Valley Coastal Chapter ASSP Virtual Technical Meeting

  • February 16, 2022
    9:00 am - 10:30 am

Topic How Effective Leaders Enhance Worker Safety

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Leadership’s role in workplace safety.
  • Identify various leadership styles and their impact on employee safety.
  • Describe real-life examples of leadership’s impact on safety in a public setting.

Certain leadership styles can influence occupational safety performance among employees in the public sector. Establishing which leadership style to use, and when, depends on factors such as the organization’s function, objectives, employee needs, and executive management’s influence. Good safety performance, leadership, and the resulting financial benefits are important incentives for achieving safety excellence. This presentation will outline the impact various leadership styles have on safety performance in a public entity.

Occupational injuries continue to be a source of high and increasing costs for employers and employees in the government sector. Between 2011 and 2018, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that state and local governments experienced 1,949,440 work-related injuries; defined as injuries or illnesses sustained or aggravated while at work and involving lost work time (National Safety Council, 2020). Public agencies and their employees incur direct costs associated with these injuries, including medical treatment, lost wages, overtime, insurance premiums, and staffing backfill. In addition, indirect costs—lower productivity, decreased morale, and administrative time spent handling injuries—push the total cost even higher (Mullins, Blair, Dunlap, 2019).

Session Level of Expertise
Middle and Executive level management with moderate to high responsibility for risk management and employee safety.

Session Focus
Risk Management, Loss Control, Employee Safety, Occupational Safety and Health

Tim Karcz, Senior Risk Manager for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Tim is a Senior Risk Manager for the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.  He provides risk management and loss control services to cities and special districts along California’s Central Coast and Santa Clara County.  Prior to joining the California JPIA, Tim was Director of Risk Control at Poms & Associates Risk Services, responsible for providing his staff with organizational leadership and a thorough knowledge of a broad spectrum of regulatory compliance, emergency management, and risk management topics. Tim also served in the United States Air Force and as a Regional Safety Manager for a national finance firm.

Tim holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P), and the Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) designations. He has a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics, Business Management, and Safety Science from Embry-Riddle University in Florida.

Tim has been involved with the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA) including holding positions at local and regional levels. As a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, he served in several leadership capacities, including President of the Valley Coastal Chapter. He has presented at more than 15 local, regional, and national conferences.

Jorge Garcia, Management Services Director for the City of Pismo Beach

Jorge Garcia is the Management Services Director for the City of Pismo Beach, where he oversees Human Resources, Risk Management, Legislative Affairs, Communications, City Clerk, and special projects. Prior to joining the City of Pismo Beach, he served as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Santa Ana where he was responsible for day-to-day operations for the City Manager’s Office, overseeing the Council agenda process, and special projects including a voter approved 1.5 cent sales tax measure that will generate $1 Billion in tax revenue. He also worked for the cities of Fountain Valley and Villa Park in Orange County. Mr. Garcia holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Cal State Fullerton, and Bachelor’s Degree from Chapman University.

He has served as President of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California, and currently serves on the Cal-ICMA Talent Initiative Committee. His career goal is to restore the “Good Enough for Government” standard and to share his passion for local government service. He is married to Ashley Garcia, who is also a local government professional, and has two young children.

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