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Key Practice Area - Safe & Healthy Workplaces - 2016 EHS Management Forum: Safety Leadership
Key Practice Area: Safe & Healthy Workplaces

2016 Forum - Safety Leadership

Oct. 26-28, 2016

For leading companies, safety management isn't just a collection of programs. It is embedded in the company culture, touching each and every employee and influencing behavior on and off the job. Sessions in this track will address how to develop a safety strategy and measure success, and will also feature a variety of tools and systematic approaches to reduce safety risks, drive down injury rates, engage employees and extend safety beyond your company walls.

If you're looking for new ideas to improve efficiency, manage risk or advance sustainability, you'll find inspiration through the interactive discussions and peer case studies the Forum delivers.


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Creating a Safety Strategy, Getting Buy-In, Measuring Success
This session will help you consider how to be strategic and relevant regarding efforts to improve safety. In the session, you'll learn how different organizations have engaged leadership, defined safety success, and how they've identified key transformational measurements. You'll understand important differences between measuring activities and measuring value when striving for safety excellence.

Moderator: Jamey JonesVice President Environmental Stewardship & Ethics/Compliance; TruGreen


  • Tom LopezManaging Director, Corporate Safety, Health & Fire Prevention; FedEx Express
  • Michael MillerVice President of EHS; Dean Foods Co.
  • Jason WernexSenior Director Corporate Safety; Ameren Corp.

Risk Management Approaches to Safety Performance Improvements
This session will defy traditional safety thinking and showcase new tools and approaches to drive continuous safety performance improvements. You'll hear how organizations have prioritized risk; how they've focused on high risk areas through Serious Injury and Fatality (SIF) prevention; and how they've managed risk by looking at human and organizational performance.

Moderator: Sulaiman HamidiDirector, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan plc


  • Dave EhertsVice President, EHS; Allergan plc
  • John Mulhausen, PhD, CIHDirector, Corp Safety and Industrial Hygiene; 3M
  • Monty GartinBusiness Unit Health and Safety Advisor; Cargill Inc.

Employee Engagement: Making Safety Everyone's Job
How do you engage your entire organization in safety? This session will share ways that organizations have engaged employees at all levels, leveraged other functions and successfully driven ownership of safety into all aspects of their organization. Take away inspiration and validation for the type of culture shift that is possible in your safety program.

Moderator: Laura MurphyVice President of Customer Experience; VelocityEHS


  • Dustin RuschChief Safety Officer; J.F. Ahern Co.
  • Marc JuaireCorporate Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety; Liberty Diversified International Inc.
  • Ed MabeHead of Health and Safety; CHEP

Driving Safety Beyond Your Four Walls
Safety at work is just the start. With the changing dynamics of the workforce, there are many new issues challenging employee health and safety. Hear how organizations have tackled safety challenges. Learn how companies are keeping their employees healthy, safe and focused on the task at hand, at work and beyond. This session will also examine the business value of total worker health programs, distracted driving and explore how to effectively drive safety initiatives within your organization.

Moderator: Kimberly JacksonDirector of EHS; Spectra Energy Corp.


  • Kym FawcettSenior Manager Safety and Social Responsibility; EnerPlus Corp.
  • Clint WernimontCorporate Senior Safety Manager; Cummins Inc.

Next Generation Injury Prevention Approaches
You've driven your injury rates down but are looking for tools to push them to the next level. How do you continue to improve your injury prevention processes? This session will look at organizations that are working toward improving their incident prevention program by focusing on behavior, ergonomics, reducing slips, trips and falls, and getting the most out of OSHA's VPP program.

Moderator: Greg CarliPrincipal; GHD Pty Ltd.


  • Allan LoiselleCorporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co.
  • Susan RichardsonEnvironmental, Health & Safety Manager; Anaren Inc.
  • Gary WilliamsDirector Environment and Compliance; Ecolab Inc.

Speaker Bios

Tom Lopez, Managing Director, Corporate Safety, Health & Fire Prevention; FedEx Express
Thomas E. Lopez is the Managing Director of Corporate Safety, Health & Fire Prevention at FedEx Express, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Thomas started his career with FedEx in 1984 at the FedEx World Hub as a college student. He rapidly progressed to Operations management in 1986. He has managed Operations in multiple areas including aircraft, sort, and trucking functions throughout the Southern United States. In 2001, Thomas was promoted to Managing Director at the Memphis World Hub. In 2004, Thomas transitioned into the Human Resources division with oversight of Training Programs for the United States. Tom has been in his current role in Corporate Safety since 2012.

As Managing Director his responsibilities include oversight of Corporate Safety for Express domestic operations. This current role includes development of policies, programs, and oversight of Employee Safety, Vehicle Safety, Alcohol and Drug Free programs, Industrial Hygiene, Hazardous Materials transportation administration, and Fire Protection.  Thomas leads an organization throughout the United States that partners with Operations and other organizations to deliver best in class Safety programs under the motto of “Safety Above All."

Thomas has received numerous company awards in his 32 year career including the highest employee recognition, the prestigious FedEx Five Star Award which he has received four times at each level of management.

A native of Kansas City, but lifelong Memphian, Thomas obtained his BBA from the University of Memphis in 1986 in Accounting and his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2000.

Michael Miller, Vice President of EHS; Dean Foods Co.
Michael Miller is Vice President of EHS for Dean Foods. Michael also has oversight of the real estate function at Dean Foods and sits on the Dean Foods Supply Chain Leadership Team. In this role Michael provides leadership to over 80 EHS professionals in both enterprise, operations and logistics environments. Michael is also on the Board of Regents for the National Association of EHS Management (NAEM). Michael has been in the EHS field for over 18 years in multi-industry manufacturing and food & beverage. Current key initiatives include deployment of a camera telematics coaching solution, launching a formal mentoring program for field EHS leaders, and re-branding Dean Foods's behavior based safety strategy.

Michael has revamped the EHS function at Dean Foods overseeing several capital projects around waste water treatment, ammonia compliance, and leading a behavioral safety program that has resulted in over 60% reduction in injuries in 6 years, $130 million in P&C reserve releases, and significantly reduced claim costs for the field.

Prior to Dean Foods Mike was the Sr. Director of Risk Management, EHS, & Product Compliance for Apex Tool Group. While at ATG, Mike was responsible for setting up international insurance and EHS programs in over 40 countries.Prior to the ATG, Mike was the EHS Director for a segment of Danaher Corporation which was a contributing business to the ATG joint venture. Prior to Danaher, Mike spent several years in progressively increased responsible roles within EHS functions at Textron Corporate and then was the EHS business unit leader for Textron's E-Z-GO golf car. Mike started his EHS career at Texas Instruments as a college intern and attended his first Forum during his internship in 1998. Mike has a degree in Environmental Science & Policy from Clark University, graduate work from Clark University and Bryant University. He studied earth systems science and conducted climate change research at Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center. Mike is a certified Six Sigma Greenbelt and has extensive training in lean manufacturing and behavior based safety.  

Jason Wernex, Senior Director Corporate Safety; Ameren Corp.
Jason Wernex is a certified safety professional and Ameren's senior director of safety and health. His experience encompasses more than twenty years in the safety arena, including the utility, nuclear, transportation, explosives and manufacturing business sectors. Jason's responsibilities include leading a team of safety supervisors, industrial hygienists, nurses, instructional designers, trainers, fire safety engineers and administrative professionals.

Ameren employs more than 8,500 co-workers to power the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers across Missouri and Illinois. 

Jason's efforts are focused on enhancing Ameren's safety performance and leading efforts to standardize best practices across the various disciplines and legacy companies that comprise Ameren. Jason facilitates alignment between the company's board of directors, its senior leadership and across its workforce to guide the culture's evolution beyond "rules-based" and towards "values-based" safety performance. Jason and his team are also working to strengthen collaboration between company leadership and the leadership of the more than 20 unions representing Ameren's skilled craft professionals.  

Jason and his wife Deanna are the proud parents of four children. He is also a Six Sigma green belt and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Dave Eherts, Vice President, EHS; Allergan plc
Dr. Eherts joined Allergan (then Actavis) Pharmaceuticals in March of 2014 as Vice President of Global EHS. Allergan is a global, integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and distributing generic, brand and biosimilar products. Allergan is a leader in a new segment called “Growth Pharma” and Forbes has ranked Actavis #1 in its list of the top 17 global large cap ($50+ billion market capitalization) pharmaceutical companies.

Prior to Allergan, David has worked over 30 years in the fields of Safety and EHS starting as a toxicologist in Pre-Clinical Drug Safety Assessment at Merck. He moved to EHS and has held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck, Sanofi-Aventis, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and just prior to Allergan, he led Aviation and Product Safety at Sikorsky Aircraft as their Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. His experience and expertise span aviation, environmental toxicology, occupational health, potent compound control and management systems in the aerospace, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Dave holds Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters and PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Drexel University. In his spare time, he's an adjunct professor at New York Medical College and at Tulane University where he teaches courses in EHS Management, Environmental Toxicology, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.

John Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, Director, Corp Safety and Industrial Hygiene; 3M
John Mulhausen is Director of Corporate Safety and Industrial Hygiene at 3M where he has worked for 30 years in a variety of roles developing and driving risk management solutions to improve global safety and health performance. He has authored / co-authored over 100 presentations, publications or professional development courses in forums throughout the world. John received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota where he continues to be an adjunct assistant professor. He has contributed advice and expertise on various working committees sponsored by NIOSH, AIHA, ACGIH, and the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the AIHA and was the 2002 recipient of their Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award and the 2009 recipient of their Henry F. Smyth Award.

Monty Gartin, Business Unit Health and Safety Advisor; Cargill Inc.
With more than 25 years of EH&S experience in multiple industries, Monty has learned how to lead the way to EH&S excellence and how to build strong partnerships to achieve injury reduction results and build trust.

Monty has focused on an understanding of the science and psychology of safety and that it must be coupled with sustained regulatory compliance in order to build strong leaders at every level. Prior to Cargill, Monty work in petrochemical and refining with ExxonMobil.

Dustin Rusch, Chief Safety Officer; J.F. Ahern Co.
Dustin Rusch is the Chief Safety Officer for J.F. Ahern Co., one of the largest and most respected mechanical contractors in the nation. Ahern specializes in pipe fabrication, mechanical and fire protection contracting.

In his CSO role at Ahern, Dustin is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of Ahern's EH&S and risk management programs. He works collaboratively with executive management to shape and pursue Ahern's strategic safety vision, goals and objectives. Dustin's executive management responsibilities include multiple facilities, projects and leading a team of safety professionals. He ensures that worker safety and operational risk are well-managed and in-line with legal and regulatory requirements to achieve planned performance.

In his more than twenty years of experience, Rusch has held operations management and technical specialist roles, and demonstrated the ability to lead, influence and achieve results. Prior to taking on his current role at Ahern, Dustin spent 15 years with an international engineering and EHS management consulting firm, where he served as Corporate HSSE Manager and H&S Practice Leader. 

In addition to NAEM, Dustin is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), National Safety Council (NSC), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

Dustin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management from Indiana State University. 

Marc Juaire, Corporate Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety; Liberty Diversified International Inc.
Marc Juaire is the Corporate Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety for Liberty Diversified International in Minneapolis, Minnesota Mr. Juaire has 22 years of experience as an Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager including air permitting, hazardous waste management, EHS auditing, incident investigations, safe work practices, emergency planning and response, process safety management, and EHS training Currently, Mr. Juaire is responsible for creating the strategic direction for Environmental, Health, and Safety and developing and implementing EHS standards, policies, and programs for the LDI family of companies In addition, Mr. Juaire is the President of the Upper Midwest Chapter of NAEM.

Prior to joining LDI, Mr. Juaire spent 11 years as an Environmental and Process Safety Manager working for two chemical companies and 9 years as an Environmental Consultant. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a MBA from Carlson School of Management. Mr. Juaire is also registered as a Certified Process Safety Auditor with the Board of Environmental, Health, and Safety Auditor Certifications.

Ed Mabe, Head of Health and Safety; CHEP
Ed Mabe is the Senior Director of Health and Safety for CHEP, a multinational supply chain logistics company, part of the Australian-based Brambles Group of Companies operating in 60 countries around the world.

He is responsible for establishing the direction for  the company's health and safety programs and leading the implementation of the supporting initiatives through a globally-dispersed team of health and safety professionals.

At the core of Brambles commitment to safety is ZeroHarm, an aspirational future state targeting not only Zero injuries, but also Zero negative impact to the environment and Zero human rights violations.

Prior to taking on his current role in April of this year, Ed spent 10 years with CHEP in operations and quality and was most recently the global head of engineering.

In addition to his time with CHEP, Ed has 20 years of experience in Engineering, Information Services, and Research and Development for companies including Kellogg's, Pizza Hut, Ralcorp, ConAgra Foods, and Quaker Oats and began his career as a combat engineering officer with the 3rd Infantry Division in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.

Kym Fawcett, Senior Manager Safety and Social Responsibility; EnerPlus Corp.
Kym is the Manager of Safety and Social Responsibility (S&SR) at Enerplus Corporation where she provides leadership and oversees activities pertaining to health, safety, environment, sustainability (HSE&SD) and regulatory compliance. At Enerplus, she has built a vibrant, results-driven, strong S&SR program and culture throughout all areas of the organization. She guided the development of a S&SR Management System, Policy and standards; EHS performance metrics; behavioral based safety, Owning Zero and safety recognition programs; S&SR education and communication initiatives; and the Corporation's first Sustainability Report. Kym works closely with the S&SR Committees of the Board of Directors and the Executive Team.

Kym has over 25 years' experience in environment, sustainability, health and safety, regulatory compliance/permitting, and stakeholder engagement/Indigenous affairs. She began her career as an environmental consultant in 1991 with Golder Associates. Her work during this time focused primarily on environmental impact assessments, environmental management, and regulatory permitting for a variety of natural resource sectors including, mining, oil sands, nuclear, forestry, and pulp and paper, with an emphasis on the oil and gas sector. She transitioned to industry in 2006 and has held previous leadership roles at Golder Associates and ConocoPhillips.

Kym has been a member of the NAEM Board of Directors since 2014 and a member of the NAEM Board of Reagents since 2010. She also is a member of the Board of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA) and served as President from 2011 to 2013. Kym co-chaired the 2015 NAEM Women's Leadership Conference in San Antonio and the 2013 NAEM EHS Management Forum in Montreal. She has also chaired several annual CHOA conferences. 

Clint Wernimont, Corporate Senior Safety Manager; Cummins Inc.
Clint is the Corporate Senior Safety Manager for Cummins Inc. He is an 18 year veteran in Cummins journey to world class HSE. Having fulfilled roles in the HSE organization ranging from manufacturing site leader, health and safety functional leadership and corporate leadership, he provides perspective from every level of the organization fostering cross-functional strategies for improvement. Clint has leveraged this experience into successfully leading improvements in Safety Culture, Driver Safety, Work at Height, Major Injury, Health Safety and Environmental Management Systems, Incident Investigation, Root Cause Analysis, Best Practice Sharing and many other initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Platteville and a Certified Safety Professional.

Allan Loiselle, Corporate EHS Manager; Raytheon Co.
Allan Loiselle is the Senior Manager of Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability at Raytheon Company. Allan has been with Raytheon for fourteen years, where he leads the enterprise OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which has successfully certified 40 Raytheon locations as OSHA VPP Star sites. Allan also leads the Raytheon corporate safety program, responsible for establishing enterprise policies, short and long term goals, and managing ad hoc teams of subject matter experts. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a Special Government Employee for the OSHA VPP. Allan's career spans over 35 years as an EHS professional, including positions at Dow, DuPont and Polaroid.

Susan Richardson, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager; Anaren Inc.
Susan Richardson is the EHS Manager at Anaren Microwave, an innovative manufacturer of microwave and RF components. Like you, Susan wants to see a world full of companies that truly value the triple bottom line of people, planet and profits. With three decades of hands-on, in-the-trenches EHS experience, Susan preserves human capital, natural capital and working capital by compelling all employees to nurture a strong EHS culture. Prior to her current role, Susan worked in various EHS functions for the manufacturing, consulting and university sectors. Susan has a MS in Management with concentration in Environmental Management and Policy and an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Operations.

Gary Williams, Director Environment and Compliance; Ecolab Inc.
Gary Williams is currently the corporate Director for Environment and Compliance within the Safety, Health & Environment (SH&E) Department for Ecolab, Inc. - a global $14 billion specialty chemical company with 47,000 employees in over 170 countries.

In this capacity he is primarily responsible for the successful operation of the corporate SH&E auditing program; implementation of corporate policies, such as waste management; and for providing advice and assistance to operations on environmental and safety matters.

Previously, Mr. Williams provided EHS consulting services to a variety of industries for over 18 years, most recently with Environmental Resources Management. Earlier in his career, he was an Environmental Vice-President at Waste Management, Inc. and a Director for water quality planning and standards at US EPA.

Mr. Williams holds a BS is Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (BEAC), a Registered Professional Engineer (PE), and a former President of the Auditing Roundtable.

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