ProAct Safety CEO Among Six Select Few at 2014 National Safety Council Congress

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Terry L. Mathis’ session has been selected as one of the Journey to Safety Excellence® presentations for attendees of the NSC Congress, the world’s largest annual event for safety, health and environmental professionals.

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Terry L. Mathis

I'm thrilled the NSC is planning to recognize safety management as an important part of the Journey to Safety Excellence process.

ProAct Safety, a recognized pioneer in safety excellence strategies, announced its founder and CEO, Terry L. Mathis, was chosen to present one of only six sessions at the Congress that will carry the Journey to Safety Excellence® emblem in the session description. The presentation based on the article of the same title (Industry Week, May 2013), is “Should the Safety Department Manage Safety?” scheduled for September 15, 2014, from 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

According to the NSC website, the Journey to Safety Excellence model is “deeply rooted in research” and “provides a framework of safety best practices that is easy to follow.” The model describes an ideal cycle of workplace safety improvement. In the session, Mathis will discuss the benefits of safety oversight being managed by supervisors in each department rather than by safety professionals. With this unique distribution of safety responsibilities, department supervisors manage day-to-day safety issues, while safety professionals act as subject matter experts, teachers and developers of the organization’s safety strategy and safety culture.

In addition to the Journey to Safety Excellence session, ProAct Safety’s president, Shawn M. Galloway, who was named an NSC Rising Star in 2013, will deliver a presentation titled “Becoming a Rising Star—The Ideal Safety Career Path” on September 15th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mathis and Galloway were also asked to co-present a pre-conference workshop titled “Taking Behavior-Based Safety (BBS) to the Next Level”, which will take place on Sunday, September 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“This entire event is a great opportunity for safety professionals to measure their personal and organizational progress in safety and continue finding new ways to achieve safety excellence,” Mathis said. “I’m thrilled the NSC is planning to recognize safety management as an important part of the Journey to Safety Excellence process.”

Galloway added, “We are honored to be participating in this year’s NSC Congress, and we are eager to share common steps organizations of all sizes and types have taken to reach their safety goals.” ProAct Safety has delivered presentations at each annual NSC Congress for nearly a decade.

About Terry L. Mathis
Mathis is known for dynamic presentations and writing in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance. He is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for more than 15 years and is coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture ExcellenceSM (WILEY, 2013).

About Shawn M. Galloway
As a professional keynote speaker and internationally recognized safety excellence expert, Galloway has consulted with hundreds of organizations within every major industry to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture. He is also the host of the weekly podcast series “Safety Culture Excellence®”, a columnist for several magazines, and coauthor of the book STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence.

About ProAct Safety
ProAct Safety is a global consultancy with more than two decades of experience and 2,000 successful projects focused on strategy, leadership, culture and performance. The company has worked extensively with organizations in nearly every major industry in the global marketplace. ProAct Safety is recognized worldwide as the number-one resource for practical, proven, custom and creative solutions for safety excellence in performance and culture. Learn more at

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