Assessment: The Prescription for Success

Thursday • Carson 2 • 2:45 PM

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

Track: BBS - Beginner

This session will demonstrate how a properly conducted assessment allows safety professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of their organization’s safety efforts. Attendees will learn how to capture the perceptions of a cross-section of employees in order to to make informed decisions on where to place resources to obtain optimum results, visibility and worker buy-in. These elements are critical precursors to the success of any safety process. The session will also illustrate the need to customize safety programs and processes to fit an organization’s culture.

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.