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SWP #17 – Leveraging Culture, Engagement and Community For Safety Performance with Andrew Sharman
3rd January 2020 • Safeopedia Podcasts • Safeopedia Podcast
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In this episode of Safety with Purpose, in partnership with EHS Congress 2020, we are talking to Andrew Sharman, Managing Partner of RMS the President at IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and Bryan McWhorter of Safeopedia. This is part two of a two part series. We will be picking up from our previous episode's discussion with Andrew and Bryan chatting about if we are focusing on the right things as EHS Professionals, how to cultivate a planned culture, leveraging community for safety engagement and the EHS Congress 2020 coming up in April 21 to 22 2020.

About Our Guests:

Andrew Sharman is the Managing Partner of international culture and leadership consultancy RMS, he holds a doctoral degree in leadership & culture transformation, and masters degrees in international health and safety law, and in industrial psychology and organisational behaviour. He revels in the interplay between compliance and culture. With a safety career exceeding two decades he has guided global leaders in their commitment to zero accidents and towards safety excellence across a range of industry sectors including aviation, construction, power generation and supply, fast moving consumer goods, oil and gas, and manufacturing. His experience now spans more than one hundred countries across five continents.

Andrew is Professor of Leadership and Safety Culture at the European Centre for Executive Development (CEDEP) at Fontainebleau in France, and also teaches at CalTech, the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, USA, at executive eduction school IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He has a reputation as a thoughtful, innovative, engaging orator and speaks extensively on the subjects of risk management, safety culture, leadership and organizational behaviour with corporations and NGOs. He has chaired or given keynote papers at more than three hundred professional development events around the world including the prestigious TED conferences. Andrew is the former Vice Chairman of the Board, and now President of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), the world’s largest professional health and safety membership organization representing over 47,000 members globally. He is Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Leadership & Management, and Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Earth Focus Foundation.

Far from being risk averse, Andrews loves high risk adventure sports including free-flying, rock climbing, sea kayaking and swimming with sharks. He uses these pursuits to think differently about the language, perceptions and function of occupational safety, health, risk management and sustainability and to align these disciplines with broader organizational issues to drive positive impact and enhance the performance of individuals, teams and businesses. His written articles on safety leadership, organizational culture, and behaviour reach more than 100,000 readers globally each month. He is the author of 8 best-selling books on leadership, culture, behaviour and wellbeing.

Andrew can be contacted via, by email or just click on this link to learn more about working with Andrew and his organization, RMS.

Andrew’s book mentioned during podcast, From Accidents to Zero is available at:

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Andrew has chaired and given keynote papers at more than three hundred professional development events around the world, including the prestigious TED conferences.

View Andrew’s TED Talk here:

Further details: 

Websites: RMS

CEDEP: Https://


Twitter: @ads_sharman



Bryan McWhorter of Safeopedia is a safety professional with eleven years of experience in driving and teaching safety. Bryan gained his knowledge and experience as the safety officer and Senior Trainer for Philips Lighting. Philips is a strong health and well-being company that promotes a safety first culture.

Bryan was involved in creating a successful safety culture in a Philips Lighting factory of approximately 500 employees, the results being a 50% reduction on OSHA recordable accidents in the first year. This continued to improve each following year Bryan was in charge of safety. Bryans’ responsibilities included providing and tracking needed safety training, performing hazard assessments and all accident investigations.

Bryan helped initiate a system allowing employees to submit safety projects and work on them with support as needed. Since that time in 2009, over 2500 safety projects have been completed.

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Twitter: @mchhorter


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