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Jul 9, 2019

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


This week, Justin is joined by Lorraine M. Martin, the new President and CEO of the National Safety Council! Lorraine brings over 30 years of experience in both civic and corporate leadership to advance the Council’s mission of eliminating preventable deaths at home, on the road, and in the workplace. She was also an officer in the U.S. Air Force and has an incredibly unique perspective to bring to the space of risk management!


In this episode, Lorraine explains her role at NSC, what originally brought her there, what she learned about risk management systems from her previous role in the Air Force, and the current safety risks and hazards that are at the top of the risk register among companies and organizations as the new President of NSC. Lorraine also highlights many of NSC’s initiatives and campaigns, resources they offer both publically and through subscription, safety trends she has taken note of, and the qualities that industries and companies share that have implemented effective safety risk management systems.


Key Takeaways:

[:14] About today’s episode.

[:25] About upcoming RIMS events.

[1:51] More about today’s episode and guest, Lorraine Martin.

[2:16] Justin welcomes Lorraine to the podcast!

[2:28] What risk management systems did Lorraine learn from her experience as an officer in the U.S. Air Force? And how did she apply them to later positions?

[3:43] Would Lorraine agree with the sentiment that, “The human factor is perhaps the most critical element of a framework?”

[4:24] What years was Lorraine with the U.S. Air Force?

[4:35] What brought Lorraine to the NSC?

[6:29] Lorraine speaks about some of the resources the NSC offers publically and through subscription.

[7:13] Lorraine highlights some NSC initiatives and campaigns that she has found particularly successful.

[10:59] Is Lorraine planning any new changes or programs as the new President of NSC?

[12:34] What safety risks and hazards are at the top of Lorraine’s risk register among companies and organizations?

[14:40] Lorraine speaks about some of the safety trends she has found particularly encouraging.

[16:59] Lorraine highlights the qualities of industries and companies that are implementing safety risk management systems that have been very effective.

[18:45] Has Lorraine used any risk tech applications? And are there features that are particularly beneficial to the workforce?

[19:53] During her career in the Air Force, did Lorraine have access to technology that was ahead of its time that has now made its way into the mainstream?

[20:48] Justin thanks Lorraine for joining him in this week’s episode!

[21:20] About the RIMS-CRMP and the RIMS community and blog!

[22:06] Get in touch with Justin Smulison at to send him any of your questions or suggestions for the podcast.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Lorraine M. Martin

National Safety Council (NSC)

National Safety Month — June 2019

Stop Everyday Killers | NSC

Prescribed to Death Memorial | NSC

Road to Zero | NSC

NSC Appoints Lorraine M. Martin as President and CEO — May 7th, 2019

Risk Management Monitor’s NSC Coverage

RIMScast Episode: “Fatigue Risk Management with NSC’s Emily Whitcomb”

#RIMS2020 will be held May 3–6 in Denver, Colorado! Submissions are now being accepted Send your innovative session proposal by July 19th, 2019

RIMS Webinar — July 11th, 2019 — “Meeting the Protection Gap,” with Shankar Garigiparthy, country manager and CEO of Lloyd’s India, discussing resiliency and the 2018 Lloyd’s City Risk Index

The 44th Annual RIMS Educational Conference: July 29th–August 3th in Naples, Florida

RIMS Risk Forum 2019 Latin America: Oct. 8th–9th in Bogotá, Columbia

2019 RIMS Canada Conference: Sept. 8th–11th in Edmonton, AB, Canada

2019 RIMS Western Regional Conference: Sept. 9th–11th in Las Vegas, NV

RIMS Legislative Summit: Oct. 16th–17th in Washington, DC

RIMS ERM Conference 2019: Nov. 4th–5th in New Orleans, LA

RIMS Risk Forum India 2019: Nov. 22nd in Mumbai, India

Upcoming RIMS Events

RM Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS Membership — Discover why 10,000 of your peers from more than 60 countries are a part of the RIMS community!


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