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#110 The Role of Safety Professionals in Getting America Back to Work with Diana Stegall, President of ASSP

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The time has come for us to consider what it will look like to return to work once stay-at-home directions are withdrawn. How are employers preparing workplaces to ensure the safety of employees, and what role do safety professionals play in getting America back to work? In this episode, host Jennifer McNelly speaks with Diana Stegall, president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), about how they’re helping to prepare workplaces for employees to return safely, both physically and psychologically. They cover topics from the roles and responsibilities of safety professionals at this time and how COVID-19 has changed those roles within organizations to the hierarchy of controls and how it is applied in direct ways in large companies versus small companies. Diana explains systems thinking like Plan-Do-Check-Act, and the importance of having scalable and flexible solutions, as well as the role that trust and communication plays in the psychological safety of workers. For some practical advice for business leaders aiming to not only survive but thrive coming out of the pandemic, make sure not to miss today’s episode!


Diana Stegall

Diana Stegall, CSP, CFPS, ARM, SMS, CPCU, became the 105th president of the American Society of Safety Professionals on July 1, 2019, serving a one-year term. She has been an ASSP member since 1990. Stegall is executive vice president of Rivendell Safety Consulting. She was the first woman named ASSP’s Safety Professional of the Year in 2005 and is a two-time recipient of the Society’s Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. She resides in Oro Valley, Arizona, and is a professional member of the Southern Arizona Chapter. Her previous ASSP roles include Region V vice president and chair of the Professional Development Conference Planning Committee, Council on Member and Region Affairs Education and Training Committee, and the Leadership Conference Planning Committee. She also was a member of the Council on Professional Development as well as the Governmental Affairs and Bylaws committees. She was recognized as Safety Professional of the Year by two ASSP chapters and two regions in addition to her Society-wide honor. Prior to working at Rivendell Safety Consulting, Stegall was a senior loss control specialist at United Heartland and a loss control manager for Chubb. She also worked at PMA Insurance Group, Reliance Insurance and United States Fidelity and Guarantee Co. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University.

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