Engaging Senior Leadership in Safety Program Development

Rock Quarry: Engaging Senior Leadership in Safety Program Development

How we think about incident causation is beginning to change.  Though it seems to have taking decades to progress, safety professionals are beginning to understand and pay more attention to the impact workplace design and operating systems on worker behavior and safety performance.  Referred to as the “context of work”, we are recognizing how work occurs in context and how it directly influences accident causation.   The parallel to modern safety management is obvious.  Focusing on worker behavior before making sure the work processes and supporting systems are safe will not produce the desired results.  It is when human error occurs in an environment that is poorly designed for safety and has suspect support systems that bad consequences happen.  It’s time to think differently about safety and how accidents occur.  It’s time we disrupt organizational thinking about safety and shift the paradigm.

Richard Pollock, CSP
President – Senior Consultant, CLMI Safety Training
Past President 2012-2013 American Society of Safety Engineers

Rick Pollock is a graduate of the UW – Whitewater, a Certified Safety Professional, and the President of CLMI Safety Training. He specializes in organizational safety performance, human factors and adult education.

Mr. Pollock is a Past Society President of ASSE and currently serves as a Director on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).  He is also the Vice President of the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO), and serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and NIOSH Education Resource Center, and the UW – Whitewater Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety.

As a consultant and educator, Mr. Pollock has developed a unique understanding of human error in the context of work and error tolerant systems design.  He shares his perspective through published articles, frequent speaking engagements, and his Safety Leadership blog.  Rick is a trained instructor in the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS), and consults with clients to help define their human error issues and appropriate interventions.