Pam Walaski, CSP
Senior Program Director, Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc.
Pam Walaski, CSP, senior program director at Specialty Technical Consultants, Inc., has nearly 25 years of experience helping organizations create sustainable occupational safety and health programs. She specializes in conducting safety and health management system assessments and integrating risk management programs that assist organizations improve bottom line performance. She has a national reputation as a seminar leader, and conference/webinar
presenter covering multiple occupational safety and health topics including risk management, serious injury prevention, OSHA compliance, and contractor management. Walaski is also a published author
including her own book Risk and Crisis Communications; Methods and Messages (Wiley, 2011) and is the Safety Management Systems Section
Coordinator for the 3rd edition of the Safety Professionals Handbook, currently under revision [American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), 2012]. She is currently an At-Large Member of the Board of
Directors of the ASSP. She received the Safety Professional of the Year Award from Region VIII in 2018.
Session 17 –Let’s Talk Safety: How to Have Candid Conversations that Move the Safety Needle Forward
Run Time - 55:46
Are your conversations with the workforce about safety-related issues meaningful? Is your message getting across? How can you tell? Communicating about safety requires so much more than telling employees that what they are doing isn’t “safe.” Interactions like these do little to effect real safety change and can be harmful to the relationship between the OSH professional and the workforce. Effective communication is a key part of safety leadership, but it’s often challenging to get right.
During this session you’ll learn how to:
-Identify the qualities of a constructive safety conversation.
-Ask good questions and engage in effective dialogue to uncover useful information that may impact workplace safety risks and potential hazards.
-Pinpoint where communication often breaks down and how to overcome common barriers to impactful conversations.
-Use strategies for active listening to absorb key information from employees, managers, and other stakeholders.