2021 Annual Safety Committees' Meeting

Please join the Coastal and Interregion Safety Committees for their three-part 2021 Annual Meeting and celebrate both your commitment to safety and Star Wars fandom.





Wednesday, January 13

2:00-4:00 PM ET, Virtual Meeting

Safety Episode I: Safety: This is the Way will focus on the need for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry to learn from other safety-leading industries and find innovative ways to adapt that knowledge. Retired U.S. Coast Guard CAPT Russell Holmes, Director for the Center for Offshore Safety, will give the keynote remarks and Habit Superhero and CEO of Habit Mastery Consulting Sharon Lipinski will provide a deep dive on complacency and its implications for employee behavior.
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Russell Holmes HeadshotEpisode 1 will feature keynote remarks by CAPT (ret) Russell Holmes, Director for the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) and former Officer in Charge Marine Inspection for the U.S. Coast Guard’s Eighth District Outer Continental Shelf. 
Russell Holmes recently retired from the U.S Coast Guard after nearly three decades of service. Just prior to starting at COS, Captain Holmes served as Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) for the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. In this role, he oversaw all inspection and investigation activities for Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU), fixed and floating Outer Continental Shelf facilities. He has a Master of Science in Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Manufacturing from the University of Michigan and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal and Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.
Safety Leadership 3.0, the roadmap to AWO’s safety portfolio, calls for the towing industry to learn from other transportation modes and industries that are safety leaders and find ways to transfer and adapt that knowledge. COS is regularly engaged in ongoing efforts to improve the offshore energy industry’s safety performance through the development and maintenance of a robust safety culture with a strong focus on risk reduction and quick response when incidents do occur. CAPT Holmes’ will encourage AWO members to think innovatively about how to improve safety within their own respective jobs and companies by drawing connections between both the offshore and towing industries.
Episode 1 will also feature Habit Superhero Sharon Lipinski. 
Sharon is a certified Gamification for Training Developer, speaker, and TV personality. Author of "365 Ways to Live Generously: Simple Habits for a Life That's Good for You and for Others”, a daily book that helps people create the habits that will get them healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Founder of a non-profit, she helped donate more than $100,000 to great charities around the world. Holder of a Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Toothbrushes—3.5 miles! This charity event collected 55,000 toothbrushes and 17,000 tubes of toothpaste for Colorado children. Sharon Lipinski is the Habit SuperHero and CEO of Habit Mastery Consulting, which helps organizations increase their targeted safety behavior by up to 150%, and creates systems on how to get these new behaviors to stick.
Ms. Lipinksi will share an overview of her new report, entitled “The Biological Basis of Complacency,” which defines complacency in the workplace, shares how to diagnose complacency, connects complacency as a byproduct of habit, explains its implications on employee behavior, and imparts valuable ways companies can focus their energy on increasing cognitive engagement. Successfully tackling complacency means assisting your workforce with an ongoing program that supports them in taking better care of their physical health, managing their stress, detecting anomalies, thinking critically, making better decisions, and communicating openly and effectively with their colleagues, direct supervisors, and company leadership. Sharon will share how safety professionals can best assess the effectiveness of their complacency fighting strategies and put together valuable and useful company plans around this evergreen issue.
Additionally, this inaugural meeting will begin with special remarks from AWO President & CEO Jennifer Carpenter and Interregion Safety Committee chair Matt Lagarde of Ingram Barge Company in addition to a few Safety & Environmental Stewardship Departmental updates and administrative action items.
Please stay tuned for more information on Episodes 2 and 3!



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