LIVE from RISKWORLD 2022: Laura Casey, SafeCon Solutions
Laura Casey, a safety professional and owner of SafeCon Solutions, identified risk as correlated to safety in this live conversation with host Jamie Gassmann at RISKWORLD 2022. Laura and Jamie discussed the trends Laura sees in safety services, services offered by SafeCon Solutions, her experience at the conference, and more.
This show was originally broadcast from the RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD Conference held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
SafeCon Solutions is a full-service safety consulting company with a national and international client base. They provide a vast array of occupational safety services for all industries as well as training, presentations, workshops, and expert witness testimony.
Workplace safety goes beyond mere compliance. Workplace safety is about preventing injuries, illnesses, and incidents by developing strong systems to guide and protect your workforce.
Laura Casey, CSP, CHST, Principal Consultant and Owner, SafeCon Solutions
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Workplace MVP Host Jamie Gassmann
In addition to serving as the host to the Workplace MVP podcast, Jamie Gassmann is the Director of Marketing at R3 Continuum (R3c). Collectively, she has more than fourteen years of marketing experience. Across her tenure, she has experience working in and with various industries including banking, real estate, retail, crisis management, insurance, business continuity, and more. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications with special interest in Advertising and Public Relations and a Master of Business Administration from Paseka School of Business, Minnesota State University.
R3 Continuum is a global leader in workplace behavioral health and security solutions. R3c helps ensure the psychological and physical safety of organizations and their people in today’s ever-changing and often unpredictable world. Through their continuum of tailored solutions, including evaluations, crisis response, executive optimization, protective services, and more, they help organizations maintain and cultivate a workplace of wellbeing so that their people can thrive. Learn more about R3c at www.r3c.com.
Intro: [00:00:02] Broadcasting live from Riskworld 2022 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, it’s time for Workplace MVP. Brought to you by R3 Continuum, a global leader in helping workplaces thrive during disruptive times. Now, here’s your host.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:00:20] Hi, everyone. Jamie Gassmann here with Workplace MVP. And with me live at the RIMS Riskworld 2022 is Laura Casey. Welcome to the show, Laura.
Laura Casey: [00:00:31] Good morning. Thank you for having me.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:00:33] Yes. So, Laura, share with us what company you are with and your role there.
Laura Casey: [00:00:38] So, I’m the Principal Consultant and Owner of SafeCon Solutions. It is a consulting firm, firm, there’s one of me, that does both occupational safety and risk matters for a variety of types of businesses within the industry.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:00:55] Wonderful. And so, you’re at the RIMS conference this year. Talk to me about, what are you looking forward to getting out of this show? What’s exciting you about being here in person and at the Moscone Center?
Laura Casey: [00:01:06] So, it’s really kind of interesting that I happen to be your first person, because this is my first RIMS event. So, I’ve been a certified safety professional for a long time, 20-plus years, tenured, and it became really apparent that people in my mind were seeing risk as separate from safety. And other than in the financial world, when we talk about investing and those types of things, I find that risk and safety really are correlated, and should go hand in hand, and risk helps the C-suite members of an organization better understand safety, because safety is not tangible. So, I went ahead, and I sat for and passed the RIMS CRMP exam, Certified Risk Management Professional, and I need continuing ed credits, and so these are my new peeps. So, usually, I go to the safety conference, and now is my first time at the RIMS Riskworld, so just trying to take it all in.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:02:02] Oh, I bet, and it sounds like they have a really good lineup of great sessions. And so, what are some of the things that you’re seeing in the work that you’re doing within the risk and kind of safety environment that as a consultant, you want to make sure that workplaces are aware of, because it’s either trending or just becoming more common?
Laura Casey: [00:02:20] Sure. So, like I said, I unfortunately find that there are a lot of businesses out there that don’t understand safety, because it’s not tangible. You can’t touch it. When someone is seriously injured, or God forbid, there’s a fatality, everyone’s, oh, we need safety, we need safety. So, when I’m doing the background work, trying to be more predictive for my clients, I try to—well, I don’t try to, I do. I take a quantitative risk matrix and I apply it to whatever safety findings I have in an effort to try and get them to understand the risk of ignoring this, so that we never get to the point of a serious injury or a fatality. In addition, I try and help the businesses understand the different lines of insurance, how they can improve their position when it comes time for renewal. How do they save those dollars? How do they change their program to be more effective to, next year, change those background pieces?
Jamie Gassmann: [00:03:16] Sure, that sounds fascinating. And so, here at RIMS, is there one session that you’re most excited to attend when you were looking at the agenda or something that just stood out to you as, I definitely have to make sure that I make it over there?
Laura Casey: [00:03:32] So, maybe not just one. I think there were several. For me, it’s not so much about the enterprise risk. That’s a huge piece of risk management. But for me, I have a tendency to focus a little bit more on specifics about insurance or specifics about claims management, trying to understand the new cannabis landscape when it comes to businesses and their drug policies, and enforcing those. So, trying to pick out the sessions for me that aren’t so much about enterprise risk as much as it is the more specifics that can overlap for me.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:04:14] Got it. Very cool. Well, it was so great having you on our show, and having this opportunity to connect with you, and I hope you really have a great time here in meeting people and also in the learning. So, appreciate you being on.
Laura Casey: [00:04:29] Well, thanks for having me. Thanks for your hospitality. You guys have been great. I appreciate it. Enjoy the show.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:04:33] Yeah, thank you.
Laura Casey: [00:04:34] Thank you.
Outro: [00:04:39] Thank you for joining us on Workplace MVP. R3 Continuum is a proud sponsor of this show and is delighted to celebrate most valuable professionals who work diligently to secure safe workplaces where employees can thrive.