International Agenda

Agenda - International


October 20, 2021

9:00: AM - 9:15: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Intro & Welcome to International Day 1


Scott Cuthbert
CEO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

Scott works with companies in the energy sector who recognize the value in leveraging technology to improve the quality of operational information and by doing so improve productivity, effectiveness and safety. While working in the energy industry Scott realized how important safety is but also noticed how splintered safety is across the industry. As a technology guy with the desire to help improve the culture of health and safety Scott realized he could help the industry help itself by creating a platform for individuals, companies, associations, safety professions, and suppliers, to collaborate across this vast and widely divers industry.


Jamie Young
COO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

I believe that everybody has the right to get home safely to their families. Anything I can do to help promote and achieve a safer working environment I will do. Having spent the last 20+ years in the construction industry, I've seen my fair share of things that didn't need to happen.

I'm not a Safety Expert but firmly believe that by working together, we can spread the best industry knowledge and experience throughout the world. Can we constantly improve best practices and safety culture through open experience sharing, and ultimately prevent more incidents and save more lives? I believe we can. Working together, let's improve Safety to the maximum level. I support and recognize the valuable contribution made by EHS professionals, who are often under valued.

Our Mission is to create the single most comprehensive Environmental Health & Safety resource for safety minded professionals globally. All accidents are preventable so let's work together to improve the culture of public and workplace safety for everyone. Safety starts with you! Join the movement!

9:15: AM - 10:15: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Keynote: To the Future of Safety…at 670 Million miles per hour!

The current capabilities, techniques, and systems of our profession will be obsolete in just a few years from now – and we will need to manage safety at the speed of light!

The cataclysmic impact of the Covid pandemic on society is nothing compared to what is coming…wait until you see what is next! Looking back from the future, say in 2040 to this year,2021 will seem like a little blip, a mere glitch, compared to what the next 2 decades hold for us. It is not another disease or virus, but an explosive change in technology, digitization, and socio-economic transformation.

The ‘future’ of industry 4.0 is being created as we speak, and yet, we have not even started in safety. We talk and quibble about Safety 2, HOP or the New View in Safety. Really? A few concepts that will be commonly used safety terms by 2040: Leaderless Safety, Latent Risk Metrics, Hyper-Connectivity, Supersonic Communication, Super Supervisors, Super Teams, Super Systems, Super Culture…and Superluminal Risk Optimization!

The 2040 safety conference will have presentations about Cognitive Astigmia, Compliance Atrophy, Interactive Myopia, Silo Schizophrenia, False Risks, Catastrophic Coupling, Catatonic Complexity, Digital Depletion, Rapid Risk Scenarios, 3D Risk Twins, Black Swans - Purple Dragons Is our safety profession of the future going to be equipped, ready, even capable to deal with this?

This keynote presentation will explore our journey to the future of safety, and beyond. It will show the radical changes awaiting the safety profession and what we will have to change now to even get to the future!


Corrie Pitzer
CEO, Safemap International

Corrie Pitzer is the CEO and founder of Safemap International, a company specializing in the psychology of risk. He consults internationally to many corporations in mining, utilities, military defense and construction, all with occupations in which people can be seriously injured, or killed in their work…

He has Bachelors and Honors degrees in Industrial Psychology, Honors degree in Business Management, an MBA, and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

He was an Infantry Platoon commander, an Underground Miner and he has done every dirty job to earn money for his studies. Corrie enjoys skydiving, motorcycling and race car driving.
As a result, he knows more about risk than about safety.

10:25: AM - 11:25: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session A - Safety Case – Current Practices across Asia and the Way Forward in the Future

Safety Case is a practice which is no stranger for those who are in the oil and gas industry. Introduced about 3 decades ago in 1992 for regulating offshore facilities in UK Continental Shelf of the North Sea, following the Piper Alpha disaster, Safety Case has become standard practice in many hazardous process and energy sites globally at present time. It has been incorporated into legal frameworks and industrial safety practices, not just for offshore facilities but even onshore processing and other energy industries worldwide.

Safety Case in a nutshell is a comprehensive document outlining all the measures which the facility/plant has taken to demonstrate that all significant hazards associated with the facility/plant, better known as Major Hazards are adequately controlled and that a suitable management system is in place to manage these hazards. The ever growing complexity and hazards faced by todays industries means that Safety Case is more important than ever, and is expected to continue to play a prominent role across various sectors of the energy industry.

Join SynergenOG as global consultants who are experts in the field of Safety Case development where we hope to enlighten the audience with regards to Safety Case approaches and practices applied in Asia and what we think the future may hold


Puvan Balasubramaniam
Co-founder & Principal at SynergenOG

Mr. Puvan Balasubramaniam is a Chemical Engineer with more than 24 years working experience in the North Sea and Asia Pacific regions. He is a Certified Professional Process Safety Engineer with Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and also a Chartered Engineer with the Safety & Reliability Society UK. Puvan is currently the co-founder and Managing Director of SynergenOG, helping to oversee the direction of the company across all core and new services encompassing Process Safety & Technical Risk, Operational Safety, Loss Prevention and Training. He is an experienced Process Safety Consultant having performed many safety studies and safety review workshops such as HAZIDs, HAZOPs, Bow-Ties, SIMOPS/MOPOs, QRAs etc on a regular basis across various sectors of the Energy Industry. He has also significant experience in Safety Case development having worked on Safety Cases for numerous clients, in the UK Continental Shelf of the North Sea and across Asia. He has previously worked for several top companies including DNV, Marathon Oil , Talisman Energy and Premier Oil where he has gained a thorough understanding of UK safety case legislative requirements.

10:25: AM - 11:25: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session B - From Suspicion to Awareness: What Advanced Technology Can Tell You About Your Company's Risk 

Safety professionals and company executives traditionally rely on walking the floor to observe compliance with safety policies. With such dependence on manual processes, companies are often left in a reactive position: they become aware of risk and take corrective action only after a serious incident occurs. Advanced technology can change the nature of doubt around risk exposure, shifting one-off observations to quantitative knowledge based on data and analytics, giving companies the opportunity to intervene before their next accident.


Amanda Knaur
VP, Marketing and Customer Success at Kinetic Eye

Amanda Knauer specializes in product development and messaging for emerging technologies. She currently leads customer success and marketing for Kinetic Eye, an advanced technology industrial safety company. Formerly she was the head of product & strategy for GM’s car subscription startup, BOOK; managed Cadillac, Johnnie Walker, and Godiva brand strategy in the U.S.; and ran an artisanal leather goods company in Argentina. She has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. in International Relations from Brown University. 

10:25: AM - 11:25: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session C - Want to Improve workplace safety and risk competency? Re-think your Supervisory training!

Our front-line Supervisors have the most influence on how team members interact with risk and yet we often overlook the development of the fundamental supervisory skills. Generally Supervisors are expected to develop these skills “on-the-fly” or through emersion. If we do provide Supervisory training it is typically provided in a training room environment using slides or videos. We know that our most successful supervisors rely on their ability to interact and engage with their team members in order to provide a safe work environment, then shouldn’t our supervisory training also be engaging and interactive? In this talk we will share of our experiences from using Experiential Challenges to improve the impact of supervisory training. These challenges have proven to generate a vibrant environment, where supervisors can practice and apply the basic skills of supervision using hands-on scenarios in the training room.


Kimm Barker
President, Know Risk Safety Solutions Ltd

In his 26-year career, Kimm Barker has concentrated mostly on mining and major projects, but also has significant experience in heavy construction, agriculture, power generation and oil and gas. He has held various leadership roles in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, most recently spending eight years in BHPs Minerals Americas Potash group as Manager Safety. Kimm has a technical background in Engineering. Kimm specializes in leadership development and creation of integrated HSE management systems with a focus on risk-based management frameworks for projects, construction, and operations. He has advanced expertise in programs focused on Elimination of Fatalities and incident investigation of major events and proven success designing logical programs that motivate teams to plan and complete their work with a higher level of risk control by minimizing unnecessary, complex or non-value adding administrative processes. He has built a reputation as a caring leader who delivers exceptional results in safety performance and cultural improvement.

12:00: PM - 1:00: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Fireside Chat: Reflections on the past, present, and future of safety

Corrie and Malcom are coming together on their views, experiences and insights about safety…where we are as profession, and especially, where we are heading to.


Malcolm Staves
Corporate Health & Safety Director at L'Oréal

Malcolm Staves is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He also has an MSc in Integrated Environmental Management from Bath University.

Previously a site engineering technologist and a plant manager he has worked in Corporate Environment, Health & Safety for several companies including American National Can, Pechiney, Alcan and Bureau Veritas. He joined L’Oréal in 2008 as Group Health & Safety Director where he is responsible for the development of the Groups Health & Safety and Fire Prevention strategies, objectives and action plans.

Malcolm’s approach is based on the three pillars of risk management, excellence and beyond. He believes in the deployment of the right tool at the right time, visible felt leadership at all levels and that sustained health & safety performance is a result of the culture.

Malcolm is active globally in raising the profile of the role of Health & Safety within the Human capital agenda and with associated stakeholders. He is the current Occupational Health & Safety expert partner to the Capitals Coalition.

 

Corrie Pitzer
CEO, Safemap International

Corrie Pitzer is the CEO and founder of Safemap International, a company specializing in the psychology of risk. He consults internationally to many corporations in mining, utilities, military defense and construction, all with occupations in which people can be seriously injured, or killed in their work…

He has Bachelors and Honors degrees in Industrial Psychology, Honors degree in Business Management, an MBA, and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

He was an Infantry Platoon commander, an Underground Miner and he has done every dirty job to earn money for his studies. Corrie enjoys skydiving, motorcycling and race car driving.
As a result, he knows more about risk than about safety.

1:10: PM - 2:10: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

The Psychology of Risk Homeostasis: Why Smart Technology Makes Us Take More Risk

Smart technologies, such as proximity alert systems, smartphones and automation, are supposed to make us safer. So why do humans react to them by taking more risks? In this session, we'll discuss studies that show the impact of technology: how we take more risks because of it, and how it can make our job sites worse through risk homeostasis. Smart technology can also complicate risk assessment. Learn how these limitations can be overcome by the application of sound cognitive psychological principles.


Mark Pergrem
President, Pergrem Safety and Health Consulting

Mark joined Safemap International as a safety consultant in 2011 after a long career in tertiary education as Associate Professor of Physics. Mark is a facilitator of competency-based safety training and safety leadership training and assisting clients in assessing safety concerns and vulnerabilities.

He has presented at a several safety conferences in Georgia, North Dakota, Kentucky and at VPPPA, since 2012.

2:20: PM - 3:20: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session A - From Hammurabi to Heinrich to Hollnagel: The new intelligence around safety system

For many years we had the belief that safety was the absence of injuries, presence of safety rules, or freedom from unacceptable risk. Over time these beliefs, when put into practice, have a created a steady reduction in the number of safety events reported in the workplace. But were these reported reductions in injuries a true picture of reality or have we taught people to present leaders with an altered view of what takes place in the field? How has this altered perception of injury experience led to life altering events? The number of serious and fatal injuries has remained steady over the last decade, while the number of minor injuries reported has steadily improved.

Perhaps our views around safety rules and predictive modeling were not as accurate as we originally thought.

During this discussion you will learn how Xcel Energy is changing its safety systems and safety culture using the wisdom of some of the world’s foremost thinkers in safety including Hollnagel, Conklin, Hallowell, Dekker and Pitzer. Utilizing Human and Organizational Performance principles as a new foundation to build upon, Xcel Energy is establishing a more resilient safety system with the ultimate goal of saving lives.

Jennifer Bailey
Director of Safety, Xcel Energy

Jennifer Bailey has been Xcel Energy’s safety director since 2019. In this role she oversees the creation and implementation of an action-oriented safety strategy for the investor-owned utility. She ensures that the safety policies for the company’s operations and corporate employees meet all federal, state and local regulations while providing risk assessments, training oversight and data-driven safety performance analysis and trend reporting. Upon joining Xcel Energy, Bailey immediately embarked on a safety culture-change effort, which entailed increasing efforts to prevent the most life-altering injuries and fatalities from happening by identifying the most serious risks involved and building a safety culture that prioritizes caring, sharing and learning.

Prior to joining Xcel Energy, Bailey served as director of health and safety within the Southern Company organization. In this role she oversaw health and safety for Alabama Power Company and the entire Southern Company generating fleet, while also providing guidance to safety professionals at Southern Company Gas.

A certified industrial hygienist, Bailey has been an active leader in in developing safety and health programs in the electric utility industry with leadership roles in the Edison Electric Institute Occupational Health and Safety Committee, where she has been an active member of programs designed to reduce serious injuries and fatalities within utilities. She also serves as vice-chair of the Construction Safety Research Alliance which is a public/private partnership dedicated to the reduction of serious injuries and fatalities throughout the construction industry in North America.

2:20: PM - 3:20: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session B - A Tale of One Company's Approach to Incident Investigations – the good, the bad, the ugly

During this session Leigh-Ann Stewart will walk you through the Incident Investigation process at Kal Tire. She will take you through how they determine who will investigate what – i.e. safety team vs. operational teams. The philosophy/approach they use that makes sense to those who are not safety professionals. As well as how they document their findings and follow up on the preventative action plans. The part she won’t leave out are all the bumps they encountered along the way, in the hope of helping you avoid some of those same potholes.

Leigh-Ann Stewart
Health & Safety Director, Kal Tire

Leigh-Ann is a CRSP, with over 23 years of safety experience. She is the director of health and safety for Kal Tire, based in Vernon BC, Canada. In this role, Leigh-Ann is responsible for supporting all areas of operations which include retail locations, distribution centers, transportation division, and tire retreading facilities. Formerly, she was the health and safety training coordinator for the City of Vancouver. She began her career in safety at Whistler/Blackcomb as their first OHS professional back in 1997 after graduating from BCIT’s OHS diploma program.

At Kal Tire, Leigh-Ann oversees the creation and implementation of an action-oriented safety and health strategy for the organization. During her time at Kal Tire she leads a team of safety professionals who ensure the safety and health policies meet provincial regulations in all provinces, however her true passion is in inspiring leadership at all levels to integrate safety into everything they do.

Leigh-Ann is on the Board of the Employers Forum Group in BC as well as part of the Board for Women in Occupational Health and Safety Society (WOHSS).

2:20: PM - 3:20: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session C - Pueden los Sistemas de Gestión de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional sobrevivir sin Liderazgo? Can Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Survive Without Leadership? 

En los últimos 25 años numerosas empresas privadas, industriales y de servicios, y también organizaciones públicas han implementado Sistemas de Gestión que les han permitido administrar en forma ordenada los temas de seguridad y salud ocupacional, asegurando el cumplimiento legal y la mejora continua de su desempeño. La gran mayoría de las organizaciones ha pasado por procesos de certificación que han permitido acreditar estas buenas prácticas frente a diversas partes interesadas.

Sin embargo, con el tiempo, se ha instalado una especie de “decepción” frente a los resultados de estos Sistemas de Gestión, ya que en muchos casos se consideró que estos Sistemas son autopoiésicos, es decir que se administran por sí mismos. La realidad nos muestra que estos Sistemas dependen de un “administrador” y serán exitosos y perdurables en el tiempo, en la medida que exista una Alta Dirección que ejerza su liderazgo y guíe a la organización con su impronta.


Alex Steinhaus
CEO, MBSS International

Alejandro es Ing. Químico con un Postgrado en Organización y Dirección Empresaria – ambos títulos de la Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Durante 30 años ha desarrollado una extensa experiencia profesional, proveyendo servicios de consultoría, capacitación y auditorías en Sistemas de Gestión a diversas empresas de la industria química, petróleo y gas, petroquímica, minería, generación y distribución de energía eléctrica, industrias de procesos, entre otras, así como para empresas y organismos públicos en países de habla hispana en México, Centro y Sudamérica.

Ha actuado como Auditor Líder para la Certificación de Sistemas de Gestión para IRAM (Argentina), para MIC (Reino Unido) y para NQA (Brasil). Se ha desempeñado como Jefe de Proyecto para el Banco Mundial / Secretaria de Medio Ambiente Humano / Argentina y para el BID / Secretaria de Industria y BID / Secretaría de Turismo en diversos proyectos relacionados con Sistemas de Gestión.

Es Director de MBSS International, empresa especializada en Sistemas de Gestión.

Es profesor en Cursos de Posgrado en la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo y en el Instituto de Calidad Industrial de la Universidad de San Martin en Argentina.

Alejandro (Alex) Steinhaus

Alejandro is a Chemical Engineer with a Postgraduate Degree in Organization and Business Management - both degrees from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. For 30 years he has developed extensive professional experience, providing consulting services, training and audits in Management Systems to various companies in the chemical, oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, generation and distribution of electrical energy, process industries, among others, as well as for companies and public organizations in Spanish-speaking countries in Mexico, Central and South America.

He has acted as Lead Auditor for the Certification of Management Systems for IRAM (Argentina), for MIC (United Kingdom) and for NQA (Brazil). He has served as Project Manager for the World Bank / Secretary of Human Environment / Argentina and for the IDB / Secretary of Industry and IDB / Secretary of Tourism in various projects related to Management Systems. He is Director of MBSS International, a company specialized in Management Systems.

He is a professor in Postgraduate Courses at the National University of Cuyo and at the Institute of Industrial Quality of the University of San Martin in Argentina.

3:35: PM - 4:35: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

The role of luck in safety... or the absence of it

In the early days of becoming a manager it became apparent that the incidents and injuries occurring in my area of accountability could have been much worse. Was it good luck that they were not, or bad luck that they occurred in the first place? Over the years I began to experience that there were a variety of considerations and actions that must occur in order to minimize the role that luck played in the causes leading up to, and during the completion of work where the incident occurred. What can be done to counter the role of luck?

Brian Maynard
Technical Support Consultant at Anglo American

Brian gained his 42 years of mining industry experience and expertise, with a broad career covering exploration, technical services (geology, engineering and R&D), mining and processing operations. His most recent roles were in the Technical & Sustainability Group of the Anglo American PLC corporate office. He recently retired after leading an Elimination of Fatalities Taskforce from 2018-2020.

Formerly as Group COO with Ferrexpo (Switzerland/Ukraine), and previous roles with Vale (Inco) for 30 years. He led multiple mine operations across a range of geologies and ore types, and numerous improvement projects where sustainable benefits in safety, production, cost and technology introduction were delivered (nickel, copper, pgms, coal, in Canada and Australia). Through his career there have not been any fatalities in his areas of accountability.

Brian is a Geological Engineer, Canadian citizen, and is based in London, UK.

4:35: PM - 4:50: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Closing for International Day 1


Scott Cuthbert
CEO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

Scott works with companies in the energy sector who recognize the value in leveraging technology to improve the quality of operational information and by doing so improve productivity, effectiveness and safety. While working in the energy industry Scott realized how important safety is but also noticed how splintered safety is across the industry. As a technology guy with the desire to help improve the culture of health and safety Scott realized he could help the industry help itself by creating a platform for individuals, companies, associations, safety professions, and suppliers, to collaborate across this vast and widely divers industry.


Jamie Young
COO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

I believe that everybody has the right to get home safely to their families. Anything I can do to help promote and achieve a safer working environment I will do. Having spent the last 20+ years in the construction industry, I've seen my fair share of things that didn't need to happen.

I'm not a Safety Expert but firmly believe that by working together, we can spread the best industry knowledge and experience throughout the world. Can we constantly improve best practices and safety culture through open experience sharing, and ultimately prevent more incidents and save more lives? I believe we can. Working together, let's improve Safety to the maximum level. I support and recognize the valuable contribution made by EHS professionals, who are often under valued.

Our Mission is to create the single most comprehensive Environmental Health & Safety resource for safety minded professionals globally. All accidents are preventable so let's work together to improve the culture of public and workplace safety for everyone. Safety starts with you! Join the movement!



October 21, 2021

9:00: AM - 9:15: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Intro & Welcome to International Day 2


Scott Cuthbert
CEO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

Scott works with companies in the energy sector who recognize the value in leveraging technology to improve the quality of operational information and by doing so improve productivity, effectiveness and safety. While working in the energy industry Scott realized how important safety is but also noticed how splintered safety is across the industry. As a technology guy with the desire to help improve the culture of health and safety Scott realized he could help the industry help itself by creating a platform for individuals, companies, associations, safety professions, and suppliers, to collaborate across this vast and widely divers industry.


Jamie Young
COO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

I believe that everybody has the right to get home safely to their families. Anything I can do to help promote and achieve a safer working environment I will do. Having spent the last 20+ years in the construction industry, I've seen my fair share of things that didn't need to happen.

I'm not a Safety Expert but firmly believe that by working together, we can spread the best industry knowledge and experience throughout the world. Can we constantly improve best practices and safety culture through open experience sharing, and ultimately prevent more incidents and save more lives? I believe we can. Working together, let's improve Safety to the maximum level. I support and recognize the valuable contribution made by EHS professionals, who are often under valued.

Our Mission is to create the single most comprehensive Environmental Health & Safety resource for safety minded professionals globally. All accidents are preventable so let's work together to improve the culture of public and workplace safety for everyone. Safety starts with you! Join the movement!

9:15: AM - 10:15: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Fireside Chat with Conference Title Sponsor, Ruben Fernandes

The CEO of Anglo American Base Metals, Ruben Fernandes, shares his company’s vision, values, and views on safety in these challenging times.


Corrie Pitzer
CEO, Safemap International

Corrie Pitzer is the CEO and founder of Safemap International, a company specializing in the psychology of risk. He consults internationally to many corporations in mining, utilities, military defense and construction, all with occupations in which people can be seriously injured, or killed in their work…

He has Bachelors and Honors degrees in Industrial Psychology, Honors degree in Business Management, an MBA, and a Graduate Diploma in Education.

He was an Infantry Platoon commander, an Underground Miner and he has done every dirty job to earn money for his studies. Corrie enjoys skydiving, motorcycling and race car driving.
As a result, he knows more about risk than about safety.


Ruben Fernandes
CEO of Base Metals Anglo American Plc

Extensive background, 32 years, in several areas in the metallurgical and mining industries. Experience on high tech processes, high end quality products, made-to-order and production methods, global environment and excellence in customer service. Expertise on related financial, business development and in M&A processes.

Solid commercial experience with global expertise. Direct involvement in negotiations of global contracts with major corporations and coordination of regional teams in different international areas. Exposure to commodities markets such as phosphate, potash, copper, nickel, zinc and several raw materials. Highly skilled on cost structure and business viability analysis. Exposure to international relationships with partners and joint ventures.

Highly motivated by challenging environment, has a result oriented mind, promotes accomplishments through team work and leads his team by coaching, challenging, recognizing results and setting example of behaviour.

10:25: AM - 11:25: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session A - Building and Evaluating a Safety Culture Amid COVID

Despite the uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has created, companies can leverage mobile technology to grow and evaluate their supply chain safety culture. A clear and consistent safety culture in the workplace helps establish procedures and values for maintaining a safe work environment. Without this, many organizations find themselves falling short with their safety programs. The challenge of any management team is figuring out how to create a shared view of safety throughout the organization that will defend against accidents, illnesses, and injuries. How can we measure the safety perception within a factory during these COVID times, and how can we continue to build a safety awareness without conducting in person meetings.


Bryant J. Eggett
CEO, Microbenefits

Bryant Eggett has worked in the APAC region for over 20 years, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Prior to join MicroBenefits, Bryant worked as a General Manager of a large US customer good company based in Singapore and later Shanghai, China. Later, he joined a management consulting firm Mercer based in Shanghai. During his time as a consultant, Bryant worked with many of the largest Fortune 500 companies focusing on market entry strategies and employee performance-based projects. Bryant jointed MicroBenefits in 2014, with a specific mission to improve the livelihood of frontline workers through a business model that creates real value for factories, brands, and workers. He brings with him the cultural and technological experience to drive client’s operational efficiency and improved employee engagement. Bryant earned an BA from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

10:25: AM - 11:25: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session B - A New View on Safety Management

For decades, we’ve been managing our safety performance based on incident pyramid theory, which is trying the best to reduce the incident rate through encouraging employees’ reporting on near misses or small accidents for avoiding the major accidents. The reality is that even with a very low incident rate we still have severe or major accidents, and this makes us doubt the triangle theory. HOP re-defines what is safety, safety is NOT absence of accidents, it’s presence of defenses. It gives us a way to safety differently and help us to improve organizational safety performance through understanding human performance and its influence factors behind the behaviors.


Gary Tang
General Manager, EFC China

Mr. Tang is leading EFC EHS and sustainability consulting business. Mr. Tang has 20 years + plant professional EHS operation experience with hands on expertise on EHS risk assessment, compliance audit and comprehensive training.

Mr. Tang’s previously working experience including: Asia Health & Safety/Ergonomic programs manager of GE corporate, China EHS leader of GE Oil & Gas, Sr. EHS lecturer/Operation Director of EHS Academy-ISC, GE foundation project, Asia Pacific Health & Safety programs manager of SABIC-IP (formally GE Plastics), China EHS Director of Merck chemical, Head of Industrial Hygiene Programs of Ciba Specialty Chemical China.

Mr. Tang holds a master degree of biological medicine of Shanghai Science & Technology University, as well as the EMBA from Antai Economics& Management School,Shanghai Jiao Tong University

10:25: AM - 11:25: AM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session C - Fire Risk Assessment - Myths and Facts

Increasing awareness on Fire and Life safety ( FLS) due to rising accidents globally, FLS audit is making ‘buzz’ in the industry and so as the excitement and curiosity around it. Thus, It makes very relevant topic to elaborate and educate our industry through this this meet. Many facility owners are confused or ignoring this due to lack of clarity on FLS audit. This session would help you to get clear understanding of the concept and benefits of doing it.

The term ‘Fire risk assessment’ is an organised and methodical look at your premises, the activities carried on there and the likelihood that a fire could start and cause harm to those in and around the premises. A fire risk management strategy should be developed by someone designing new buildings or it may be developed as part of organizations fire risk management system documentation during maintenance cycle. It is beyond the legal compliance and to be done with the single objective of improving the fire and life safety to the next level. Let there be a healthy competition of making every building safer than adjoining one.

This presentation will certainly add value to many facility owners and large corporations in understanding and implementing FLS risk assessment as part of sound FLS strategy.


Hemant Khadse
Group CEO, East Corp Group India

Hemant is an engineering graduate by qualification having twenty-seven years of diverse, increasingly responsible experience in Fire & safety including Safety management, engineering, and Codes and standards. He has a rich work experience in India & the international market supported by professional education and certifications in the Safety domain. Before starting his own enterprise, he managed large projects in international companies such as Honeywell International and Tyco International. He has demonstrated his leadership roles in managing the implementation of change in Safety and improving the mindset of the many organisations specially in India continent where, for the most part, safety is not a priority. With his outstanding communication and technical skills combined with international exposure, he has impacted many organisations as a safety leader.

Hemant is currently running an independent consulting group of companies with a team of design engineers, operating in the field of Fire, safety and Security. He has been actively engaged in Fire and Life safety consulting, audits, and training services since 2013. He works with many local and international clients on Fire and security consulting projects. He is heavily engaged in doing FLS audit projects in India and SAARC countries for Hotel, commercial and industrial Green and brown projects. Hemant has successfully completed fire design and engineering projects in India meeting NFPA and FMG codes.

12:00: PM - 1:00: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Pioneering Safety as Brilliant as our Diamonds

At De Beers, our ambition is to pioneer a new diamond world and to do this, we ensure that our diamonds are delivered with “brilliant safety”. Safety is in our DNA, in our people, in everything we do, as brilliant as our diamonds. We have developed a Strategic Framework which is an innovative approach to safety maturity. Just like the quality of our diamonds are measured with the 4 C’s (Cut, Carat, Clarity and Color), our safety strategy consist of 4 C’s (Culture, Competence, Cultivation and Connectedness). Our journey is the transformation of the entire organisation to a level of maturity, where safety is inherent in all we do. We focus on leadership and culture development, dynamic risk systems, and measuring ourselves not against what already happened, but against what might happen next. In our approach, people are the strongest link in our safety chain, ready to respond to risks, and to be leaders in their own teams. Our Pioneering Brilliant Safety Framework was introduced in January 2021, in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic, across all facets of the business from exploration through to mining and retail, and we are on the way! Like true pioneers, we are entering into unchartered waters, to lead, not to follow, in our industry, in industry and globally. This presentation will share our vision, our journey, and our advanced safety interventions.


Urishanie Govender
Group Head Safety and Sustainability at De Beers Group

Urishanie has achieved a proven track record in Business Leadership through more than 28 years of experience as Director and Senior Executive in varying organizations including Public, Metallurgical, Cementitious, Engineering, Construction, Environmental and Sustainability sectors and industries.

Currently she is responsible for the global safety, sustainable development and risk for De Beers Group. To date we have shifted the approach to safety to embrace a culture of transparency and high trust. We have publicly announced our ambitious sustainability goals to be distributive and regenerative and are actively driving a culture of resilience. Our Pioneering Brilliant Safety Journey seeks to transform the organisation to be ready to respond to risk and Putting Safety First everywhere (at work, home and in the community).


Gary Van Eck
Group Principal : Safety Leadership at De Beers Group

Gary is a Senior manager / executive in a variety of roles and industries ranging from technology development; shipbuilding and ship operations; project management of large complex capital projects; mineral exploration; operational management and safety leadership, with global experience from the deserts of Namibia to the frozen Bering Sea.

He is currently responsible for the global safety leadership for De Beers Group, supporting operations world- wide and working in tandem with Dr Govender in leading the initiative to mature our safety culture to inherent where our people are the strongest link, on and off our sites.

1:10: PM - 2:10: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

A case study of managing complex and extreme risks - on the fly!

The organization that Jan Nel is responsible for owns and operates six large ships in a very dynamic environment in the Atlantic Ocean, 100 Km off the coast of Namibia, Southern Africa This operating conditions vary greatly, not just day to day, but minute by minute and they have deployed a unique approach to the management of such dynamic risks, focusing on fatal and catastrophic potential.

Three key principles guide their approach:

  1. that safety systems must be challenged proactively
  2. it must ‘combat’ randomness
  3. it recognizes humans as the strongest link in the risk management chain

Jan Nel
Operations Manager at Debmarine Namibia

Jan Nel is the Operations Manager at Debmarine Namibia with 33 years’ experience in diamond mining, seven years underground, five years opencast & twenty one years marine mining. He is an Electrical Engineer by profession and has spent most of his career in operations/technical management at different levels in the De Beers Group of Companies since he joined in 1986.

2:20: PM - 3:20: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session A - The Catastrophe that injured 6 people and had 1 fatality ….  That you never heard of.

This presentation relates the experience of the author to deal with and respond to a catastrophe. This presentation reviews an incident that had the same potential as Flixborough, a disaster that occurred in 1974, which killed 26 and injured 34 people. There were many learnings for the author, including the fact that the organization was very lucky. Unfortunately, luck is not a control.


Ewan Alexander
CEO, Analex Consulting

Ewan has 37 years of Industry experience. Within his five years with BHP Billiton as Vice President, HSE Potash, he was responsible for the development of processes and systems that delivered healthy, safe and environmentally responsible outcomes. He enabled the development of a strong culture that successfully balanced the reduction of high consequence-low probability events with low consequence-high probability events.

Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Ewan enjoyed a successful 32 year career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours combining operations, business and HSE experience with substantial international exposure. He built a strong reputation as a caring leader who could improve safety performance and business performance simultaneously.

In his career, Ewan has held significant leadership roles in which he developed broad leadership experience and clear understanding of how to make rapid, sustainable culture change within organizations.

2:20: PM - 3:20: PM
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Breakout Session B - A Safety Culture Change case study – Mosaic Araxá plant in Brazil.

"It presents the methodology and results of an action to change the safety culture through a leadership program at the Mosaic Fertilizantes unit in Araxá e Patrocínio, MG, Brazil.

The base program, Deep Safe, was customized according to local needs, using an objective leadership performance assessment tool, the DSL360. Based on the results, and conducting workshops, a process of monthly tasks for six months was implemented, with 100% adherence by the leadership (41). At the end of the period, a new DSL360 was done, and presentation of results were carried out. The changes presented were significant in all aspects of leadership, and resulted in a single and consistent safety culture.

Apresenta a metodologia e os resultados de uma ação para mudança de cultura em segurança através da implantação de um programa de liderança na unidade de Araxá e Patrocínio, MG, Brasil - da Mosaic Fertilizantes. O programa base, Deep Safe, foi customizado de acordo às necessidades locais, utilizando-se uma ferramenta de avaliação objetiva de performance em liderança, o DSL360. A partir dos resultados e condução de workshops, foi implementado um processo de tarefas mensais por seis meses, com adesão de 100% da liderança (41). Ao final do período realizou-se nova avaliação DSL360 e apresentação dos resultados. As mudanças apresentadas foram significativas em todas os aspectos de liderança, e resultaram em uma única e consistente cultura de segurança.


Michel Polity
VP Safemap Brazil

Michel joined Safemap International as Safemap Brazil partner in 2012 after a long career in manufacturing industries where he has held positions as Health and Safety Director for over thirty years, and as an H&S consultant for major large companies for over than ten years.

As a safety expert, he had International exposures in corporative positions through Latin America and in all Brazil states. He had led the Brazilian National automotive safety group for almost eight years. His background and training as a Medical Doctor gives him a different perspective to the work he does in safety. As a consultant, Michel’s capabilities were in crisis management, disruptive incidents negotiation, and problem-solving related to EHS. He also has a strong ability for training and public speaking. He has full command in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Um estudo de caso de mudança de cultura de segurança - planta da Mosaic, em Araxá no Brasil.

2:20: PM - 3:20: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Breakout Session C - Confessions of a fighter pilot on risk

Strap into a fighter jet and hold on, as Chris VanderWalt takes you along into the cockpit on a typical combat mission. You will explore the risks faced by fighter pilots, how the pilots and their leaders handle those unavoidable risks and how these principles may apply to your industry. Fighter pilots are not only highly trained in the exacting standards of high performance flying, but they have also mastered a set of human behavioral factors. Those soft issues such as decision-making, leadership, and culture are not only applicable at Mach 1 in a fighter jet. They also apply at the rock face deep underground in a mine, at the oil patch and around the polished oak table in a boardroom of directors. Whenever humans work together on meaningful and risky tasks, a complex but predictable set of variables come into play. Find out how fighter pilots and their leaders develop and harness their soft skills and attitudes to ensure their combat readiness, mission success and survival.


Chris VanderWalt
Managing Director, SAPIENS@WORK

Chris Vanderwalt is the founder and leader of the management consultancy SAPIENS@WORK. An Air Force veteran and former fighter instructor pilot, commissioned by President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Chris also gained flying and managerial experience on the Arabian Peninsula before settling in Canada. He is fascinated by the human factors of communication, culture and leadership and how they influence the risk competence of organizations around the world. Chris holds an Airline Pilot Licence and post-graduate degrees in Management and Business Administration.

3:40: PM - 4:40: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Closing Keynote - Silent Heroes: Focus on the Gap Between the Cones

We all know and recognise the heroes we read about and see in the news and social media. We celebrate their achievements and hold them up as examples to our children and society. (Ask Corrie about expanding more here on social media and information age dynamics) At work, we also have superstar employees and top talent…. keeping these employees are paramount and many a publication and work model have been released to ensure you attract and keep talent happily in your employ. These are the employees that come up with the best ideas, they are engaged, verbal, pro-active, knowledgeable, and productive. They are (mostly) easy to manage and comply to your protocols and procedures and above all dependable. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have more of these people? What if you could only have superstars in your teams and how would that affect your safety performance? In this talk, we will discuss the silent heroes that lay dormant in your organisation. They are waiting for you to unlock their potential and fast-track your transformation to an operational culture filled with reliability, innovation, and resilience.


Renier Swart
Executive Head of Safety and Sustainability, Anglo American

Renier has been working in the mining and refining industry for 23 years in various roles within operations and corporates with exposure to many commodities and geographies including North and South America, Australia and Southern Africa. He is currently based in the United Kingdom as Executive Head of Safety and Sustainability for Anglo American Base Metals. He studied Extractive Metallurgy at the University of Johannesburg and completed the Programme for Management Excellence and Advanced Management through the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria. He also completed the Advanced Social Management Programme through Cambridge University as well as a postgraduate Diploma in Strategy & Innovation at Oxford University.

4:45: PM - 5:00: PM
Central European Time (Paris)

Closing for International Day 2


Scott Cuthbert
CEO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

Scott works with companies in the energy sector who recognize the value in leveraging technology to improve the quality of operational information and by doing so improve productivity, effectiveness and safety. While working in the energy industry Scott realized how important safety is but also noticed how splintered safety is across the industry. As a technology guy with the desire to help improve the culture of health and safety Scott realized he could help the industry help itself by creating a platform for individuals, companies, associations, safety professions, and suppliers, to collaborate across this vast and widely divers industry.


Jamie Young
COO and Co-Founder, Safeopedia

I believe that everybody has the right to get home safely to their families. Anything I can do to help promote and achieve a safer working environment I will do. Having spent the last 20+ years in the construction industry, I've seen my fair share of things that didn't need to happen.

I'm not a Safety Expert but firmly believe that by working together, we can spread the best industry knowledge and experience throughout the world. Can we constantly improve best practices and safety culture through open experience sharing, and ultimately prevent more incidents and save more lives? I believe we can. Working together, let's improve Safety to the maximum level. I support and recognize the valuable contribution made by EHS professionals, who are often under valued.

Our Mission is to create the single most comprehensive Environmental Health & Safety resource for safety minded professionals globally. All accidents are preventable so let's work together to improve the culture of public and workplace safety for everyone. Safety starts with you! Join the movement!