Expert Advice about Using Control of Work to Leverage Your Safety Performance

Don’t miss our next Expert Connect session on July 14: Leveraging Safety Performance through Control of Work.

For most safety and health professionals, regardless of career maturity, their role most likely is involved with building management systems and implementing programs based on the risks residing in the work system.

For the July session of Expert Connect, we will explore an essential, but often overlooked, part of the safety management system called Control Of Work (COW). COW is used to request, review, authorize, document and control risks before tasks are performed by the worker. In addition, we will look at more granular elements like permit to work, hazards identification, isolation management and risk assessment.

COW has quickly become an identified best practice across the globe to gain and maintain better control of worker safety. This is a session you don’t want to miss, according to one of our panelists, Eric Fishman, Director, Strategic Alliances, Intelex Technologies ULC. The Expert Connect session, Leveraging Safety Performance through Control of Work, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 10:00-10:45am EDT. You can register here:

Eric, as Director of Strategic Alliances at Intelex, is focused on software and technology partnerships. In his role, he focuses on connecting customers to innovative EHSQ solutions through world-class business and technology partnerships.

Prior to joining Intelex, Eric spent a year and a half at Industrial Scientific working in a similar area. Eric was the president of SAFER Systems (now SAFER One™, a product line of Industrial Scientific) where he successfully navigated the company in a technology transformation to bring the first dynamic plume model to the cloud. Eric was at SAFER Systems for 13 years, where he developed a true passion and understanding of the safety and emergency response industries.

Eric recently sat down with us to discuss the session, “Leveraging Safety Performance through Control of Work”.

Intelex: Why is the topic of interest to you and why is it important to EHSQ professionals and Expert Connect attendees?

Eric Fishman: Control of work interests me because of its implications on the health and safety of workers. I have spent the bulk of my career in emergency preparedness and response. Control of work is the other end of the hazard lifecycle, where we have a chance to prevent the accidents that impact the lives of employees and families.

Intelex: What are the takeaways you hope to leave with attendees?

Eric Fishman: I hope that people come away with a greater understanding of the process and workflows that make up COW and how they each contribute to reducing risk and improve worker safety. I also hope the attendees gain a baseline knowledge for the tools and technology that are available to support digital transformations in this area.

Intelex: Please share an example of a personal or professional experience you’ve had related to EHSQ leadership or the topic of the session.

Eric Fishman: I have visited over 25 refineries across the globe. In my younger days, I was installing equipment as part of an integrated emergency response solution. I have seen the entire spectrum of safe work environments from “I wouldn’t mind working here every day” to “I hope I never have to come back here.” It is not process or technology that is the biggest factor in my opinion, it culture and leadership. The safest places I have worked don’t “pencil-whip” risk assessments, they are thoughtful in their identification and analysis of hazards and how they will mitigate them to create a safe work site.

Intelex: What do you think are some of the most pressing EHSQ/supplier management/risk management/sustainability issues facing corporate leaders and safety professionals in 2021 and beyond?

Eric Fishman: Where to start? I believe 2021 will still be about COVID-19. Managing the physical safety as well as physical and mental health of employees as companies begin their “return to work” planning is something to watch. I think it will also be very interesting to watch how leaders leverage the remote work tools implemented during COVID to reduce overall employee exposure and risk.

I am really interested in some of the major trends in Oil and Gas, where it appears that major operators will divesting high-value and high-risk operating assets. It is more than likely that the future operators of those facilities will have less sophisticated systems for controlling operational risk.

Join us for “Leveraging Safety Performance through Control of Work,” on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 10:00-10:45am EDT, and hear more from Eric and our other panelists. Register here:

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