About Tamara Parris

I am the Community Manager of the EHSQ Community, and owner of EHSQ Professionals on LinkedIn. My passion is to work with other EHSQ Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking with new people, and connecting my industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and goodwill within their workplaces.

EHSQ Community | Crisis Planning

This month our member Richard Rosera shares a post about the Chemical Safety Board, while member Vince Marchesani volunteers to host a Mastermind discussion to review Crisis Management Planning.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

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Learnings from Safety Professionals: Biggest Challenge in Building Safety Program

Learnings from Safety Professionals

February, 2017, our EHSQ Community had a Mastermind session with Jake Thiessen and Keith Voykin, hosted by Tamara Parris, to discuss the challenges EHS Professionals face building their safety programs in the workplace.

During our sessions we had just over 30 community members share their views, challenges and insights learned through their work experience on our workplace safety issue.

From our “Member’s Voice” discussion we learned 27 members have personally experienced challenges when trying to gain Organizational Buy-In to their safety program.

Which is a good indicator many EHSQ Professional are facing this challenge.

A suggestion Jake shared with us, to help with the challenge of gaining buy-in from all levels of the organization, it is important to develop the different strategies needed to generate the desired buy-in at the various levels.

With buy-in one of the questions that must be answered is where do you start?

Jake shared, what … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Safety Management

This month our member Sonal Phualmbrikar shares a post about the Automotive Aftermarket, while members Carsten Busch and Rosa Antonia Carrillo volunteer to host an open discussion about the shift from Traditional to Modern safety management styles in the EHS field.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

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EHSQ Community | Traditional to Modern Safety Leadership

This month our members Carsten Busch and Rosa Antonia Carrillo will engage in an open discussion about the shift from Traditional to Modern safety management styles, and challenges EHS Professional face trying to work within both.  We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Old and New Views of Safety Management with Carsten Busch

    and Rosa Antonia Carrillo

  • Mastermind | Addressing Biggest Challenge in Building a Safety Program by member Jake Thiessen
  • Get the Record Straight: Latest on OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule by member Eric J. Conn

  • Upcoming Educational Webinar: Safety Pre-Inspections: Why They’re Important  – by Jamie Young

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Safety Leadership Spotlight | Using Leading Indicators to Drive Organizational Safety Performance

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On January 18th, I sat down with EHSQ Community member, and Principal, Larry Coco, of ESH & Quality Consulting, to hear his thoughts on how leading indicators are transforming workplace safety in business. Over the last 30 years, Larry has managed ESHQ teams in the commercial nuclear industry with Westinghouse and on operations contractor teams at Department of Energy weapons production facilities and on nuclear/chemical waste clean-up sites. Site sizes varied from a few acres and plants with hundreds of thousands of square feet up to thousands of acres and many millions of square feet of work area. His EHSQ teams varied in size from 10 to 160 staff on larger government sites with thousands of workers.

Companies that experience the lowest lost-time and reportable injury rates are also the ones with high levels of management commitment and employee involvement. Larry coaches, “It is important that management demonstrates their … Read more...

EHSQ Community | OSHA E-Recordkeeping

This month our member Eric J. Conn hosts an open discussion on OSHA’s E-Recordkeeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

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Learnings from Safety Professionals: Worker Attention to Improve Safety and Operational Outcomes

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In January, 2017, our EHSQ Community had a Mastermind sessions with Amanda Wang Valentine, Dr Gary Edwards and Tamara Parris to discuss how attention impacts our workers safety in the workplace.

During our sessions we had two community members volunteer, Jessie Aiton and Thomas Colla of Fomas Group. They shared their views, challenges and insights learned through their work experience on our workplace safety issue.

We had 22 participants joining us this session, during which we learned everyone believes attention does influence safety in the workplace. 64% of our participants said “yes” they do have methods to help strengthen their workers attention, to optimize their teams work performance.

The four top mentions were (1) safety signs, (2) discussing concerns at meetings (3) speaking directly with their workers on the site floor and (4) encouraging workers to take a break.

When ask our sessions three polling questions, our members responded accordingly;… Read more...

EHSQ Community | OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

This week our member Eric Conn post on the New OSHA E-Record keeping and Anti-Retaliation Rule. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Recordkeeping Rule:Assault on Pizza Parties, Drug Tests and Exec Compensation by member Eric Conn

  • Addressing Biggest Challenge in Building a Safety Program with Jake Thiessen

  • End of Globalisation? What now for ISO 45001? member Chris J Ward
  • Understanding WHMIS 2015 – On-Demand Webinar – by Jamie Young

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EHSQ Community | Leading People Safely

This week Brian Fielkow and James T. Schultz discuss leading people safely through the business battlefield of safety. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Leading People Safely – The Webinar with member Brian Fielkow and James T. Schultz

  • Addressing Biggest Challenge in Building a Safety Program with Jake Thiessen

  • How to Implement an Effective Drug Testing Program in Your Workplace by member Nicky Gomez
  • Hazard Communication Cheat Sheet by Lynn Place

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Learnings from Safety Professionals: Issues Involved in the Gathering of Leading Indicators

In December, 2016, our EHSQ Community had several Leading Indicator Mastermind sessions with Dr Vince Marchesani and Tamara Parris to discuss the use of leading indicators in our community members industrial workplaces.

During our sessions we learned of the 56 participants, currently 34 members are collecting leading indicators as part of their safety data gathering efforts. Interestingly most people, 26 members, are using manual methods to collect their data. When asked, who do you share the data with the majority, 28 members, reported they share it at safety meetings with their whole team. Which we found surprising because in past conversations consultants often elude that this data is shared with the Executives who establish the policies and budget that guide safety programs.

During the two sessions we noticed four reoccurring conversational themes:

  • identifying strong leading indicators to monitor
  • collecting quality data
  • creating a “No Blame” work environment
  • value of incentive
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