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Safety Talks #9 - Campbell Award Winners with Katherine Smith - Part 1 of 2

By CanQual Inc.
Published: January 17, 2020 | Last updated: November 4, 2021 03:40:21
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In part one of my conversation with Katherine Smith, we chat about the man and the award named in his honor.

The international Robert W. Campbell Award honors companies that achieve business excellence through the integration of EHS management into business operations.

In part one of my conversation with Katherine Smith, we chat about the man and the award named in his honor.


Robert Campbell was an occupational health and safety pioneer whose work started in the early 1900’s His core beliefs are evident in today’s EHS systems through an increasingly humanitarian approach to safety management and further with the fundamental that good safety typically translates to good business.

The Campbell Award seeks to collect and highlight the best examples of safety, health and environmental management.

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The Award was established by the National Safety Council which is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1913 and given a congressional charter in 1953. The council boasts move the 50,000 members from business, labour, education, public services, private organizations and individuals.

Have you ever wondered if there was a safety ‘think tank’ and if there was, what kind of work would it do? Katherine is going to tell us all about it.

Katherine Smith holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Smith has been with the NSC for 6 years and has been the program manager at the Campbell institute and the manager of the Campbell awards process since 2015. Through her work experience, Katherine has excellent reference points for many research projects, and other valuable academic work, with Institute members who are a who’s who of leading global organizations.


In this two-part podcast, we talk about:

  • The four goals of sponsorship for the Campbell Award
  • Previous Award winners and some of their noteworthy contributions to integration of EHS requirements to their business systems.
  • Five areas of EHS management excellence including leadership, integration, data management, alignment and corporate citizenship
  • Elements of leadership including CEO commitment, performance plans, employee empowerment and leadership training.
  • Integration of EHS system and the importance of audit programs, anticipation of challenges and considerations related to contracted work forces.
  • The key elements of EHS sustainability and a great example of community involvement that contributes to that goal.
  • Issues related to alignment of EHS goals including risks related to acquisitions and operational readiness.

Social responsibility as its related to EHS and examples from the 2018 Campbell award winner and the valuable work that are doing in the community’s they operate in.



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Written by CanQual Inc. | President

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Patrick Robinson is the founder and President of CQ Network, CQN Advantage, and RISC Management Inc., Alberta-based technology companies that specialize in contractor management and assessment applications.

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