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Safety Culture 2019

Denver, CO — September 18-20, 2019

CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: Safety Culture 2019 will empower employers to create an engaging and effective safety culture in the workplace that will strengthen safety compliance and engagement, reduce risk for accidents and injury, and avoid costly OSHA fines and litigation.

Are you struggling to convince your staff (and even your c-suite) that safety needs to be a priority at your organization? After all, a lack of buy-in for your safety program can lead to costly accidents, a loss of productivity, and increased liability. We've crafted one of the nation's only conferences focused exclusively on safety culture improvement to arm you with use-them-now tactics for motivating your team to adopt key safety initiatives. Join your peers at Safety Culture 2019 to take your safety program to a world-class level.

EHS Daily Advisor’s acclaimed Safety Culture conference comes to Denver for 2019! This leading-edge experience will provide attendees with the expert-sourced, use-them-now tactics for improving safety management and performance. The most effective way to keep employees safe and avoid OSHA fines is to create an effective workplace safety culture and develop advocates for your safety initiatives. Safety Culture 2019 will arm you with the information you need to understand to take your safety program to a world-class level.

Attendees of Safety Culture 2019 will learn strategies for:

  • Utilizing job hazard analysis and risk assessment to improve workplace safety outcomes
  • Implementing behavior-based safety practices
  • Measuring the success of your safety culture
  • Identifying and mitigating threatening behaviors and culture risk factors
  • Training and implementing successful safety leadership
  • Improving employee motivation and engagement
  • And much more!

Who Should Attend Safety Culture 2019?

  • Safety Directors
  • Facilities Directors
  • EHS Managers
  • HR Generalists
  • Training Managers
  • Operations Staff
  • Safety Coordinators
  • Production Supervisors
  • Vice Presidents
  • Environmental Specialists
  • Risk and Compliance Specialists
  • Business Owners
  • Logistics Managers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Professionals


Preconference Workshops

AM Session: Safety Culture Beyond Your Organization
(Each pre-conference workshop includes one 15-minute break)

AM Preconference: Safety Culture Beyond Your Organization: Strategies for Bridging the Safety Culture Gap with Contractors, Temporary Workers, and More
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Presented by: Shawn M. Galloway, ProAct Safety, Inc.
Cultures are the ultimate sustainability mechanism, working to maintain the status quo or shaping new individuals as they join or work within. Hospitals, manufacturing, power generation and distribution, service work and construction—most organizations invite temporary workers and/or contractors to assist them in achieving their business objectives. This intensive workshop will lay out the framework to follow so you can ensure that these individuals are quickly aligned with the safety strategy and culture and outperform industry peers in safety performance. By the end of this workshop, you’ll be able to:  

  • Understand how cultures form and norm new individuals and how to improve them
  • More effectively onboard new individuals
  • Identify quick-win opportunities to shape performance
  • Recognize how world-class companies have evolved their approaches to contractor and temporary worker management
  • Self-assess your current safety strategy

Lunch (on your own)
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

PM Session: Behavior-Based Safety
(Each pre-conference workshop includes one 15-minute break)

PM Preconference: Safety Culture, Human Factors, Employee Engagement, Behavior-Based Safety: What These Concepts Mean and How to Integrate Them into a Safety Program
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presented by: Steve Roberts, Ph.D, Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.
We’ve all heard many of the phrases used to describe workplace safety efforts directed towards employee engagement. The concepts described are solid, and make sense to when we read an article, book, or attend a conference educational session. But too often, when we try to apply these ideas in our workplaces, we don’t have the practical experience to know how to conduct a gap assessment, and then implement a strategy for continuous process improvement. In this session, we’ll review safety phraseology, discuss various approaches to safety improvement. Attendees will conduct a brief Behavior Observation and Feedback Maturity Path Assessment as well as a sample Leadership Behavior Assessment critical to building an ideal safety culture. Attendees will come away with a practical exercise, and a vision of how they can focus their efforts moving forward. By the end of this intensive workshop you’ll be able to:

  • Establish a working knowledge of current and trending safety terminology
  • Discuss the benefits of engaging all workers in the safety/health improvement process 
  • Understand the limitations of a compliance-alone approach to safety process improvement
  • Realize the benefits of establishing a management systems approach to continuous safety process improvement
  • Understand the safety culture assessment process and conduct sample assessments of critical components your company’s current safety management systems





BLR®—Business & Legal Resources is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® preapproved this program for 2.75 HR(General) credit towards aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.

SHRM Seal BLR®—Business & Legal Resources is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 2.75 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit



All Day Session: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Colorado: Leader As Coach: Leadership Development Master Class
Leader As Coach: Leadership Development Master Class

Registration & Continental Breakfast 

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 

Module 1:
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • Introduction: Coaching and the Challenge of Leadership Today
  • Becoming the Leader Coach: The Three C Coaching Model
  • My Coaching Past and Present: Personal Best Coach & My Perspective

Networking Break
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 

Module 2:
10:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Coaching Today: Why Coach?
  • Coaching Power Tool: The 60 Big Coaching Questions
  • Coaching Experiential #1: Leadership Challenges & Opportunities
  • When Do I Coach? The Coaching Impact Model

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Module 3:
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

  • Character: How Do I Earn the Right to Coach? 
  • The Power of Values-Based Coaching 
  • Coaching Experiential #2: A Values-Related Challenge 
  • Connecting from the Inside Out: Presence, Mindfulness, Deep Listening 

Networking Break 
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 

Module 4:
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

  • The Coaching Conversation: Starting the Conversation 
  • The Power of Appreciation: “My Natural Coaching Strengths” 
  • Constructive Confrontation: Giving Feedback 
  • Coaching Experiential #3: My Commitments 

Workshop Concludes 
4:30 p.m.





SAFETY CREDIT INFORMATION: This event qualifies for 0.5 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 0.5 CMP credit for CHMMs, and eligible for CM credits for CIHs who attend. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) may also be available for environmental managers participating in this event (please note that webinar participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).

BLR®—Business & Legal Resources is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® preapproved this program for 6.25 HR(General) credit towards aPHR™, aPHRi™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.

SHRM Seal BLR®—Business & Legal Resources is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 6.25 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit




Day 1: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Registration & Continental Breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
7:55 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.

Opening Keynote: The Power of Storytelling to Promote a Winning Safety Culture
8:05 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Presented by: Dave Lieber, Award-Winning Texas Newspaper Columnist
Effective storytelling can move employees to action and create change. With many companies struggling to communicate both externally and internally, knowing how to harness the power of your corporate story is more important than ever. In this engaging keynote session, Dave Lieber will share how to make your safety messaging engaging, unforgettable, smart, and, at times, funny. You’ll learn:

  • How stories can promote safety goals better than any other method
  • A simple story formula that works in all business applications
  • How to get your audience to focus on your message without distraction
  • How to take data and bullet points and turn them into memorable stories
  • How to tap into emotion and passions so that your safety stories are remembered and acted upon in a positive way

Behavior-Based Safety vs. Human and Organizational Performance: Integrating Lessons and Takeaways from Two Approaches to Safety Culture
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Presented by: Judy Agnew, Ph.D., Aubrey Daniels International (ADI)
Behavior-based safety (BBS) vs. human and organizational performance (HOP) is a topic that has many in the safety field paying close attention. Some proponents of HOP bill it as anti-BBS, but is this assessment warranted? This session will explore the genesis of this mischaracterization of BBS and demonstrate how BBS processes founded on the science of behavior are actually complementary to the tenets of HOP. Another fallacy addressed and proven in this session is that a behavioral approach is very much a systems approach and seeks to find solutions in systems that influence behavior at all levels of the organization. This session will also provide specific recommendations for how to make your organization’s safety system more consistent with HOP principles and at the same time ‘behaviorally sound’ so you’ll be able to:

  • Observe critically and consistently how systems influence behavior, both safe and at- risk
  • Work to understand the behaviors of everyone from a scientific perspective (worker, supervisor, manager and executive, plus regulator, customer, and other key stakeholders)
  • View and analyze behavior from the perspective of the performer, and from that vantage point prior to any adverse events rather than only after
  • Minimize blame and punishment, whether intentional or inadvertent—and verify and validate that leadership’s impact is aligned with its intent
  • Eliminate knee-jerk reactions and blanket solutions by management, and learn to involve frontline workers in arriving at solutions and identifying unintended consequences of proposed changes
  • Shift the role of senior leadership to verify and validate the effectiveness of systems and processes, rather than being another source of audit or enforcement

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break
10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Operational Excellence: Incorporating At-Risk Behaviors and Human Factors into Job Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment 
10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. 
Presented by: Sherry Perdue, Ph.D., Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.
Given the growing popularity of HOP (human and organizational performance), the safety community now recognizes that at-risk behaviors and human errors are almost always partly attributable to weaknesses in the system.  That is, they occur because of a mismatch between human capabilities and the demands of the task and the physical and social work environment. Using this information to improve safety, however, can be difficult.  Understanding why an error occurred after-the-fact is often perplexing.   Predicting when an error might occur can be a complete mystery.  In this session, we will examine how conventional tools – Job Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment, when applied through a human factors’ lens – can help identify error-likely situations.  In doing so, we can make changes to reduce the potential for incidents. By the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between at-risk behaviors and human errors
  • Appreciate how the physical and social work environment influences both at-risk behavior and human error
  • Apply this understanding to safety processes you’re probably already using, such as job hazard analysis and risk assessment 

Cultural Intervention: How to Identify and Mitigate Threatening Behaviors and Cultural Risk Factors to Prevent Violence, Bullying, and Harassment

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Presented by: Carol Cambridge, The Stay Safe Project
Most companies in the United States continue to struggle with how to create and implement strategies to reduce violence and other aggressive behavior in the workplace. The first step in selecting prevention techniques is identifying what behaviors and employee characteristics pose a risk of violence. This leaves companies and organizations vulnerable and at a higher risk for escalating violence. In this interactive session, through the examination of scenario-based situations, will show you how to determine the risk factors and the key steps to mitigating these real-life issues. You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply the #1 strategy for mitigating risk
  • Identify dangerous blind spots that could put employees in harm’s way
  • Recognize how domestic violence poses economic risk to your organization & what you can do to reduce the risk
  • Identify behavior that may be predictive of violence
  • Get every employee to be the difference and become part of the solution


12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Stress, Fatigue, and Mental Health: Real-World Culture Building to Improve Worker Safety and Health
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. 
Presented by: L. Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, Total Worker Health® at NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Work and life routinely collide for many workers.  The new challenges of a rapidly changing economy combine with traditional hazards like long work hours, workplace stress, and off-the-job obligations for an unhealthy mix.  A strategic plan for culture building is a requirement if your business wants to attract, retain and support the healthiest, most engaged workforce. What does the latest population health science say about optimizing work and work design for better health outcomes and improved bottom lines?  And how do we translate this research into policies and practices so work can actually “work” for all of us?  If you want to fastest path to work-life-culture success, it’s time to address the most common health and well-being challenges facing organizations and their workers today. This insightful session will provide you with the latest on:

  • Emerging trends in worker stress, mental health and other chronic disease risks
  • How work workplace safety and health is much more than ergonomics and onsite fitness centers
  • Culture-building policies, practices and programs (with the tools to get you started)
  • The latest research insights from our Total Worker Health® Centers of Excellence
  • Quick-win strategies for now and the longer-range investments that show the most promise

Refreshments, Networking & Exhibits Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. 

Measuring Safety Culture: Identifying and Leveraging Leading Indicators to Track and Improve Performance
3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Presented by: Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D., Predictive Solutions
There are dozens of cultural assessments meant to identify gaps in a variety of areas. Most of those survey instruments have no statistical reliability or validity; some truly assess safety culture/climate (Zohar & Nordic Climate surveys) but are only used as a snap-shot every 18-24 months. There is currently ground-breaking work to develop a survey instrument to assess organizational culture in “real-time,” and not just a onetime snap-shot of employees’ perceptions. This “cultural pulse” can anonymously measure current safety perception in real-time.  By using leading and lagging indicators, the “pulses” can provide a real-time measure of perception and create a “cultural heat-map” so employers can proactively identify safety risks, reduce churn, and eliminate injuries. After attending this insightful session you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize the differences between corporate climate and culture
  • Use effective techniques to assess your organization’s safety culture
  • Use an exercise to help identify leading indicators
  • Identify the leading indicators that can act as cultural proxies
  • Act upon cultural proxies to impact engagement using real-life examples

Panel Discussion: Conquering Barriers Standing in the Way of Achieving a Strong Safety Culture ROI
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moderated by: Calvin Benchimol, eCompliance
Panelists: Patrick J. Karol, CSP, ARM, SMS, Karol Safety Consulting, LLC, Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D., Predictive Solutions

Networking Reception
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Day 2: Friday, September 20, 2019

Continental Breakfast
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast & Learn
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m 

Safety Awards Ceremony
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m 

Opening Keynote: The Challenge of Change 
Presented by: Chris Ross, CSP, CPLP, SafeStart
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Organizations today are undertaking major change initiatives more frequently than ever before. Changing individual behaviors can be difficult but changing the organizational culture is even more difficult. Agile change execution is vital to the success of these change initiatives, yet less than a third of these initiatives succeed.  Whatever your role is in change management, you can learn to understand the roots of resistance to change, use a model to help guide change, and apply some proven change-management strategies to greatly increase the chance of success. Day 2 of Safety Culture 2019 kicks off with actionable insights into how to:

  • Explore the challenges of change from the perspective of the three organizational levels of resistance
  • Assess your personal and organizational readiness for change
  • Become familiar with a proven change-management model
  • Clarify the importance of a process plan and implementation checklist
  • Incorporate the skills and concepts from this session into the way you manage change

Refreshments & Networking Break

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Safety Leadership for Supervisors: Building Crucial Allies to Engage Employees and Spread Safety Culture Throughout Your Organization
Presented by: Patrick J. Karol, CSP, ARM, SMS, Karol Safety Consulting, LLC
9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
The technical side of safety is the price of entry into the profession. It's the knowledge to calculate sling loads or understand attenuation rates. It establishes a safety professional or supervisor's credibility—and most safety professionals/supervisors are strong in this area. But, there’s another, equally important aspect to managing safety rooted in soft skills. Without soft skills, safety professionals, leaders, and supervisors often lack what they need to effectively influence positive change. After all, the ability to successfully communicate and build relationships is the art of safety. This session will teach you critical soft skills to build and maintain that all-important relationship with supervisors so they can lead employees through their influence to do more than just follow procedures. Using the Make Safety Personal (MSP) Conversation worksheet, a 5-step approach to having a discussion with front-line employees about safety, you’ll start to see why supervisors’ and managers’ current strategies might leave them saying they can’t get employees to follow safety procedures, and you’ll learn the actions steps you can take to help lead them to a better way of managing safety. Plus, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Illustrate the importance of influencing front-line employees to help build a strong safety culture
  • Drive safety culture and go beyond compliance by understanding 3 key components that make safety personal
  • Apply selling techniques can be used to influence behavior
  • Apply the strategies of highly successful leaders by paying close attention to their characteristics
  • Build relationships by leading with your heart
  • Apply the MSP worksheet to your next conversation about safety with a front-line employee
  • Get your safety message to stick through storytelling as illustrated through real-life examples of lessons learned as a frontline employee and supervisor

Employee Motivation and Engagement: Using Incentives, Discipline, and Other Strategies Effectively to Secure Buy-In and Foster a Culture of Safety
Presented by: Camille Oakes, CSP, SMS, MEng, Better Safety
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
A culture of safety cannot and will not happen without the active engagement of employees. Safety professionals must have a variety of tools in their toolbox and use them effectively to successfully secure and maintain employee buy-in. In this session, you will learn how to recognize what motivates different employees in different situations and how to use drive your safety performance. Through real life case studies, we will examine what engagement strategies work, and what to do to avoid failure. Come prepared to learn how to:

  • Apply tangible methods to engage your hidden leaders
  • Motivate the naysayers
  • Guide your organization to success

Closing Remarks & Conference Adjourns

12:00 p.m.

Your Presenters

Judy Agnew, Ph.D.Judy Agnew, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Safety Solutions
Aubrey Daniels International (ADI)

Judy Agnew is a recognized thought leader in the field of behavior-based safety, safety leadership, safety culture and performance management. As Senior Vice President of Safety Solutions at Aubrey Daniels International (ADI), Judy partners with clients to create behavior-based interventions that use positive, practical approaches grounded in the science of behavior and engineered to ensure long-term sustainability. Judy has presented at major safety conferences, including the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council and Behavioral Safety Now, as well as other key corporate events. She is frequently interviewed for national and trade publications and published in Professional Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, and Industrial Hygiene News to name a few. She is the author of three highly regarded safety books, Removing Obstacles to Safety (with Gail Snyder), Safe by Accident? Take the Luck out of Safety (with Aubrey Daniels) and her latest release, A Supervisor's Guide to [Safety] Leadership. Judy is also the recipient of 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award from The Organizational Behavior Management Network, which recognizes her significant contributions to the field of behavior analysis.

Calvin BenchimolCalvin Benchimol

Director of Corporate Development

During his time as director of corporate development for eCompliance, Calvin Benchimol has been instrumental in defining our customers’ journey to a high-participation safety culture. Using big data and deep empirical research, he has helped us look beyond the numbers to understand the human side of safety. Prior to working with eCompliance, Benchimol received his MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and helped transform the safety culture of a mining and manufacturing environment, as a front-line operations manager.

Carol CambridgeCarol Cambridge

The Stay Safe Project

Carol Cambridge, the CEO of The Stay Safe Project, is an international conference speaker and recognized authority on workplace violence. She is on a mission to help people and organizations stay safe by being prepared and taking action from a place of strength not from a place of fear. Her career began as a communication specialist in emergency services and disaster preparedness with a Canadian Law Enforcement Agency. Today, 25 years later, Carol has taught over a quarter of a million people how to make good decisions. Through years of studying adult learning, she is able to reach and connect with any audience. She is a trusted source by associations and corporations for delivering a powerful message that inspires immediate action, and her experience through numerous crisis has shown that prevention and early intervention are necessary and non-negotiable, to ensure a safe workplace. No one understands more than she that in these times, it is not if but when an emergency arises. In her words “preparation is what will be the difference in those outcomes.” Highly profiled for her expertise, she is constantly sought by media for comments when workplace shootings and tragedies occur. Ms. Cambridge has been interviewed by: ABC, NBC, USA Today, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation & News Channel Asia In Singapore.

L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPHL. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH

Total Worker Health® at NIOSH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

L. Casey Chosewood MD MPH is currently the Director of the Office for Total Worker Health® at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, he promotes the protection and improvement of the safety, health and well-being of workers around the world. From 2004 to 2009, he served as the Director of the CDC Office of Health and Safety safeguarding the 15,000 members of the CDC workforce as they faced the new challenges of the modern public health era, including emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and other global health challenges.  His Office led numerous CDC workforce protection programs, including all occupational health services, laboratory and biosafety programs, environmental and compliance activities, and workplace well-being and prevention initiatives. He has served as the Medical Director of CDC’s three occupational health clinics.  His team has overseen a multi-faceted workplace health program providing more than 200,000 encounters, screenings, and health opportunities annually.  He has presented extensively on worker safety and occupational health, biological and laboratory safety, international travel medicine, and workplace well-being.

Dr. Chosewood received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut.  He has been an Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine since 1997.  He received an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in May 2014.  Before coming to CDC, Dr. Chosewood was the Medical Director for the Southeastern Region of Lucent Technologies.

Shawn M. GallowayShawn M. Galloway
President and COO
ProAct Safety, Inc.

Shawn Galloway, president and chief operating officer of ProAct Safety, is an internationally recognized safety excellence expert who has helped hundreds of organizations within every major industry achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture. He is the coauthor of several bestselling strategy/value creation and safety excellence books and has been recognized as a thought leader and safety excellence expert by many organizations, including the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the National Safety Council. As one of the most prolific contributors in the safety industry, he has authored over 400 podcasts, 200 articles, and 100 videos on the subject of safety excellence in culture and performance and is the host of the highly acclaimed weekly podcast series, Safety Culture Excellence®.

Patrick J. Karol, CSP, ARM, SMSPatrick J. Karol, CSP, ARM, SMS
Karol Safety Consulting, LLC

Patrick J. Karol CSP, ARM, SMS, the president of Karol Safety Consulting, LLC, began his safety career as a front-line supervisor with safety as a collateral duty and now involves advising senior leaders on strategies to reduce injury risk. His career as a full-time safety professional includes over 20 years in the corporate safety departments of two Fortune 200 companies and the Federal government.

Dave LieberDave Lieber
Yankee Cowboy Publishing

Dave Lieber is one of America’s top storytelling experts who specializes in showing businesses and industries how to share the power of their stories. He’s also a columnist for the largest newspaper in Texas, where he has worked as a storytelling columnist for 26 years. A certified professional speaker (one of only a thousand in the world), Dave works with groups like ours to share tips learned from more than 40 years as a daily newspaperman about ways to excite your listeners with your important messages. Stories, properly told, are acted upon and remembered. In Dave’s newspaper column, called “The Watchdog,” he uses stories to expose wrongdoing and right doing in businesses and governments. The author of eight books, Dave launched a charity 20 years ago–Summer Santa–that each year sends hundreds of children to summer camps and helps them with school clothing, books, sports league scholarships and more. For this, he won the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award as the U.S. newspaper columnist who made positive contributions to his community.

Camille Oakes, CSP, SMS, MEngCamille Oakes, CSP, SMS, MEng
President and CEO 
Better Safety

Camille Oakes, CSP, MEng, SMS is a safety professional with 13 years of experience in a multitude of industries including logistics and supply chain, government and military. As the founder of Better Safety, she consults with companies to employ better training, better culture and better business practices by developing their safety professionals and improving their safety performance. She teaches safety and operations managers to partner with each other so they can figure out a way to do what operations wants, yet still be safe. Oakes conducts leadership training for operations leaders on how to manage with safety in mind. She also works to develop safety professionals through speaking engagements and workshops that include sales techniques, presentational skills, preparation and communicating with non-safety professionals. She holds a Master’s Degree in Advanced Safety and Engineering Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor’s degree in Safety Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is a skilled trainer, facilitator and content creator. She is a Past President of the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). She is passionate about communication and engagement of all levels of an organization to enhance their safety management system.

Sherry Perdue, Ph.D.Sherry Perdue, Ph.D.
Senior Partner
Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.

Sherry Perdue is co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. from Virginia Tech in industrial and systems engineering with a concentration in human factors engineering and ergonomics.

In her more than 25 years of experience with Safety Performance Solutions, she has helped hundreds of organizations from nearly every industrial sector improve their safety performance by managing the human dynamics of safety.   Her work involves evaluating the safety performance/culture of an organization and then working with the organization to create and implement customized culture change efforts including leadership development, employee engagement efforts, and safety management systems improvements.  In addition to work in the area of safety culture change, she also leads other safety-improvement projects such as the modification of work and work environments to improvement human performance and reduce human error (HOP), the redesign of incident investigation procedures to better uncover the root causes of human performance issues, and the design of performance-based gain sharing and incentive programs.

Some of Sherry's clients include Bristol-Myers Squibb, Corning, Estee Lauder, ExxonMobil Chemical, Kiewit, Toyota, General Dynamics, NRG Energy and Webcor.  She is a frequent speaker at national and international safety conferences.

Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D.Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D.
Process Improvement Leader 
Predictive Solutions

Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D., process improvement leader at Predictive Solutions, has twice been named to the list of Top 50 Thought Leaders for Today and Tomorrow by ISHN Magazine. He was recognized for his extensive work with predictive analytics and cultural change methodologies. He and his colleagues at Predictive Solutions specialize in improving safety cultures by using “big data” to predict where future incidents will occur. Throughout his 30 years of experience, he has influenced many safety cultures from around the world and continues uncovering leading indicators to eliminate death on the job, in this century. He is responsible for leading all aspects of cultural change for clients of Predictive Solutions—a fully owned subsidiary of Industrial Scientific Corporation.

Prior to joining Predictive Solutions, Chuck earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida, his Master’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his Doctorate from Virginia Tech.

Steve Roberts, Ph.DSteve Roberts, Ph.D
Senior Partner
Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.

Steve Roberts is co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. He earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied/Experimental Psychology with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management from Virginia Tech. His specific areas of expertise include the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavior and people-based safety processes, the assessment of organizational culture to guide safety interventions, increasing employee involvement in safety activities, organizational management systems design, organizational leadership development, and understanding and reducing human error in the workplace.

Chris Ross, CSP, CPLPChris Ross, CSP, CPLP
Implementation Consultant

Chris Ross, CSP, CPLP, an implementation consultant with SafeStart, has been a performance consultant, trainer, lecturer and presenter for over 35 years. He specializes in helping organizations to enhance and change their culture. He captivates audiences with his energy, humor and enthusiasm. He is a frequent lecturer, presenter and keynote speaker for audiences throughout the United States and Canada and has authored over 100 articles. He is one of the most highly rated presenters at the annual ASSP National Conference and has presented workshops and keynote speeches at dozens of national, regional and local conventions.


Denver, CO- September 18-20, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton Downtown Denver Convention Center
1420 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80203

Room rate $209.00/night
Hotel cut-off date is Monday, August 26, 2019
Reservation Center: 1-800-HILTONS and referencing BLR Safety Culture conference
Hotel website: Embassy Suites Denver

Pricing Details

Main Conference:

  • Advanced Early Bird Pricing ($200 off) | $699 — Expires April 18, 2019
  • Early Bird Pricing ($100) off | $799 — Expires June 18, 2019
  • Retail Pricing | $899

Preconference Workshops:

  • AM/PM Preconference Sessions | $299 each
  • Both AM/PM Workshops | $499 (Save $99!)
  • Colorado: Leader As Coach: Leadership Development Master Class | $699

Special Discounts:

  • Send a Team of Five or more and save an additional 20%! (Your discounts will automatically calculate in your cart.)

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