Shawn M. Galloway Named Thought Leader in Elite Environmental Health and Safety "Up and Comer" List

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ISHN Magazine includes ProAct Safety President and COO on list of "young thought leaders in the EHS (environmental, health and safety) field."

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I try hard each week to challenge global thinking about what safety excellence is and isn’t.

Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN) released an exclusive list of 17 individuals they believe represent the youngest and most influential thought leaders in the environmental, health and safety (EHS) field. Featured on this list is ProAct Safety's President and Chief Operating Officer, Shawn M. Galloway, who is identified as an up and comer in the field and described by the publication as "a pioneer in safety podcasting and a prolific writer".

This distinction comes several months after Galloway was added to another list of top safety executives in ISHN’s "Power 101." He was recognized for hosting the weekly Safety Culture Excellence® podcast series, as well as writing articles for ISHN and other publications and his vast efforts promoting safety excellence strategies across many industries.

“ISHN's audience of 71,400 deserves to know a bit about the young leaders they will be hearing more from in coming years,” said ISHN editor Dave Johnson. “That was the idea behind the up and comer list. Shawn is on it because he's smart, visible, tech savvy, and part of the next generation of occupational safety and health subject matter experts who will help map safety managers' way through human dynamics and organizational management.”

In addition to being recognized by ISHN, Galloway has been called a "global safety excellence expert" and a "top rated speaker" by the National Safety Council, and has worked personally with clients such as the National Institutes of Health, Georgia-Pacific, Timken, MD Anderson, the United States Capitol and United States Armed Forces, as well as more than a hundred other organizations, to improve their safety culture and performance. Galloway is the coauthor of two books on safety; STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence and Hazardous Materials Management Desk Reference, 3rd Edition.

"I’m honored to be named among the top safety professionals on both lists and honored that I’m still considered to be young," laughed Galloway. "I’m regularly asked by other safety consultants if I’m concerned that we share too much about our methodologies and ideas at ProAct Safety. This question has come more often since the release of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence. The answer is that we don’t feel we can share too much. I try hard each week to challenge global thinking about what safety excellence is and isn’t. I share thoughts, observations, research and, most importantly, our methodology—all because it’s important to keep people safe and we have a responsibility to share what we know that works."

Galloway continued, "Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying, 'I want to put a ding in the universe.' This is how I feel." Galloway doesn't believe he'll ever retire, but knows he'll eventually be more limited in the ways he can help organizational leaders. "Until that day, I hope to make a difference in the lives of the masses exposed to risks on and off the job. Recognition through lists like this is personally very rewarding and a great reinforcement of the importance of our work in the industry. I thank Dave Johnson and ISHN for the recognition."

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In 1993, ProAct Safety was created with the sole purpose of helping organizations achieve and sustain safety excellence. Now recognized as the world’s most successful provider of safety excellence strategies, ProAct Safety has partnered with hundreds of organizations throughout the world, in every major industry. ProAct Safety believes sustainable safety excellence is never achieved with a one-size-fits-all approach, and the only path to sustainable safety culture and safety performance excellence is through professional collaboration. Learn more at

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