Do health and safety influencers exist?
Well, you might associate the word 'influencer' with famous pop stars on Instagram, or with those who have made their millions by creating YouTube videos.
However, the definition of 'influencer' is "an individual who has the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of his/her authority, knowledge, position or relationship with his/her audience" or "an individual who has a following in a particular niche, which they actively engage with. The size of the following depends on the size of the niche".
In this sense, of course there are health and safety influencers! You follow them on Twitter or LinkedIn, see them at health and safety summits, and even read their books.
So, in no particular order, here are the top 11 health and safety influencers to look out for in 2019.
Top Health and Safety Influencers of 2019
David Cant is a chartered health and safety practitioner with over 20 years' industry experience.
Moreover, he is the Managing Director of UK-based Veritas Consulting, which helps SMEs get to grips with workplace health and safety, including training and asbestos survey management. He has a massive 55.1K Twitter followers, who know him for breaking down EHS jargon.
I simply share what I’ve found to work effectively for businesses. If you find what I tweet helpful, great. And if not, fair enough.
— David Cant CMIOSH (@davidgcant) July 27, 2019
Tamara Parris owns the largest EHSQ Professionals online community – over 140,000 members and counting.
Above all, she is an expert at connecting the EHS community online. Currently, Tamara is the Director of Community Development at Safeopedia.
Share with us, how are you managing your contractors?
— Tamara Parris (@TamaraParrisEHS) July 29, 2019
Heather Beach has over 25 years' experience working in the health and safety profession.
She founded the Healthy Work Company, a consultancy and training organisation with the goal of driving the wellbeing agenda. Moreover, Heather founded the Women in Health and Safety network and writes for SHP online.
Really looking forward to hearing Heather Beach's panel session @SHExpo on the pros/cons of lay staff being mental health first aiders 12.45 Keynote Theatre. #SHE19 #mentalhealth #MHFA #mentalhealthawareness pic.twitter.com/zMaDVtRm8Z
— Sarah Page New Moon Health & Wellbeing (@NewMoonMHealth) June 20, 2019
Rebecca Lambert is the Sales and Marketing Manager at HSE People, the biggest UK online EHS network.
The site is home to the latest EHS news and jobs, and is also an in-depth business directory. Furthermore, HSE People launched an e-magazine, Salus, in early 2019.
How to increase safety in work at height and demonstrate improved and sustained management compliance. https://t.co/PiauXKnLMf
— HSE People (@HSEPeople) April 17, 2019
Dave Johnson founded Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) magazine.
He launched the magazine in 1980, and the website in 1995. Since then, he has co-written a book on patient safety in healthcare, and has completed over 120 presentations. To top it off, ISHN has 10K Twitter followers.
.@NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard discusses #occupationalexposure banding to assess #chemical #workplacehazards: https://t.co/eNGijvYK0d #occupationalsafetyandhealth #osh #safety #workplacesafety #chemicalhazards #NIOSH @djsafe pic.twitter.com/iMphlwjG2P
— ISHN (@ISHNmag) August 2, 2019
Jamie Young co-founded Safeopedia in 2010, utilising his 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.
Importantly, he believes ‘everybody has the right to get home safely to their families’. Nine years later, Safeopedia has become the go-to online resource for free health and safety information.
— Safeopedia Inc. (@safeopedia) August 5, 2019
Rosa Carrillo is a leadership expert with a focus on EHS.
She is the president of Carrillo and Associates, a service provider for employee engagement, leadership development and coaching services for companies wanting to boost their health and safety. In 2015, the Safety Institute of Australia invited her as the Wigglesworth Memorial Lecturer. Her book The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership: Achieving Success through Employee Engagement is out now.
PRE ORDER your COMPLIMENTARY inspection copy of "The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership" by Rosa Antonia Carrillo.
Excellent read for managers and leaders wishing to learn how to achieve higher employee engagement and performance.
— CRC Press Engineering (@CRC_Engineering) May 24, 2019
Shawn M. Galloway
Shawn M. Galloway is the President and COO of Pro-Act Safety, a safety firm renowned worldwide for delivering safety excellence to organizations.
Moreover, Shawn is a professional safety keynote speaker and is one of the top speakers for American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
Additionally, he has co-authored best-selling books, including Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization and Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence. Check out the blog post Shawn wrote for Pro-Sapien in 2017.
— ProAct Safety (@ProActSafety) August 5, 2019
John Dony is the director of the Campbell Institute, the global environmental, health and safety centre of excellence.
He joined the National Safety Council in 2007, and has since implemented projects with an aim of bringing innovation to workplace health and safety. These include the prestigious Robert W. Campbell Award and the NSC Work to Zero initiative.
Read our 2016 interview with John on hazard observations.
Have you kept up with the available resources during week one of #NationalSafetyMonth? Learn more about how the hidden figure in this image is related to hazard recognition: https://t.co/orLV7zXQOM pic.twitter.com/G0FDPFpeZH
— Campbell Institute (@RWCinstitute) June 7, 2019
Dr. Rob Long is the founder of Human Dymensions, a firm specialising in helping organizations better understand human factors at work.
Rob has 30+ years’ safety experience over a range of sectors, and has designed numerous reviews, consultancies, training programs for large and small organisations.
He is a safety keynote speaker and prolific author -- read his blog post for Pro-Sapien here.
— Pro-Sapien (@Pro_sapien) January 18, 2018
Ed Davidson is the Health and Safety Director at Long Foundation Drilling Co, and has almost 80,000 LinkedIn followers.
He has over 20 years’ experience in Industrial Health and Safety, and regularly updates his LinkedIn profile with safety videos and advice.
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