges in getting their BBS programs off the ground. This session will teach you how to achieve ongoing success with your existing or new BBS process, including:

  • Common BBS pitfalls involving employee training, information collection, “safe observations,” discipline, and more
  • How to devise an action plan for addressing pitfalls in an existing BBS or your existing safety culture
  • Information and data areas that should be part of your BBS process
  • The prep work that goes into getting full support from employees, supervisors, and upper management, and how to effectively conduct your BBS rollout

Refreshments and Networking Break

10:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Leading and Lagging Indicators for Measuring the Progress of Your Safety Culture
Presented by: Dr. Earl Blair, CSP, Blair & Spurlock LLC, Eastern Kentucky University
10:25 a.m. – 11:25 p.m.
You’ve developed an all-star safety culture, or at least you think you have. How can you really be sure,? Employee perception surveys are a good start, but there are other metrics to analyze the overall strengths and weaknesses of your existing safety culture, including quality of incident investigations, time to complete corrective actions, and employee training frequency and completion rates. This session will dive into leading and lagging—as well as other essential—indicators that can help quantify the successes and/or deficiencies of your safety culture. Such measures are essential for helping you determine the root cause of safety system failures and for  evaluating whether your safety culture needs improvement.

Rock-Solid Fundamentals for Constructing a Strong Safety Culture Program 
Presented by: Joyce Schroeder, Culture Change Consultants
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The role of the safety professional is changing in today’s organizations.  In addition to performing their traditional functions, they are called upon to “own” the safety culture. Juggling both the safety culture initiative as well as managing policies and procedures, performance metrics, program assessments and audits, can prove to be a daunting task.  This session offers hands-on, user-friendly tools that can help the safety professional better understand the role of culture and its impact on safe decision-making.  It draws upon the work of some of the thought leaders in the field of organizational development, providing safety culture fundamentals that are the essential building blocks for the construction of a world class safety culture that’s built to last.  Plus, it gives tips on how these concepts and tools can be incorporated into your existing safety committee structure, empowering frontline employees to make a contribution to the safety culture change process. 

Lunch & Learn—Lead to Succeed—at Safety and More! 
Presented by: Joyce Schroeder, Culture Change Consultants (Presentation starts promptly at 12:45 p.m.)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Creating a positive safety culture requires more than just knowing the regulations and writing policies—you also need to be able to lead people effectively to secure buy-in from employees, supervisors, and executives. In this session, you’ll learn powerful leadership practices to help you deliver your message and drive success in safety, in your career, and beyond. 

Human Motivation and Dissuasion: Where Safety Incentives Fit Into the Mix 
Presented by Ted Boyce, Ph.D., Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
There’s no doubt that safety incentive programs are a strategic play at helping to achieve reduced workplace accidents and injuries. When properly structured, a safety incentive program can play a positive role in your overall safety program. But, how far can you—and should you—go to motivate your workforce? This session will examine the power of motivation through OSHA’s compliance lens to reveal when the underlying strategic direction of safety incentives may run afoul to OSHA regulations and raise red flags for its inspectors. You’ll leave this session with a list of tried-and-true, and most importantly, legal incentive and disincentive best practices you can use to motivate your workforce toward safety success. 

Rocket Launch Your Safety Culture! Case Study on How to Blast Off to the Next Level of Excellence 
Presented by: Michael Rivas, DrOT, OTR/L, CRIS, Assurance
2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Good safety culture can only get better! This case study will show how a Chicago-based cleaning and maintenance company, which had experienced a sharp increase in insurance premiums and wasn't getting the return on investment it needed from its current safety endeavors, turned things around by executing a three-year plan to minimize workplaces that included a formalized safety committee, safety trainings for supervisors, and creating a new culture with an emphasis on safety and education. The result was a 25 percent reduction in annual workers’ compensation costs and a 0.6 percent experience modifier rate improvement.

Refreshments and Networking Break
3:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Getting Critical C-Suite Buy-In 
Presented by: Stephen Quesnelle, The International Safety Institute
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Often, there’s a push and pull effect at play between an organization’s bottom-line profits and safety. Work faster, work harder—these are just two mantras C-suite executives may push without realizing that increasing productivity to boost profitability could come at a significant price. In the event of injuries, realized profits will be offset by several costs—lost work time and workers’ compensation benefit payouts and potentially increased premiums, plus the cost of diminished employee morale and/or trust. As a safety manager, it’s your job to communicate the bottom-line value a strong safety culture contributes to the organization’s financial—and overall—health. In this session, you’ll learn how to put your safety culture message into language that resonates with the C-suite so you can drive home the impact a strong culture can have on direct and indirect costs associated with workplace safety accidents and how to tear down organizational barriers that can hinder the need for cultural changes. 

Day 1 adjourns 
5:00 p.m.

AGENDA DAY 2 | Friday, September 16, 2016

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Learn: Tools for Implementing Safety Culture Once You Get Back to Work:
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Culture ‘Speak’ Panel: How to Get Your Safety Message Across to Today’s Temporary Workforce
Moderated by: Eric Svensden, PhD, safetyBUILT-IN
Panelists: Sharon Pancamo, CSHO, Elwood Staffing Services
Pat Cunningham, BROWZ
Courtney Malveaux, Esq. ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Day 2 kicks off with industry leaders discussing strategies for getting temporary workers up to speed on your safety culture and best practices for ensuring that they’re working safely straight out of the hiring gate. There are several critical reasons to get a handle on this issue. Since launching the Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) in 2013, OSHA has been stepping up enforcement efforts to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses among temporary workers, one of the fastest growing employment sectors. Whether you use 1, 100, or 1,000-plus temporary workers, you need successful strategies for fine-tuning your temporary employee safety program so you can protect those workers and avoid substantial fines if you are found liable in an incident. OSHA has made it clear that the host employer and the hiring/staffing agency are responsible for the safety of temporary workers, and it’s identified key areas that should be thoroughly addressed prior to placement—including training, hazard recognition, clear documentation of roles and responsibilities. This lively discussion will provide tips you can take back to the office and set into motion immediately to improve the safety culture among your temporary workforce. 

Sound Methods of Motivation: The Role of Encouragement and Discipline to Promote Your Safety Culture and Safe Behavior 
Presented by: Shawn Galloway, ProAct Safety®
9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. 
Your organizational culture should always promote and encourage safe behavior. But, supervisors must also implement an effective progressive discipline policy when warranted to ensure the safety of all workers. This session will explore the situations where a productive mix of encouragement and discipline will help motivate workers to achieve safety excellence.

Refreshments and Networking Break
10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

6 Drivers of Employee Engagement: The Road Rules of the ‘Super’ Culture Highway
Presented by: Eric Svensden, PhD, safetyBUILT-IN
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
This session will identify the top 6 drivers of employee engagement—the ones that can help establish or accelerate a strong safety culture—and provide practical strategies for keeping those drivers on a clear course to help strengthen your safety culture. Safety culture drivers such as strong trust relationships, promotion of a team environment; employee involvement in decision-making, enhanced perception of job value, and recognition of achievement, and more, will be covered.

Exclusive Look at BLR 2016 Safety Culture Survey Results
Presented by: Emily Scace, BLR Senior Editor, Safety
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

This year’s cultural extravaganza ends with findings from BLR’s 2016 Safety Culture Survey. We surveyed safety professionals to learn about the state of safety culture in their organizations, the challenges they face, and where they stand on the essential components of safety culture. The results are sure to be food for thought as you head home to think about what you can do to improve your safety culture and drive results in your workplace.

Conference Ends 
12:00 p.m.