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The Employee Safety Podcast is for professionals responsible for the safety and well-being of their employees. Today’s world has a wide array of threats: wildfires, hurricanes, civil unrest, acts of violence, a global pandemic. We will discuss how to protect your employees from all of these threats—whether they’re in the office, working remotely, or traveling for business. Each episode features an interview with a leader in employee safety, discussing topics such as emergency preparedness, b ...
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The 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris begin July 26, and ensuring safety for athletes and visitors at the world’s largest multi-sport event is no small feat. Today’s guest, Scott Kim, is the Director of the Office of Protection at the Diplomatic Security Service, the agency that helps protect Team U.S.A. during the Olympic Games. Listen in to lear…
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Artificial Intelligence is here—and it’s here to stay. But when it comes to safeguarding employees, do the benefits of AI outweigh the risks? Guest host Sara Pratley sits down with Dean Baratta, Group Regional Security Manager at Microsoft, to discuss how AI and large language models can impact the intelligence and security functions at organizatio…
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Bob Smith has more than twenty years of experience in emergency management and communication roles in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as Director of Service Assurance and Compliance at GCI Communication Corporation, the largest telecommunications carrier for the state of Alaska Working on large-scale events, including the O…
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On January 2, 2023, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a road game in Cincinnati. The Bills’ Associate Head Athletic Trainer Denny Kellington quickly determined that Hamlin was experiencing cardiac arrest and worked with an expert team of medical professionals to perform CPR and restore Hamlin’s heartbeat. Hamlin has si…
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Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and Colorado State University has predicted a historically active season for 2024. Patrick Forand is a certified incident commander and FEMA instructor and was a contract manager at the Florida Department of Health for more than 16 years. He currently leads emergency management, disaster planning, and resp…
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In today's intensifying threat landscape, organizations must go beyond a check-the-box approach to achieve positive safety outcomes. For Andrew Dingee, pilot, safety expert, and author of Delivering the Right Stuff, an effective safety culture is achieved through a systems approach—that catches human error while preventing blame. In this episode, A…
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April is Workplace Violence Prevention Month, an important reminder for organizations to pause and analyze their readiness for workplace violence prevention and response. Bryan Strawser is an expert in helping organizations uplevel their workplace violence prevention programs and adapt to stay resilient in the future. His consultancy, Bryghtpath, h…
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Tornadoes can damage or destroy anything in their path in seconds, leaving lasting impacts. With climate change driving tornado outbreaks year-round, organizations must continually review and update their preparedness and recovery plans. Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jennifer Dunn and her team at the National Weather Service combine forces wit…
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Throughout his 30+ year career, Bart Brown has led teams of hundreds, securing both the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and critical national infrastructure. In his current role as Vice President and Chief Security Officer at Frontier Communications, the keys to creating an effective security organization are adaptability, scalability, and automation. List…
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In the two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, global supply chain disruptions, ballooning inflation, and unpredictable risks to employee safety have left organizations scrambling to adapt. Today, as several global conflicts rage on with no end in sight, a new era of misinformation challenges resilience leaders to rise to a new level of vigil…
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There's nothing like an NFL game day. With 50,000+ people pouring into FedExField, the Washington Commanders rely on the elite coordination and collaboration of Director of Security & Transportation, Matthew Van Norton, to keep fans and staff safe. By partnering with vendors, federal, state, and local officials, and the league itself, Matthew and h…
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As a remote-first organization with cloud-based headquarters, Zillow maintains its resilience with a 24/7 approach to business continuity and crisis management. Business Resiliency Manager Ryan Williams and his team of two rely on modern tools and technology to ensure any incident – from an app outage to an active threat – gets an immediate and eff…
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From natural disasters to the advancement of AI, 2023 saw various disruptive events that impacted business leaders' approach to employee safety, security, and business continuity. As we move further into 2024, trendlines indicate that the global threat landscape will continue to intensify. Sara Pratley, Senior Vice President of Global Intelligence …
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Many companies view their corporate security function as a cost center—and miss out on the untapped potential of a robust security culture. In this episode, Wendy Bashnan, Director of Security and Fire Protection at Scout Motors, unpacks insights from her 30-year career—from government security at the U.S. Department of State, NATO, and the Diploma…
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John Liuzzi built the business continuity program for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits from the ground up. As the world’s largest wine and spirits distributor, Southern Glazer’s complex global supply chain makes managing situational intelligence 24/7 an impressive feat. In this episode, John unpacks the keys to a successful business continuity prog…
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Large-scale events raise unique safety concerns for organizers and attendees alike. With event emergencies and attacks on the rise globally, organizations should prepare their employees to respond to any large-scale event disruption, from power outages and crowd surges to active shooter threats and natural disasters. Nick Dawe is the Division Chief…
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At Stratolaunch—the company that built the world’s longest aircraft—emergency planning is unique. From coordinating public safety officials to readying rescue operations, the experimental aviation company relies on an emergency response expert with experience at every altitude. Linna Selbrede is the Emergency Response Program Lead with over a decad…
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With 694 fatalities and $112 billion in losses reported in 2022, retail crime is at an all-time high. And as Black Friday and the holiday shopping season approach, retailers are looking for solutions to ensure a safe and smooth atmosphere for shoppers and employees alike. Khristopher Hamlin is the Vice President of Asset Protection at the Retail In…
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In the healthcare industry, resiliency is more than ensuring continuity of operations—it’s about protecting the continuity of patient care around the clock. Jonathan Arnburg is the System Senior Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management at Inova, Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Jon joined the show to discuss how …
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Safety and security training can feel tedious and dull—but it doesn’t have to be. When organizations prioritize onboarding, training, and development, the entire business and workforce builds resiliency. For Adam Corn, Director of Safety & Security and Training & Development at GoFundMe, the key to a successful training program is making it fun, th…
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Resilient organizations can weather any crisis and come back stronger. But in today’s intensifying threat landscape, business resiliency requires going above and beyond standard drills and emergency planning. Dr. Steve Goldman, Director of Advanced Business Resiliency at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discusses lessons learned from…
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Today, more than 77% of companies are using or exploring the use of AI. With mountains of big data to sift through, organizational security and intelligence professionals are turning to automated solutions to speed up their information gathering and decision-making. AlertMedia’s SVP of Global Intelligence, Sara Pratley, sat down with two intelligen…
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For the Texas Rangers Baseball Club, a safe and secure season requires careful planning and coordination of 200+ employees, vendors, contractors, and public safety officials. Donald Paisant is the Senior Director of Event Security & Special Projects for the Texas Rangers. Donald has decades of high-profile sports security experience, from protectin…
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Business resilience is essential for major financial institutions responsible for managing customer funds. In an emergency, finance companies must protect their employees and facilities while ensuring their customers’ cash is always accessible. Jeff Dow is Manager of Protection and Resiliency at a major financial organization, after serving as a co…
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This October marks the 20th anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Now more than ever, organizations need a plan to face the ever-evolving threat of ransomware attacks. In this episode, Heather Engel, Managing Partner at Strategic Cyber Partners, shares invaluable insights on building an effective ransomware attack response plan and navigati…
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When Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc on the shores of Florida in 2022, Kohl’s mobilized a task force of over 100 corporate leaders, deploying their National Disaster Playbook with precision and compassion. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the storm, Peter sat down with Stephanie Reissing, Kohl’s Business Continuity Manager, to hear the incred…
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Effective communication becomes the linchpin of organizational resilience in times of uncertainty. From weather disruptions to reputational crises, organizations need to master the art of communication when it matters most—before disaster strikes. Julie Kay Roberts is the Founder of the Private Sector Emergency Management Association, which connect…
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The healthcare industry is currently grappling with a significant staffing shortage, which directly impacts employee safety. For hospitals and care providers overwhelmed by burnout, workplace violence, and other systemic issues, the key to improving their safety culture is near-miss reporting. Heidi Raines is Founder and CEO of Performance Health P…
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In today’s threat landscape, physical security leaders face mounting risks with increasing resource constraints. At Datadog, a SaaS-based data analytics platform, Julius Jayasekaran embraces the lean security model by leveraging technology. As Global Head of Physical Security with decades of experience in security operations, Julius discusses how u…
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People can be unpredictable, especially in a crisis. Organizations should understand how human behavior can impact emergency response and outcomes and update their plans, policies, and procedures accordingly. Behavioral Scientist and Clinical Psychologist, Steve Crimando, is Founder and Principal of Behavioral Science Applications LLC. He helps org…
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Knowing what to expect during an OSHA inspection can be a challenge for any organization. With more than 400 pages in OSHA's Field Operations Manual, companies need expert advice to prepare for unexpected visits from an inspector. Michael Rubin is a shareholder and OSHA attorney at Ogletree Deakins. Michael joined the show to explain how to: Prepar…
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There’s no such thing as too much preparation for active shooter events. But what’s the best way to train your people to respond in a real scenario? And how do you support impacted employees if or when it happens at your organization? Chris Nelson, SVP and Head of Asset Protection at Gap Inc., joins the show to answer these questions and explain ho…
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Enterprise-level emergency management requires standardization of local, regional, and company-wide preparedness and response plans. For Kevin Hannes, Vice President of Emergency Management at AccentCare, a delicate balance of repeatable processes and agile implementation combine to ensure staff safety and patient continuity of care. In this episod…
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Nearly one-third of the U.S. population lives in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). These fire-prone areas are a perfect storm of fuel availability, weather conditions, and ignition sources—leaving organizations and communities at serious risk of wildfire. U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell joined the show to discuss how businesses wit…
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With flights circling the globe from Dallas to Tel Aviv to Port-au-Prince, American Airlines operates in zones of significant risk. For Mohammed Baloch, Manager of Geopolitical Risk, strategic and tactical intelligence combine to ensure true risk resilience—an approach they call “stractical” intelligence. Mohammed joins the show to discuss: How str…
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For Andrea Davis, the key to business resiliency is applying lessons learned from past disruptions to continuity planning. As Founder, President, and CEO of The Resiliency Initiative, Andrea draws on her business continuity, crisis management, and resiliency experience at major enterprises to help private and public sector organizations navigate th…
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Extreme heat can have severe impacts on an organization’s people, facilities, and operations. With 2023 forecast to rival the hottest global year on record, we’re airing a refresher on how to prepare your employees and business to stay safe in the swelter. Paul Yura is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service. Paul sha…
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30+ years after the American Disabilities Act, many organizations still struggle with granting reasonable accommodations. Requesting accommodation often forces individuals with disabilities to disclose private health information, putting both employees and employers in uncomfortable positions. This episode features Hannah Olson, Co-Founder and CEO …
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In early 2023, California experienced multiple atmospheric rivers that dumped 30 trillion gallons of water across the state, causing weeks of widespread flooding, landslides, and power outages. In this episode, Peter sits down with Scott Van Pee, Quality and Risk Project Director at CLA, an advisory firm with several offices affected by the storms.…
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Organizations with strong safety cultures achieve better safety outcomes—but building and maintaining a great safety culture is no easy feat. So how should organizations approach it? And what is a leader's role in creating it? Marcia Kay Thompson, Esq. is a former intelligence analyst at the DEA, a celebrated civil rights attorney, U.S. Capitol omb…
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Psychosocial hazards are factors in the workplace environment that can affect an individual's mental and social well-being. Things like poor working relationships, lack of role clarity, inadequate rewards or recognition, and traumatic events are potentially hazardous to employees. Dr. I. David Daniels is the President and CEO of ID2 Solutions and h…
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Accidents happen, but workplace incidents shouldn’t cost life or limb for employees. For Mark Jones, the key to reducing serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) is building a capacity to fail safely. Mark is the EHS Director at Plastipak, a packaging and recycling leader with more than 50 sites worldwide. Mark instituted a culture of transparent dia…
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June is National Safety Month, so we’re sharing a special two-part series on preventing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace. In part one, Laurel and Russ Youngstrom, Co-Owners of Youngstrom Safety, share their deeply personal story of how a serious workplace injury changed everything. Laurel and Russ have dedicated their lives to speak…
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When Hurricane Ian battered the state of Florida in 2022, Family First Homecare faced the daunting task of ensuring their electricity-dependent patients were safe, accounted for, and receiving life-sustaining care. In part two of our 2023 hurricane preparedness series, Beth Harbold, Director of Quality Assurance and Emergency Management, explains t…
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The first step to hurricane readiness is knowing what to do and when. In part one of our 2023 hurricane preparedness series, guest host Sara Pratley sat down with AlertMedia’s Senior Meteorologist, Jason Moreland, to unpack the early forecasts for the 2023 hurricane season and what organizations need to know to protect their people and property. As…
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Safety and security leaders need relevant, accurate metrics to properly evaluate the effectiveness of their systems and processes. Some systems are not designed to generate metrics at all, so it’s up to the organization to develop reporting systems from scratch. Scott Napier, Global Systems and Technology Lead at Zendesk is tackling this by capturi…
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Work-related hearing loss can have devastating effects on an employee’s physical and mental health and significantly impact an organization’s safety culture. Even work environments with relatively low noise intensity levels can cause hearing damage over time. To help prevent hearing loss in the workplace, employers must educate their workers on noi…
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A traditional crisis management approach starts with planning, training, and exercises. Yet, in this linear model, organizations often find cracks in the system when the rubber meets the road. Steven Kuhr is a crisis and emergency management leader with decades of experience spanning public service and private sector roles. For Steven, true resilie…
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Business travel is back and rapidly returning to pre-pandemic levels—but managing risks for traveling employees can be complex and overwhelming, even for the largest companies. Business travelers can face many threats, from severe weather and natural disasters to geopolitical conflicts and IP theft. They expect their employers to both prepare and p…
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Safety training has a reputation for being long and tedious. But as Rachel Walla-Housman puts it, bite-sized informational videos have been shown to increase learner retention, improve safety outcomes, and foster a better attitude towards safety. Rachel is the Founder of Ally Safety, which creates instructional videos and modules that transform tra…
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