2019 National Safety Congress, Session #76, September 10, 2019

Ultimately, safety – and safety leadership – entails anticipating and preparing for potential risks. And in organizational reality, “certainty” is an illusion – everything is uncertain. But to avoid getting blindsided – and experiencing mounting injuries and eroding culture – wise leadership relies on avoiding and reducing potential uncertainties rather than on merely reacting to emerging problems. This comes down to strong leadership, at the core of which is taking care of “people” issues first. In this session, we’ll discuss contributing factors, hidden kinds of uncertainty, understanding the stress-safety link, changing beliefs, high-level strategies, and principles and practices for leading through uncertainty.


AMathur_photo(1)  Anil Mathur, President and CEO of Alaska Tanker Co. (ATC) since 2001

ATC is the safest tanker company in the world. His career in operations include running operations in harsh, difficult environments. Mathur is the public director on ASSP’s Board of Directors. In 2005, he was named a “CEO who gets it” by the National Safety Council, he received the ASSP President’s Award in 2011 and he was recognized by the AFL-CIO in 2013. Mathur has personal commendations from U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA), Governor Walker (AK), Governor Gregoire (WA) and the Alaska state legislature. In addition, he received a Legacy Award from the North American Western States environmental regulators. Mathur has an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Tulsa and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

www.aktanker.com (Alaska Tanker Company’s Safety approach )


RPater_photo(1) Robert Pater, Founder and Managing Director of MoveSMART® for injury-prevention/safety culture

Pater has written more than 300 articles for Professional Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, Safety+Health, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News and other industry publications. Their clients include ArcelorMittal, BHP Billiton, BMW, BP, BP Shipping, Cummins, Domtar, DuPont, Hawaiian Airlines, HD Supply, Honda, Marathon Oil, Martin-Brower, Mead Westvaco, MSC Industrial, Nissan, Northrop Grumman, ONE Gas, Rio Tinto, S&C Electric, Textron, United Airlines, U.S. Steel, Wacker and many more. Pater has presented/co-presented 33 previous webinars for ASSP. He has also written a regular column for Professional Safety for the past 10 years.


2-minute overview video