Session Description

It is difficult to see everything happening in an organization’s culture. Information is constantly changing, and some of it is hidden under layers of protection or inaccessible due to distance. This can put leaders in a position of reacting rather than actively leading – and, worse, can blindside them. This hidden culture can neutralize or block a company’s ability to rise above performance plateaus. However, discerning and understanding leaders can learn to make needed adjustments to improve safety culture and performance outcomes.


Learning Objectives

  • Recognize cultural, worker and organizational contributors to below-the-surface safety dynamics, performance and culture
  • Understand how to enlist “hidden” forces as an early safety leadership warning system
  • Review a strategic safety leadership plan that encompasses 10 performance and cultural driving strategies for revealing hidden safety culture.


About the Presenter: Robert Pater is Managing Director of Strategic Safety Associates & creator of the MoveSMART® system for preventing strains and sprains, slips/trips/falls and hand injuries – implemented worldwide in over 60 countries. Their emphasis is on “Energizing, Engaging Expertise” designed to simultaneously elevate Safety performance, leadership, motivation and culture.

Clients in over 30 countries include:  3M, ADT, Airgas, Alaska Airlines, Alcoa, American Airlines, American Electric Power, Amtrak, ArcelorMittal, AdvanSix, Avon, Bell Helicopter, BHP Billiton (Australia), BMW, Borgwarner, BP, BP Shipping, Centerpoint Energy,  Cummins, Detroit Edison, Domtar, DuPont, Dynegy, Expro, FMI, Halliburton, Harley-Davidson, Hawaiian Airlines, HD Supply, Hess Oil, Hills Pet, Honda, Imerys, International Paper, Kinross, Layne Inliner, Marathon Oil (UK & US), Martin-Brower, Meggitt, Michelin, MSC  Industrial Supply, Nissan, Northrop Grumman, ONE Gas, Panama Canal, Portland General Electric, Pitney Bowes, Premier Power Ireland, Reyes Holdings, Rio Tinto, Sellafield Sites (UK), Sembmarine (Singapore), Textron, Therma-Tru, Tokyo Electron, United Airlines, U.S. Steel, Vestas, Wacker, Weatherford (Kuwait, Europe, US), WestRock, WR Grace, Xerox, many others.


Robert writes 2 ongoing columns: for ASSP’s “Professional Safety” and for “Occupational Health & Safety.” His articles have also appeared in many other publications.

This is Robert’s 35th webinar for ASSP/ASSE.


“What Is MoveSMART®?” – 2-minute overview of our approach to simultaneously energizing, engaging – while significantly reducing injuries (soft-tissue, slips/trips/falls, hand injuries)

MSC Industrial Supply-made video about employees’ response to MoveSMART®