#110 The Role of Safety Professionals in Getting America Back to Work with Diana Stegall, President of ASSP

June 2, 2020

The time has come for us to consider what it will look like to return to work once stay-at-home directions are withdrawn. How are employers preparing workplaces to ensure the safety of employees, and what role do safety professionals play in getting America back to work? In this episode, host Jennifer McNelly speaks with Diana Stegall, president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), about how they’re helping to prepare workplaces for employees to return safely, both physically and psychologically. They cover topics from the roles and responsibilities of safety professionals at this time and how COVID-19 has changed those roles within organizations to the hierarchy of controls and how it is applied in direct ways in large companies versus small companies. Diana explains systems thinking like Plan-Do-Check-Act, and the importance of having scalable and flexible solutions, as well as the role that trust and communication plays in the psychological safety of workers. For some practical advice for business leaders aiming to not only survive but thrive coming out of the pandemic, make sure not to miss today’s episode!

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