Assessment - Prescription for Success

Friday • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM • Location: Ryman Studio H


Walter Fluharty, Psy.D., SPHR, CEES
Vice President - Environmental Health and Safety & Organizational Development
Simon Roofing and Sheet Metal Corp.

This very interactive and lively workshop will demonstrate, via structured exercises, how a properly conducted assessment will allow safety professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of their organization’s safety culture and efforts.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Attendees will leave understanding how to capture the perceptions of a cross section of employees which are used by organizations to make informed decisions on where to place resources to obtain optimum results, visibility and worker buy- in.
  2. The session will also illustrate the need to customize “off the shelf” safety programs or behavioral based safety processes to fit their organization’s culture based on identification of perceived critical
  3. All attendees will practice using a basic cultural assessment tool and leave with a template of the tool used in the workshop.

Dr. Walter C. Fluharty is currently the Vice President - Environmental Health and Safety & Organizational Development for Simon Roofing and is responsible for their manufacturing facilities and 66 Service Centers nationwide. In a career that spans more than 30 years, he has built a reputation developing world class safety cultures in a wide variety of industries. His experience includes developing the widely used training program, “It Can Happen Here” funded by an OSHA New Directions Grant. He actively participated in the development of several OHSA standards including, the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and Cadmium standards.

Dr. Fluharty was first introduced to Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) while working as a Trainer in the field. He went on to successfully integrate user friendly BBS principles into corporate safety systems from within manufacturing, refining, pharmaceutical, biotech, distribution and construction industries while serving in a variety of EHS leadership roles.

Dr. Fluharty holds an M.S. in Safety Management from Marshall University, Huntington, WV and a Psy.D. from Southern California University for Professional Studies, Santa Ana, CA. Over his career he has published numerous HS&E related articles and authored the chapter providing an overview of BBS in the text, “Human Factors Methods for Improving Performance in the Process Industries”. Dr. Fluharty is a frequent speaker at national and international HS&E professional symposiums.