Today is the FIRST Day of the Rest of Your Career

We have had OSHA for over 40 years and in the beginning we benefited from exponential improvements in frequency and severity. Those improvements slowed in the 1980’s and in the last 20 years plus improvements diminished to less than a 1.5% annual reduction in the recordable injury rate. We could characterize this as slow but steady progress. During this same timeframe severity followed the same trend however in recent years there has been little improvement. In fact our fatality rate actually increased in 2015 for the first time in years. During this same timeframe there have been many technological changes leading to significant if not exponential improvements in quality and productivity. Unfortunately the technology boom has had little impact on our safety numbers. One would think that with all the technology improvements alone we would have experienced safety performance at a much faster rate.  Is it possible that despite the slow steady reductions we have seen in the data, when the technology benefits are accounted for, one could actually come to the conclusion we are getting worse not better?  Gary will discuss the accomplishments of the past and the promise of the future combining technology, human performance technology and Neuroscience implications. Where do we go from here and makes the point that “Today Is “The First Day of the Rest of Your Career”. Each participant gets a pin bracelet with the word “FIRST” on it. We cannot change the past but we can change the future. Today it’s a whole new ballgame!

Presenter: Gary Higbee, EMBA, CSP

President/CEO Higbee & Associates, Inc.
Principal North American Management Institute
Senior Consultant SafeStart/SafeTrack

Gary has over 50 years of experience ranging from working on the factory floor to upper management. His assignments include positions in Production Engineering, Safety and Environmental Engineering, Production Management, Corporate Director, Vice-President and President/CEO. Gary has an MBA from the University of Iowa and is a board certified safety professional.

Gary is a past recipient of the Safety Professional of the Year award for region IV of the American Society of Safety Engineers. In 2010 Gary received the Distinguished Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council. The DSSA is the National Safety Council’s highest individual award. He is considered an expert in Traditional and Behavior Based Safety Technologies as well as Complex Organizational Change Initiatives. Gary’s book coauthored with Larry Wilson “Inside Out: Rethinking Traditional Safety Management Paradigms” was released in 2010 and is already in its third printing.

In addition to his consulting, Gary has published many articles and is a frequent Keynote speaker around the world. His recent topics include “Guaranteeing the Success of Safety Committees”, “Managing Complex Change Initiatives”, “Nine Steps for Changing your Safety Culture”, “Breaking the Cycles of Risky Behavior”, “Predicting Human Performance”, “Frustrations in Safety”, “Five Stages to World Class Performance”, “Visionary Leadership” and “Managing Complex Change”.

Using his over 50 years of experience and a sense of humor Gary has become an internationally known speaker on safety, health, environmental and business issues.

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