Karl L. Bossung


2007 Contractor to Ergonomic Technologies Corporation


Health & Safety • Training • Organizational Culture Change • Consulting

Corporate Director-Health and Safety with extensive skills in high-level health and safety positions with large global manufacturing corporations. A Visionary with the ability to serve as a catalyst in developing and implementing Culture Change Behavior Based Safety programs, processes, training and guidance. Develop and implement programs that reduce both injuries and illnesses.

  • Appointed to the “Blue Ribbon” panel of health and safety experts by the United States Department of Defense to assist in improving the health and safety performance in each branch of the U.S. Military.
  • Appointed to a third term on Board of Delegates, National Safety Council and serving for third year as Vice Chairman - Board of Delegates.
  • Experienced conference speaker, author of numerous journal articles and publications and recognized in feature articles of the National Safety Council “Safety + Health” magazine as a “Mover and Shaker” in the safety field and as one of the “Safety Directors Who Get It”.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    - Culture Change and Assessment
    - Training Development and Delivery
    - Staff Training and Development
    - Program Development and Implementation
    - Labor Negotiations
    - OSHA Regulations and Standards
    - Strategic and Global Planning
    - Creative Thinking and Resolutions


    DELPHI CORPORATION – Troy, Michigan 1995 to 2007
    Corporate Director – Health and Safety

    Direct Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics programs/processes in all facilities worldwide ($29 billion company with over 250 facilities in 39 countries with 250,000 employees).
  • Developed the Culture Change Process that became the core foundation in developing initiatives that have reduced Lost Workday Cases and Total Recordable Cases by 95% in the past 10 years.
  • Directed the design and implementation of programs/processes, which resulted in a reduction of 31,500 fewer injuries-illnesses and over 5,000 fewer lost workday cases on an annual basis.
  • Achieved world-class levels of safety performance resulting in over $363M in annual cost avoidance.
  • Received 142 awards in 2006 and 165 awards in 2005 by the National Recognition Awards Program of the National Safety Council as a result of my direction.
  • Directed a common, global approach to health and safety including working with all unions worldwide and implementing a joint approach of working together to achieve an injury/illness free workplace.
  • Completed Six-Sigma, Green Belt Certified, project of developing new set of leading edge Metrics that will replace the current tracking of lagging, severe injury focused, industry wide used metrics.

    GENERAL MOTORS – Detroit, Michigan 1991 to 1995
    Coordinator – UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, Health & Safety (1992 to 1995)
    Initiated and supervised a cross-functional team who benchmarked and studied recognized world-class health & safety companies. Applied learned knowledge in the development of the General Motors Culture Change Process, which received the GM President Council award in 1995.
  • Negotiated, developed and administered all National Joint Programs on Health & Safety. The programs included Lockout-Energy Control, Accident Investigation, Audits, Confined Space, Hazardous Material Control, Ergonomics, Fall Hazard Control, etc.
    Staff Assistant – UAW-GM Center for Human Resources, Health & Safety (1991 to 1992)
    Developed and delivered the training of all health and safety programs for all UAW represented GM facilities.
  • Assigned lead investigator for all serious accidents and fatalities at all United States GM facilities.

    GENERAL MOTORS, CENTRAL FOUNDRY DIVISION – Saginaw Michigan 1974 to 1991
    Supervisor – Health and Safety (1990 to 1991)
    Directed compliance of all occupational health and safety activities in a three shift, 3,000 employee heavy manufacturing facility.
  • Reduced injury/illness rates by 30% during this 2-year period.
  • Developed several programs including Fall Prevention, Accident Investigation, Safety Talk and Audit programs that became the Division standard.
    Supervisor – Education and Training and Salaried Personnel Administration (1985 to 1990)
    Delivered all site, division, corporate and governmental required training.
  • Supervised all functions of salaried employment, education and training, recruitment, co-op and intern programs, benefits, insurance and workers compensation.
    Supervisor and General Supervisor – Manufacturing (1979 to 1985)
  • Held various Supervisor and General Supervisor positions in every manufacturing department with increasing responsibilities and authority.
    Co-operative Education Student – (1974 to 1979)


    Bachelor of Arts – Industrial Administration (1974-1979)
    GMI is a five-year co-operative education program institute with six-week work/school rotation. Published thesis resulted in over $250,000 annual savings at the work sponsoring General Motors facility.

    Professional Certifications
    NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL – Itasca, Illinois Advanced Safety Certification (2005-2006)


    Member - National Safety Council
    1995 to Present
    Member, Board of Delegates - National Safety Council
    2001 to Present
    Vice Chairman, Board of Delegates - National Safety Council
    2005 to Present
    Chairman/Member, Workplace Venue Committee - National Safety Council
    2001 to Present
    Member, Nomination Committee - National Safety Council
    2005 to Present
    Member - American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
    1996 to Present
    Member - “Blue Ribbon” panel committee, US Department of Defense
    2003 to 2004
    Charter Member - Automotive Industries Action Group (AIAG)
    Health and Safety Steering Committee
    2003 to Present

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