Live on Jun 1, 2022 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Eastern
Diversity by Way of Safety
By Bryce Griffler, CSP, M.Eng.
Expires: May 31, 2024
This engaging TED Talk-style presentation directly compares industrial & public safety to diversity & inclusion. In industry, we talk about safety every day with a strong drive to constantly work towards improvement. The business case is clear: improved safety makes us better and it's the right thing to do. Years ago, safety wasn't the main concern it is today—but thanks to leadership and the industry relentlessly pushing the business case that necessitates a focus on it—safety awareness, improvement, and innovation is now an integral part of any successful industrial business today.
The connection between a focus on safety awareness and advancing diversity & inclusion practices is clear: both make us better and are the right things to do. Unfortunately, employees often shy away from addressing the need to progress D&I practices and interactions. Leaders may not comfortable discussing the need for robust D&I acumen and some employees share that they are "tired" of hearing about D&I and tune out any mention of it.
What occurred to propel safety from an afterthought to being fundamental to success and how can we do the same for D&I? How can we engage leadership to make D&I a similar priority? Some plants will have "safety talks" every single day before starting work--but those same businesses rarely talk about diversity and inclusion beyond a vague objective in a yearly management review. How can we transform our cultures to value D&I as we regard safety?
After all, nobody argues that "safety shouldn't be discussed in the workplace--it's inappropriate!" How can we start viewing D&I as appropriate to talk about and essential to successful business? We need to challenge ourselves and those around us, especially those we don’t regularly engage with on the topic of D&I, to ask not only “why not?” but “how?”
1. Recognize that there are similarities between safety & health and diversity & inclusion.
2. Explore what it might take to make diversity "part of how we do business" like safety is "how we do business?"
3. Give leaders resources to advance themselves and their teams such as ERGs, reverse mentoring, and guided toolbox discussions.
Bryce Griffler, CSP, M.Eng. is the Global Manager, Safety & Health Management Program at Amazon Web Services. Named the ASSP Emerging Professionals’ (EP) and Management Practice Specialty’s (MPS) Safety Professional of the Year in 2022, Bryce serves as the Membership Chair of the ASSP EP Common Interest Group, a Member at Large for the ASSP MPS. Bryce proudly served as a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for ASSP. Bryce considers himself a “recovering engineer” after serving in engineering roles for 6 years. He was also the President and Founder of the first BAE Systems, Inc. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Allies (LGBTQA) Employee Resource Group (ERG), OutLink and is an active member of the LGBTQA affinity group at Amazon, Glamazon.
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