Topf Initiatives was the first to research, identify and understand the importance that individual attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and perceptions play in causing accidents, injuries and environmental incidents. We work with many corporations and private organizations to create fundamental and lasting changes in the way people think about safety by engraining safety as a personal issue both on and off the job.
Since the onset of Topf’s work, employees at all levels have been made aware of, and provided simple, yet highly effective skills to address issues essential to a fully integrated approach for incident prevention.
Topf Initiatives is unique in our ability to create lasting and fundamental changes in the way people think about safety by making safety a personal issue both on and off the job.
Topf Initiatives management, facilitator and staff represent over 75 years of Safety, Health and Environmental excellence. Our Initiatives have been facilitated and successfully implemented in many industries and countries.
All of our Senior Initiative Facilitators have been hand picked by Michael Topf based not only on their Knowledge of S, H & E issues and standards, but most importantly on their superior presentation, facilitation and communication skill. Our Senior Staff become partners, confidents and coaches with our clients throughout both the training and sustainment stages of our Initiatives assuring a most successful transition to the highest level of safety excellence.
Michael D. Topf is the Founder and President of TOPF. Michael has extensive experience in consulting as well as designing and conducting training courses in Executive Leadership, Management & line Employee Development and other areas of Organizational Effectiveness.
Michael has pioneered a holistic, integrated methodology to assist all levels of employees in creating an organizational culture committed to safety, health and environmental excellence thru developing safe attitudes and behaviors to prevent errors and resulting accidents, injuries, health and environmental incidents.
Michael has a BS in Biology and Chemistry, as well as, a MA in Applied Psychology and a MA in Theology. He was an Instructor in the Graduate Program in Health and Safety Administration at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and has published many articles in a variety of safety and health publications. He has been a speaker and presenter at numerous corporate, as well as, national and local ASSE, NSC and specialty conferences over the past 25 years on the topics of organizational and personal effectiveness, safety, health and environmental culture change and attitudinal and behavioral approaches to preventing errors and improving safety, health and environmental performance.
Michael was employed as a Research Assistant for the State Department of Health in NJ and at NYU Medical Center. He worked as a Hospital Administrator for Mt. Sinai, Montifiore and Beth Israel Medical Centers in New York City and at John Runnels Hospital in Berkley Heights, NJ. He became a Mental Health Counselor and worked in Rehab and private practice. He founded TOPF in 1980, conducting Organizational Effectiveness Training and Consulting Services. TOPF specialized in SH&E Culture and Attitudinal and Behavioral Improvement and Incident Prevention in 1983.
Paul J. Snyder, CSP is Safety Specialist with Topf Initiatives. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of Safety Management and Performance, Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Sciences.
He provides Topf Initiatives with safety and facility auditing needs and specializes in assisting our clients with OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) applications, training requirements and safety standards.
A former US Navy Industrial Hygenist, he held various EHS positions with Rohm and Haas (an international chemical company, now Dow), including Plant Industrial Hygiene Manager, Plant EHS Manager, and Corporate Safety and Industrial Hygiene Director. He was a charter member of the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Region III, and served on its Board of Directors as Secretary from 1996-1998; Treasurer from 1998-2003; and Director from 2003-2006. Paul has also had the honor of serving OSHA as a Special Government Employee.
Paul Snyder is experienced in safety management systems, OSHA VPP, emergency planning, process safety management, OSHA compliance, OSHA recordkeeping, safety and Industrial hygiene auditing, safety behavior, culture change, and incident investigation methods. He has been a consultant for Topf Initiatives since 2007.
Vince Marchesani, Ph.D. is a consultant for Topf Initiatives. He is married with three children, and is presently living in Bonita Springs, Florida, where he is President and CEO of Environmental, Health and Safety International LLC. Vince is retired from Basell, where he served as VP, Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS). He has 30+ years in the chemical industry, and chaired numerous committees at the American Chemistry Council, and the Society for Plastic Industries in Washington DC.
Vince worked 11 years in government writing environmental regulations. He has also published numerous papers on EHS topics and co-authored book on air pollution management, as well as a book entitled, “The Fundamentals of Crisis Management.”
Vince holds five copyrights including three for the use of leading indicators to predict safety performance, and he also developed EHS performance improvement and crisis management systems. He was also instrumental in the design and implementation of EHS governance, management and leadership systems.
Michel St-Martin is currently a facilitator for Topf Initiatives for the implementation of the Topf Process and related programs and services. He conducts Topf’s work in both English and French.
Michel has twenty years of experience with manufacturing and high tech companies. Experience includes operations and personnel management, work organization, production, quality management, and customer service management. He has excellent communication, analysis, and planning skills.
Michel has diplomas in plastic processing techniques and business management, and uses a results-oriented and continuous improvement approach.
In 1983, Michael Topf observed that conventional safety training and practices were not as effective as companies wanted and needed them to be. Michael saw that, in companies of all sizes and demographics, employees attended training sessions and refresher courses that were quite effective at reducing accidents and injuries in the short term - for a few weeks or months. But after these weeks or months would pass, the accident and injury rates would rebound back to prior levels rendering the trainings largely ineffective in the long term.
In response to this, Michael came up with the innovative idea to look at safety through a human behavior lens leading to this pivotal question:
Which basic human attitudes, beliefs, behaviors and perceptions, if properly addressed, coached and managed, would prevent accidents, injuries, and health & environmental incidents, both on and off the job?
The SAFOR Process - "Safety a Function of Responsibility" From the research and responses to this most basic behavioral question, Topf Initiatives' "Holistic, Integrated Approach" to Safety, Health, and Environmental Improvement was born. Since the inception, and as much additional data and client results have been analyzed, the SAFOR process has been continuously developed and improved.
This “Holistic Approach” incorporates a variety of behavioral theories and methodologies that reach employees (people) on all levels; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The primary focus of this distinctive process is on changing a person’s engrained and inherent attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values about safety. This approach goes far beyond rudimentary observation and feedback systems offered by behavioral-based safety programs still widely in use today.
As a result of Topf Initiatives' successful work over the last 25 years, employees at all organizational levels have become conscious of their own attitudes and behaviors regarding safety. They have been trained and made to own simple, yet highly effective tools to enhance safe behaviors and are taught to implement strategies that prevent accidents and injuries as well as environmental incidents. They take Responsibility!!
The process creates lasting and fundamental changes in the way people think about safety by making it a personal issue both on and off the job. You cannot take risks at home and then automatically act safety at work. The result is an organization where employees
have a heightened safety, health, and environmental awareness,
take personal responsibility for the safety, health and well-being of not only themselves, but their co-workers, families, and friends,
are motivated by the benefit of complying and safety, health and environmental policies for themselves and others,
learn to address health and wellness issues for the purpose of moving to the next level of safety and healthy well-being and,
develop self-observation, self-management, teamwork and leadership skills to prevent incidents.
An added residual benefit of this program is that labor and management leaders become safety coaches (rather than "safety cops") with improved communication and team-building skills. Intervention becomes a constructive, educational interaction rather than a punitive "offense catching" scenario.
Please contact us at 484-434-8021 or info@Topfinitiatives.com to learn how a Topf Initiative can work for your organization.
You can also contact Michael directly to discuss your particular situation and requirements.
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