Expert Connect: Embedded Safety: Instituted by Process, Sustained by Culture

Often, safety is viewed in a vacuum, apart from operations. There is a time to talk safety and there is a time for operations. However, the best safety performers understand that the key to success is achieving an embedded safety management system.

According to Angelo Cianfrocco, Process Improvement Leader, Predictive Solutions, “When our safety management system is embedded, safety becomes implicit in every company function or operation. The question is, how do we move our safety management system from siloed to embedded?”

In the upcoming Expert Connect session, Embedded Safety: Instituted by Process, Sustained by Culture, Angelo and our panel of experts will discuss how your company can leverage technology, people, process and data to embed safety into everyday operations.

Angelo recently sat down and answered some questions about the topic of embedded safety and the session, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 from 10:00-10:45 am EDT. You can register for Embedded Safety: Instituted by Process, Sustained by Culture, here:

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

Angelo Cianfrocco (AC): Before joining the Intelex team, I spent time as an EHS consultant, a frontline EHS manager and as a corporate EHS resource. In my experience, the company with the most manicured written program wasn’t always the one with the best safety performance and safety culture.

I have found that companies that have been able to embed safety into everyday operations have the most success. That is not to say that a well-documented, written program isn’t critical to building a foundation for your process. However, what really interests me is helping companies take the written words and turn them into living and breathing processes that embed environmental, health and safety into the work process.

Environmental, health and safety ideas and regulations can be a highly technical, with highly technical language. Sometimes, as EHS professionals, we forget that the more technical EHS program isn’t always the best. I believe this topic is so important because embedding EHS allows us to take EHS from the abstract and translate it into the work environment.

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

AC: Leaving this webinar, I hope that attendees will have a better understanding as to how people, process, technology and data can be catalysts for embedding EHS into everyday operations. I also hope to help attendees understand that neither of these four pillars can exist without the other. To embed EHS into operations you must have all four pillars: people, process, technology and data.

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

AC: In my current role as a Process Improvement Leader, I work with customers every day to help them embed their EHS program into operations. Often what I see is companies struggling with the “golden ticket fallacy,” where there is a belief that one piece of technology will solve all problems. Technology is a big hurdle on the road to embedded EHS, but it is not the only hurdle. On its own, technology will sour.

However, when customers have management commitment, technology that is fitted to a process and a method for utilizing the data that they are collecting, there is a huge increase in the perceived value throughout the organization. Ultimately, that perceived value comes from the workforce engaging with EHS through the lens of everyday work, not separate from everyday work.   

Intelex: What do you think are some of the most pressing EHSQ/Supplier Management/Risk Management/ESG issues facing corporate leaders and safety professionals in 2021 and beyond?

AC: Analytics. There is an endless sea of information that is being collected in EHS across companies and industries. Data collection was the previous frontier. Now that collection has become much more streamlined, the next frontier for the EHS professional is trying to understand how we can leverage our information beyond basic insights to prescribe preventative action, drive our EHS programs and enhance our collection processes.

Join Angelo on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 from 10:00-10:45 am EDT for Embedded Safety: Instituted by Process, Sustained by Culture. The session also will be available on demand shortly after the live session.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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