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Rising Stars of Safety

2015 NSC Rising Stars of Safety: 'Leaders and innovators'

The National Safety Council presents the Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2015

August 23, 2015
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Deborah A. P. Hersman
President and CEO
National Safety Council

One of the highlights of 2014 was meeting the Rising Stars of Safety at my first National Safety Council Congress & Expo. After spending time with these young professionals, I can tell you that this next generation of safety leaders is active, passionate and ready to make a difference.

This fall in Atlanta, I’ll have a chance to meet with and officially introduce the 2015 class of Rising Stars. With more than 115 nominations to choose from, we will honor the top 40 younger than 40 – representing a variety of professional backgrounds from around the world.

These new Rising Stars are the men and women who promote continuous safety improvement in their organizations. They are the leaders and innovators who are working to build strong safety cultures. As Douglas MacArthur once said, "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others." These Rising Stars embody those principles.

Our Rising Stars are an incredible asset to the National Safety Council. The first five classes play a major role in maintaining the Young Professional track at our annual Congress & Expo and populate our very engaged Young Professionals Division. They are the future of safety, and we are excited to tap into their energy and enthusiasm.

Congratulations to this year’s class of NSC Rising Stars of Safety.

Sincerely,

Deborah A. P. Hersman
President and CEO, National Safety Council


Rising Stars profiles

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

Casey Anderson

Julie Barbaro

Ryan Bast

Robert Bellair

Nathan Benson

Umair Aslam Butt

John Campbell

Thomas Carow

Matthew Clark

Galen Cooter

Marcus Davis

Jennifer Dawson

Jenifer Doyle

Matt Garner

Carolyn Gomez

Muhammad Haider

Jordan Haller

Joshua Hancey

Michael Hawkins

Amanda Horner

David Hunyar

Jennifer Johnson

Peter Kaplan

Aamish Khan

Matthew Ledford

Courtney Lewis

Casey Logue

Valentin Martinez

Theresa McCollom

Adam McCrary

Marcus Odorizzi

Carrie Parman

Laura Pfeifer

Lev Pobirsky

Melanie Prescott

Brandon Robbins

Gillian Roberts

Jennifer Schmaltz

Ryan Williams

Cory Worden


View Rising Stars profiles as they appear in the print edition of Safety+Health.

Join the Young Professionals Division

Are you a safety professional younger than 45? Would you like to network with the top young safety professionals in the world?

Don’t miss your chance to further develop your skills and advance your career in safety leadership at the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo. Members of this group receive access to networking events, professional development opprotunities and exclusive invitations to leadership meetings. Be on the cuttting edge of safety and share your fresh ideas with your peers.

Learn more about how to get involved at nsc.org/ypd.



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Casey Anderson
Age 39
Environmental, Safety and Health Manager
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Grand Prairie, TX

“Casey’s approach to safety is to help an employee see how safety connects the needs of the business and the needs of the individual. For example, an ergonomic issue was identified in an established program. Tooling would resolve the issue, but the decades-old program had no funding for tooling. Casey utilized OSHA’s Safety Pays website to demonstrate to Program Management the amount of additional product they would be required to sell to offset a back injury to an employee in the process. When this information was presented, Program Management immediately authorized funds to purchase a ~$4,000 assisted lifting device for the process.”



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Julie Barbaro
Age 26
Safety Specialist/Safety Pillar Lead
FCA (Chrysler Group)
Sterling Heights, MI

“Julie has developed department activity boards to ensure continuous communication of key performance indicators. Employees post the status of health and safety targets in their departments, and discuss them on a regular basis. She has successfully transferred the concept of ‘Safety Ownership’ to the teams at the floor level.”



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Ryan Bast
Age 35
Safety Advisor
Motor Safety Association
Regina, Canada

“Three years ago Ryan started leading a safety initiative for the Western Equipment Dealers Association, in which he offers quarterly safety webinars on topics that affect them. The webinar results are measured by the amount of webinar views. As of May 14, one of the webinars had been viewed 8,948 times YTD. Ryan also conducted an ergonomic assessment to address back injuries in farm implement dealerships. The removal of concaves was the main factor for back injuries. The result of Ryan’s assessment of the concave removal was aired on television. The injury rate for farm equipment dealers has been steadily decreasing over the last two years and can be attributed to the results of these combined efforts.”



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Robert Bellair
Age 35
EH&S Research Scientist
The Dow Chemical Co.
Freeport, TX

“Dr. Bellair was involved in a significant effort around safe monomer handling, storage and defining ‘runaway’ conditions. He analyzed the historical data, identified the gaps and designed/executed experimental plans to close them and developed a robust technical database to assist with emergencies. He shared this experience with other companies to impact the safety culture in the broader chemical industry, thus becoming a transformational role model for safety.”



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Nathan Benson
Age 32
Safety, Health and Business Improvement Manager
Canberra
Oak Ridge, TN

“Nathan continually seeks ways to engage employees in safety. The creation of a safety department balanced scorecard allows the tracking of leading indicators as a tool for future performance. This balanced scorecard and performance graphs are located on the newly created EHS employee communication bulletin board outside our lunch room. With the creation of a hazard mapping board, employees and management can visually see on a large facility map the location of all recordable and first aid injuries by type over the last six years. This tool allows visual interpretation of the injury data, resulting in increased employee awareness.”



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Umair Aslam Butt
Age 30
HSE Advisor
United Energy Pakistan
Karachi, Pakistan

“Umair has a strong belief in the value of safety for the people and organization. In order to support this belief, he introduced the concept of real-time scenario-based drills in September 2014. Previously in the organization, only muster drills were being performed based on evacuation methodology, and fighting fires or emergencies was not sanctioned as per company policy. Umair took the lead on this and updated the emergency response policy and procedures via management of change process. This resulted in a trained emergency response team and weekly scenario-based drills.”



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John Campbell
Age 38
Health and Safety Professional
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN

“John’s broad experience in health and safety and his extensive knowledge in job hazard analysis afforded him the ability to recognize what he thought would be a better way to evaluate moderate- to high-risk activities. Currently, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory utilizes an overall approach in identifying hazards within these types of activities, but John went further by demonstrating how each job step could be individually evaluated for hazards and controls without expanding the current work control system. This allowed for improved efficiency, better understanding in pre-job briefings and, ultimately, a safer workplace for employees.”



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Thomas Carow
Age 38
EHS Manager
Bay Shipbuilding Co., a Fincantieri Co.
Sturgeon Bay, WI

“Our injuries and recordable rates were high when Tom came to work for us. Tom worked with the four unions as well as management to create a metrics-driven program to identify highly problematic areas. Once these were identified, he created customized training programs and behavioral-based safety programs to address the issues. By opening and increasing communication with OSHA, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources, he was able to expand our available resources for training. This led to the re-creation of the Employee Safety Committees, Weekly High Impact Inspection Teams, Foreman Training and Subcontractor Early Prevention Safety Training.”



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Matthew Clark
Age 33
Safety Manager
Kemin Industries
Urbandale, IA

“In 2013, Matt collaborated with the corporate marketing group to launch a weeklong promotion campaign for NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week. The program consisted of site-wide fire extinguisher training, scheduled presentations from local industry fire protection experts, games, quizzes and other safety promotions. The program and promotion was presented in the company’s global newsletter, creating a positive perception of environmental health and safety at the corporate level.”



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Galen Cooter
Age 33
Area SH&E Manager
AECOM
Carlsbad, CA

“In 2009 and again in 2014, Galen led overhauls of the risk assessment process in the global SH&E account he managed. The new risk assessment methodology quantified the ‘residual risk’ associated with a specific task after controls were put into place to better characterize risk for our employees. The result of this effort was increased employee engagement in the process, measured by 1.5 million hours worked injury-free.”



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Marcus Davis
Age 33
Scientist
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport
Newport, RI

“As part of Mr. Davis’ efforts to ensure the safety of the VIRGINIA class submarine and to lead the team responsible for the safety of the submarine, the program recently completed a Flight Test of the Tomahawk Missile. The title of Flight Test is misleading, as the safety effort began with the test planning, the development of the test procedures to include safety-specific testing, the integration of the missile interface, weapons loading, the firing of the test version of the Tomahawk and every step in between. The test results were evaluated by an independent test authority and have been graded as successful. This test is extensive and thorough, and through his leadership, no adverse impacts to the existing level of safety of the submarine, the missile or the people conducting the test were noted.”



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Jennifer Dawson
Age 35
Safety Officer
Sonic Reference Laboratory
Austin, TX

“She has led electrical safety audits for years at each organization where she has been employed. Each audit helps to identify serious safety risks with daisy chaining, improper cords in use, etc. In all cases, the labs have achieved 100 percent successful correction of electrical safety audits. Forensic Laboratories underwent an OSHA consultation and the consultants were very impressed with the program that had been established.”



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Jenifer Doyle
Age 34
Multi Site Safety Manager
First Student
Brooklyn Park, MN

“After noticing an increase in preventable collisions in her region, Jenifer partnered with other safety professionals to discuss a safety intervention initiative for locations that were struggling with safety performance. She rolled out a roundtable meeting for all of her locations as an opportunity to share the problems they were facing and work as a team to develop solutions. Jenifer chaired the meetings in three states. She designed and presented the ‘Know Your Safety Score’ program content that coached managers into understanding their collisions, their safety goals, and how to reach those goals through accurate trending and positive interactions with employees.”



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Matt Garner
Age 31
Senior Operations HSE Superintendent
ConocoPhillips
Houston, TX

“At 28, Matt was asked to take a leadership role in Poland for ConocoPhillips to build a safety program and sustain safety culture. Difficult in the beginning, due to cultural and personal mindset differences about safety, Matt’s initiative in developing a safety cultural improvement plan was the first example of leadership. Leading by communicating the plan constantly to others to the point where they also felt ownership was the second example. Lastly, his ability to inspire others led to a developed safety culture in Poland with 2.5 years, over 900 days, 1 million man-hours without injury and the change in mindset about safety at work and home.”



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Carolyn Gomez
Age 38
Regional HSE Manager
Central Garden & Pet
Ontario, CA

“Carolyn identified that the poor lighting in the Ontario warehouse was a potential safety hazard for the constant forklift traffic and order pickers. She proactively recommended that the lighting be replaced and was instrumental through her research, wise use of contractors and presentations in getting new lighting for the warehouse. It is motion-sensitive and uses much more efficient bulbs and ballasts resulting in electrical/energy savings as well as providing better targeted lighting for our employees, reducing the potential for forklift and walking/working surface incidents.”



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Muhammad Haider
Age 31
HSE Engineer
Engro Fertilizers
Daharki, Pakistan

“In his initiative, monthly safety responsibilities were assigned and awareness sessions conducted. Each non-management and contractor name was marked on follow-up sheet with target dated. This audit sheet circulated among non-management staff and contractors for effective communication. Awareness sessions were conducted in the local language for contractors and in English for non-management staff in order to overcome the language barrier for contractors. Through this campaign, contractors started realizing their safety role and started highlighting important observations regarding near-misses and unsafe acts.”



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Jordan Haller
Age 26
Project Procurement Advisor
ExxonMobil Global Services Co.
Spring, TX

“Jordan noticed a poor history for near-loss submissions in recent years, discussed the issue with his team, and then began focusing on education for what a near loss is, and how to share. Jordan developed a training package, and organized an incentive program to encourage participation. After delivering the training and integrating the incentive program to his organization, the amount of near losses increased dramatically.”



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Joshua Hancey
Age 33
Safety and Risk Management Director
Vivint Solar
Lehi, UT

“Josh is developing a strong safety culture centered on following safety protocols for the right reasons (i.e., to go home safe to their families and loved ones each day). Josh has led the effort to develop ‘swag,’ incentives, safety campaigns, and other safety programs around this principle. He has also created informational/instructive webcasts, newsletters and social media sites to help engage employees around the company.”



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Michael Hawkins
Age 32
Non-Commission Officer in Charge, Headquarters Safety Program
U.S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO

“Mike developed a phased initiative to provide multi-venue professional presentations on winter driving, defensive driving and behavioral safety targeting the five most common causes of motor vehicle crashes: fatigue, speed too fast for conditions, impaired driving, distracted driving, and failure to use seat belts or helmets. Mike also spearheaded a regional effort to provide advanced motorcycle safety training to the area’s three installations, creating a sixfold increase in training opportunities. Finally, as a capstone event on his traffic safety initiative, Mike reviewed, consolidated and addressed five separate traffic safety studies comprised of over 150 findings.”



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Amanda Horner
Age 32
Traffic Safety Specialist
Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office
Topeka, KS

“Amanda heard about the ‘Buckle Up for Life’ program and was able to participate in the pilot program and bring it to Kansas. The program focuses on adult and child passenger safety for minority populations by providing education and resources directly to families. She has completed two rounds of the program and next seeks to incorporate it into the workplace safety culture by partnering with businesses in Kansas to provide lifesaving information to Spanish-speaking families. Amanda also created the ‘Traffic Safety at Work’ monthly e-newsletter that highlights traffic issues and trending topics in workplace traffic safety. The newsletter is available in English and Spanish to help employees drive safely.”



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David Hunyar
Age 32
Safety Director
ARCO/Murray Corporate Services
St. Louis, MO

“David simply loves safety, and wants nothing more than to share his passion. His motto is ‘Don’t make people safe, make safe people.’ Not wanting someone to follow the rules because they have to, he wants them to believe that what they’re doing is right. He focuses on building relationships, making safety personal, training and finding the best solution to ‘why.’ He won’t allow any changes without buy-in from everyone. He embodies the concept ‘servant leader,’ and works to understand everyone’s point of view. The relationships built and trust gained from everyone has resulted in even the most resistant individuals saying, ‘If David says it, it must be the best way.’”



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Jennifer Johnson
Age 27
Safety Professional
The Walt Disney Co.
Lake Buena Vista, FL

“Jen partnered with the food and beverage team to implement a peer-to-peer safety observation program that teaches cast how to identify safe and unsafe behaviors and use that knowledge to coach their peers. Jen and the team have implemented a Cast Safety Community Meeting, where all of the safety committees share best practices, near misses, peer-to-peer evaluations, recognition, networking and camaraderie. Jen has partnered with the Food and Beverage Team and Select Medical to implement the Athletic Training Program (strengthening and conditioning). And finally, Jen is in the process of conducting Job Task Analysis for the top roles experiencing occupational injuries and illnesses.”



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Peter Kaplan
Age 27
Project Safety Manager
Wagman
York, PA

“One of the most beneficial concepts that Peter has introduced is the act of thoroughly auditing the projects quarterly. Mr. Kaplan improved the procedure of comprehensively inspecting every project. The process revolves around the utilization of a broad checklist, which he developed. The audit is completed by a team of employees from the specific project. The audit teams consist of one member from every level of project management. The audits have been essential in aiding the company’s vigorous efforts to uphold safety and performance standards. Once the audits are completed, a project is scored by their results. The quarterly audits have highlighted areas where improvements are needed. This process has been essential in allowing the corporation to identify, correct and track found deficiencies.”



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Aamish Khan
Age 33
Asset Integrity Engineer Ruwais
Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. (GASCO)
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

“While occupational safety aspects are embedded deeply within all levels, awareness was lacking in the process safety front. Mr. Khan quickly assessed this gap and formulated a bi-yearly publication, ‘Process Safety – From Theory to Practice.’ The primary focus of the publication was on decoding relevant process safety knowledge in a simple and concise manner, thereby clarifying concepts and their evolution in becoming risk reduction strategies of today. The publication received tremendous response from all levels within and outside the organization.”



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Matthew Ledford
Age 25
County Safety Officer
County of Roanoke
Roanoke, VA

“In January of this year, only having been at Roanoke County a short time, Matt organized and created a safety steering team that consisted of all levels of the organization. This team would be the body that ultimately would guide and direct the safety culture at Roanoke County. Matt took the steering committee a step further by involving the Roanoke County Public School System. By combining resources, Matt has been able to give back to employees the most powerful tool imaginable in safety programming: decision-making. Under Matt’s guidance, the steering team has conducted an employee perception survey to assist in creating a joint strategic plan for both organizations’ safety programs.”



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Courtney Lewis
Age 33
NGL H&S DOT Coordinator II
DCP Midstream
Midland, TX

“A major attribute that Courtney brings to DCP is her expertise with the new online incident reporting/tracking/management of change program. Courtney was in one of the first training classes when the program was introduced to the company. After the class, she asked the instructor for permission to use his trainer website so she could learn everything possible about the program. Courtney spent nights and weekends, on her own, learning the new program and now she is a company ‘Super User’ and her colleagues go to her for guidance.”



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Casey Logue
Age 32
Director of Safety
Timberlake Construction Co. Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK

“In February 2009, Casey was appointed Director of Safety, a position that did not exist. Casey was asked by the company president to start a safety department basically from scratch. The first formal company safety meeting was held in March 2009 with 15 seasoned field superintendents (45 employees) who did not like change/want to change. Fast forward to April 2015, Timberlake Construction (25 superintendents and 75 employees) was recognized by David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for OSHA, for completing the construction industry OSHA Challenge Program. Timberlake is the only construction contractor to successfully complete the OSHA Challenge. This is an example of leading by example.”



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Valentin Martinez
Age 36
Safety Specialist
Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, IL

“Valentin routinely works across teams of ESH professionals, line managers, subject matter experts, peers and customers at our multi-disciplined laboratory to engage with and ensure effective implementation of Argonne’s programs. He is also the divisional ESH coordinator for Argonne’s Computing and Information Systems division, assisting in work planning and control, training, and implementation toward a stronger safety culture. He designed and launched a divisional safety newsletter and continually makes efforts to be present and available in the field.”



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Theresa McCollom
Age 28
EHS Coordinator
Cargill-Corn Plant
Cedar Rapids, IA

“Miss McCollom was appointed team leader of the Confined Space Subject Matter Expert Team, put together by Syngenta Corporate Senior Leadership. Her leadership efforts effectively and efficiently distributed tasks to team members, which researched governing bodies to develop procedures, compile personnel protective equipment requirements, utilized outside resources to produce training material for immediate use by adopting sites, and finally composed rollout material for an audience of approximately 600 people at the Annual Syngenta Corn Division Meeting. This also included optional requirements such as site confined space rescue teams, and local fire department involvement. This enabled all Syngenta Corn Division sites to implement a fully compliant confined space entry program.”



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Adam McCrary
Age 32
Safety Officer III
Illinois State University
Normal, IL

“Campus Dining has historically been one of the largest contributors to injuries and illnesses on campus due to the size of the department and required manual labor. Since Adam’s assignment in 2011, multiple initiatives have been implemented with the goal of reducing workplace injuries and illnesses. Food establishment safety audits, standard operating procedures, Safety Data Sheet management, occupational safety programs, documented safety training, and incident investigations have been created or improved to support Campus Dining Services goal of providing a safe and positive work environment.”



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Marcus Odorizzi
Age 27
Safety and Risk Manager
City of Rockville
Rockville, MD

“One day, the City of Rockville crews, which Marcus oversees, responded to a jobsite requiring the excavation of a broken sewer. While at the jobsite, Marcus discovered a 13-foot excavation where the crews had found the lateral line, which required replacement. Realizing his employer did not have the proper trench shoring equipment to perform the repair, Marcus convinced management to outsource the work to a competent and qualified firm with the capabilities to perform the job safely and compliantly.”



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Carrie Parman
Age 39
Senior Corporate Safety Specialist
Alliant Energy
Madison, WI

“Carrie is responsible for the planning and execution of our annual Local Safety Leadership Team (LSLT) roundtable meeting. Every year, two to three representatives from each LSLT, as well as business unit vice presidents and regional directors, are invited to the one-day meeting. The result is 180 ... employees in one room. Carrie is responsible for not only the meeting set up, but also a seating arrangement to encourage teams to get to know each other, guest speakers, taking notes and analyzing any feedback.”



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Laura Pfeifer
Age 31
Secretary/Fleet, Facilities and Safety
City of Ventura
Ventura, CA

“Laura streamlined the Safety Review Board process to make it easier for the board to review the incidents and make quarterly determinations. She follows trends and coordinates with the board, employees, their supervisors, managers, department heads and risk management. Laura coordinates the Safety Committees and has a great, open relationship, and enables open dialogue. Laura implemented the online Hazardous Communication Safety Data Sheet system and trained the supervisors and employees, including fire department representatives.”



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Lev Pobirsky
Age 32
Corporate Director of Safety and Training Easton Coach Co. Easton, PA

“Shortly after arriving at Easton Coach, Lev partnered with the Risk and Claims department and spearheaded an initiative that transformed the way Easton Coach processed safety incidents, specifically vehicle collisions with Easton’s para-transit vehicles and motor coaches. Prior to Lev’s initiative, each of the company’s nine locations handled incidents in a different way, which led to some confusion and delay as the information was passed to senior leadership and the claims department. Lev standardized the reporting process, created easy-to-use reporting tools from scratch, and engaged the company’s nine safety managers to ensure they understood the importance of following the new procedures.”



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Melanie Prescott
Age 32
Industrial Hygienist
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District
Sacramento, CA

“Ms. Prescott piloted the restructuring of the District’s medical surveillance program to ensure worker exposure to health hazards is properly assessed, results documented, and effective controls implemented. Prior to this arduous undertaking, medical surveillance comprised mostly paper surveys in which workers responded to questions as the means for establishing baseline exposure monitoring. Within a six-month period, Melanie personally conducted medical monitoring for over 300 employees whose job tasks or work environments exposed them, or were likely to expose them, to harmful conditions. Findings were populated into a database for tracking to ensure baseline, annual, and closeout health assessments accurately reflected conditions occurring at work.”



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Brandon Robbins
Age 33
Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager
Ross Group
Tulsa, OK

“Brandon has a passion for the development of HSE professionals and works diligently with local universities and his own staff to provide opportunities that will enable these young professionals to succeed in the HSE field. Brandon has developed an outstanding HSE internship program that gives the selected intern a well-rounded view of what a construction HSE professional does. His efforts with both the internship program and the HSE programs at the university level have helped motivate young professionals and helped put them on a path toward successful careers.”



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Gillian Roberts
Age 34
Latin Teacher/Chair of Safety Committee
The Derryfield School
Manchester, NH

“Gillian has taken it upon herself to lead our institution to the highest level of safety, coordinating our fire drills, disaster drills and faculty/staff training sessions on a regular basis. Since participating on the safety committee and as chair, she has set up communication and protocol with the Manchester Police Department, developed a resource officer relationship and created an internal threat assessment team to analyze all behavioral concerns within our community (in an attempt to prevent dangerous situations from escalating). With members of the safety committee, Gillian has instituted a safety tip of the week program in which preventive advice is disseminated to our community via our weekly newsletter.”



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Jennifer Schmaltz
Age 37
Senior Safety Engineer
Ping
Phoenix, AZ

“Melissa leads the Employee Safety Committee, First Aid Responder Committee, Managers Safety Advisory Board and Ergonomic Assessment Team. Melissa also coordinates all safety drills, such as the annual evacuation drill of the entire 27-building, 52-acre campus. Melissa is also active in the academic community to lead the future generations of safety professionals; she is a member of the Gateway Community College Advisory Board and the Western Universities Training Consortium Board.”



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Ryan Williams
Age 39
Senior Manager, EH&S
McKesson Corp.
Alpharetta, GA

“Ryan successfully coordinated the McKesson Security, Safety and Workers’ Compensation Conference in August 2014. The event is held every two years as a means to educate site safety officers and business leaders on safety programs, trends and best practices. Over 140 representatives from all McKesson businesses in the U.S. and Canada attended the conference. Ryan developed the agenda, including keynote speakers, general sessions and breakout classes, arranged a small vendor expo, moderated many of the sessions and personally led two break-out classes on distribution center safety best practices and safety/environmental regulatory requirements. In a post-conference survey, 98 percent of attendees rated the overall event as excellent or very good.”



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Cory Worden
Age 36
Manager, System Safety
Memorial Hermann
Houston, TX

“Health care safety has long been identified by OSHA as a very challenging industry to break the existing poor safety culture. Cory has taken on this issue by integrating many elements of patient safety, workplace safety and operations to create a synergy to potentially change the industry. These initiatives range from introducing a new hire safety orientation and employee safety handbook, to working with Texas A&M University to develop the first workplace Healthcare Safety Certificate program in the nation. Cory not only takes his role of workplace safety very seriously, but has already published several books and articles on the subject. He has also been recently selected to present at several national conferences as well as some local universities on the subject.”