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“Leadership in Safety: The Alpha and Omega of a Successful Company”

  • 05 Oct 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, 280 Merrimack St, 4th Floor, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA, (Entrance North B


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Approved for 1.25 SHRM PDC's & HRCI credits.

Topic: “Leadership in Safety: The Alpha and Omega of a Successful Company”

The most important lesson in Safety Management is simple: good safety management stems from good leadership.

A thriving safety culture empowers employees at all levels of a company to think first and always about their own and their colleagues’ safety, causing a collective sense of teamwork that underpins all activity. This effect permeates the organization, infusing a sense that everyone can make their workplace better in every conceivable way. It starts with safety, and it moves on to other areas, such as productivity and quality. One remarkable example of this is Alcoa, where the company experienced significant success after their incoming CEO, Paul O’Neill, positioned Safety as the company’s single priority in 1987.

 This session will center on why good HR leadership matters so much, and how you can contribute to its development. We will review the various leadership skills using hypothetical cases inspired by true experiences in Safety Management. We will discuss the key differences between good management and good leadership, and why both matter in different ways.

 At the end of the session, you will be able to distinguish the leadership and management skills that most positively impact safety performance. This will help you recognize and foster them in your organization to further improve programs related to safety. We will also discuss suggested documentation, e.g. policies, programs, and procedures, and training plans to implement both for the workforce and Safety Management. 

In advance of the session, the speaker welcomes your feedback, especially of any specific stories you might want to share or questions you may want to address. Feel free to write any time.

Our Speaker:  Natalia Olive, CSP, CSHM

Natalia  is based in Bellingham, MA and works independently as an Occupational Safety Educator and Consultant since January 2015. The primary focus of her practice is to disseminate the education needed for successful safety cultures in any industry and location, which includes working on consulting projects as well as performing live in-person and online training sessions. Natalia is an MIT graduate known for executing with precision while building strong relationships in a creative, innovative environment. She has a unique ability to balance strategic and tactical thought, delivering right-size solutions on time and on budget. Her energetic teaching style promotes lasting engagement. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Our Sponsor:

Gretchen Uhas has been providing customized Microsoft training classes to businesses in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for over 16 years.  She is a Microsoft Office Master Instructor and has a degree in education.  Gretchen holds classes at your location, setting up a training lab with her notebook PCs, projector, and screen.  Classes are held in ½ day segments so your employees can get only as much information as they can digest in one sitting and are still available for a half day's work.  Gretchen will customize a class to cover only the topics that you determine are needed and each participant receives an after-class reference manual that covers the topics from the class.  Dashboard University is the newest offering from Uhas Computer Training.  Excel Dashboards usually fits on one page; they display key trends, comparisons, and data graphically; and they provide the reader with conclusions relevant to the objective so that the reader does not have to do their own analysis to find the meaning.

Uhas Computer Training



8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Sponsor
9:10 AM -10:30 AM Program

LOCATION: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley,

 280 Merrimack St, 4th Floor, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA, (Entrance North B) 
Please be sure to park in the spaces that are marked in yellow (these are further back toward the river).  Parking in the reserved spaces marked in white may result in your car being towed - Thank you for your cooperation.

More information and online registration:

“Leadership in Safety: The Alpha and Omega of a Successful Company”

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For more information:

Contact: Carolyn Foster
Phone: 603-489-9535


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087



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