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BECOME MORE INCLUSIVE: Addressing Safety Culture in a Diverse Workforce

March 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a worker died every 101 minutes in 2021 in the United States, that’s an increase of 8.9% from 2020. That translates to 5,190 lives lost in a year. Could they have been prevented? What percentage of errors and mistakes do you believe employees hide in your organization?

Sometimes injuries and deaths occur because of equipment failure and mistakes, but oftentimes it’s due to the fear of speaking up. Workers are as much an active participant in monitoring and managing the workplace as are leaders. How do we create this safety culture? It’s about modeling behavior and rewarding workers when they speak up.

A CEO regularly visits the factory floor wearing safety equipment and connecting with managers and line workers. Why? Because the company values a safety culture and shows it through actions. The workers feel free to discuss issues with machinery and the company creates an environment of collaboration and innovation by welcoming new ideas that empower excellence. A culture of safety is understood by different languages, cultures, and generations.

Join Paola Velasquez, the IMEC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director for a Q&A session with President Mery Sennet from Ideal Safety Communication, Inc. Mery is a recent recipient of the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Mery is a bilingual safety trainer and strategist. Her mission is to bridge communication barriers, save worker’s lives, and help clients meet operational safety and compliance needs.

During our conversation you will:

• Identify the strengths and limitations of your safety culture
• Recognize some tools to improve your safety
• Promote collaboration and engagement across all levels of the organization to demonstrate commitment to safety



Mery Sennett, President, Ideal Safety Communications, Inc.Mery is a nationally recognized bilingual OSHA trainer/consultant. She is the bridge where safety and communication meet – delivering bilingual workplace safety and consulting (English/Spanish). Mery has been dedicated to bilingual safety training, safety audits, and strategies. She is an OSHA Outreach Authorized Trainer for general industry with over 25 years of experience in Occupational Health and Safety. Mery has extensive experience working in manufacturing, service, and contract research and development environments. She has created and developed effective solutions to help businesses achieve workplace safety and health compliance. She has trained thousands of people of diverse backgrounds.

Contact Name: Camryn Tunney

Contact Email ctunney@imec.org


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