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472: Is Your Organization Oozing Expertise

January 2nd, 2017 · Comments

Hello, welcome to this week’s podcast, brought to you by ProAct Safety, the leader in the world of safety excellence. For more information on this topic, or how we help lead individuals and organizations towards excellence in performance and culture, please visit us at 
I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like access to archived podcasts dating back to January 2008, please visit the store section at For additional insights (articles, blogs, books, speaking locations, webinars and videos) visit
Have a great week!
Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety

Tags: General · Safety Management · Organizational Safety Culture · Special Topics · Performance Management · Random Thoughts

444: The Generational Cliff

June 13th, 2016 · Comments

Hello, welcome to this week’s podcast, brought to you by ProAct Safety, the leader in the world of safety excellence. For more information on this topic, or how we help lead individuals and organizations towards excellence in performance and culture, please visit us at 

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like access to archived podcasts dating back to January 2008, please visit the store section at For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety


Tags: General · Safety Management · Special Topics · Articles · Random Thoughts

434: VIDEO - Transformational Pareto Analysis

April 4th, 2016 · Comments

Hello, welcome to this week’s podcast, brought to you by ProAct Safety, the leader in the world of safety excellence. For more information on this topic, or how we help lead individuals and organizations towards excellence in performance and culture, please visit us at 

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like access to archived podcasts dating back to January 2008, please visit the store section at For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence -

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety

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Tags: General · Behavior Based Safety · Safety Measurement · Special Topics · Lean Behavior-Based Safety · Videos · Behaviour-Based Safety · Accident Causation

Pipeline Industry’s Stance to Improve Reputation

May 27th, 2015 · Comments

The Huffington Post article, “America’s Disastrous History of Pipeline Accidents Shows Why the Keystone Vote Matters highlighted the pipeline industry’s incident record and stated that on average one significant pipeline incident occurs in the country every 30 hours. The key question to ask is – what is the pipeline industry doing to reduce the number of incidents and lower the risk of harm to the environment and surrounding communities where they operate.

After the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion in California and per National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations, midstream industry leaders in coordination with the American Petroleum Institute (API) gathered and collaborated to develop a recommended practice (RP) for the industry. Known as, API RP 1173 Pipeline Safety Management System (PSMS), it provides guidance for developing and maintaining a comprehensive management system to improve operational safety and decrease the rate of releases and incidents.  The PSMS framework defined in API 1173 shares common principles with safety management systems found in other industries such as nuclear, aviation, offshore oil and gas, and refinery and chemical plants. These safety management programs have demonstrated reductions in operational risk, reduced occurrences of incidents, and provided a platform for continuous improvement to achieve operational excellence. Large, integrated energy companies already have such overarching management systems in place that cover pipeline safety, such as an operations management system. However, the standards in API RP 1173 will likely require effort and executive commitment to enhance existing operations management/safety management system to fully meet the API RP 1173 requirements.

While many midstream companies have various programs that address risk management, asset integrity and management of change, a safety management system will provide an integrated management system that cuts through organizational and functional silos to achieve greater transparency and awareness which leads to better decision making and safer operations. Recognizing the significance of leadership accountability and communications to achieve a sustainable and meaningful operations/safety management system, the API RP 1173 devotes significant content to framing the role leadership at all levels plays in ensuring safe and reliable operations.

The final release of API RP 1173 is anticipated next month and is expected to change the way leaders think about their business decisions to a more holistic, systematic approach. For example, the draft version of API RP 1173 states, “Managing the safety of a complex process, as well as simpler systems, requires coordinated actions to address multiple, dynamic activities and circumstances. Pursuing the industry-wide goal of zero incidents requires comprehensive, systematic effort. While process-related incidents are relatively infrequent but can lead to serious consequences.”

While not mandatory to adopt API RP 1173, an operator risks being found negligent for not adopting and following a PSMS consistent with RP 1173 in the event of an incident as it will be considered an industry standard for which pipeline operators to follow.

This has been a guest contribution by Katherine Molly.

Katherine-Molly-150x150.jpgKatherine, Principal of Northhighland, works with executive management and project teams to improve organization processes for safety and reliability, reduce capital program and business process risks, and resolve program/ project crisis and disputes in the energy industries. Supporting owners, contractors, engineers, their legal counsel and sureties, she has led assessment and improvement organization and project programs, enhanced project execution, coalesced conflicting parties, and participated in the settlement/litigation of business and project disputes ranging from $1 million to multi-billion dollars.

Tags: General · Safety Management · Special Topics · Blog Posts

Humans are Risk Takers

May 6th, 2015 · Comments

Human nature involves risk taking; every human takes calculated risks on a daily basis.  Safety is about removing risks, and thus competes with human nature.  We can address this by trying to change human nature or by increasing the capacity to calculate risks more accurately. Very few people know even the approximate probability of the risks they take or which risks are more likely to result in an accidental injury. 

Organizations should analyze their accident data, not by body part most injured or injury category most common, but by which precaution has the potential to prevent the most injuries.  This data should be methodically shared with every employee to shape their perceptions of risks and focus their safety activities.  If this does not happen, individual perceptions of risks will vary by personal experience and knowledge of accident data, and will not result in maximum focus and directed effort.



-Terry L. Mathis


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Terry L. Mathis is the founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, an international safety and performance excellence firm. He is known for his dynamic presentations in the fields of behavioral and cultural safety, leadership, and operational performance, and is a regular speaker at ASSE, NSC, and numerous company and industry conferences. EHS Today listed Terry as a Safety Guru in ‘The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS three consecutive times. He has been a frequent contributor to industry magazines for over 15 years and is the coauthor of STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence (2013, WILEY).


Tags: General · Special Topics · Blog Posts

369 - Seven Years Podcasting Safety Excellence!

January 5th, 2015 · Comments

Seven years, wow! I started this podcast with the promise to provide weekly topics and am proud to say I've met this goal 100%. Along the way I have met some wonderful people that have both shared with me how our podcasts have helped them, and even challenged our own ideas that helped us also grow. 

ProAct Safety, our firm, turned 21 years old this past November and the Safety Culture Excellence Podcast celebrates 7 years this month. It has been a rewarding adventure and we look forward to the years to come.  We commit to continuing to advance the safety excellence profession and hope you will consider joining our communities.

Thank you so very much,

Shawn M. Galloway
ProAct Safety

Tags: Special Topics

Distracted Driving - Mitigating the Most Likely Halloween Risk

October 31st, 2013 · Comments

Today at work, employees and leaders alike will work hard to control risk exposure on the job. Hazard identification training will take place, new risks will be identified and barriers to safety excellence removed. The vast majority of these same individuals will leave at the end of their day to return home to go trick-or-treating with family members, or stay home to hand out candy. We are increasing our ability to identify hazards and control risks on the job, how well are we doing with Halloween?

My earliest memories of the joys of Halloween are also coupled with the horror stories of apples with needles in them, pixie sticks with PCP (Phencyclidine) or cyanide, child predators, and blades in lollipops. Many of these were myths, but there were truths as well. In 1964, a woman in Long Island, New York, frustrated with the increasing age of trick-or treaters, handed out items containing steel wool, dog biscuits and ant buttons. Thankfully she was prosecuted. In Detroit the same year, lye-filled gum made the news, along with rat-poison as treats in Philadelphia.

Today these stories persist and a new risk has emerged as the top danger of Halloween, distracted driving. According to the article, “Halloween is ‘Deadliest Day’ Of The Year For Pedestrian Fatalities” ( some concerning details were revealed based on an analysis of more than four million records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) from 1990 – 2010 for children 0-18 years of age on October 31.

  • “Halloween Was Deadliest Day of the Year for Child Pedestrian Accidents
  • Nearly one-fourth of accidents occurred from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Over 60% of the accidents occurred in the 4-hour period from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.”
  • Over 70% of the accidents occurred away from an intersection or crosswalk.
  • Most of the fatalities occurred with children ages 12-15 (32% of all child fatalities), followed by children ages 5-8 (23%).
  • Young drivers ages 15-25 accounted for nearly one-third of all fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween.”

Several sources recommend the following tips to help keep children safe this Halloween from the most likely risk:

  1. If wearing a mask, make sure it doesn’t limit vision
  2. Wear bright enough clothing or reflective items and carry a flashlight – and turn it on!
  3. Make sure clothing or costume accessories do not limit mobility
  4. Cross at crosswalks and intersections, not in the middle of the street
  5. Trick-or-Treat in larger groups to increase visibility
  6. If you need to drive, take a cab if consuming alcoholic beverages or are tired
  7. Do not operate a phone while driving (Teen age drivers more prone to distracted driving)

During this work day, please take time to discuss this risk and prevention options. Share these facts and tips with your work colleagues and most importantly, your family. Francis Bacon once said, “Knowledge is power.” Give the power to those you care about, to help them mitigate the most likely risk they will encounter this Halloween, distracted driving.

- Shawn M. Galloway

Shawn M. Galloway is the President of ProAct Safety and the coauthor of two books, his latest published Feb 2013 by Wiley is STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence. As an internationally recognized safety excellence expert, he has helped hundreds of organizations within every major industry to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture.  He has been listed in this year’s National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World and again in the recent, elite list of Up and Coming Thought Leaders. In addition to the books, Shawn has authored over 300 podcasts, 100 articles and 80 videos on the subject of safety excellence in culture and performance.

Tags: Special Topics · Home Safety · Articles · Accident Causation · Blog Posts

305 - Sticky Stories are Safety Savvy

September 2nd, 2013 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Kissimmee, Florida. I’d like to share an article written by Terry Mathis, published May 2013 in EHS Today Magazine.  It was titled, Sticky Stories are Safety Savvy.  The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence -

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety


Tags: Safety Communication · Special Topics · Change Management · Articles · Leading Safety · Professional Speaking · Marketing Safety

Going to NSC this week? Please attend one of my talks and say hi!

October 21st, 2012 · Comments

Below is my speaking schedule for NSC 2012 Congress and Expo this week. Please stop by one and say hello. Also our booth number is 1012 if you would like to say hi to some of our team!

Monday: 4pm-5:30pm: Behavior-Based Safety: Dead, Alive or Failing to Thrive (Room 306A/B)

Tuesday: 4pm-5:30pm: 90 Minutes to Safety Culture Excellence (With Terry Mathis in Room 307 A/B)

Wednesday: 8am-4:30pm: Climbing to the Top by Adding Value (With Terry Mathis Room 108A)

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety

Tags: Special Topics · Professional Speaking · Public Events

The 56 Books I Read in 2009

January 4th, 2010 · Comments

Welcome to 2010 and a new decade! Every year I commit to continuing my education through advanced courses, workshops, writings, speaking, application and self-study. I believe that once you stopped learning, you have stopped living. Below is a list (by month) of the books I read in 2009.


1. Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman

2. Swim With The Sharks: Without Being Eaten Alive, Outsell, Outmanage, Ourmotivate and Outnegotiate Your Competition by Harvey B. Mackay

3. The Basics of Performance Measurement by Jerry L. Harbour

4. The Future of Management by Gary Hamel


1. The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson

2. Lateral Thinking: Creativity Step by Step by Edward de Bono

3. Performance Safety: A Practical Approach by Randy E. Devaul


1. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

2. Judgement: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls by Noel M. Tichy and Warren G. Bennis

3. Mastering Safety Communication by John Drebinger


1. Stumbling on Happiness, by Daniel Gilbert

2. The 3 Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees) by Patrick Lencioni

3. The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea, by Bob Burg & John David Mann

4. How Full is Your Bucket?: Positive Strategies for Work and Life by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton

5. Coaching For Improved Work Performance by Ferdinand F. Fournies


1. Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Golman ,Richard E. Boyatis, and Annie McKee

2. The Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School by John Medina

3. Yes You Can: Conduct Your Own Safety Perception Survey by Dennis Ryan


1. Intrinsic Motivation At Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement by Kenneth W Thomas,

2. Your Child’s Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them by Jennifer Fox

3. Safety 24/7: Building an Incident-Free Culture by Robert L. Lorber, Ph.D. Gregory M. Anderson

4. Exceptional Selling: How The Best Connect and Win In High Stakes Sales by Jeff Thull

5. The Art of Safety: Breakthrough Techniques For Optimal Safety Performance by Gary Phillips

6. 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Rodd Wagner and Ph.D. James K. Harter


1. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

2. The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary by Joseph Michelli

3. Silos, Politics and Turf Wars: A Leadership Fable About Destroying the Barriers That Turn Colleagues Into Competitors by Patrick Lencioni

4. Who's Got Your Back: The Breakthrough Program to Build Deep, Trusting Relationships That Create Success—And Won’t Let You Fail by Keith Ferrazzi


1. SuperMotivation: A Blueprint for Energizing Your Organization from Top to Bottom by Dean R. Spitzer

2. 6 Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono

3. The Power of a Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life by Jim Loehr

4. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Lou Aronica and Ken Robinson

5. How to be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy by John Bridges

6. A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up: What to Wear, When to Wear it, How to Wear it by Bryan Curtis and John Bridges

7. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

8. The Confident Speaker: Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase

9. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras

10. Understanding Finance: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges by Harvard Business School Press


1. Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish

2. Unleashing The Ideavirus by Seth Godin

3. How To Start A Conversation and Make Friends by Don Gabor

4. Master Change, Maximize Success by Rebecca Potts and Jeanenne LaMarsh

5. The Drunkards Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow

6. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

7. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

8. The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent and Accelerate Performance by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton


1. Quite Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life by Tony Dungy and Nathan Whitaker

2. The 5th Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge

3. The Discipline of Teams by Jon R. Katzenbach and Douglas K. Smith


1. The Team-Building Tool Kit: Tips and Tactics for Effective Workplace Teams by Deborah Mackin

2. Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership by Steve Farber, Patrick Lencioni, and Matthew Kelly


1. Leadership And Self-Deception: Getting Out Of The Box by The Arbinger Institute

2. The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership by Steve Farber

3. Think Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

4. The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change The World by Steve Farber

5. The Invisible Employee: Realizing the Hidden Potential in Everyone by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

Have a safe, great and adventurous 2010!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety

Tags: Special Topics · Books and Professional Development