Keynote Safety Speaker David Sarkus Shows “Everyone’s a Safety Coach”

PITTSBURGH, Pa., /PRNewswire/ — David Sarkus, The Safety Coach®, says any manufacturing organization can instill a culture of safety from the factory floor to the boardroom.

“We need to get more people involved as leaders, particularly workers and supervisors,” said Sarkus, who works with big and small companies that want to create a zero-incident safety culture.

“Feedback should be specific and targeted. It has to help make safety expectations crystal clear. Good feedback needs to be fast, frequent, favorable, and genuine,” said Sarkus who is an author, speaker, consultant, and executive coach who has helped some of the most respected and best-run organizations, including Avery Dennison, Chevron-Texaco, ComEd, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Indianapolis Power & Light, PG&E, and OXY Petroleum.

“In my keynote safety speeches I show that anyone, in any organization, can lead and coach to help everyone achieve their very best. I’ve identified seven principles that will help any organization move together in the same direction through a common vision for sustainable safety success,” said Sarkus who has held safety management positions within organizations such as NASA, TRW, and United Airlines.

Sarkus’ customized safety interventions have produced reductions in key performance indicators from 35 percent to over 85 percent from the previous year.

“These kinds of results are scalable and sustainable,” he said.

These seven key principles bring about:

  • Magnitude of change, moving safety performance from one level to a much higher level, very quickly and efficiently.
  • Flexibility of change, where people start working safer at work and at home in ways we didn’t think about or target.
  • Durability of change, when employees become safety leaders and champions. And everyone begins to realize they need to work more safely for themselves, their co-workers, and their families.

For over 30 years, Sarkus has motivated thousands of workers to become safer, healthier, and more productive. He has won several honors, including a Best Practices Award for TRW Inc. and he has been named by Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (ISHN) as a Top 50 EHS Professional.

His keynotes provide a high-content performance sprinkled with humor and impactful storytelling. He is the son of a steel worker and relates effectively with men and women from all walks of life — from senior management to shop floor workers.   

As a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with advanced degrees in safety management and organizational psychology, he has helped numerous organizations create a zero-incident culture for safety. 

Sarkus’ motivational safety keynotes are suited for almost any audience — including hourly workers, supervisors, managers, and senior leaders. His most requested topics are:

  • Leading from the Heart™ or Everyone’s a Safety Coach!™
  • Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!™
  • Servant Leadership and Safety!™
  • Hey – Let’s Talk About Change!™


“You had my workers’ full attention and delivered a powerful and valuable message that will help Fluor continuously improve safety performance.”
Pete Knollmeyer
Vice President Federal Services
Fluor Harford, Inc.

“A few individuals stated that he was the ‘best speaker we have heard in 25 years!’ And we have had a number of very noteworthy speakers. David’s delivery and message moved and motivated each of our four groups. I truly believe David Sarkus added value and his stories engaged our people.”
Chad Timothy
Area Maintenance Manager
FMC Corp – Green River, Wyoming Operations

“David spent a few hours with our leadership team to talk about the importance of safety and ways that we could get our employees more engaged in our safety program. His passion and expertise really had an impact on our group and a year later we have cut our TRIR in half and have a number of facilities that have gone more than a year without a recordable incident. David’s presentation was the catalyst and a great kickoff for our renewed emphasis on safety.”
Phil Hawkins, Vice President – Division Manager
McGrath RentCorp

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About David Sarkus
David J. Sarkus is the President and Founder of David Sarkus International, a leading health and safety management consulting and training firm. He has over 30 years of occupational health and safety management experience in large, diversified industrial settings.

He holds a Master of Science in Safety Management from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Industrial Psychology from St. Mary’s College of California.

He is a former NFPA and ANSI committee member.

He has labored in mine prep plants, high-risk construction sites, utility plants and steel mills.

In 1996, he was the first individual to publish a work specifically linking servant leadership to safety excellence. 

David Sarkus, The Safety Coach®

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