Robin Fleming’s guest on this episode of the Innovation of Work podcast is Chet Brandon, Division Director of Global HSE at ‎Special Metals.

Chet Brandon, CSP, CHMM, attended Marshall University in Huntington WV, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a minor in Political Science. Chet returned to graduate school at Marshall with a Master of Science in Safety Technology followed by a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Chet began his career in safety and health with Elkem Metals Company, North American Division (previously the Ferroalloy Division of the Union Carbide Company) after two internships in the metals industry.

Chet currently leads the HSE function of the Special Metals Division, a business unit of Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC), which includes 13 sites in Europe, Australia and the United States. Special Metals is the world leader in the invention, production and supply of high-nickel and cobalt alloys for critical engineering in the aerospace, oil & gas and power generation industries.

Chet has been a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals since 1992 when he joined as a student member. He has held numerous roles in multiple chapters and currently serves as Regional Vice President.

Content Timeline

01:22 – Sharing information collected from a lifetime of work as a safety professional.
07:07 – Coming full circle – kick starting an internship with 30 minutes notice.
12:06 – How have things changed and matured in the EHS program?
15:31 – Starting a safety leadership role through the early impacts of COVID.
19:40 – Best practices and planning that were put in place through COVID.
27:27 – “We help each other out on any topic under the sun.” Importance of network and connections through ASSP.
35:02 – What safety professionals need to be thinking about in regards to improvements within their own safety programs.
36:30 – NIOSH Total Worker Health Program
38:14 – The role of technology in safety.
43:10 – What is on the wishlist for moving the needle in safety metrics?