Safety Trends, Compliance and Outlook

Why do some organizations significantly outperform others when it comes to safety or other critical performance metrics? This session will explore and offer a radically simple answer to this question — organizational performance flows from how leaders view the people in the organization.

We all have implicit models for understanding why people do what they do, which guide how we interact with and attempt to influence others. A “traditional” model of human performance has shaped safety improvement efforts for decades, but it is rife with biases and misleading “folk notions.”

This session will empower attendees with a new view of human performance, and then equip attendees with a set of leadership practices that have been shown to improve human performance, and consequently, safety throughout their organizations.

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Randy Krocka, SMOHIT

Randall A. Krocka has worked many years in the sheet metal industry which has given him a strong belief in the importance of health and safety. Randall has been a member of the unionized sheet metal workers for over 39 years, graduated the sheet metal workers five-year apprenticeship program in 1985, and has worked in residential, architectural, commercial and industrial shops. He served as Union Trustee for Local 18 Wisconsin and was the Financial Secretary/Treasurer/Business Representative of Local 18 from 2003 – 2013. Randy has been serving as SMOHIT’S Administrator since 2013 and plans on growing the programs of SMOHIT and promoting a culture of safety and health in the unionized sheet metal industry.

Mike McCullion, SMACNA National

As SMACNA’s Director of Market Sectors and Safety, Mike assists members with improving their safety and health programs by developing training materials, interacting with Federal OSHA and other regulatory organizations, and providing safety and health expertise including related supervisor and chapter education courses. Mike has more than 30 years’ experience in the occupational safety and environmental health field and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) as well as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He coordinates the work of SMACNA market sector council steering committees (HVAC, Architectural, Industrial and Residential) through interaction with committee chairs and members, coordination of meeting logistics, preparing meeting agendas and reports, and directing projects including contracts and services of consultants.

A graduate of Rutgers University in New Jersey, he came to SMACNA in 2003 after spending 12 years working as a senior project manager with a consulting firm. He has also served as Director of Safety and Risk Management for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia; and as a Safety Compliance Officer for the Virginia OSHA Program.

Mike is active in the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), a large professional safety association, where he served as President of the National Capital Chapter in 2005-2006. He has been a featured session presenter at several ASSP National Conferences including the 100 Year Anniversary Conference in Chicago. He was voted chapter Safety Professional of the Year for 2003-2004, and Region VI Safety Professional of the Year for 2007-2008 for his support of the association and his continued work in the field of safety and health.

Phillip Ragain, The RAD Group

Phillip is a former instructor of applied ethics and logic at Texas Tech University, with a background in organizational behavior, human performance and behavioral safety. He is the Director of Training and Human Performance at The RAD Group, where he also conducts field-research with recent concentration in Human Performance, culture and safety intervention.

In addition to leading The RAD Group’s research efforts, Phillip is an organizational assessor and trainer. He has developed a wide range of training programs that are presently used around the world, including Safety Intervention, Leadership and Safety Culture training. Phillip has trained thousands of people and led culture-change programs in a wide range of industries.

Phillip is the author of numerous articles and books on Culture, Risk Tolerance, Business Ethics, Communication and Human Performance.