2012 NSC Rising Stars of Safety

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Denise Coppinger
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Boeing Philadelphia Environment, Health and Safety
Province Park, PA

“Denise led the implementation of the safety management system at the Boeing Philadelphia site. OHSAS 18001 standard was used as the model for the system. Applying the standard involved an in-depth risk analysis, creation of measurable objectives and programs, coordination and control of safety and health documents, and communication of the standard to site employees. Denise ultimately led the Philadelphia site to OHSAS 18001 third-party certification. This Philadelphia site is the only Boeing North America site to achieve this distinction.” 

Kifri Edwards
Manager, Environmental Health and Safety
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, D.C.

“Within her safety tenure, she has led safety initiatives including enhancement of hazard surveillance, implemented web-based database allowing for improved accountability at the department level, incorporation of offsite locations to ensure consistency with regulatory compliance, real-time trend analysis and identification of areas for improvements, and enhanced chemical inventory process.”

Stephen Falter
Compliance Safety and Health Officer
Concord, NH

“Mr. Falter has conducted 16 accident investigations that required him to carefully document many kinds of fatal or life-threatening conditions and resulted in successful enforcement settlements in each instance. His inspections involved more than 150 establishments. In this period, OSHA issued 425 violations investigated by Mr. Falter. Only four of these violations were deleted during the informal settlement processes for these cases.”

John Farris
Senior Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist
Pfizer Inc., Global Logistics and Supply
Memphis, TN

“John took the lead of the ergonomics program within the GL&S organization and created a web-based training and risk assessment process that provides guidance and support to site safety leaders in proactively managing their ergonomics programs. The process includes a variety of advanced and task-specific ergonomics training, procedural documents, diversified risk assessments, a collection of best practices, guidance templates, and other important resources.”

Marisol Flores
Behavioral Safety and Industrial Hygienist Tech
DM Petroleum Operations Co.
New Orleans, LA
“Marisol has demonstrated leadership in many areas, including our Human Performance Improvement (HPI), behavioral safety and annual summer internship programs. Marisol provided HPI training for all supervisors at all of our facilities, providing them four key questions to ask at a pre-job briefing to reduce the chance of an error that could lead to an accident. She has led several HPI Interventions following accidents and near misses, interviewing witnesses, reviewing the evidence, and reporting her conclusions and recommendations to senior management.”
Chad Franciscus
Health, Safety and Environmental Manager
Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc.
Jacksonville, FL

“Chad has led a team of engineers and users trying to find a solution to the program’s fall protection risk. Chad has identified several solutions and working holistic controls. One of the initiatives is an overhead fall arrest system for use while employees are working on military vehicles. This solution minimizes the risk of employees falling from heights. Chad also is working on a netting system to use on vehicles that will not allow an overhead fall arrest system.”

Michael Garza
Environmental, Health and Safety Administrator
Toyota Logistics Services Inc.
San Antonio, TX
“Just recently, he produced a YAYOSHEE sheet (You are your own safety, hazmat, environmental expert). These sheets provide an opportunity to train and create awareness among associates on EHS material. He researches new materials and processes pertaining to EHS performance and control. When appropriate, proposes, develops changes and seeks approval for the acquisition of equipment and/or process modifications.”
Robert Glessner
Technical Consultant
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Mohnton, PA

“Bob has been the lead consultant on a project to prepare a construction policyholder for OHSAS 18001 registration. Bob led a team to develop a program of interview questions targeted at various employee levels of the contractor, as well as sub-contractors, to evaluate the extent to which safety policy, planning and implementation was in effect. Once the evaluation tool was in place, Bob developed a training session to train more than 20 internal Liberty Mutual consultants and a like number of regional safety managers for the client in both the OHSAS 18001 standard and how to effectively use the tool developed in their region.”

Charles Griswold
Contracts Advisor
ExxonMobil, Global Services Co.
Houston, TX

“Charles was the Ergo lead for more than 200 people in our Projects Procurement area. He went back to basics to understand the impact that ergo-related issues were having on the individuals within the team. He dedicated himself to understanding what could be done to remove the causes of the pain or to mitigate against the chance of injury. He personally led employee awareness training, which better equipped employees to monitor their own ergonomic health. Finally, he instituted awareness training on an annual basis to keep the emphasis on ergonomics in and away from the workplace, as well as created an ergonomic discomfort tracking and reporting framework.”

Jesse Hardy
Director of Health, Safety and Environmental Compliance
Supreme Industries
Harwinton, CT

“Hardy’s primary initiative has been to force all operating units in the company to look at how they approach their work and why. Individual initiatives have included 100 percent of all workers being OSHA Construction 10-Hour and 30-Hour trained; supervisors planning work and visiting jobsites ahead of time to develop safe work plans before crews arrive; truck drivers inspecting their trucks and loads to ensure they are roadworthy; and all workers evaluating their work environment and asking themselves, ‘What could go wrong here?’ and ‘What would I do if it did?’”

Thomas Heebner
Assistant Vice President/Risk Consultant
HUB International Ltd.
Chicago, IL
“He’s involved throughout the entire process when putting a new risk mitigation measure into place, from helping clients understand and quantify the need, to developing concepts for safety policies, programs, procedures, training and other methods to reduce risk, through implementation, progress review, and following up to ensure the goal was achieved and the client is satisfied.”

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