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Concurrent Session 4

Enterprise Risk​​ Management & Risk Assessment

Enterprise Risk Management & Risk Assessment Track

Monday, October 30

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Benjamin J. Heckman, MPH, CIH, Principal, RHP Risk Management Inc., Carlisle, PA. 

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. 

ERM is Essential to Sustained Performance Improvement in Environment, Safety, and Health

Presenter: Michael Brandt, DrPH, CIH, PMP, Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health (ADESH) for Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos, NM.

Los Alamos National Laboratory executes high-impact, high-value strategies to deliver proactive environment, safety, and health (ESH) programs. Enterprise risk management is used to anticipate and prevent potential risk, establish priorities, and manage and monitor actions and behaviors that simplify complexity and enable mission success. 

In response to a serious arc-flash accident, a risk analysis was conducted for electrical operations and the electrical safety program. Three common themes were identified to focus improvement efforts: worker involvement in work planning and ESH problem solving, line management responsibility for ESH performance, and hazard controls appropriately tailored to work being planned and executed. An Operational Leadership (OL) Campaign was implemented to address these themes by integrating a healthy culture into existing ESH programs. This lecture will discuss informed ERM through metrics, the origins of OL, and leadership lessons in managing through crisis and transition to sustain successful ESH performance.

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Leading Indicators: Absolute Proof that Employee Engagement reduces Injury Rates

Presenter: David Eherts, PhD, CIH, Vice President Global EHS, Allergan plc, Parsippany, NJ.

The presenter will briefly review Allergan’s risk assessment and management process including their Risk Map program and associated annual objectives concerning detailed risk mitigation. He’ll also present their leading indicators, discuss the rationale for choosing them, and present data supporting the correlation to injury rates. Finally, he’ll discuss possible cause and effect relationships between leading and lagging indicators. Allergan’s injury rates are among the best in their industry, and Dave will discuss why.​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Name and Bio

David Eherts, PhD, CIH, Vice President Global EHS, Allergan plc., Parsippany, NJ.

Dr. Eherts joined Allergan (then Actavis) Pharmaceuticals in March of 2014 as Vice President of Global EHS. Allergan plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices and biologic products for patients around the world. 

Prior to Allergan, David has worked over 35 years in the fields of Safety and EHS starting as a toxicologist in Pre-Clinical Drug Safety Assessment at Merck. He moved to EHS and has held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck, sanofi-aventis, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and most recently, Aviation and Product Safety at Sikorsky Aircraft as their Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. His experience and expertise span aviation, environmental toxicology, occupational health, potent compound control and management systems in the aerospace, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Dave earned dual BS degrees in Chemistry and Biology and an MS and PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Drexel University. David was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to the Federal Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. He also serves on the advisory board for ORCHSE, on their New View of Safety Taskforce and the board of directors for Occupational Knowledge International (an NGO dedicated to preventing overexposures to toxic chemicals in developing countries). In his spare time, he's an adjunct professor at New York Medical College and at Tulane University where he teaches courses in EHS Management, Environmental Toxicology, Finance, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.​

Michael Brandt, DrPH, CIH, PMP, Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health (ADESH) for Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos, NM.

Dr. Brandt is the Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health (ADESH) for Los Alamos National Security, LLC where he leads Lab-wide ESH activities for roughly 10,000 employees operating in a 36-square-mile site containing specialized and complex scientific equipment and supporting infrastructure. He manages an organization of 700 employees with an operating budget of more than $150M. His portfolio includes responsibility and accountability for nuclear and hazardous waste management; industrial hygiene; radiation protection; occupational safety; environmental stewardship, protection, and compliance with nine federal and state regulatory agencies; occupational medicine, wellness, and health promotion functions; cultural and historic preservation; and endangered and threatened species protection. He has oversight responsibility as the Chief ESH and Compliance Official for maintaining nuclear and high hazard facilities in a safe and compliant manner to effectively achieve national security missions. 

Brandt is an executive with more than 30 years of professional experience in ESH functions, operations in the chemical and synthetic fuels industry, research and development, university, manufacturing, DOE nuclear and high hazard operations, and non-governmental agencies. His expertise embodies a demonstrated record of accomplishment in leading organizational change resulting in improved compliance, risk mitigation, operations, and business management performance. His career experience includes: executive and general management, enterprise-wide ESH risk management, maintenance and operations management, facility restart, organizational change and startup, research and development, regulatory analysis and program implementation, strategic planning, financial analysis, quality improvement, and project management. 

He holds a DrPH with a specialty in Environmental Health Sciences, and an MPH in Public Health Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health; an MS in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health; and a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree in Environmental Science from Cook College of Rutgers University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Project Management professional. 

Brandt has published more than 40 papers and delivered more than 100 invited technical, scientific, and leadership presentations. He has held academic appointments at the Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Center for Applied Environmental Public Health, the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma where he taught graduate studies, and at the University of New Mexico, Public Health Program. He has mentored more than a dozen students and served on a number of thesis committees. He was a Treasurer, Director, Vice President, President-elect, President, and Past President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). He was elected fellow of the AIHA in 2007 and continues to serve on technical and leadership committees.​