2018 Speaker Spotlight: Austin and Babatunde


Site Safety Lead, Missile Defense Agency | Alabama, USA

Steve Austin is a native of Alabama USA. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis at Mississippi State University and received a Commissioning through U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.  Steve is a Civil Servant, Site Safety Lead with the Missile Defense with over 26 years safety experience.  He also holds a Certified Safety and Health Official from Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in Industrial Safety and a Certified Safety Instructor (Master Level) from the WSO.

“Motorcycle vs Automobile: Safety in Print”

The theory that motorcycles were invented before automobiles has its roots. The fact is automobile transport of man (on a three-wheeled steam tractor) happened in France in 1769.  The first automobile carriage for people was invented in 1885 by Karl Benz.  The first motorcycle, called the Reitwagen or Riding Car, coincidentally was also built in 1885 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach. It spawned a new area of transportation. From that year on, motorcycle accidents have plagued the world.  Based on the number of deaths from automobiles vs the deaths from motorcycles, this presentation examines the risk of riding an instrument of torture (a motorcycle), instead of motoring around in a four wheeled coffin (a car).  Why risk riding a motorcycle instead of driving a car?  The statistics are staggering and bear reading for motorcycle mishap prevention.



Compliance Manager, Fidson Healthcare PLC | Ipaja, Lagos, Nigeria

Babatunde Fayoade is a native of Lagos, Nigeria. He holds the BSc degree in Microbiology and an MBA from the Obafemi Awolowo University. Mr. Fayoade is currently the Compliance Manager and HSE Committee Chairman with Fidson Healthcare PLC. Mr. Babatunde was named Fidson’s 2014 Role Model at an event held in Dubai, UAE. He is energetic, enthusiastic, responsible, conscientious, and persuasive, and has a strong desire to be productive and get things accomplished. He takes every opportunity to generate new relationships, which makes him highly effective in transforming a disparate group into a cohesive team.

“Who is a Qualified Safety Professional?”

Industrial safety is important as it safeguards human life, especially in high risk areas such as nuclear, aircraft, chemical, oil and gases, and mining industries, where a fatal mistake can be catastrophic. Industrial Safety reduces risks to people, and processes‎. Process control and safety systems are usually merged. Maintaining a safe and healthy working environment is not only an important human resources issue, it’s the law. Whether they’re entry-level workers, seasoned veterans, supervisors, or plant managers, the employees need to understand health and safety risks, the steps they need to take to minimize those risks, and common safety standards and compliance procedures. Depending on the type of business involved and the organization’s needs, the role of safety professional in the workplace will vary. Safety professionals have a key role in influencing the safety of an industrial organization.

Recent conceptualizations of organizations as complex adaptive systems have put further challenges in our understanding of safety professionals’ work. In light of our increased understanding of the complexity and dynamics of safety-critical organizations is there a need to rethink the role of safety professionals? The presentation will focus on the underlying principles that the safety professionals rely on in their work.


Meet Mr. Austin and Mr. Babatunde in Charleston during the 2018 WSO Symposium!

September 17–19, 2018
Marriott Charleston Town Center | Charleston, West Virginia, USA


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