Transforming Supervisors into Safety Leaders

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Breakout Sessions


The ways in which organizations manage their safety and health systems has transformed dramatically over the past 40 years.

Workplace safety and health management approaches have evolved from OSHA compliance to hazard prevention; from safety cultural models to continuous improvement models. One increasingly important element which throughout is the concept of employee involvement, that everyone is responsible for workplace safety and health.

The supervisor is a key position within an organization that greatly influences the success of a safety management system. The transition from supervisor to safety leaders however, is often met with hesitation about the unknown. “How do I make the transition from supervisor to safety leader?” “What does this transition roadmap look like?” “How will I know if I am an effective safety leader?” These are all great questions which, at times, are responded to with multifaceted answers.

This session will break down the process of transforming a Supervisor into a Safety Leader, and provide attendees with basic first steps on how to accomplish this transition.


  • Chevon Cook

    Chevon is an experienced safety management consultant with 12+ years of extensive training and knowledge needed to help build a prominent safety culture within manufacturing and staffing settings. The first third of her career was spent as a risk consultant on the insurance side, providing loss control services such as safety program management/development, training and claim management to a wide range of industrial manufacturing companies, as well as conducting risk assessments to determine the probability of loss within all Property & Casualty lines of insurance. Chevon’s career then shifted to a food manufacturing setting, where she helped manage and develop safety programs, policies and trainings for all plant employees. While well-versed in all applicable safety programs for manufacturing settings, Chevon tended to focus her energy into maintaining OHSAS 18001 compliance, and developing and implementing behavior-based programs and risk assessments (job hazard analysis).

    Chevon also has leadership experience, having managed safety employees that came from union, non-union and student settings. Chevon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Whitewater in Occupational & Environmental Safety and Health. She is a long-standing member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Safety Council. Chevon is certified through the National Safety Council to deliver First Aid/CPR/AED training, and she is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Training, providing OSHA 10- & 30-hour classes to a wide variety of customers. She also spends time working with and recruiting coworkers to get involved in various volunteer projects, including Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.

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