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Seeing with Safety Glasses – The Workshop

This workshop creates a space and an opportunity for real exchange about safety in the workplace, at home and in the community. Seated at tables of between six to eight people, attendees are given a chance to exchange stories and work through the lessons that can be learned from those stories.

Following from the principles of Seeing The World Through Safety Glasses, participants are encouraged to discuss what a safety mindset looks like and how it could be encouraged in their particular worksite and life. The understanding of the interconnected nature of a workplace, the importance of empathy and caring between co-workers and how each affects all, is carefully explored and its implications drawn out. This all happens from a series of questions, which the participants receive after the initial exchange of stories.

Questions explored:

  • From the stories exchanged what similarities are evident?
  • Going back to a few key stories – what could have been done to prevent the accident?
  • What are the implications of the low reporting rates of “near-misses”?
  • What is one thing each of us can do to make the safety mindset part of our daily routine?

Other questions will also arise from the discussions that will be particular to each audience and these will be discovered and explored as well. The mindset for each workplace is unique to that workplace even though the principles of safety always remain the same.

Outcomes achieved:

  • A deep appreciation of the personal and collective responsibilities to safety in the workplace
  • An ability to move from the general idea of safety to the specific reality in the workplace
  • Strategies for keeping safety uppermost in the minds and actions of all involved
  • Deliberate and achievable actionable items that could be made to ensure the safety mindset is operationalized at every level

Listen to Bill speak on “Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses”.


The length of this workshop is fully customizable in order to meet client needs. Bill works directly with organizers and clients before each event in order to create material relevant to and of vital interest for each individual audience.  Bill also offers “Seeing the World Through Safety Glasses” as a keynote address.


“Best seminar ever!” and “I needed to hear that!” were just a few of the repeated comments echoed in response to Bill Carr’s seminar addressing some 100 Teamsters Union Stewards at our annual seminar.  Bill speaks with a poignant, direct and personal style and delivers with an authority gleaned from varied personal life experiences, and shares these intimate nuggets of life with the wit and charm of a true Canadian Maritimer. As a facilitator, Bill draws the best from his audience, his compassionate prodding empowering even the most reticent participants to share personal insight and opinions. I would unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Bill to any organization or group function David Froelich, Secretary Treasurer, Teamsters Local Union 987 of Alberta

Bill was the star of the Council’s events.  His talk received an overwhelming positive response from our Stewards. He had has us roaring with laughter and in tears as he delivered information that was on point for the important work that our Union Stewards do.  He received 4/4 on our evaluations by Council participants with comments such as Awesome Speaker!, Hilarious! and made me remember why I became a Steward! Thanks for all your efforts. – Catherine Pinks, Professional Institute of the Public Service

Everyone enjoyed Bill’s presentation immensely.  His personal stories were real, and ones that all could connect to.  His maritime perspective was endearing and his sense of humour was wonderful and enjoyed by all.  He was easily able to tie his world and life experiences to our world of post secondary education and to give all a sense of accomplishment for our work. It was a perfect end to our two days together.I would highly recommend Bill as a keynote in the future.  He was extremely well received, and is certainly one of the reasons that our conference was such a success – Norma MacIntosh, Dean, Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension

 I just wanted to thank you for recommending Bill for our team-building event. His presentation was interesting, thought provoking and hilarious. I was amazed by the emotion he evoked from the entire room. I think everyone took something important home with them that day. He was the best speaker we’ve had to date and I hope to work with him again in the near future. – Maggie Morrison, The Regional Municipality of York