Many safety leaders understandably trend toward the risk-averse side of humanity. After all, reducing risks is core to our mission. But high-level leaders understand that, WHEN TAKEN TOO FAR, one’s strength can also become a weakness. Ironically, veering too much toward the land of risk aversion creates its own dangers – from holding on to point-of-diminishing-returns Safety interventions/performance/culture to loss of credibility with both Executives and workers.. A major key to elevating and sustaining strong Safety performance and culture is to balance appropriate risk reduction with taking those measured risks associated with change.


The Presenter:  Robert Pater

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. In addition to training Instructor-Catalysts, they have worked with senior leaders in numerous organizations to elevate Safety leadership.

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

Robert has published over 300 articles and writes 2 ongoing columns for: “Occupational Health & Safety” and for ASSP’s “Professional Safety” magazines. His articles have also appeared in many other publications (

Robert writes 2 columns:  monthly for Occupational Health & Safety magazine and bi-monthly for Professional Safety magazine. 

Their articles have also appeared in  Safety+Health, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Safe Workplace, Occupational  Hazards, World Safety Journal, Compliance,The Self-Insurer, HRMagazine, Personnel Administrator, Nation’s Business, and many others.

His leadership book, Leading From Within, has been published in 5 languages.

 Presentations:  He has keynoted numerous corporate and international conferences and appeared on CNN, ABC World News and in many television, radio shows and printed journals. 

2-minute overview of MoveSMART® system:  “What Is MoveSMART®?”