Leading Safety Author and Speaker
It’s rare to find someone who is both a safety professional and an entertaining speaker and trainer. Richard Hawk has been in the safety and health field for more than 30 years. He spent 15 of them as a safety professional in the nuclear industry and as a safety advisor on constructions projects. Richard’s background also includes theater, where he toured with acting companies and wrote a musical which was produced by Emerson College in Boston. His depth of knowledge and extensive experience make for content-rich, behavior-changing learning programs that are truly “fun.”
Richard holds numerous safety and technical certifications from various organizations including the National Safety Council (NSC), the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and The National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT). He stays on the leading edge of the safety industry through his interactions with thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations in a wide array of industries. These include energy, manufacturing, chemical, construction, healthcare, technology, retail, food services, transportation, government, and education.
Safety Industry Author
Since 1999, Richard’s bi-weekly Safety Stuff e-zine acts as a clearinghouse for the best ideas from thousands of safety professionals around the globe. He is the author of four popular books: Spice It Up! 52 Easy Ways Turn Your Safety Meetings From Bland to Grand, The Safety Leader’s Guide Book, Just Imagine!, and 250 Super Bright Safety Meeting and Promotional Ideas. His articles are regularly published in safety magazines, and he is a monthly columnist for the U.S. national safety magazine —Safety & Health.
Safety Speaker, Trainer, and Coach
Richard has a talent for connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and industries. His experiences as a union and nonunion employee, manager, safety leader; and now successful business owner, give him the insight to relate to people at all levels, from new employees to CEOs, truck drivers to scholars.
He has been a featured speaker at international conventions for Fortune 500 companies’ safety leaders; he’s presented to engineers and plant managers in India and Dubai, Canadian CEO’s as well as Japanese technicians. He has been a popular keynote speaker three times at the NSC’s Annual Congress & Expo, the largest annual safety convention in North America.
Richard is an avid pool player and an accomplished musician and songwriter. He lives in Southern New Jersey with his wife, Jackie.
Mindfully Safe - Improve safety performance by paying better attention
Being mindful helps you pay better attention to what you’re doing and improves your ability to avoid hazards. Time Magazine calls it “the science of finding focus in a stressed-out multitasking culture.” Google, Nike, Proctor Gamble, hospitals, schools and professional sports teams are just a few of the many organizations who are including this science, mindfulness training, as part of their health & safety and performance programs. Research and real-life results show that mindfulness reduces stress and improves your health. During this inspiring keynote, you’ll learn practical ways to include mindfulness in your daily life (as well as tips on how to begin a mindfulness program at your company for safety leadership audiences).
Crackerjack Coaching - Inspire Your Employees to Perform Like Safety Superstars!
The best safety and health professionals don’t just tell employees to “do this” and “don’t do that.” Instead, they use coaching techniques that inspire people to excel, and when necessary they counsel them without causing resentment. During this fun and interactive talk, Richard will reveal what exceptional safety leaders do to stimulate world-class safety performance and coaching. Attendees will learn valuable skills that allow them to be a “Crackerjack Coach” - a coach with marked excellence.
The Future of Safety - A Hawk-Eye View of New Trends on the Safety Horizon
During this insightful presentation, Richard Hawk shares what is on the horizon for the safety and health field and how you and your company can take advantage of emerging trends. Richard’s work with dozens of companies in a wide array of industries every year allows him to see firsthand what is new, what is developing and what isn’t working with respect to safety. Don’t get left behind! Find out everything you and your team need to know to keep your safety program on the leading edge.
Great Leaders Make Safety Fun! - Using Your Influence to Create a Vibrant Safety Culture
Leaders at Southwest Airlines, Google, Raytheon and other world-class companies know that when employees are in a good mood and enjoy their work – in other words, having FUN– they perform better. That means they make fewer mistakes and have fewer accidents. In this engaging program, leaders will learn how to leverage their influence to reduce employee apathy, encourage safe behavior and instill a stronger team spirit. Participants will discover new ideas they can put into action right away to create safety campaigns employees will love.
Bring It On Home! - Powerful Inspiration for Living a Safe and Healthy Life
According to the National Safety Council, “U.S. workers are safer on the job than in their homes or communities. Nearly all of workers’ unintentional fatalities and more than 70 percent of disabling injuries occur off the job. For every two workplace injuries, there are five off-the-job injuries.” During this engaging and convincing presentation, Richard Hawk moves audiences to change their day-to-day habits while they are away from the job. He offers practical, easy-to-remember tips and techniques to replace dangerous and unhealthy habits with behaviors for a safer and healthier life. Safer habits at home lead to safer habits at work.
Spice It Up! - Practical Ways to Turn Your Safety Presentations from Bland to GRAND!
Let’s face it...safety meetings have a reputation for being boring. But they don’t have to be! Using the time-tested techniques in Spice It Up, your safety leaders can deliver captivating, compelling and memorable safety meetings that will promote safe behavior and reduce accidents. Participants will master various presentation skills and learn dozens of ways to take even the most mundane topic (even hazmat and confined space training) and turn it into an exciting learning experience. No more napping in your safety meetings!
All Richard Hawk Books
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"Several employees have approached me since Richard's presentation, congratulating me for finding him. I know some of our employees have purchased the books Richard referenced in regards to mindfulness; this speaks volumes of how well his message was received."
- | Brian Lazarchick, SMECO COOP
“You not only lived up to my expectations, you far exceeded them. Practical, insightful, funny and moving. Words can’t even do justice to the information you gave us this week. You have inspired me to inspire others, as well as look at the way I handle things at work and in life. I can truly say that meeting you has altered my life in a way that is hard to explain.”
- | Jamie Williams, S&W Ready Mix