Join us at the 4th Annual OHS Leaders Summit USA Be part of the country's most respected gathering of senior Health & Safety Executives 10th - 11th September 2024, Marriott Marquis,
Atlanta, GA
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Join us at the 4th Annual OHS Leaders Summit USA Be part of the country's most respected gathering of senior Health & Safety Executives 10th - 11th September 2024, Marriott Marquis,
Atlanta, GA
Register Interest Testimonial Video
Summit Themes Key themes and topics are developed by our
standing committee and advisory board from
the world's most respected workplace Health &
Safety heads . These will be addressed over the course
of the OHS Leaders Summit USA.

Join us at the 4th Annual OHS Leaders
USA Summit

BE PART OF NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST GATHERING
OF SENIOR HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVES
10th – 11th September 2024,
Marriott Marquis,
Atlanta, GA

Join the gathering

ABOUT THE EVENT

The OHS Leaders Summit USA is the country’s premier event for senior health, safety and wellbeing executives, and in 2024 we will once again see this elite group come together.

Taking place on 10 – 11 September 2024 in the Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, the 4th annual OHS Leaders Summit is THE MEETING PLACE for over 150 Directors of Health, Safety and Wellbeing from across The US.

The program features some of the most senior Health, Safety and Wellbeing leaders from across Australia and overseas, while more than 35 presentations will be taking place over the two days via keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and targeted roundtable discussions.

You will also be able to personalise your own agenda and maximise your time out of the office by engaging in only the most relevant sessions for your business.

SPEAKERS

John Fischer
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John Fischer

Director Corporate EHS and Env Strategy, Duke Energy

Charlotte Bertling-Erland
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Charlotte Bertling-Erland

Director, Head of EHS, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Kenya Casey
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Kenya Casey

Deputy, Chief Operations Officer, Global Health

Nigel Packham
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Nigel Packham

Associate Director, NASA - Johnson Space Center

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PROGRAM

The summit program is a draft and is subject to change.

Arrival & Registration

50min

Welcome & Master Of Ceremonies

5min

Opening Keynote Presentation – The Voice of Health and Safety in North America

Tyron McGurgan, Chief Executive Officer, Focus Network

In this presentation, we will delve into the latest trends and challenges that health and safety executives are currently facing in the United States, based on extensive local research and data collation.

As the field of health and safety continues to evolve, executives need to stay updated on the emerging trends and navigate the associated challenges effectively.

We will explore key areas that are significantly impacting health and safety practices, providing valuable insights to help executives adapt and lead their organizations to success.


20min

Tyron McGurgan

Tyron McGurgan is an accomplished entrepreneur, media specialist, and events professional with over 17 years of experience in the industry. He is [...]

Keynote Presentation – Protecting Workers from Harm: Effective Prevention and Control Strategies for Dangerous Substances

This keynote session will delve into the critical topic of prevention and control strategies for dangerous substances in the workplace. We will share expertise on best practices, and innovative solutions to mitigate the risks associated with hazardous chemicals and biological agents.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the risks: CMR substances, endocrine disruptors, nanomaterials, and other emerging hazards
  • Effective risk management: occupational exposure limit values, packaging and labeling, and process-generated contaminants
  • Vulnerable groups: strategies for protecting sensitive populations, such as pregnant workers and young workers
  • Control measures: ventilation, personal protective equipment, and safe work practices
  • Future directions: advancements in technology and policy to enhance worker safety

20min

Keynote Presentation

30min

Keynote Panel Discussion – Navigating the Safety Talent Drought: Strategies for Resilient WHS Teams in the US

Panellists:

Coming soon

Moderator:

In the dynamic realm of the U.S workplace health and safety, a pressing challenge looms large – the scarcity of skilled talent. This panel discussion dives deep into the multifaceted dimensions of the talent shortage, exploring not just the evident gaps in workforce resourcing but the broader spectrum of challenges faced by safety leaders.

As organisations grapple with attracting capable individuals, the conversation extends beyond mere recruitment hurdles. Panellists will dissect the intricacies of skill development, delving into innovative approaches for nurturing and enhancing the capabilities of existing teams. The discourse expands to the critical domain of retention strategies, acknowledging that acquiring top talent is only part of the equation – keeping them engaged is equally vital.

Succession planning takes centre stage as leader’s strategize for the future, ensuring a seamless transition of knowledge and responsibilities. The evolving landscape of health and safety demands forward-thinking role definitions, and the panel explores how organisations can proactively shape roles that align with emerging challenges and industry trends.

This panel discussion goes beyond the surface, addressing the talent shortage not as a standalone issue but as a complex interplay of recruitment, skill development, retention, succession planning, and future-focused role evolution. Gain insights, share experiences, and leave armed with actionable strategies to fortify your WHS team for the demands of 2024 and beyond.

 

30min

Networking Break

20min

Keynote Presentation

30min

Keynote Presentation – Culture Change. It’s a Journey

Charlotte Bertling-Erland, Director, Head of EHS, Takeda Pharmaceuticals

This presentation focuses on lessons learned for setting multiple year strategy at the senior level to cascade to positive impact and outcomes at the floor level. Culture change felt leadership and changing mindsets requires a dedicated, purposeful and planned strategy.

Key Points:

  1. Effective strategy development
  2. Management system alignment
  3. Engaging the middle leadership from passive to ownership
  4. Incorporate HOP
  5. Sustain the gains.

30min

Charlotte Bertling-Erland

Charlotte Bertling-Erland has been involved in leading EHS Culture Change from the floor to the executive level. Charlotte has a double bachelors [...]

Speaker Presentation

30min

Speaker Presentation – Moving the Needle with Alternative Metrics in Today’s Complex Workforce: Current State Challenges Alongside the Opportunity for Alternative Metrics

Scott DeBow, Principal HS&E, Avetta

This session builds momentum on the importance of moving beyond traditional health & safety (H&S) metrics, particularly as it relates to SIF Intervention strategy alongside additional focus on Leading and Severity- based Metrics.

This engaging session discusses key health & safety performance metrics, the strength of their signals toward SIF Prevention and how those metrics influence operational leaders in focusing H&S resources.

We will explore other leading and severity-based metrics that better represent and predict performance, particularly regarding severe injuries and fatalities for today’s complex, dynamic workforce.

30min

Scott DeBow

Scott DeBow, CSP, ARM serves as Principal of Health/Safety & Environmental for Avetta – the leading provider of supply chain risk management [...]

Breakout Session – Is best practice always best? How to know when to use best practice and what to do the rest of the time…

40min

Breakout Session – Safety is Simple: How and why do we make it Complex?

40min

Breakout Session – How can we best approach Fatigue Risk Management in the shiftwork environment? A group discussion.

40min

Breakout Session – Moving your tech strategy forward: A practical session

40min

Networking Lunch

40min

Keynote Panel Discusssion – Transforming OHS Outcomes with AI and Safety Technologies

Panellists:
Moderator:

Coming soon

 

The US workplace health and safety landscape is on the cusp of a technological revolution. Join our expert panel as we explore the cutting-edge world of tech-enabled safety and discover how safety leaders are harnessing innovative technologies to transform safety strategies in 2024 and beyond.

At the forefront of this discussion is the game-changing potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in workplace health and safety. Our panellists will dive into the profound impact of AI-driven solutions, from predictive analytics to autonomous safety systems, in revolutionizing safety management practices. They will explore how AI is empowering safety leaders with real-time insights, enabling data-driven decision-making and proactive risk mitigation.

Beyond technology itself, our discussion will also address the broader implications of this tech-forward approach. Our panellists will examine the evolving role of safety professionals in effectively leveraging technology, ensuring that human-centric values remain at the core of safety strategies in an increasingly digital landscape.

Join us for a panel discussion that goes beyond the buzzwords, offering actionable insights into how technology is reshaping workplace health and safety in the US. Discover the transformative power of tech-enabled safety and learn how you can harness these innovations to drive a safer, more resilient workforce in 2024 and beyond.

Takeaways:

  • Understand the transformative potential of AI and advanced safety technologies
  • Learn how to harness tech-enabled safety solutions for a safer workforce
  • Discover best practices for implementing innovative safety strategies
  • Network with industry experts and thought leaders
  • Stay ahead of the curve in workplace health and safety innovation

30min

Speaker Session

30min

Speaker Session

30min

Keynote Presentation – Crisis Ready: Effective Emergency Preparedness and Response Strategies for the Modern Workplace

In today's fast-paced and ever-changing work environment, emergency preparedness and response are more critical than ever. From natural disasters to workplace violence, organizations must be equipped to handle unexpected crises that can impact their people, operations, and reputation. In this presentation, we will explore the key components of a comprehensive emergency preparedness and response plan, including:

  • Risk assessment and mitigation strategies
  • Crisis communication and stakeholder engagement
  • Emergency response protocols and procedures
  • Employee training and awareness programs
  • Post-incident recovery and business continuity planning

20min

Breakout Session

40min

Breakout Session

40min

Breakout Session

40min

Breakout Session

40min

Roundtable Session – Transform traditional safety training into engaging learning experiences that build performance-driven safety cultures.

Timothy Evans, CEO, Everyday Massive

In an ever-evolving landscape of health and safety, the pursuit of effective training methods remains paramount. As OHS professionals our workforce demand memorable training often across a diverse, geographically spread workforce.

Whether it’s time to upskill, reskill, learn a policy, understand a process, address a risk, or meet compliance goals, how can we take a human-centered approach to bridge the gap between knowledge acquisition and lasting, impactful change.

Join us to unpack and discover how you can take a different approach to safety training through action-oriented learning experiences which put people first.

At this roundtable, Everyday Massive will:

  • Explain how to transform safety training into learning experiences that engage people, drive change, and meet organizational objectives.
  • Discuss different learning modalities such as online, peer-to-peer interactions, and instructor-led.
  • Share what leading global organizations are doing to help their teams develop safety leadership capability and refresh their safety culture.

  • 40min

    Keynote Presentation – Staying Ahead of the Curve: Compliance and Regulatory Updates for Health and Safety Professionals

    The health and safety landscape is constantly evolving, with new regulations, standards, and guidelines emerging regularly. Staying up-to-date with the latest compliance requirements is crucial to avoid legal liabilities, fines, and reputational damage. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the latest compliance and regulatory updates affecting health and safety professionals, including:

    • Latest enforcement priorities and guidance
    • Updates to Hazard Communication Standards and Chemical Safety
    • Changes to recordkeeping and reporting requirements
    • Insights into emerging regulations on workplace violence and mental health
    • Best practices for maintaining compliance and avoiding common pitfalls

    20min

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Building a Safety-First Culture: Strategies for Effective Safety Leadership

    Panellists
    Moderator:

    comin soon.

    A strong safety culture is the backbone of any successful health and safety program. But how do you build and sustain a culture where safety is truly prioritized? In this panel discussion, we'll bring together experienced safety leaders to share their insights and strategies for fostering a safety-first culture. Topics will include:

    • The role of leadership in setting the tone for a safety culture
    • Effective communication strategies for engaging employees and stakeholders
    • Building trust and accountability through transparent reporting and incident investigation
    • Creating a culture of psychological safety and speaking up
    • Metrics and indicators for measuring safety culture maturity
    • Overcoming common challenges and barriers to a safety-first culture

    30min

    Free Time

    1h 20min

    Networking Drinks

    30min

    Networking Dinner

    2h 30min

    Arrival

    50min

    Welcome & Master Of Ceremonies

    5min

    Opening Keynote Presentation

    20min

    Keynote Presentation – Research and Innovation – EHS Strategic Plan in Action

    Tolga Durak, Managing Director, EHS, MIT

    The presentation focuses on the strategic plan that includes incorporation of data science into day-to-day compliance activities, safety governance and management system as well as enhancing our capabilities in facilitating and catalyzing groundbreaking research and innovation where regulations and standards are not currently available.


    20min

    Tolga Durak

    Dr. Tolga Durak is the Managing Director of EHS and the Founding Director and Principal Investigator of the SHED (Safety, Health, Environmental [...]

    Keynote Presentation

    30min

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Transforming OHS Outcomes with AI

    Panellists
    Moderator:

    comin soon.

    The landscape of workplace health and safety is on the brink of a technological revolution. This panel discussion delves into the exciting realm of tech-forward safety, exploring how safety leaders are harnessing advancements in technology to revolutionise safety strategies in 2024 and beyond.

    At the heart of the discussion lies the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in workplace health and safety.

    Panellists will explore the profound impact of AI-driven solutions, from predictive analytics to autonomous safety systems, in reforming safety management practices. They will delve into how AI is empowering safety leaders with real-time insights, enabling them to make data-driven decisions and proactively address emerging risks.

    Moreover, the discussion extends beyond the realm of technology itself to address the broader implications of this tech- forward approach.

    Panellists will examine the evolving role of safety professionals in leveraging technology effectively, ensuring that human-centric values remain at the core of safety strategies in an increasingly digital landscape.

    This panel discussion goes beyond the buzzwords, offering tangible insights into how technology is reshaping workplace health and safety.

    Discover the transformative power of tech-forward safety and learn how you can leverage these advancements to drive a safer, more resilient workforce in 2024 and beyond.

    30min

    Networking Break

    20min

    Keynote Presentation – Acts of violence & aggression: how the business operational landscape is shifting

    Acts of violence & aggression towards team, customers & contractors is a very real physical and psychosocial risk that many industries are challenged by.

    Experience a shared discussion including some of the learnings and experiences on how organisations are needing to test, learn, deploy and evolve at pace to keep people safe no matter their role.

    Through the discussion we will ponder the opportunity we have to further collectively learn and share across industries as well as influence in this space together when we leave the session.

    20min

    Speaker Session

    30min

    Speaker Session

    30min

    Speaker Session – How OHS Leaders can add value to the ESG agenda

    Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations are increasingly important for organizations seeking to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. As OHS leaders, you play a critical role in supporting your organization's ESG agenda. In this presentation, we will explore the intersection of OHS and ESG, and provide practical insights on how OHS leaders can add value to the ESG agenda. Takeaways:

    • Understand the ESG landscape and its relevance to OHS
    • Learn how to align OHS goals and objectives with ESG priorities
    • Discover opportunities to drive ESG initiatives and innovation through OHS leadership
    • Take away practical strategies for integrating OHS into ESG reporting and disclosure

    30min

    Speaker Presentation

    30min

    Speaker Presentation

    30min

    Networking Lunch

    40min

    Keynote Presentation

    20min

    Keynote Panel Discussion – Beyond Safety: The Evolution of Wellbeing in the OHS Space – Strategies for Success

    Panellists:
    Moderator:
    Coming soon

    As OHS professionals, we've made significant strides in reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. However, the wellbeing of our employees extends far beyond physical safety. Mental health, stress, and burnout are increasingly recognized as critical issues that impact employee health, productivity, and retention. In this panel discussion, senior OHS leaders will share their insights and strategies for addressing the complex and interconnected aspects of employee wellbeing, including:

    • Mental health support and resources
    • Stress management and resilience building
    • Employee engagement and participation
    • Work-life balance and flexibility
    • Leadership buy-in and accountability
    • Metrics and benchmarks for measuring wellbeing success

    30min

    Breakout Session

    30min

    Breakout Session

    30min

    Breakout Session

    30min

    Closing Keynote Presentation – The Future of Work: How OHS Leaders Can Shape a Safer, Healthier, and More Sustainable Tomorrow

    As we look to the future of work, OHS leaders face unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Emerging technologies, shifting workforce demographics, and growing concerns about climate change and social responsibility are redefining the world of work. In this closing keynote, our expert speaker will inspire and challenge OHS leaders to think critically about their role in shaping a safer, healthier, and more sustainable future.

    Topics will include:

    • The impact of artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics on workplace safety and health
    • Strategies for addressing the mental health and wellbeing needs of a diverse and distributed workforce
    • The business case for sustainability and social responsibility in OHS
    • Opportunities for OHS leaders to drive innovation and cultural transformation

    20min

    Closing Remarks

    5min

    Networking Drinks

    60min

    WHY ATTEND

    STAR KEYNOTES
    AND PRESENTERS

    We invite only the leading international and local experts to provide sessions on site, this allows for attendees to be taught by front-line executives that compress years of meaningful experience into a systematic, well organised learning program.

    NETWORKING
    OPPORTUNITIES

    Keeping in line with the main goal of the event in achieving new relationships, we provide a huge amount of networking opportunities for attendees through breakfast, luncheons, cocktails and informal introductions.

    1-1 PRIVATE
    MEETINGS

    Allowing both buyers and sellers the opportunity to engage with one another onsite in a series of prearranged business meetings. These provide both parties a great opportunity to build new relationships by interacting face to face.

    TARGETED
    SESSIONS

    Being able to experience different sessions is what makes this event unique; whether you are looking to attend an interactive workshop, roundtable, 1-1 meeting or panel discussion.

    NETWORKING
    DINNER

    Interact and relax amongst your peers at the official Networking dinner where you will have the opportunity to be part of the entertainment.

    PERSONALISED
    PROGRAM

    The summit is personalised for YOU, this means that what is important to your business is important to us. We create personalised itineraries around sessions you want to attend, allowing for your time to be spent wisely while out of the office.

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    PURCHASE TICKETS

    Should you wish to attend this years upcoming 4th Annual OHS Leaders USA Summit on the 10th – 11th September 2024, please purchase your tickets below

    1 Ticket

    $2990

    • Access to onsite mobile App
    • Meals & refreshments over the two days
    • One night complimentary accommodation at the Hotel
    • Access to all interactive workshops, keynotes and roundtable sessions
    • Entry to pre-dinner Networking Drinks Reception
    • Seat allocated at the OHS Leaders Dinner
    • Access to Closing Networking Drinks Function
    • Access to presentations & event slides and photos
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    Group Ticket (2 - 4)

    $2499

    • Access to onsite mobile App
    • Meals & refreshments over the two days
    • One night complimentary accommodation at the Hotel
    • Access to all interactive workshops, keynotes and roundtable sessions
    • Entry to pre-dinner Networking Drinks Reception
    • Seat allocated at the OHS Leaders Dinner
    • Access to Closing Networking Drinks Function
    • Access to presentations & event slides and photos
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    GROUP TICKETS (5+)

    $2299

    • Access to onsite mobile App
    • Meals & refreshments over the two days
    • One night complimentary accommodation at the Hotel
    • Access to all interactive workshops, keynotes and roundtable sessions
    • Entry to pre-dinner Networking Drinks Reception
    • Seat allocated at the OHS Leaders Dinner
    • Access to Closing Networking Drinks Function
    • Access to presentations & event slides and photos
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    Interact and engage with some of the strongest and most powerful brands from across the world.

    'This year was even better than last! The calibre of attendees is like no other event in the US marketplace. This was a very impressive group of the countries most senior safety professionals and presenters, while the one to one meetings with suppliers has allowed me to really understand where I need to be investing. Count me in for next year.'

     

    – LINFOX

    'Our First year we took a 7 meeting package, the second year we took a 14 meeting package and now in our 3rd year we were gold sponsors. Our business has now done 10x since working with the OHS Leaders team and we have already signed up to be diamond sponsor for 2021.'

     

    – DONESAFE

    'The OHS Leaders Summit continues to provide a fantastic opportunity to listen to peers, their journeys, opinions & lessons learnt. Once again I am going away feeling inspired and energised. Thank you.'

     

    – SUPER RETAIL GROUP

    'We have joined this summit for the last 5 years and have been the major sponsor for the last 3. This event has been invaluable for our business, the opportunity to meet with the countries most senior safety leaders one on one has been fantastic. It all starts here at the summit and then it’s up to your teams to foster these relationships.'

     

    – PREMIUM HEALTH

    'It’s the only event my colleague and I attend. High quality presentations, high quality providers, engaging workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities.'

     

    – VEOLIA

    'Great networking opportunity, with providers and delegates. Learnt new ideas, what is working well in the industry, international perspective was enlightening. Very positive experience and is refreshing to hear from new approaches in industry that are delivering results.'

     

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