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Key Practice Area - Safe & Healthy Workplaces - 2017 EHS Management Forum: Safety and Risk Track 1
Key Practice Area: Safe & Healthy Workplaces

2017 Forum - Safety and Risk

Oct. 25-27, 2017

For leading companies, safety and risk management isn’t just a collection of programs. It is embedded in the company culture, touching each employee and influencing behavior on and off the job. Sessions in this track will address how to develop a strong safety culture and will feature a variety of tools and approaches to prioritize risks, go beyond a myopic focus on injury rates, engage employees and effectively communicate risk to senior executives.

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 and Improving a Safety Culture|
Culture is often loosely defined as what people do when no one is watching. Building a culture of safety is not a quick and easy process, but involves compassionate and competent leadership, engaged employees, and robust standards and processes. Speakers will share stories of their experiences on the Safety Culture journey, and provide ideas and guidance for those who might be ready to become agents of change in their own company.

Session Chairs: Paul Robbertz, Senior Director, Environmental Health and Safety; DanoneWave and John Perkins, Senior Director, Environment, Health, & Safety; Johnson Controls International plc


  • James Yeager, Senior EHS Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.
  • Gary Cluck, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Manager; Brother International Corp.
  • Todd Hohn, Corporate Safety and Health Officer; The Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.
  • Jamie Burget, Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.

The Board's View of Risk (And What They Need From You)
This session will give attendees insights on how boards think about and address risk. Speakers will discuss how enterprise risk is assessed and prioritized, and then address how specific areas, such as environmental risk, fit into the larger enterprise risk profile. It will also address issues such as establishing the proper reserve levels, and managing stakeholders in various scenarios. Attendees will come away better prepared to effectively discuss EHS risk with Board members and senior managers and advocate for the resources and attention necessary.

Session Chair: Kenny Ogilvie, Chairman and CEO; EHS Support Inc.


  • Kym Fawcett, Partner; VineQuest Ltd.
  • Rich Goode, Executive Director Financial Advisory Services -Sustainability; EY
  • Gary R. Allen, Vice President EHS; Valvoline Inc.

Getting to the Root Cause: Tips and Innovations for Safety Investigations
What tools and techniques are companies using to investigate safety incidents and uncover the root cause? Benchmark different approaches as speakers present examples of how they are conducting their investigations and implementing corrective and preventative actions.

Session Chair: Mike Wells, EHS Manager; Ardagh Group SA


  • Jean-Charles Lambotte, Director of Quality, Environmental Care, Safety and Maintenance; Volvo Construction Equipment North America
  • Marc Juaire, Director of EHS; Liberty Diversified International Inc.
  • Rodney Canada, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability; CP Kelco U.S. Inc.

Managing Your EHS&S Risks: Effective Tools for Evaluating and Prioritizing Risks within your Company
What is risk? Every company has a different risk philosophy and level of materiality. This session will provide the real-world experiences of our panelists in applying a variety of tools and techniques for evaluating, measuring and prioritizing EHS&S risks. The speakers will describe the methods they used for identifying risks and implementing effective solutions that both improved operations and met company goals.

Session Chair: Denny Lerch, Engineer; Haley & Aldrich Inc.


  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
  • Sandy Schenk, Director - Safety Center of Excellence; Merck & Co. Inc.
  • Dennis W. McKinney, Senior Director, Corporate EHS and Global Citizenship; Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc.

Strategies for Moving your Focus from Injury Rates to Behavior Based Safety
Attend this session and discuss: How have companies and EHS&S leaders accomplished this shift? What were the challenges and push back they had to overcome? What role did the traditional safety metrics (TRIR and Lost Time) play in their company after they made the transition? How are people keeping their BBS programs relevant and fresh? What metrics have been most effective in showing your success and keeping support for the program high?

Session Chairs: Marc Juaire, Corporate EHS Director; Liberty Diversified International Inc. and Aimee Taylor, Director of EHS; Dean Foods Co.


  • Larry Cuomo, Director EHS; Dean Foods Co.
  • Majo Thurman, Director Environment & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.
  • James Caulfield, EHS Facilities Manager; Raytheon Co.

Speaker Bios

Gary Cluck, Senior Environmental Health & Safety Manager; Brother International Corp.
Gary joined Brother International Corporation in January of 2016 as Senior Manger Environmental Health & Safety in Bartlett, TN. With a dedication to product quality and excellent customer service, Brother International Corporation, the US subsidiary of Japan-based Brother Industries Ltd., is committed to an At Your Side philosophy with its customers, business partners and colleagues. Established in 1954, Brother International Corporation is a premier provider of home, home office, and business products, as well as industrial solutions that revolutionize the way we live and work.

Prior to joining Brother International Corporation, Gary worked over 20 years in the field of safety, starting as a Safety Supervisor at W.M. Barr & Company Inc. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in the chemical and food manufacturing industries to include Ralston Purina Pet Products, Kroger, and the Schwan's Food Company. His experience and expertise include facility safety and security inspections, promoting employee engagement (safety committee, communication and visibility) across departments and business units, employee training, program development, best practices implementation, and managing EHS compliance at multi-site food manufacturing facilities and DC's.

Gary holds Bachelor's degree in Health & Safety from Memphis State University and a Masters in Geography with a concentration in Cultural Ecology from the University of Memphis. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family in Florida and is the owner/roaster of a specialty small batch coffee business.

Todd Hohn, Corporate Safety and Health Officer; The Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.
Todd Hohn, Corporate Safety and Health Officer; The Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.

As part of PG&E’s executive team, Todd Hohn, CSP implements and delivers effective integrated health, safety and operational learning programs across the enterprise. Prior to joining PG&E, he was the Founder and Executive Director of UL’s Integrated Health & Safety Institute where he acted as the safety ambassador delivering on UL’s mission to promote safe living and working environments around the world. Todd is the U.S Delegate for the creation of the new ISO 45001 global standard for Occupational Health and Safety, is the Honors and Awards Chairperson for ASSE’s Construction Practice Specialty and is a Board Member for advising them on emerging health and safety issues. Prior to his current role with PG&E he was with UL’s Workplace Health and Safety practice where he led their Strategic Resources group and was integral to providing online safety training and risk management software solutions for organizations in the United States and internationally. He was also responsible for leadership of UL’s business development initiatives, providing strategic input into sales and product strategy, supporting the client base and further establishing UL as a thought leader and true innovator in the industry.

Prior to working with UL, Todd worked with both Predictive Solutions and CNA Insurance. With Predictive Solutions, Todd was responsible for assisting businesses in the creation and implementation of predictive modeling products and solutions. At CNA, Todd was Assistant Vice President and Officer for Risk Control, managing the Casualty and Commercial Segments business globally. In that capacity, he was responsible for profit and loss issues, and the creation of their international products and consulting services for this multi-billion dollar book of business including their industry leading School of Risk Control Excellence.

Todd received his B.S. degree in Safety from Illinois State University and completed the Advanced Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, as well as the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Todd speaks frequently to industry experts at risk management, health and safety conferences on topics ranging from creating cultures of health, safety and learning, safety analytics, human error and organizational alignment. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Jamie Burget, Safety Engineer; Lockheed Martin Corp.
Jamie Burget, CSP is a Staff Safety Engineer with Lockheed Martin (LM) and has over 15 years of experience in the Safety and Health field. For the past 5 years Jamie has supported Lockheed Martin's Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety, and Health (EESH) organization; where he is responsible for leading workforce engagement and risk reduction programs as part of Lockheed Martin's Target Zero Initiative. Prior to Lockheed Martin, Jamie held various safety engineering positions with NASA and General Motors.

Kym Fawcett, Partner; VineQuest Ltd.
Kym has over 27 years' experience in environment, sustainability, health and safety, regulatory compliance/permitting, stakeholder engagement/Indigenous affairs and community relations and investment . 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, ConocoPhillips.

Most recently, Kym was the Manager of Safety and Social Responsibility (S&SR) at Enerplus Corporation where she provided leadership and oversaw activities pertaining to health, safety, environment, sustainability (HSE&SD), stakeholder engagement and regulatory compliance. At Enerplus, she 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 three Sustainability Reports. Kym has worked closely with the EHS Committees of the Board of Directors and Executive Teams. Currently, Kym is a Partner at VineQuest Ltd.

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.

Rich Goode, Executive Director Financial Advisory Services -Sustainability; EY
Rich is an Executive Director in Ernst & Young LLP's United States Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice with experience in developing and implementing environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS&S) programs at large organizations as well as expertise in carbon accounting, supply chain sustainability and strategy development. Rich has over 25 years of experience working in the high technology, medical device and heavy manufacturing industries. Rich has worked with several heavy manufacturing organizations, providing assistance on their EHS&S program controls and effectiveness during a time of serious budgetary pressure, helping the organization to reduce lost-time incidents. In addition, Rich has worked with companies in the agricultural, automotive, government and service industries to assess the effectiveness of their EHS&S programs and develop roadmaps designed to reduce risk and operate more cost-effectively.

Prior to EY, Rich held leadership positions with Alcatel-Lucent, a Paris-based supplier of telecommunications equipment. Rich worked in operations and product management with profit and loss responsibility and has extensive supply chain management responsibility. Under Rich's leadership, the company was also recognized as having a "Top 5" GHG Accounting program in the Environmental Tracking Global 800 Report. Rich teaches a course on greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and climate risk reduction strategies at Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Rich had undergraduate degrees from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Nichols College. He also attended the executive program in sustainable management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco, California.

Gary R. Allen, Vice President EHS; Valvoline Inc.
Gary Allen is Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Regulatory Affairs for Valvoline – a leading worldwide producer and distributor of premium branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants and automotive chemicals. Valvoline, headquartered in Lexington, KY, has 5500 employees doing business in over 140 countries.

In this capacity, Mr. Allen is primarily responsible for staffing and leading the EHS team, enhancing Valvoline's global safety culture, successfully implementing the company's EHS audit program and providing oversight of the company's product regulatory and global trade teams. He has extensive experience presenting to Boards of Directors on EHS performance and related topics.

Mr. Allen has been with the Valvoline/Ashland team for 27 years, including 26 years with Ashland prior to the separation of the two companies that began in August 2016. Over that time, Mr. Allen has had leadership positions responsible for regulatory interpretation, environmental permitting and compliance, safety and health, sustainability, process safety, auditing, process improvement, remediation project management and environmental reserve management.

Mr. Allen holds a BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the University of Dayton. He is a trustee for the Ohio River Foundation, is a Certified EHS Management System Auditor and is a member of the National Safety Council.

Jean-Charles Lambotte, Director of Quality, Environmental Care, Safety and Maintenance; Volvo Construction Equipment North America
As Director of Quality, Environmental Care, Safety & Maintenance for Volvo CE North America, Jean-Charles Lambotte has 10 years of experience developing solutions to improve Volvo CE's sustainability efforts and improve production of Volvo's heavy duty construction equipment. Since joining Volvo CE in 2000, Jean-Charles has served in France, Poland and North America in various engineering and production roles before becoming the Director of Quality, Environmental, Safety & Maintenance at Volvo CE North America in Shippensburg, PA.

Jean-Charles is constantly striving to achieve zero defects, zero accidents and zero environmental impact for Volvo CE. Most recently, he led his team in developing the Cause and Effect Mapping program at Volvo CE's Shippensburg Operations, which was recognized as one of the best safety practices among all Volvo Group plants across the globe.

Jean-Charles holds a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon in France.

Marc Juaire, Director of EHS; 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 23 years of experience as an Environmental, Health, and Safety Professional 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 EHS and developing and implementing EHS standards, policies, and programs for the LDI family of companies.

Prior to joining LDI, Mr. Juaire spent 11 years as a Process Safety Management and EHS 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.

Rodney Canada, Vice President, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability; CP Kelco U.S. Inc.
Rodney Canada is the Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability for CP Kelco, a JM Huber company. He leads EHS&S for CP Kelco's global operations which consists of specialty chemicals facilities in the US, Brazil, Europe and Asia. His EHS&S career has spanned over 30 years working in diverse fields such as chemicals, mining, heavy civil construction and manufacturing giving him a broad perspective on EHS&S issues.

Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
Debbie Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes for the enterprise. She manages programs for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), sustainability training for product teams, behavior based sustainability projects and has built strategic partnerships. She is involved in managing projects to track Ingersoll Rand's progress on lowering product impacts and supports other projects related to advocacy and codes and standards. Kalish also supports the Ingersoll Rand new product development process, through ownership and management of the Design for Sustainability module.

Kalish began her career with Ingersoll Rand in 2006, working in project and program management. She is Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified, has memberships in the Project Management Institute and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and public relations from Appalachian State University.

Sandy Schenk, Director - Safety Center of Excellence; Merck & Co. Inc.
Sandy is the Director - Safety Center of Excellence in the Global Safety and the Environment organization at Merck & Co. Inc., a worldwide pharmaceutical company. Sandy is responsible for the corporate safety programs related to Process Safety Management, High Risk Work, Emergency Response, Life Safety and Loss Prevention. During her 30 year career at Merck, Sandy worked in Manufacturing Operations and Site Safety & the Environment before moving to her current global safety position at Merck headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J. Sandy's experience is in the development, implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement of safety & environmental programs at multi-divisional (research, manufacturing, corporate) facilities.

Sandy earned her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Dennis W. McKinney, Senior Director, Corporate EHS and Global Citizenship; Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc.
Mr. McKinney has over thirty-five years' experience with leading manufacturing and distribution companies. He now provides strategic direction on EHS and Global Citizenship to Fortune Brands Home & Security's 22,000 employees and 240 plus suppliers. Fortune Brands Home and Security (FBHS) is a $5.0 billion dollar international consumer products company, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, with operations world-wide.

As Sr. Director, Environmental, Health and Safety, Mr. McKinney provides strategic insight in the areas of management systems, environmental remediation, mergers and acquisitions, OSHA / EPA compliance and auditing, sustainability, ergonomics, workers' compensation management, and security.

Prior to joining FBHS in 2011, he worked for Moen Incorporated, an operating company of FBHS, as the Director, EHS, an HR Director, and Plant Manager. Earlier in his career he worked for both Premier Industrial and Parker Hannifin in Cleveland and has taught the Industrial Safety and Hygiene course at Cleveland State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management from Purdue University and has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Cleveland State University.

Mr. McKinney is a Certified Safety Professional, and a Senior Human Resources Professional, a lead auditor for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, a certified OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer, and a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

Larry Cuomo, Director EHS; Dean Foods Co.
Lawrence Cuomo is the Corporate Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Dean Foods Company, Dallas, Texas. In this role Larry is responsible for the Environmental, Health and Safety for Operations and Logistic for over 55 Dairy locations within the Dean Foods North Zone. Larry is also the Co-Author of the Dean foods Behavioral Safety Program called “SafetyLife."

Larry is also on the Board of Regents for the National Association of EHS Management. (NAEM).

Prior to his role at Dean Foods, Larry was the Director of Risk Management & Environmental, Health & Safety for Suiza Dairy, Dallas Texas. In this role Larry provided leadership to over 35 manufacturing and logistic locations across the north and south of the United States. Larry implemented Behavioral Safety and Lean Management programs which resulted in a 25% reductions in accidents and over a 5 million saving in workers compensation costs.

Larry has over 30 years' experience as an Environmental, Health and Safety, and Risk Management Professional and holds a Master's Degree in Psychology, and a Degree in Business Management.

Larry has also been certified in Six Sigma and has been trained in Lean Management.

Majo Thurman, Director Environment & Safety; Rockwell Automation Inc.
Ms. Majo Thurman is the Director Environmental, Health and Safety at Rockwell Automation based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rockwell Automation, the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Throughout the world, our flagship Allen-Bradley® and Rockwell Software® product brands are recognized for innovation and excellence.

As Director, she is responsible for global EHS compliance and performance. The headquarters team establishes strategic direction, provides technical resources and drives implementation of common program. Majo has a strong background in management systems, and she is the project lead for producing the Rockwell Automation Corporate Responsibility Report.

Majo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters of Science degree in environmental engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

James Caulfield, EHS Facilities Manager; Raytheon Co.
James P. Caulfield is the Environmental Health and Safety Manager for the Integrated Defense Systems in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. In this role, which he assumed in May 2013, he is responsible for the overall environmental health and safety program for the facilities organization in the Northeast.

Before his current position, Caulfield served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at the Integrated Air Defense Center (IADC) in Andover, Massachusetts.

Caulfield joined Raytheon in 1990 as a Health and Safety Specialist working at the Equipment Development Laboratory in Sudbury, Massachusetts. In this position he was responsible for health and safety compliance in Wayland, Sudbury, and Marlborough and Northborough facilities. Since then he has had positions with increased responsibility in the Environmental, Health and Safety field.

Before returning to Raytheon, Caulfield held the position of Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at American Superconductor, headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts. Caulfield served in this position from 2001 – 2005. In this position he was responsible for Environmental, Health and Safety for four sites two of them in Wisconsin.

Lastly, Caulfield was born November 16, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor of science degree in Safety Studies from Keene State College, Keene New Hampshire. He holds a Class II Wastewater treatment license from the Department of Environmental Protection; He successfully completed Raytheon's Frontline Leadership and Management Development Course. He has been a Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist since 2001.

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