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Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2021

Rising Stars
NSC Rising Stars of Safety

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People often ask me, “What excites you most about the future of safety and health?” My answer never changes: It’s the next generation of leaders.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more impressive group of up-and-coming safety professionals than the 38 Rising Stars of Safety NSC is honoring this year. Now in its 12th year, this recognition program showcases safety “stars” – all of whom are under age 40 and have a proven track record of workplace safety leadership and dedication to continuous improvement.

Take Carter Divine, for example. As safety manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division, Carter completed a multiyear project that resulted in a new standard operating procedure that’s being used worldwide to make naval operations safer.

Or LettaJoe Kelly, senior risk control consultant for Liberty Mutual Insurance. LettaJoe helped one of her customers create and test an engineering solution to decrease workers’ risk. Her efforts helped the customer reduce its year-over-year recordable injury rate for certain job functions by more than a fifth.

Then there’s Muhammad Imtiaz, HSE trainer for QAPCO (Qatar Petrochemical Co.). Muhammad took it upon himself to study where the risk was for QAPCO workers. But he didn’t stop there. After identifying the source of the hazards, he created a pocket-sized handbook with visual demonstrations of unsafe practices and distributed it to more than 1,000 workers. The results speak for themselves: Muhammad’s efforts helped the company achieve its lowest total recordable incident rate in years, representing a 40% total reduction.

It’s no secret that we find ourselves in a challenging moment for workplace safety. But with leaders like Carter, LettaJoe and Muhammad – and their equally impressive peers – innovating new safety solutions every day, the future of safety and health is bright.

Thank you to every single Rising Star honoree. Your contributions to the National Safety Council mission to keep people safe, from the workplace to anyplace, are truly stellar.

Lorraine M. Martin
President and CEO
National Safety Council

Rising Stars profiles

Use these links to visit Rising Stars profile pages, or browse all profiles as a slideshow using the navigation arrows at the top of each page.

Robert “Bobby” Everett Alred

Akhil Ananthakrishnan

Scott Bailey

Siddharth Bhandari

Anna Copeland

Meagan Densford

Carter Divine

Ryan P. Finley

Lori Gillespie

Olivia Gleason

Master Sgt. Victorio Gutierrez

Tahir Hameed

Reva Rose Hartenstein

Christopher Hinson

Catherine Hovde

Alan Hurtado

Muhammad Imtiaz

Tia N. Johnson

Emily Jorgenson

Megan Kaup

Brady Keene

LettaJoe Kelly

Michell LaFond

Rocco Martini

Andrew McDonald

Chrispus Muhindi Mercy

Allie J. Meyerhoefer

Sarah Phelan

Mehboob Reza

Cynthia Rivera

Mark C. Schall Jr.

Dhiraj Prakash Sethi

Travis Spagnolo

Nathaniel A. Stanton

Benjamin Watson

Rowland Welch

Scott Winter

Daniel Woods Jr.

Join the Young Professionals Division

Are you a safety professional younger than 45? Would you like to connect with other “rising stars?” Develop your skills and advance your career in safety leadership by joining the NSC Young Professionals Division. All NSC member company employees are welcome to join this group to receive access to networking events, professional development opportunities and invitations to NSC Division meetings. Be on the cutting edge of safety and share your fresh ideas with your peers.

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