Safety Culture in a Laboratory Environment

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A strong safety culture is essential to develop in laboratories in the minerals, metals, and materials communities and beyond. University and national laboratories, with a flux of students and post-doctoral researchers, are especially challenged to establish an “institutional memory” of safety practice. When safety becomes part of the mindset and discipline of practice in a laboratory environment, it will benefit the early career professionals and students, along with the organizations and industries that they join as their careers advance. It is important for laboratory environments to have already developed a safety culture in the work environment and with the employees already established in the workforce in preparation for newcomers.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify and understand how to implement the first and most important steps to creating a “safety culture” at your laboratory
  • Know how to equip students and early career professionals with transferable safety strategies
  • Learn strategies for gaining buy-in from management and overcoming resistance to cultural change

About the Instructors

Roland Moreau

Moderator; Safety, Health, and Environment Manager in the Upstream Research, Gas & Power Marketing and Upstream Ventures Business Units at ExxonMobil (Retired); Program Chair, Congress on Safety in Engineering and Industry 2020; 2018 President of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME).

Roland Moreau is a trustee on the board of the United Engineering Foundation, the program chair of the Congress on Safety in Engineering and Industry 2020, and retired safety, health, and environment manager in the Upstream Research, Gas & Power Marketing and Upstream Ventures business units at ExxonMobil. He was also the 2018 president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers and former board director for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He remains active on various SPE initiatives. He retired from ExxonMobil in August 2014 with 34 years of service. He began his career with Exxon Company, U.S.A. as a project engineer at the Bayway Refinery in New Jersey in 1981. Since that time, he has held various technical, supervisory, and managerial assignments for Exxon, and then ExxonMobil, in the Upstream production, development, and research organizations. Prior to ExxonMobil, Roland also worked for five years in the naval nuclear industry. Roland received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1975, followed by an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1984. Roland also completed the Certified Financial Planner program at Rice University in 2015.

G. Edward Gibson, Jr.

Professor and the Sunstate Chair of Construction Management and Engineering , Del E. Webb School of Construction, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE), Arizona State University

Edd Gibson is currently a professor and holds the Sunstate Chair in Construction Management and Engineering in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) at Arizona State University. From 2010 to 2018, he served as SSEBE school director, overseeing significant growth in its programs and rankings. In addition to ASU, he served on the faculty of North Carolina State, University of Texas at Austin and University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. His educational background includes a B.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas.

Gibson has been PI or co-PI on over $10.5 million worth of funded research in his career with research and teaching interests that include front end planning, safety leadership, performance and systems, prevention through design, organizational change, asset management, alternative dispute resolution, knowledge management, earned value management systems, and risk management among others; he has received many awards for excellence in research and teaching, including both the CII Outstanding Researcher (1996, 2004) and Outstanding Instructor (1998, 2014) twice. He is the developer of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) Project Definition Rating Index (the entire suite of five tools) and FEED MATRS tools, has consulted with over 70 organizations, and taught over 210 short courses to industry. He has facilitated front end planning risk assessment sessions on over 150 projects. He is also an expert in educational leadership, having held a variety of successful academic management positions over the past 19 years. He has been active on many national committees, among them several National Research Council committees, Department of Energy Committees, the Architectural Engineering Institute, and also served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Norway in Fall 2004. Gibson has several years of industry experience, served as an Army officer, and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Construction and a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was awarded the 2016 ASCE R. L. Peurifoy Award for outstanding research and served as a Visiting Academic Fellow at Cambridge University in spring 2019.

Alexander J. Kikilas

Occupational Safety Manager, Argonne National Laboratory

Al Kikilas is from Woodridge, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois. He was a naval officer and served on the nuclear submarine and for the Office of Naval Research and Navy Research Laboratories (ONR/NRL). He still serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves in the Submarine Force Reserve Component. He works at Argonne National Laboratory as the Occupational Safety Manager. Before that he was the Electrical Safety program manager and Electrical Authority Having Jurisdiction. His team is responsible for safety program implementation and hazard analysis throughout the Argonne complex.

Scott Tannenbaum

President and Co-founder, gOE

Scott Tannenbaum is president and co-founder of gOE. Throughout his career, Tannenbaum has served as a consultant and advisor to organizations across all major industries. Under his leadership, gOE has provided advice, tools, and training to over 500 organizations globally, including 30+ Fortune 100 companies and numerous government and military organizations. He has worked with and supported a wide array of teams including senior leadership, medical, banking, retail, board of directors, sales, drilling, insurance, research & development, aviation, aerospace, and combat teams. Formerly an award-winning tenured professor in the business school at the University at Albany in New York, he holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. A recognized expert on training, change management, and team effectiveness, Tannenbaum has over 175 publications and professional presentations.

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