Phil La Duke Declines Invitation to Speak At At Loss Prevention 2010

The internationally renowned speaker sites scheduling conflicts as the reason for declining to present his paper, Creating Safety Cultures in Off-Shore Operations at the prestigious international conference.
March 4, 2010 - PRLog -- Noted speaker on culture change and worker safety, Phil La Duke,  announced today that he will not be presenting his journal article, "Creating Safety Cultures in Off-Shore Operations" at the International Symposium on Loss Prevention in Bruges, Belgium as he had previously planned.  Citing scheduling conflicts, La Duke expressed regret, "I was really excited about having my paper accepted and presenting in Bruges," La Duke explains.  "But with all that I have going on, the time it would take me to travel to and from the conference would make it difficult to adequately prepare for my speech at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) which, as it turns out ,is the following week. Given that Loss Prevention only meets every four years, I'm honored to have had my work accepted and deeply regret that I am unable to attend."

"I offered to have a colleague, Peiter-Jan Botts from Norway, present my paper in my place, but that was unacceptable to the organizers of the conference.  I'm obviously disappointed but I certainly understand their position and wish them much success in their conference." La Duke indicated that copies of his paper will now be available on his blog (

La Duke is increasingly sought after speaker and author this month he heads to Lima, Peru to address the International Symposium on Mining Safety and next month he is slated to speak in Lansing, Michigan where he will speak at  the Michigan Safety Conference.  La Duke will also deliver an executive session, The Seventh Value, at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) in Baltimore, Maryland in June, 2010.

“Of course I have numerous abstracts being considered by the National Safety Council in October” says La Duke “and I I'm in the process of negotiating with publishers for a book based on Selling Safety In Tough Times so it’s tough to say how extensively I'll be speaking beyond what I already have booked."

"I started speaking (on performance improvement issues) about three years ago soley to promote O/E's worker safety management offering, SafetyIMPACT! (, O/E developed SafetyIMPACT! based on all the things we learned about worker safety over the last 25 years but because it was an innovation we thought we needed to make a concerted effort to promote it, and speaking engagements were just a small part of that PR effort."

SafetyIMPACT! is an accelerated Health and Safety system based on the beliefs and practices of the world’s safest companies.  O/E distilled what it learned from benchmarking the world’s safest companies down to six simple values that governed four basic activities.  The companies who have taken worker safety to the next level all believed and did similar things and managed the safety of the workplace just like they did any other business element.  Those who achieved the best results toward reducing worker injury rates all believed that:
1. All injuries are preventable
2. Safety begins with compliance
3. Prevention is more valuable than correction
4. Safety is everyone’s job
5. Safety is a strategic business element, and
6. Safety is owned by operations
“SafetyIMPACT! really is the intersection between Lean Manufacturing, Risk Management, Performance Improvement and traditional worker safety” explains La Duke, “I truly believe there's nothing on the market like it; we’re seeing sustained improvements in safety data and reductions in injuries and the corresponding Workers’ Compensation cost of over 80%!”

About Phil La Duke
Phil La Duke is an internationally recognized speaker on culture change and performance improvement topics, particularly worker Safety and Lean Manufacturing.  Mr. La Duke has over 20 years manufacturing experience and has provided manufacturing training in five countries.  Mr. La Duke is currently Director of Performance Improvement for O/E Learning, a Troy-Michigan based company that specializes in productivity solutions.
In his role as Director of Performance Improvement for O/E, Mr. La Duke was a lead developer of UAW-Chrysler’s major corporate change initiative, Bringing Excellence to Safety Teams (B.E.S.T.)  Mr. La Duke also led an O/E team in the design and development of SafetyIMPACT!
Prior to joining O/E, Mr. La Duke was Director, Training & Organizational Development for ASC Incorporated, a global tier-one automotive supplier.  During his eight-year tenure at ASC Mr. La Duke was responsible for designing, developing and executing organizational change interventions; founded the continuous improvement department; advising the Exec Team on corporate change strategies; and developing and administering ASC University. In addition to Safety, La Duke has extensive experience in problem solving techniques, Lean Manufacturing, Quality Operating Systems, and Trans-Cultural Training.
Mr. La Duke is an accomplished and engaging speaker who has presented at dozens of national and international venues including multiple trips to the podium at the National Safety Council; and upcoming presentations at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); XIV International Seminar in Mining Safety at Lima – Peru; Mr. La Duke’s 2009 National Safety Council presentation, Selling Safety In Tough Times, was the subject of an article in EH&S Today magazine.
An ex-newspaper reporter and columnist, Mr. La Duke is the author numerous articles most recently, Electronic Performance Support: The Changing Face of Safety Training for the November 2009 Issue of Facility Safety Magazine, and What’s Wrong with Safety Training and How to Fix It for the upcoming June 2009 issue of Fabrication and Metalworking (F&M) magazine, and was interviewed for the Industry Spotlight feature of the June 2009 (National Safety Month) issue of Safety+Health magazine and for the March 2010 issue of Go  magazine. La Duke is the author of a worker safety blog:
LaDuke is a graduate of University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor’s of General Studies in Education and a Certificate of Training Development and Design.

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