Rock Quarry: A Process for Engaging Senior Management

Wednesday • Carson 2 • 4:00 PM

Rick Pollock, CSP, ASP
Rivendell Safety Consulting

Track: Safety Leadership

Rock Quarry is a story about a senior leader who begins to understand her role in possibly creating ongoing safety problems and decides to become directly involved in finding out what can be done to resolve them.  Using this story to spark discussion, this session will explore systems thinking and provide a pathway forward in helping leaders better understand their biases and why their reaction to failure is so very important in promoting a culture of safety.  

Rick Pollock is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP, ASP). He was the President and founder of CLMI Safety Training, and now through Rivendell Safety Consulting, LLC is a full time safety and organizational performance consultant.   Areas of professional specialization include: organizational performance, adult education, work complexity and human error, and safety management systems.  

Mr. Pollock is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and was ASSE’s 98th Society President.  He currently serves as a Director and Vice President on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and on the Advisory Boards of the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and NIOSH Education Resource Center, and the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety.  Rick is the BCSP representative to the International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organizations (INSHPO) and is President Elect.

Through study and hands-on experience, Mr. Pollock has developed a unique understanding of human error in the context of work and error tolerant systems design.  He shares his perspective through published articles, frequent speaking engagements, and his Safety Leadership blog on the Rivendell website.  Rick is a trained instructor in the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS), and consults with clients to help define their human error issues and appropriate interventions.