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Jan 25, 2022

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


In this episode, Justin is joined by the President of DF Safety, Dave Ferro, to discuss occupational safety and risk management in 2022.


Dave Ferro is an occupational health and safety expert with over 25 years of experience. He is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a Construction Safety Officer, and a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.


Dave shares his insights on the current state of safety risks in 2022; offers actionable tips to use against the backdrop of COVID-19, climate change, and the great resignation for risk management professionals; and speaks about the techniques, programs, and processes that he has found most effective.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS App.

[:23] About RIMScast.

[:35] About today’s episode.

[:41] Upcoming RIMS current offerings.

[1:27] About the upcoming two-day virtual event: 2022 RIMS RiskTech Forum.

[2:09] More about today’s episode with Dave Ferro.

[2:35] Justin welcomes Dave Ferro to RIMScast!

[3:16] Winter safety tips for risk management professionals when it comes to the workforce.

[5:30] How the great resignation is impacting safety conditions and risks at work.

[8:26] How COVID-19 factors into the great resignation.

[9:27] How can companies safely reopen after initial and subsequent shutdowns due to COVID-19?

[11:13] Upcoming RIMS webinars.

[12:47] Techniques, programs, and processes that Dave has found most effective.

[14:53] Emerging safety risks that deserve more focus and Dave’s suggestions around addressing them against the backdrop of COVID-19.

[17:28] Dave’s words of advice for risk management professionals in 2022.

[20:10] Justin thanks Dave Ferro for joining RIMScast and shares some additional links to check out in this episode’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

TechRisk/RiskTech | RIMS Virtual Event Jan. 26‒27, 2022 — Register Today!

RIMS 2022 RISKWORLD | April 10‒13 in San Francisco! — Register now for advance rate pricing!


RIMS Buyers Guide

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.  

RIMS Report: Using Incident Management to Mitigate Risk

Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

Risk Findings for the Industrial & Manufacturing Industry | Sponsored by Aon

“Establishing the Right Assurance to Request From Business Partners” | Sponsored by HITRUST

“Aon’s 2021 Retail Industry Overview” | Sponsored by Aon

“A Legacy of Resilience” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda Group

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

NEW RIMSCAST VIDEO: “Climate Change and Insurance: A Fireside Chat with Dev Bhutani and Deepak Madan” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.


Feb. 3, 2022 | “Are You Prepared for the Changing Environmental Risk Landscape?” | Sponsored by Beazley

Feb. 8, 2022 | RIMS Virtual Workshop Preview: “Captives as an Alternate Risk Financing Technique” | Presented by RIMS

Feb. 9, 2022 | “Recertification: Keep Your RIMS-CRMP Active” | Presented by RIMS

Virtual Workshops:

“Applying and Integrating ERM” — This workshop prepares you to develop and integrate a practical ERM approach that creates and protects organizational value while improving efficiencies, Feb. 1‒2, 2022 — Register Now!

Attend the RIMS-CRMP-FED Exam Prep Virtual Workshop presented with George Mason University, February 15‒17, 2022 — Register Now!

More Workplace Safety on RIMScast:

“Safety Does Not Pause: Employee Hazards During COVID-19 with NSC President & CEO Lorraine Martin”

“Fatigue Risk Management with NSC’s Emily Whitcomb”

“International Codes and Standards with Chris Wieczorek”

“Navigating Shipping Risks in 2022 with Capt. Rahul Khanna”

“Fleet Safety with NETS Executive Director Susan Gillies”

“Mental Health in the Workplace with Darcy Gruttadaro”

“Active Threat Safety and Preparedness with Steve Smith and Dustin Miller of Guardian Defense”

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series — New interview with RIMS 2021 Risk Manager of the Year Michael Harrington!

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring RIMS Treasurer Jennifer Santiago!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS DEI Council

RIMS Path to the Boardroom

National Human Trafficking Prevention Month (U.S. Department of State)

Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco’s Website


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Dave Ferro’s LinkedIn

DF Safety


Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“The winter thing that causes us the most injuries up here — at least on the job site — are simple slips, trips, and falls.” — Dave Ferro


“There’s a lot of ways the safety risks would be heightened [with the great resignation]. When we have fewer people, we have the one obvious problem of fatigue and extra hours. … Fatigue has really come to the forefront with safety.” — Dave Ferro


“Physical distancing [with COVID-19] is huge … [and] it doesn’t hurt to do extra cleanliness … like hand sanitizer.” — Dave Ferro


“Just like every other safety issue, the more planning you do, the better off you’re going to be when something happens.” — Dave Ferro