Safety Strategy + Policy

Meet the Safety Strategy + Policy PDT. Learn more about the Safety Summit. Participation in this track is restricted to senior leaders of utility companies.

All session times are listed in Pacific time.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Human Performance and Building Trust
Speaker: Charles Major, President, HPRCT
Gain insight into ways that human performance improvement can actually build trust within your organization. Learn some best practices and ways to navigate obstacles as you strive for safety excellence.

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Integrating the New View of Safety and HOP into your Safety Program
Moderator: Phil Smithers, Director, Safety & Health Services, Arizona Public Service Company
Panelists: Jim Duke, Safety Director, Idaho Power Company
John Price, Director Safety & Environment, ENMAX Corporation
The extent to which companies embrace the concept of Safety II or the New View of Safety and Human Organizational Performance can run the gamut from “never heard of it” to demonstrated measurable value.  Panelists representing utilities at different levels of Safety and HOP maturity will share their insights during this moderated conversation.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Psychological Safety in the Workplace
Speaker: Manny Albert, Director, Safety & Environment, FortisAlberta Inc.
Hear an in-depth presentation on FortisAlberta’s journey to enhance Psychological Safety in the Workplace. There will be ample time for discussion.

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Psychological Safety + Link to DEI: Panel + Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Gwen Marelli, Sr. Director-Safety Management Systems, Southern California Gas Company
Panelists: Heather Holladay, Integrated Health Manager, Enterprise Health and Safety, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Jim Duke, Safety Director, Idaho Power Company
Ron Kiralla, Director of Safety Services, San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Ruben White, Manager, Occupational Health and Safety, Southwest Gas Corporation
How is your company approaching psychological safety? Strong psychological safety at work can have widespread benefits, including increased innovation, mutual trust, and improved safety. In this roundtable we will hear from several companies about their psychological safety implementation journey. This is a great opportunity to share lessons learned and the benefits of a psychological safety program.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Considering SMS Implementation and Certification
Moderator: Sara McCoy, Director, Risk Management, Salt River Project
Panelist: Lindsay Brisson, Safety Consultant, Arizona Public Service Company
Ivan Insua, Director, Hydro Generation, Salt River Project
What are the pros and cons of Safety Management (SMS) certification? This panel will explore the choices and processes involved in certification. Multiple Safety Management Systems, such as OSHA VPP and ISO, will be discussed.

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
How Has the Pandemic Changed Your Approach to Safety?
Facilitators: Michael Boise, Safety Manager, MDU Utilities Group
Phil Smithers, Director, Safety & Health Services, Arizona Public Service Company
What changes are being made in safety programs moving forward from the pandemic? What has been the impact of the last eighteen months on safety culture and awareness? What will safety look like in the “next normal”? Share your thoughts, expectations, and concerns during this open roundtable discussion.