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Date: November 8, 2013

Location: DrinkerBiddle & Reath, 191 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 3700, Chicago, IL 60606

Time: 3-6 PM Main Program; 6-7 PM Networking and Appetizers

Lean Safety - Safety Culture Change

Lean, a continuous improvement philosophy, is based on the Toyota Production System (TPS).  TPS has three pillars – delivery, quality, and respect for people.  Too often businesses that adopt Lean methods focus on delivery and quality but fail to engage their workforce in the improvement efforts. While worker safety is often touted as a company’s first priority, more often than not, safety activity is driven by compliance to legislation rather than by any safety improvement initiative.  Lean Safety is using both the Lean tools and management philosophy to intentionally create a continuous improvement safety culture that engages the workforce in safety improvement. 


Robert Hafey, author of the book Lean Safety, will present the philosophical reasons for adding a safety improvement element to your existing safety program. Hence, Bob will discuss the concepts of Lean in safety programs.

Dave Curran, Director of Safety and Risk Management at U.S. Fire Protection, will review how his firm has gone beyond compliance and relies on their empowered and engaged workforce to help manage workplace safety. Hence, Dave will present how to implement Lean concepts in safety programs.

Michael Overholt, Manager of Safety & Quality for American Contractors Insurance Group, will discuss Project Lifesaver (PLS), a contractor-led safety initiative that has resulted in a 55% reduction in Workers Compensation losses. Thus, Michael will present the results of implementing Lean concepts in safety programs.


Understand that employee engagement is key to safety culture change
Directly impact employee safety when you return to work by implementing continuous improvement methods in your safety program
Leave with an understanding of ergonomic-related injury risks and how to proactively eliminate the risks

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