30: Health and Safety in Pre-Project Planning with Kathryn Hart

August 28, 2023

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In today’s episode of Transmit Safety, Kathryn Hart is joining me and we’re going to be chatting about project management and pre-project planning when it comes to Health and Safety.

Kathryn has spent time as a project engineer, an assistant superintendent, a superintendent, and a project manager. If we wanted to ask someone questions about Health and Safety from the project management side of things she is the perfect person and I think we landed in a really good conversation.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why construction is a great industry for young professionals to tap into
  • Health and Safety in pre-project planning
  • Looking at Health and Safety from a financial perspective
  • Tracking Health and Safety during a project rather than at the end of a project
  • Bringing in experts to increase Health and Safety on site

The Transmit Safety Podcast is here to help health and safety practitioners achieve a holistic approach to workplace health and safety so they can become impactful leaders and put the value of safety into action.

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Today’s episode was sponsored by Transmit Safety, a consulting business where I help streamline and simplify health and safety management systems through education, program development, audits, and coaching.

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Quotes from this episode

“You can pay for safety upfront and forecast those costs and build it into your budget. Or you can pay for safety reactively and not have as much control over that cost when an incident occurs, when tools and equipment break, when something gets damaged, or if it’s severe enough that a worker gets injured.”

“When you aren’t thinking about people first, you don’t necessarily prioritize [health and safety] with every step. You will let certain things slide because you don’t think they’re important enough. And then health and safety just becomes a checklist.”

“What you see a lot of is that on-time on-budget mentality, which is fantastic for getting the job done. But what you sometimes lose in that hyper fixation is the people aspect.” 

“Including the people and the human aspect in the overall project planning and the project management, and just realizing that we’re all people and we need to work together and figure out a way for it to be happy at work. That’s the ideal isn’t it?”

Connect with Kathryn Hart

Kathryn graduated from Virginia Tech with dual degrees in Psychology and Building Construction. She has worked with multiple general contractors in the DC area in roles that range from Project/Office Engineer to Superintendent. She recently pivoted into the subcontractor arena to pursue Project Management, Onboarding, Training, Safety, and Business Development roles. 

Kathryn guides others to pursue fulfilling and intentional career paths within the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. As founder and host at Space to Build, she advises others on navigating their roles on and off-site, leads community discussions on the real questions women have in our industry, and facilitates honest dialogue between industry professionals. 

Facebook: @spacetobuild.co

Instagram: @spacetobuild

Website: spacetobuild.co

Connect with Aimee Arsenault

Aimee Arsenault is a CRSP and CHSC. She is the founder of Transmit Safety, a business that helps you simplify and streamline health & safety management systems.

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