2016 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Safety Leadership


Track 2: Safety Leadership

For leading companies, safety management isn’t just a collection of programs. It is embedded in the company culture, touching each and every employee and influencing behavior on and off the job. Sessions in this track will address how to develop a safety strategy and measure success, and will also feature a variety of tools and systematic approaches to reduce safety risks, drive down injury rates, engage employees and extend safety beyond your company walls.

Wednesday October 26, 2016

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote - Simplifying Complexity

Recent research on natural ecosystems suggests that, for any problem with many moving parts that all influence one another, the more complex the problem - the more resistant it seems to change - the easier it may be to understand and solve. In this talk, Eric Berlow explores how embracing complexity can lead to simple answers. How can complexity theory help us harness more creativity to solve difficult problems? How can you map complex systems to be able to isolate their most influential agents? And, how can we use our knowledge of ecosystems to help solve our largest societal problems? Berlow unravels his fascinating research to help audiences embrace complexity and become better problem solvers, while sharing insights into the ways big data is changing our ability to see and solve complex problems.


  • Eric Berlow, Ecologist and complexity scientist - Bio

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Session 2: Creating a Safety Strategy, Getting Buy-In, Measuring Success

This session will help you consider how to be strategic and relevant regarding efforts to improve safety. In the session, you'll learn how different organizations have engaged leadership, defined safety success, and how they've identified key transformational measurements. You'll understand important differences between measuring activities and measuring value when striving for safety excellence.



  • Jamey Jones, Vice President Environmental Stewardship & Ethics/Compliance; TruGreen


  • Tom Lopez, Managing Director, Corporate Safety, Health & Fire Prevention; FedEx Express - Bio
  • Michael Miller, Vice President of EHS; Dean Foods Co. - Bio
  • Jason Wernex, Senior Director Corporate Safety; Ameren Corp. - Bio

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.


1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Session 6: Risk Management Approaches to Safety Performance Improvements

This session will defy traditional safety thinking and showcase new tools and approaches to drive continuous safety performance improvements. You'll hear how organizations have prioritized risk; how they've focused on high risk areas through Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention; and how they've managed risk by looking at human and organizational performance.



  • Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan plc


  • Dave Eherts, Vice President, EHS; Allergan plc - Bio
  • John Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, Director, Corp Safety and Industrial Hygiene; 3M - Bio
  • Monty Gartin, Business Unit Health and Safety Advisor; Cargill Inc. - Bio

3:00 - 3:45 p.m


Afternoon Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Session 10: Employee Engagement: Making Safety Everyone's Job

How do you engage your entire organization in safety? This session will share ways that organizations have engaged employees at all levels, leveraged other functions and successfully driven ownership of safety into all aspects of their organization. Take away inspiration and validation for the type of culture shift that is possible in your safety program.



  • Laura Murphy, Vice President of Customer Experience; VelocityEHS


  • Dustin Rusch, Chief Safety Officer; J.F. Ahern Co. - Bio
  • Marc Juaire, Corporate Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety; Liberty Diversified International Inc. - Bio
  • Ed Mabe, Head of Health and Safety; CHEP - Bio

5:30 - 7:00 p.m

Welcome Reception


Thursday October 27, 2016


8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Session - Leading as an EHS&S Professional Now and Into the Future

Drawing on a learnings from career of more than 30 years in environmental management, Wayne Balta, the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety for IBM will open our day with an informative and inspiring look at corporate environmental & sustainability management today, and into the future. He’ll explore the skills and competencies he believes leaders will need to steward their programs and teams for the coming years, and discuss the opportunities he sees for each of us to make substantive contributions at our organizations, ultimately resulting in collective impact and progress forward in our field.


  • Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety; IBM Corp. - Bio

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 14: Driving Safety Beyond Your Four Walls

Safety at work is just the start. With the changing dynamics of the workforce, there are many new issues challenging employee health and safety. Hear how organizations have tackled safety challenges. Learn how companies are keeping their employees healthy, safe and focused on the task at hand, at work and beyond. This session will also examine the business value of total worker health programs, distracted driving and explore how to effectively drive safety initiatives within your organization.



  • Kimberly Jackson, Director of EHS; Spectra Energy Corp.


  • Kym Fawcett, Senior Manager Safety and Social Responsibility; EnerPlus Corp. - Bio
  • Clint Wernimont, Corporate Senior Safety Manager; Cummins Inc. - Bio

12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Business-to-Business Luncheon

1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Session 18: Next Generation Injury Prevention Approaches

You’ve driven your injury rates down but are looking for tools to push them to the next level. How do you continue to improve your injury prevention processes? This session will look at organizations that are working toward improving their incident prevention program by focusing on behavior, ergonomics, reducing slips, trips and falls, and getting the most out of OSHA’s VPP program.



  • Greg Carli, Principal; GHD Pty Ltd.


  • Allan Loiselle, Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co. - Bio
  • Susan Richardson, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager; Anaren Inc. - Bio
  • Gary Williams, Director Environment and Compliance; Ecolab Inc. - Bio

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Thursday Afternoon Keynote - NAEM IGNITE Power Hour

Imagine ten topics from ten experts in less than sixty minutes. Attend this curiously fast-paced peer-led session and experience a new kind of event; one that will have you at the edge of your seat with innovative ideas, lessons learned and how-to information straight from the experts. Listen as your peers present informative and engaging material in a high energy, 5-minute Ignite format. Some presentations will be EHSS related, others may just be fun topics that will illustrate the Ignite concept. Your imagination will run wild as you think of various ways that you could make use of the Ignite concept in your workplace and training. So prepare to be entertained and intrigued for the entire session! Then brainstorm on how best to apply this useful tool back at work!


Speakers include ten dynamic and inspiring EHS&S leaders from the NAEM Community

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