July 08 2020
By: Shawn M. Galloway
This is our final COVID-19 weekly update. The last four months have been difficult for many of us. Through the use of some new technology, we were able to pivot to supporting our clients remotely. However and understandably, many of our typical projects were placed on hold. This allowed all of us at ProAct Safety to refocus on helping companies safely manage their responses to shutting down, restarting, or operating during the new temporary normal. We have shared our observations and specific recommendations on our COVID-19 Resources page.
In early June, I was honored to be interviewed by Safety+Health Magazine and was asked, "Do you believe the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on the field of occupational safety and health?" I answered yes, in three significant ways. You may read my full response at https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/19964-the-future-of-safety?page=10.
Thankfully, many organizations are nearing back to normal and are able to refocus on efforts pursuing safety excellence. As such, ProAct Safety is pivoting back to concentration on what our clients traditionally hire us for: strategy, culture, leadership development, and employee engagement.
There are many things we have learned since the beginning of March 2020, which will remain relevant going forward. I hope what we have shared has been useful to you. While we are not past the pandemic yet, business life returns to normal for many. Not only are the previous risks still present, new ones have been created, requiring new thinking, new approaches and additional support from senior leadership.
ProAct Safety remains available as your trusted partner, advisor and coach. Experiences with over 2,000 unique projects in every major global industry, confirms that every group maintains different safety cultures, leadership styles, approaches to operational excellence, and history of past change successes and failures. We firmly believe the only path to excellence in safety performance and culture, is a collaboratively defined one. We look forward to partnering with you and welcome the opportunity to support your efforts, virtually or in-person.
Shawn M. Galloway is CEO of the global consultancy ProAct Safety. He is a trusted advisor, professional keynote speaker, and author of several bestselling books on safety strategy, culture, leadership, and behavior-based safety. He is a monthly columnist for several magazines and one of the most prolific contributors in the industry, having also authored over 700 podcasts, 200 articles, and 100 videos. Shawn has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Professionals, National Safety Council's Top 40 Rising Stars and Top Ten Speakers, EHS Today Magazine's 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine's POWER 101 - Leaders of the EHS World and their newest list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow, Pro-Sapien's list of The Top 11 Health and Safety Influencers and is an Avetta Distinguished Fellow.