Christopher J. Lipowski, CRSP
Diploma (psychology), B.A. (psychology / biology), University Certificate (Advanced Safety Management), Canadian Registered Safety Professional (C.R.S.P.)
Principal / Senior Occupational Health and Safety Specialist / Healthcare Management Consultant
""Committed to Achieving Health and Safety Performance Excellence""
To make meaningful contributions in a collaborative manner for organizations that recognize their human capital as their most valuable asset and is committed towards achieving effective occupational health and safety performance through proactive management system strategies and programs that promote a strong safety culture to reduce occupational accident / disease incidence rates, meet legislative compliance requirements and due diligence, and enhance corporate financial sustainability.
I obtained my diploma in psychology from Loyola College and a bachelors degree in psychology / biology from Concordia University, both in Montreal. After almost two years in the role of Clinical Research Associate, Cardiovascular Division, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, I went on to work in basic research for three years in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, where I was accepted into and attended graduate studies (MSc) Psychiatry (Behavioural Genetics). Under the thesis supervision and guidance of Roberta Palmour PhD & Frank Ervin MD, my concept and laboratory research work led to a novel finding that CNS adenosine A1 and A2 receptors are involved in aggressive behavior in an animal model, published in Life Science (1989; 44 (18):1293-301), http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2716472. (Adenosine analogs inhibit fighting in isolated male mice)
Subsequently, I changed career directions and went on to receive training in occupational health and safety through auditing the entire McGill University’s graduate School of Occupational Health program. In 1993 I obtained the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation http://www.bcrsp.ca/. As the University's first Health and Safety Officer, for over thirteen years I applied my knowledge in psychology towards improving safety management organizational culture and used my training in occupational hygiene to develop innovative programs such as office ergonomics MSD injury prevention / remediation, indoor mould evaluation and control, and academic research laboratory safety inspections. After 17 years service with the University, I left McGill in 2000 and started an occupational health and safety consulting service, Pinnacle Enterprises Canada. For the past thirteen years, I have focused my professional expertise and significant effort on improving healthcare health and safety. I developed one of the first healthcare indoor mould control programs in Canada for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. I use the OHSAS 18001 (soon to be ISO 45001), CSA Z1000-06, and ANSI Z10 standards as proactive instruments for establishing effective management strategies to reduce occupational hazard risks and associated losses and achieve safe working conditions for healthcare workers which can be expected to result in sustainable safe patient care. From 2009 to 2012 I coordinated The Ottawa Hospital Health and Safety Management System development initiatives including Internal Audit Program that subsequently received a 100% conformity rating in an external audit performed by the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). In 2012 I completed the comprehensive Ryerson University Advanced Safety Management Certificate program.
My highly respected website, Healthcare Safety Info-eLink™ emphasizes the need for hospital senior management and associated stakeholders to seriously consider the important link between the quality of healthcare occupational health and safety conditions and practices and its direct impact on patient safety outcomes. In order to achieve sustainable administrative performance excellence in healthcare that results in high quality and safe patient care with an overall reduction in healthcare costs, a holistic approach is proposed that manages patient safety and care provider safety programs together as an integral component of the organization's Health and Safety Management System (HSMS) that strives for continuous improvement. This type of approach could be attained by implementing a HSMS in accordance with the OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001 - 2016) standard with the organizational ISO 9001 quality standard and use quality improvement tools such as Six Sigma and Lean to achieve the objective of reducing care provider injury rates and provide "safe" patient care.
CORE PERSONAL VALUES:
Uncompromising integrity, trust & ethics
Professional competence through continuous learning and knowledge acquisition
- Consensus-building accomplished through interpersonal skills with trades, staff, all levels of management, credible professionals, and contractors
- Knowledge of occupational psychology and organizational culture development strategies
- Analytical skills for identifying creative solutions and solving problems effectively in a timely manner
- Occupational health and safety program development
- Senior level professional writing skill: safety audit reports, accident / occupational disease investigation reports, inspection reports, compliance violation / requirement reports; standard safe operating procedures (SOP); corporate policies
- Healthcare occupational health and safety knowledge and experience
- Hazard identification / risk assessment / prioritized cost effective control development in accordance with AIHA guidelines and the ACGIH
- OHS legislation - extensive knowledge of legislation, compliance assessment, and regulation enforcement experience: U.S. OSHA; Canadian Labour Code part 2; Canadian Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Acts
- Strategies and methods for achieving due diligence
- Advanced knowledge of occupational health and human toxicology and medical terminology
- Occupational / Industrial hygiene knowledge and experience
- Medical / Academic Research laboratory safety: inspection / GHS and WHMIS / CBSG, BMBL / chemical hazard risk assessment and control
- Accident investigation and Prevention: direct and root cause analysis / witness interview / site analysis / trends analysis
- Office ergonomics - computer user assessment and teaching / equipment assessment and recommendation
- Occupational safety management systems development and internal audit (CSA Z1000); ANSI Z10; OHSAS 18001; ISO 45001)
- Asbestos and Mould: identification, remediation, abatement contractor oversight, control management program development
Please view my Power Point presentation:
A Holistic Approach for Effective Healthcare Safety Management
“Raising the Bar to Achieve Total Quality Patient Care Excellence”
Thank you for taking the time to review my professional background.
Christopher J. Lipowski