Safety Leadership Speaker Profile

David Lynn, CSP
David Lynn is the President of Peak Safety Performance and is highly sought after as a safety leadership speaker. He brings a wealth of safety leadership knowledge and experience from his work with OSHA, Duracell, Owens Corning, and the Fluor Corporation. Learn more about David Lynn.

Safety Leadership Speaker Topics:

Risk or Reward:Why do we take chances?
(Speaker Topics: Leadership, Decision Making, Trend Analysis)

The dynamics of how we make decisions is complex and our ability to perceive danger is one of the first steps in preventing injuries. What is the right level of risk perception and better yet, how do you teach people to recognize hazards? If risk perception is the first step in preventing injuries, developing the appropriate level of risk tolerance can guide you to make the right decisions. This presentation opens a dialog for how to improve safety performance by understanding how people perceive and tolerate risk. The presentation also offers tools and techniques to influence safe decisions.

Performance Based Safety Leadership: How do safety character, mentality, and focused drive impact safety performance?
(Speaker Topics: Leadership, Performance)

Most corporations claim similar safety values but few companies deliver world class safety performance. Why is there disparity in safety performance? Simple, some companies lack the right safety character, mentality, and drive to achieve positive results. As an OSHA Compliance Officer, I observed companies with a comprehensive knowledge of fundamental safety concepts who did not balance their intellectual safety knowledge with a “boots on the ground” reality. Conceptual safety is worthless without the ability to produce positive result. The goal of this presentation is to provide a progressive method to balance your safety character and mentality with desired results.

Leading Safety Transformation: How do you initiate positive change?
(Speaker Topics: Leadership, Change Management)

There are eight steps to leading change in John Kotter’s book, Leading Change. Each step has a practical application for building a performance minded safety culture. The purpose of this presentation is to share practical examples of how you can use these steps to drive improvement. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of how change initiatives succeed and fail.

Safety is Contagious: Learn 6 keys to make your safety message viral.
(Speaker Topics: Leadership, Communication, Marketing, Change Management)

There are six components that make a message, initiative, or product contagious in Jonah Berger’s book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On. Each component is a missing link within many safety communication campaigns. You can differentiate your safety culture if you learn and apply these practical applications for getting people excited about your safety culture. Participants will leave the session with a clear vision of what they need to do next to make their safety program contagious.

Innovation in Safety: Where do you go for ideas?
(Speaker Topics: Innovation, Leadership, Change Management, Improvement)

You don’t have to “think safety” in order to improve. Think marketing… think leadership… think sales… think transformation.  You have an opportunity to expand your wealth of knowledge and apply innovation that comes from all directions. Too often, we feel like the only place we can get new ideas is from historical injury prevention strategies. There are other options. “Think outside the safety box” and look at what other disciplines and industries do to improve. Participants will leave the session with a clear vision of where to go for new ideas.

Think Like a Safety Champion: 22 Ways to Become a Champion for Safety.
(Speaker Topics: Leadership, Character)

As a leader in your work environment, have you ever scratched your head thinking, “What in the world do I have to do to keep people from getting hurt?” This presentation will help you recognize a safety value system by challenging you to think beyond the rules and regulations, and focus on what lies beneath the surface of successful safety cultures. This talk will prompt you to reflect on your safety leadership by raising questions that will test your sense of safety values in the following areas:

  • character
  • people
  • preparation
  • openness
  • visibility

These values drive any area of leadership, and they are particularly significant when you consider their potential to impact an employee’s total quality of life. The presentation uses a story to illustrate how safety values impact your thought processes, decisions, and actions. As you discuss the examples, you will relate common experiences to values that exist through the diversity of our lives.

Put VPP Safety Principles Into Practice
(Speaker Topics: Leadership, Management Systems)

This presentation shows you how to take VPP principles and put them into practice using Zero Incident techniques. The speaker will emphasize 5 strategic principles that will give your safety program purpose, and develop a culture that believes all injuries are preventable.

Performance Minded – Character Driven Safety Cultures
(Speaker Topics: Culture, Leadership)

Learn how to drive exceptional safety performance by instilling safety character into your program. This talk will motivate you to lead safety initiatives with conviction using 8 practical tips for developing your safety character. Zero injury cultures model excellence with their enthusiasm and passion for preventing injuries. Safety has to come from the heart and this presentation will give you a roadmap for elevating your safety leadership skills with character.

Human Performance Improvement (HPI): Make a positive impact on behavior.
(Speaker Topics: Leadership, Culture)

This presentation is intended to provide knowledge for those individuals who may have responsibility for coaching, facilitating, instructing, implementing, managing and/or contributing to an HPI initiative and process. This presentation will reference HPI principles such as:

  • People are fallible
  • Error-likely situations are predictable, manageable, and preventable.
  • Individual behavior is influenced by organizational processes and values.
  • People achieve high levels of performance based largely on the encouragement and reinforcement received from leaders, peers, and subordinates.
  • Events can be avoided by understanding the reasons mistakes occur and applying the lessons learned from past events.

Previous Speaking Engagements

You can hire David as a safety leadership speaker for your next safety forum, or safety conference. David speaks at special events throughout the year and some of his most recent speaking engagements include:

  • Clemson University
  • South Carolina Manufacturing Association
  • National Safety Council Conference
  • Nucor Steel Contractor Safety Forum
  • ASSE Professional Development Conference
  • VPPPA National & Local Conferences
  • Bosch
  • DuPont Contractor Safety Forum
  • Exxon Contractor Safety Forum
  • Nucor Contractor Safety Forum


Safety Leadership Speaker Calendar