2012 NSC Rising Stars of Safety

"It is a pleasure to recognize the 2012 class of the NSC Rising Stars of Safety, presented by DuPont Sustainable Solutions. This elite group of up-and-coming safety professionals 40 and younger was selected from more than 160 nominees."

Read the complete introduction by Janet Froetscher, president and CEO, National Safety Council.

Abdulrahim AlMaraghi
Fire and Safety Superintendent
Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co.
Manam, Bahrain
“In 2011, Abdulrahim championed GPIC’s distracted driving initiative by translating … NSC’s toolkit into Arabic. He motivates and inspires others to work toward achieving EHS goals by leading by example and enabling others to attain their own goals. The best example is his role in motivating contractors’ safety representatives to implement BBS observation programs with their companies.”
Marycarmen Aparicio
North America Safety Coordinator – Process Automation
ABB Inc.
San Luis Potosi, Mexico
“Marycarmen was the champion for the first OHS training matrix in ABB MX history, which encompasses 750 employees at manufacturing sites, field service/project locations and was developed to be compatible to U.S. legislation (OSHA 10 and OSHA 30). Marycarmen also led the NFPA 70E implementation for ABB Field Service in Mexico. It included 1,080 hours of training for 18 companies and contractors.”
Andrea Ball
Safety Officer
City of Daytona Beach
St. Cloud, FL

“Not only has she implemented a safety manual, but she has brought all employees current on mandatory OSHA training. In addition, she has initiated an audit program and jobsite inspection program. In addition to being a dedicated employee, Andrea volunteers a lot of her time to her chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers."

Michael Bearak
Safety Programs Manager
MSC Waterworks
Concord, NC

“Each May, he brings all 30 branches together every day for one week via webinar for trainings in conjunction with NAOSH Week. This year he designed and implemented our incentive program. He also brings speakers into our Support Center to do webinars for our employees, allowing greater diversity of safety education and applications. He coordinates a two-day Safety Seminar for our customers, and is responsible for working with our salespeople to register their customers.”

Anthony Blodgett
Ground Safety Manager
U.S. Air Force
52nd Fighter Wing Safety Office
Spangdahlem AB, Germany

“Tony envisioned, built and promoted Spangdahlem’s 101 Critical Days of Summer Safety Challenge, designed to reduce mishap rates during our most dangerous period. This initiative pitted all organizations against each other to see who could most promote safety. Points were allocated for accomplishing a variety of safety initiatives from presentations, conducting safety belt checks to even airing radio commercials. Not only did the Safety Challenge promote safety, but it also promoted esprit de corps.”

Kristine Brobst
Safety, Health and Environment Manager
Pittsburgh, PA

“One example of Kris’ creativity is the way she transformed our six key operations-based Practice Line Leaders into active leaders of our safety programs. Kris developed a new communications series and format for the Practice Line quarterly safety messages with their pictures on the email banner with customized safety messages specific to their practice line.”

Robert Casper
Safety Specialist
U.S. Marine Corps
Parris Island, SC

“His due diligence identified serious deficiencies in the Department of Defense Lost Day database, the Defense Safety Enterprise System. His recommendations to the Office of the Secretary of Defense were implemented, which enabled all DOD to improve workers’ compensation and mishap prevention reporting programs, and resulted in daily updates of lost day list … so installations could track their status. This change made it possible to identify units and personnel erroneously assigned to installations creating false high incident rates and lost workdays not belonging to those command installations.”

Guillermo Castillo
Corporate Safety Project Manager
Cummins Inc.
Columbus, IN

“Guillermo led a cross-functional team of 12 safety business leaders to redesign the corporate hoist and crane safety policy. Previously, he led a team of nine people to develop the hand safety corporate policy. Currently, he is leading a team of 27 people to launch the global machine-guarding policy. When he was a safety leader at a manufacturing site in Mexico, he coordinated a site team to work on implementation of an OH&S management system, becoming the first site in the corporation to be certified in OHSAS 18001.”

Craig Chunchick
Senior Manager, Safety, Health and Environmental
Kelly Services Inc.
Troy, MI

“Craig led an initiative with one of Kelly Services’ most strategic customer relationships. This client was experiencing higher than average injury rates and associated costs. He engaged the client’s key stakeholders, as well as the client’s EHS manager to analyze the customer’s operations and develop corrective action plans. These involved the development of a standard joint process to include on-boarding, training and case management practices for contingent employees accountwide.”

Thomas Colla
Environment, Health and Safety Manager –
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Xylem Inc., Residential and Commercial Water
Altavilla, Italy

“Thomas has led many safety initiatives that have resulted in positive outcomes. In 2010, implementing and achieving OSHAS 18.001 certification for the Hipac Group sites in Italy, Spain and Romania. In 2011, implementing and achieving ISO 14.001 certification in Italy, Spain and Romania. From 2009 to 2011, implemented programs which resulted in an overall injury frequency reduction of 70 percent at the Hipac Group.”

Jose Rafael Concepcion
Manager, Occupational Safety
Volvo Construction Equipment
Shippensburg, PA

“After reviewing more than 200 workplace accidents in his facility, he incepted the ‘Twelve Tenets’ of Safe Behaviors, used to promote positive and negative reinforcement of employee behavior. Through the awareness training program, he has introduced more than 20 topics on seasonal safety, transportation safety and general wellness. In addition, he recently launched ‘Safety Starts With Me,’ a commitment and participation campaign in which each employee is encouraged to participate in at least one injury prevention initiative per year.”

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