David Michaels

David Michaels



  • Nobody Gets Hurt: The Business Leader’s Guide to Managing For Safety
  • The Link between Operational Performance and Safety
  • The Future of Work in the Shared Economy
  • Sustainability Now: Integrating Environment and Safety into Operations
  • Vision Zero: New Safety Thinking
  • Keeping the Supply Chain Safe
  • Safer Hospitals: Ensuring Patient Safety Requires Worker Safety

What he offers

David Michaels brings his vast experience to help executives and managers recognize that worker safety is an investment not a cost, and shows how operational culture and safety culture must merge in order to be successful.

How he presents

David gives inspiring presentations that are tailored to meet the needs of each client. In every presentation, he infuses lessons gained from his personal experiences with all types of firms: from global corporate giants to medical centers to small employers low down in the supply chain, from the oil drilling above the Arctic Circle to cleaning up plutonium at nuclear weapons plants, the most hazardous and polluted sites in the US.

David Michaels, epidemiologist, author, public speaker, is one of the world’s leading thinker and practitioner in the area of safety. He directed the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration for President Barack Obama and was the chief safety and environment officer of the US nuclear weapons complex. He shows business leaders how to develop and sustain a safe operational culture, one that will make a firm successful and sustainable, while protecting its most valuable asset: its human capital.

David is at the forefront of integrating safety into sustainability, and was one of the authors of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Occupational Health and Safety reporting requirements.  He is a member of the Singapore Ministry of Manpower International Advisory Panel and the Lucien Leape Institute of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/ National Patient Safety Foundation, which provides strategic vision for improving patient safety.


  • Harvard Business Review: Seven Ways to Improve Operations without Sacrificing Worker Safety (2018)
  • Work, Health, and Well-Being. (2016)


  • Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005
  • John P. McGovern Science and Society Award, Sigma Xi, 2009
  • Allan Rosenfield Award for Excellence, Columbia University, 2012
  • William Steiger Memorial Award, American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists 2013
  • Jorma Rantanen Award, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland, 2013

Presentation Languages: English

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