Keynote Presentation – Making Your Safety Message Stick! 35 Years of Powerful Quotes Collected on Sticky Notes

Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CIH, CBSP, CSP CHMM, CPP, ARM, Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Professor of Occupational Health – The University of Texas School of Public Health


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Successful health and safety programs function largely in the realm of prevention, so on a good day “nothing happens”. But the value of “making nothing happen” can be a very difficult message to convey, and often becomes an impediment to our ability to tell our story to key program stakeholders.
After 35 years of practice Robert has learned that the right quote, used at the right time, can be very strategic with regard to achieving desired decision making. These quotes, captured on hundreds of disorganized sticky notes have adorned his office bulletin board for over three decades, and were compiled into a “top ten” list that was shared during this presentation.


Dr. Robert Emery is Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Professor of Occupational Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He has over 37 years of experience in health & safety and holds master’s degrees in both health physics and environmental sciences, and a doctorate in occupational health. Bob is unique in that he possesses national board certification in all of the main areas of health & safety:

  • health physics [Certified Health Physicist, CHP],
  • industrial hygiene [Certified Industrial Hygienist, CIH],
  • biological safety [Certified Biological Safety Professional, CBSP],
  • occupational safety [Certified Safety Professional, CSP],
  • hazardous materials management [Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, CHMM],
  • security [Certified Protection Professional, CPP],
  • risk management [Associate in Risk Management, ARM]


Bob is the author of over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and reports on practical health and safety topics and makes frequent presentations to organizations at the local, national, and international level.

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