The Accidental Safety Pro

The Accidental Safety Pro
Vivid Learning Systems Chief Safety Officer, Jill James, chats with other safety professionals about how they came into their role as a safety professional, what they’ve learned along the way, as well as some of the highs and lows that come with job.

#32: Not The Safety Cop
Aug 14 • 62 min
​Jill James speaks with special guest Abby Ferri about her storied career path, how to avoid being the safety cop by earning the trust of your workers, and utilizing social media as a safety pro.
#31: Body after body
Jul 31 • 59 min
Podcast series host Jill James speaks with former professional boxer, firefighter, and elephant stampede survivor, Tony Taylor.
#30: Hardcore one-on-one safety stuff
Jul 17 • 26 min
Live from the University of Notre Dame! Jill connects with the trailblazing Eric Kloss, Director of Risk Management and Safety. They talk about ND’s Safety Summit, a campus-wide kick-off event related to the VPP pursuit, the magnetism and impact of event…
#29: Charlie Morecraft
Jul 3 • 52 min
30 years. 1 story. Hundreds of thousands of lives touched. That’s the Charlie Morecraft experience. Charlie shares the unforgettable story of how he got into safety the old fashioned way—after a serious injury at work.
#28: How to raise a safety pro
Jun 19 • 58 min
Podcast series host Jill James connects with Debra, a lecturer at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Occupational & Environmental Safety and Health Department. You’ll learn—through Debra’s example—why learning continuously is so…
#27: Big wheels keep on turning
Jun 5 • 57 min
Today, Jill James talks with Andrew, JB Hunt’s Regional Safety Manager. Andrew helps keep those 80,000 pound big rigs rolling safely down the highway. In fact, Andrew can maneuver a semi truck like a pro.
#26: You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf
May 22 • 64 min
​Live meditation practice? On a podcast? Yep! Podcast series host Jill James brings in two incredible guest-experts on the subject of mindfulness in safety.
#25: The singing safety professional
May 8 • 62 min
Podcast series host Jill James welcomes Josh to the show. Now practicing safety on behalf of a large civil constructor, Josh’s unlikely path started as a teenage tagalong on his father’s construction sites, a go-fer. When his college pursuit of music…
#24: Tackling Workers Comp
Apr 24 • 69 min
In this episode, Chief Safety Officer and host of the show, Jill James, talks with Cassandra, a workers compensation claims consultant. They discuss workers compensation in some detail, including experience modifiers, how to deal with the sometimes…
#23: Jay Allen from SafetyFM
Apr 10 • 61 min
Jill James, our series host, talks with Jay Allen from SafetyFM. They cover topics including his broadcasting background, trying to settle on a major, and Jay explains how a vehicle fatality gave him a push to get into safety.
#22: Eight stories and a big thank you.
Mar 27 • 25 min
These stories from safety professionals across the country will make you laugh, make you wince, and leave you with the sense that you’re not alone.
#21: ASSP’s Emerging Professionals Roundtable
Mar 13 • 46 min
In a podcast first, series host Jill James sits down with three emerging professionals affiliated with American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). With pathways to safety as unique as their backgrounds, our guests on the 21st episode share important…
#20: Get up on the roof or find a new job.
Feb 27 • 42 min
Robert came to safety through a popular pathway—the trades, skilled labor. As a teenage apprentice electrician, Robert was struck by an arc flash. Then, as a carpenter, he slid off of a roof without any fall protection gear.
#19: Other kids didn’t grow up around safety. We were doing fire drills in our house once a quarter.
Feb 13 • 51 min
Contrary to the theme of the show, Chevon was seemingly born to the safety occupation. That’s what happens when your mother is a professor of occupational health and safety.
#18: If I don’t remember that, then I don’t need to be doing safety.
Jan 30 • 45 min
Podcast series host Jill James connects with Certified Safety Professional Rick, a home grown pro with over 30 years of experience.
#17: First Year Safety Pro Syndrome
Jan 16 • 49 min
Series host Jill James connects with Katie, one of the few who began higher education with a focus on occupational safety, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in health and safety.
#16: These guys really lived safety. It wasn’t just a flavor of the month.
Jan 2 • 58 min
From starting his career as a chemist at a nuclear facility to becoming an operations manager at a hydro plant and on through his recent retirement, our guest Harold talks with series host Jill James about his path towards becoming a safety pro.
#15: I can die on that hill and make it better for somebody else.
Dec 5, 2018 • 52 min
Our host, Jill James, sits down to have a conversation with Linda Martin, 2018 President of the Board of Certified Safety Processionals, chair of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Foundation Board, and recipient of the 2018 Marion Martin Award…
#14: Guess what I did to a turkey today?
Nov 21, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode of the podcast, series host Jill James reconnects with Dr. Amy Orders, Managing Director of Emergency Management Mission Continuity, with North Carolina State University. You’ll also explore two paradigms of adult education: Problem-Based…
#13: The real test is, ‘Can we change other people’s minds about this?’
Nov 7, 2018 • 65 min
Podcast series host Jill James connects with filmmaker Dave DeSario, an unlikely workplace safety champion and outspoken reform advocate. Learn about the safety nuances and pitfalls of non-traditional employee-employer relationships, the correlation…
NSC Live: “I always tell people it’s a sales job. You’re really essentially a salesman.”
Oct 26, 2018 • 17 min
Jill James, Chief Safety Officer and show host, talks with Justin, a VP of Safety, with an oil and gas company in Texas–live from the Expo floor of the NSC Congress.
NSC Live: “A recovering liberal arts student.” with John Dony
Oct 26, 2018 • 19 min
​This episode features John Dony, Director of the Campbell Institute and Director of EH&S at the National Safety Council. He sits down to talk with host and Vivid’s Chief Safety Officer Jill James, live on the Expo floor of the NSC Congress, about the…
NSC Live: “Eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime.” with NSC President Debbie Hersman
Oct 24, 2018 • 27 min
Series host Jill James sits down with the President and CEO of the National Safety Council, Debbie Hersman. Together they discuss safety legislation, being a “worst case scenario mom”, and the new mission of the NSC - eliminating preventable deaths in our…
NSC Live: “I think this would be a great way for us to fund steel toe boots.”
Oct 23, 2018 • 21 min
Russell, a electrical safety pro from Texas, joins us live on the floor of the NSC to talk with our Chief Safety Officer and host Jill James.
NSC Live: “People were making bets on how long I could make it.”
Oct 23, 2018 • 41 min
Our host Jill James sits down with the Safety Training Ninja, Regina McMichael from the Learning Factory, live from the floor of the NSC Expo.
#12: The Swiss cheese model of accident causation.
Oct 17, 2018 • 56 min
Learn about the life of a young safety professional on the road, covering 400K miles from plant to plant in America’s heartland. Paul’s also got a bunch of near-miss stories any safety pro will connect with, along with advice for building safety “street…
#11: Crab asthma.
Oct 3, 2018 • 60 min
You’ll learn how Mark’s blue-collar upbringing influenced his perspectives on occupational safety, and how a 7-year adventure in Alaska working as one of about 15 industrial hygienists in the entire state, solidified his professional interest (along with…
#10: It’s not about being more careful.
Sep 19, 2018 • 49 min
Podcast series host Jill James speaks with Scott, a safety engineer in the telecomm industry, and published author. An 18-year professional safety veteran, Scott started his journey as an undergraduate psych major when a summer job at the local factory…
#9: Safety? In that industry? All I can think of right now are Buzz and Woody.
Sep 5, 2018 • 58 min
Ever wonder what occupational safety looks like for a Hollywood studio? This episode of the podcast finds series host Jill James talking with Carolina, a safety leader at Pixar. You’ll learn about building trust with regulatory bodies, how occupational…
#8: I have to tell you, those science teachers love to accumulate chemicals they shouldn’t keep.
Aug 22, 2018 • 51 min
This discussion covers Cheryl’s 10-year journey of safety leadership in the pipeline industry, where she’s writing confined-space entry programs, and is responsible for the wellbeing of thousands of employees across 12 states. Also, she talks about what…
#7: I’m letting everybody know our secrets.
Aug 8, 2018 • 60 min
Todd explains the moment that moved him away from the academic pursuit of chemical engineering, which led him to interviewing with OSHA and a career that involved working some of the same investigations as our own Jill James. Bonus? Dr. Todd talks about…
#6: Turning a really great story into some story about death in like 5 seconds.
Jul 25, 2018 • 40 min
Over the course of this conversation between two of Minnesota’s finest, Michelle shares her experiences managing safety across multiple facilities, talks about the importance of building relationships with the workforce to resolve real safety issues,…
#5: Do your homework, speak your mind, and don’t be afraid.
Jul 11, 2018 • 53 min
Series host Jill James caught up with EHS Specialist Brandy while she was in the midst of studying for the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) exam, and just before attending ASSE’s SAFETY 2018 conference in San Antonio.
#4: Teach me.
Jun 27, 2018 • 52 min
This episode we sit down with Jeremiah, a safety professional in the zoo and aquarium industry. We touch on topics from how to train seasonal workers, management buy-in, the importance of networking and mentoring, and the ever-changing role technology…
#3: Everyone’s invincible until chemicals are pumped into the wrong tank.
Jun 13, 2018 • 48 min
We talk about making the leap from 12-hour shifts in refinery production to the safety and occupational health role, how a father’s severe occupational injury impacted his son’s childhood, ultimately shaping his approach to the safety job, and more.
#2: This is one of those dirty secrets people don’t want to talk about.
May 30, 2018 • 59 min
This episode shares tips for earning credibility with employees, the challenge of proving yourself to management in new environments, and how good it feels to finally get the win that helps.
#1: They’re gonna give me a badge and a beige Ford Taurus?
May 16, 2018 • 59 min
True to the show, podcast host and Chief Safety Officer Jill James retraces her career-long journey in safety. Jill tells the story of how her professional aspirations changed in college, the internship that landed her a job as an OSHA investigator, and…
#0: It’s About Community
May 10, 2018 • 2 min
A quick look at what to expect from this podcast hosted by Vivid Learning Systems Chief Safety Officer, Jill James. What is an accidental safety professional?