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Develop a better safety attitude and buy-in to safety in a way that makes employees proud to be safe.

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Safety Starts With Attitude!
Safety is an attitude but OH&S is a compliance mechanism. In the same way, leadership is an attitude but management is a position.

Kevin Burns works with companies and organizations who want more than just simple compliance. After all, safety is something you buy into as a personal value - something that will survive the workplace gates and that will keep families safe too. Develop the right attitudes around safety, and you need not police them into compliance.

Kevin Burns does two things:
  • deliver highly engaging, entertaining safety keynote presentations at safety meetings, safety events and association meetings
  • offer consulting advice on building better, more engaging safety communications strategies that help safety professionals get their people to buy-in
How Kevin Burns Can Help
As a safety meetings consultant, safety speaker and eight-time author, Kevin Burns can help you get your people to develop better a safety attitude and buy-in to safety in a way that makes them proud to be safe.

For managers and safety professionals, Kevin offers practical ideas and strategies to help build solid safety cultures based on the premise of increasing safety attitudes that build safety leaders. For employees, Kevin helps build safety meetings that your people actually look forward to going to.

Kevin is opinionated, blunt, direct, funny, thought-provoking, incredibly well-researched and usually … right! And that makes for a very entertaining and eye-opening safety meeting. He can say the things that need to be said in a way you could never say them.

If you want a safety culture that is based on more than just simple compliance, something that your people own and live even when they are not at work, call us and ask how Kevin Burns can help you make it happen.
Zero Limits: How Safety Attitude Gets You To Zero
Studies demonstrate that as many as 95% of all workplace incidents are triggered by unsafe behaviors originating from an individual worker's choice to act unsafely - people who don't always buy safety for themselves. Those choices are the result of underlying attitudes around safety. Change the attitude and you change the choices made.

Truthfully, if compliance alone worked, you'd be at Zero all of the time. But you're not because you are limited by the underlying attitudes of your employees on safety. Your people are making a choice to not always choose safety for themselves. That leaves you just one mistake away from an incident.

Don't allow the underlying attitudes of your employees to hinder your safety program. Remove the limitations. Remove the mental barriers to letting your people choose safety for themselves. Instill a Safety Attitude that goes beyond the time clock and far beyond simple compliance.

You have two choices: address Safety Attitude at your next safety meeting - or - "hope and pray" a little harder that you can get to Zero without addressing the Attitudes that are causing the incidents.

Zero Limits is a general session keynote for everyone in your organization: from senior management to front-line worker. This presentation goes deep into the minds of your people and, through stories and laughter, helps people to find their personal safety attitude in the performance of their jobs. This session helps your people buy safety for themselves.

Dead Simple Zero: Strategies To Build Engagement And Make Your Safety Message Stick
For every workplace incident, it could be argued that a manager or supervisor did not communicate effectively - otherwise the employee would have made a different choice. All workplace incidents can be prevented.

The real responsibility of the safety manager is to build strong, reliable teams. Team members with safety buy-in return positive safety results while reducing incidents, staff-turnover, and absenteeism. In other words, the job of the safety manager is to help sell safety to the employees so that they want to buy it.

Safety is a marketing strategy - not a compliance program. Every word, sign, directive and safety meeting either helps or hinders your people in deciding whether to buy safety for themselves.

When employees buy safety and are happy working safely, they become the ambassadors, marketers and recruiters of your organization.

Building a safety culture is more than rules, processes and procedures. It requires a partnership between employee and manager/supervisor. That partnership hinges on solid, open, honest and collaborative communication.

Dead Simple Zero arms your safety managers, mid-managers and front-line safety supervisors with a specific toolset that builds solid, engaging relationships with those they manage. When you build communication, you build the foundation upon which you build a Culture of Safety. Good communication makes achieving Zero ... dead simple.

"Three months after the presentation, our Regional Managers are still using his ideas. In an hour, he made our jobs so much easier. Our retailers get it too. We're having more fun and more success."

"Kevin's message of personal responsibility and empowerment in the pursuit of success is challenging, yet encouraging. Our team continues to draw from Kevin's insights well after the retreat. It was a memorable presentation which I am sure others would find of benefit to their organizations." 
Environment Canada

"For over a year, we’ve been trying to get our Rig Managers and Drillers to step up and accept their responsibility and be accountable in not only the running of their rigs, but also in the results on the number of incidents, staff turnover and how fast the job gets done. After just an hour with Kevin Burns, our guys now fully understand and accept what we’ve been trying to tell them for over a year." 
Western Lakota Drilling

"Kevin Burns said what needed to be said, in a way we could have never said it and far better than we could have ever thought about saying it." 
Prairie Valley School Division

Husky Energy
Murphy Oil
Spectra Energy
Laricina Energy
Lakota Drilling
Canadian Gas Association
Petroleum Industry Association of Canada
Petroleum Services Association of Canada


Manitoba Safety Council
Pacific Safety Centre
Alberta Health & Safety Conference
Saskatchewan Safety Council
Saskatchewan Oil Show
Medicine Hat Oil Show
Drug and Alcohol Council for Safe Alberta Workplaces
Edmonton Area Pipeline and Utility Operators Safety Conference
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Southeast Alberta Chapter
Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Calgary Alberta Chapter

BC Public Service - Workplace Health & Safety

WCB Saskatchewan
Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security
Alberta Sheriffs Department
Correctional Services Gov Alberta
National Energy Board
Partners In Compliance - AMTA
City of Edmonton
City of Calgary
Flagstaff County

North American Construction Group

Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association of Western Canada
Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association
Regina Construction Association
Canadian Home Builders - Alberta Chapter