Rob Moore is a safety veteran with a career built on improving the health and well-being of his people. A Firefighter/EMT by trade, Rob transitioned to the Safety Space nearly 30 years ago. Working in high-risk industries where safety is driven by Process Safety Management (PSM) standards – oil & gas, chemical, and manufacturing, in addition to OSHA compliance.
Currently, Rob is an HSE manager at Bosch.
Why did you choose your profession?
Because I care about people. I started off as a volunteer with the Fire Department when I was 17. Then I became a Firefighter/EMT with Dow Chemical. Part of my job was doing safety inspections and I decided I wanted to be more proactive than reactive, so instead of waiting until someone got hurt to help them, I wanted to help them before they got hurt.
What’s important to be effective in your role?
A willingness to put yourself in other people’s shoes and to understand their level of knowledge so that you can relate to them. I think your approach is key. For instance, when doing an audit, I always make sure it’s clear that I’m not auditing the person, but the processes and systems that they are following. It helps the employee feel more relaxed and shows them that we are there to help them and that they are there to help us help them.
Have you ever had an incident that changed you and how did you approach it with your role?
I’m lucky in the sense that I’ve never had a fatality at a site while I was working there. I did, however, witness a serious incident that nearly killed an employee – it took him over 2 years to recover. It happened only 30 days into my tenure at a site and it was really eye-opening.
That incident changed my approach because I took a personal responsibility to help others get over any fears or concerns that they had following the incident. We had employees that felt guilty and some that had a hard time handling the situation. I counseled people through it, to help them see it as an opportunity for us to implement the necessary steps to prevent something like that from ever happening again.
What do you want everyone to know about safety?
It’s everybody’s job to be safe. We need to take care of our fellow co-workers. I’m very team driven and I try to give everyone ownership so that if I’m not there, the program doesn’t miss a beat.
What is your superpower?
Realizing that change takes time – it’s a process. My approach is to listen first, prioritize second, and act third.
If there was one thing that you could change about how safety is managed, what would it be?
Most companies don’t do enough to put feet on the ground at all levels of management. If people see that management is on the floor talking with them about safety, they realize it’s important. I often say “expect what you accept.” If you walk by someone doing something wrong and you don’t stop them or fix it, it will continue.
2016 – A Record Year in Safety
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