Construction Safety Outlook feat. Lawson & Associates, Inc.
Lawson is growing and diversifying, with a team of over 25 people, a dedicated OSH training institute, and more products and services than ever before.
Q&A with Tracy Lawson
President & Founder, Lawson & Associates, Inc.
What are some of your company’s most important (or interesting) projects and plans for 2023?
We are expanding our Safety Intelligence Institute course offerings to include various on-demand competent person and awareness level courses. The concept for this learning platform started in 2020 with in-person courses, and it’s exciting to see it grow from being available locally to globally. Our clients have asked for more options to provide high-quality safety training to their teams with courses that are relevant, industry-specific, and improve field performance. The platform we’ve built is innovative and much needed. We are grateful to have this learning management system (LMS) technology when the need is so critical. Our driving motivation is supporting the hard-working people who construct our communities and buildings to help them go home safely to their families.
Many of your customers and clients are facing huge challenges this year. What are those challenges and how can you help them?
It is hard to find qualified, certified safety professionals in Hawai‘i – and many of our clients need our help to staff projects and manage their safety programs. Lawson is growing and diversifying, with a team of over 25 people, a dedicated OSH training institute, and more products and services than ever before. We’ve spent years finding good people, building a solid culture, and providing them with the training and support they need to become some of the best in the State. We are helping our clients to be safer and more profitable while managing the complexity of OSHA compliance.
What is the most important change or trend impacting your industry in 2023?
Our industry is experiencing significant growth in the demand for certified safety professionals, but the supply isn’t keeping up. Many of our clients don’t want to hire and then manage this unique position, so outsourcing with us is the way to go. We have developed a unique way to do this so that we integrate with the client’s business strategies, processes, and systems at many levels, bringing our technical support, planning, and experience to the table, which allows our clients to focus on their core competencies. We fully integrate into their organization to develop a safety management system instead of just managing a stand-alone program, which we believe is a ‘value-add’ proposition.