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Competencies of the Safety Professional Global and National Perspective. Michael W. Thompson, CSP President American Society of Safety Engineers www.ASSE.org Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development Conference Victoria, British Columbia September 9, 2007.

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competencies of the safety professional global and national perspective
Competencies of the Safety Professional Global and National Perspective

Michael W. Thompson, CSP

President

American Society of Safety Engineers

www.ASSE.org

Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Professional Development Conference

Victoria, British Columbia

September 9, 2007

….and a member of CSSE

agenda
Agenda
  • Definitions
    • SH&E Professional
    • Competency
  • Competencies Model
  • The US Standard
  • Career Progression Descriptors
  • A Call for Collaborative Global Action
american society of safety engineers
American Society of Safety Engineers
  • 32,000 members- located in 70 countries
  • 150 Chapters & 32 Sections
  • 61 Student Sections
competency part of defining a profession
Competency- Part of defining a profession

Websters New Universal Unabridged Dictionary

  • the state or quality of being adequately or well qualified: having capacity
  • ability; a specific range of skill and knowledge
  • the quality or condition of being legally qualified to perform an act.

The appearance of competence is almost

as important as competence itself

Chuck Lieppe , CEO

Berol Corporation

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Competencies Model

What it takes to excel

Executive

Core

Technical & Professional

.

Foundation

The basic essentials

foundation competencies examples
Foundation Competencies- Examples
  • SH&E
  • Interpersonal
  • Digital
  • Financial
  • Project Management
  • Procurement
  • .

Foundation

slide8

National Standard Established

for

Safety

Professionals

asse s scope function of the professional safety position
ASSE’s Scope & Function of the Professional Safety Position
  • It states that those practicing in the safety profession need:
    • Common Body of Knowledge

+ Education

+ Training

+ Experience

    • A fundamental knowledge of physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, statistics, mathematics, computer science, engineering mechanics, industrial processes, business, communication and psychology.
technical and professional competencies examples
Measurement of safety performance

Human behavior

Environmental safety and health

Continued knowledge of sh&e laws, regulations and standards

Management and business administration

Engineering

Physical and social sciences and other fields

Accident investigation and analysis

Technical and Professional Competencies-Examples

Technical & Professional

technical and professional competencies examples cont d
Industrial hygiene and toxicology

Design of engineering hazard controls

Fire protection

Ergonomics

System and process safety

Safety and health program management

Product safety

Construction safety

Education and training methods

Technical and Professional Competencies-Examples Cont’d
some research based findings
Some Research-based Findings

Five competencies of the highest importance:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Accepting responsibility
  • Translating solutions into practical terms
  • Business Acumen

+ the ability to integrate safety into business

+ the ability to speak the language of business

5. Problem solving

core competencies examples
Core Competencies-Examples
  • Business Insight
  • Innovation
  • Taking the Lead
  • Partnership and Team
  • Performance Bias
  • Wise Decisions

Core

executive competencies examples
Executive Competencies-Examples
  • Leadership
  • Time-Management
  • Performance and Goal Setting
  • Risk Assessment
  • Negotiating and Persuasion
  • Strategic Thinking

Executive

personal development process
Personal Development Process

Define

Set / Review

Personal Goals

Assess

Identify Development

Needs

Quality Conversations

Learning Environment

Validation

Review

Assess Effectiveness

of Actions

Plan

Prepare Development

Action Plan

Do

Implement

Development

Actions

asse s executive program in safety management
ASSE’s Executive Program in Safety Management

ELIGIBILITY

  • This program is intended for:
  • experienced Safety professionals on a “fast track” in their organization;
  • CSPs and CIHs needing a relevant course of study while obtaining COC and CM points;
  • senior safety professionals seeking a forum with their peers; and
  • senior safety professionals exploring a new avenue of education.
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Career Progression Descriptors

Core Skills

Foundation Skills

Business

Technical & Professional

external forces impacting the sh e profession
External Forces Impacting the SH&E Profession

Reality --- in the U.S.

  • Federal/state governmental agencies set certification criteria as part of a regulation without including SH&E professionals
  • Some voluntary national consensus standards are developed that exclude safety professionals – this has happened
  • Private/public sector organizations – debate safety and health and environment issues while excluding the SH&E Professional

It is Likely Happening Globally

be creative sh e is not just a product
Be Creative, SH&E Is Not Just a Product
  • Seek different ways to accomplish goals and engage the workforce
  • The perception is that no skill or decision-making ability is required when administering SH&E.
don t let others define the profession
Don’t Let Others Define the Profession
  • Formulating a plan for sh&E excellence requires strategic planning, technical competence and creativity
  • Too many sh&e programs rely on quick fixes and shortcuts, which causes management to believe that anyone can oversee the sh&e process
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THANK YOU !

Service and Leadership

Mike W. Thompson, CSP

President

American Society of Safety Engineers

Michael.Thompson6@BP.com

281-366-4799 (O)

281-642-3293 (M)