2016 Rising Stars of Safety: Taking safety to a new level
The National Safety Council presents the Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2016
Safety is a need as old as time, but to successfully address it in modern times demands modern thinking and innovative execution. Those qualities are easy to find in the National Safety Council Rising Stars, Class of 2016.
These professionals are the safety leaders who will propel our industry upward and our thinking forward. They come from a variety of backgrounds, but they are all committed to preventing deaths and injuries.
In evaluating dozens of nominees for the Class of 2016, we were pleased to find that so many young safety professionals are having a positive effect on their colleagues and their organizations.
The 2016 NSC Rising Stars of Safety are taking their performance to a new level by bringing energy, enthusiasm and excellence to their workplaces.
As we pursue the National Safety Council’s goal of ending preventable deaths in our lifetime, these Rising Stars will play a key role, driving advancements and helping people be safer every day.
Deborah A. P. Hersman
President and CEO, National Safety Council
Rising Stars profiles
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Timberlake Construction Co. Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
“Jordan was instrumental during the completion of stage 2 and stage 3 of OSHA Challenge. This is a three-step phase that provided Timberlake Construction an avenue to work with our Oklahoma Challenge Administrator Dave Koeneke, of the Oklahoma Safety Council. Through the OSHA Challenge, Timberlake collaborated with Dave to improve the safety and health management programs through mentoring, training and progress tracking. OSHA Challenge’s three stages guide Challenge participants from the initial planning and development process through the implementation of an effective safety and health management program. With the help of Jordan’s leadership, Timberlake Construction received recognition from Dr. David Michaels.”
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
“Mark has a deep-rooted belief that safety and health is not just a ‘cost of doing business.’ At an early age, as a volunteer firefighter, he developed a passion for protecting people. Later, his decision to enter the safety field was based on having family members and friends affected by workplace injuries and industry-induced hearing loss. Through experiences like these he has witnessed both the direct and indirect cost of safety to both individuals and families. Because of this, he is uncompromising when it comes to EH&S performance.”
Science Applications International Corp.
“Mr. Alston personally conducts weekly and monthly safety walkthroughs of 33 MCSC buildings at Quantico. Identifies and corrects safety hazards and provides safety protocol to the Safety Office based on communication with MCSC personnel and walkthrough findings. Aids in the procurement and distribution of safety equipment throughout Hospital Point, Raids & Recon, TDSA, Grunt Works, and lease spaces in Stafford. Has personally transported and installed items such as first aid kits, ear protection, fire extinguishers and AED cabinets due to shortage of personnel and funding.”
Site Safety & Health Officer
Johnson Controls Inc.
Fort Bliss, TX
“Sonia understands and respects that employees vary in their characters and culture. She uses this awareness to communicate effectively and comfortably with disparate trades and ethnicities to successfully address/resolve issues. She is confident in her defense of what is right. Sonia believes the most important part of her job is to help workers understand and believe that they are responsible for the safety of themselves and of their co-workers. This is accomplished through safety meetings, regular safety audits and working together with subcontractors to ensure they have a plan to the work in safest way possible before we get started.”
Executive Director of Safety
“In an effort to transform Eldeco’s safety culture, Corey created ‘Live Safe, Work Safe.’ This is how Corey wants our company to view safety – not just as something that is done on the job, but something that encompasses the whole person. What sets Corey apart is his true and sincere passion for people’s health and welfare. As a leader he shows great compassion. Corey understands that you cannot care for people without having a relationship with them. He strives to understand where people are coming from so that he can understand how to get them where they need to be.”
Group Lead, Industrial Health & Safety
BWX Technologies Inc.
“Daniel led the Integrated Safety Analysis Review for the Industrial Health & Safety Unit. This process hazards analysis project evaluates the chemical, fire and emergency preparedness aspects of 4 product line processes that encompass 75 production systems that are commingled with radioactive material. This project has ongoing oversight from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. All postulated accident scenarios and mitigating factors were identified and performance requirements set forth in the 10 CFR 70.61 were approved and have been field verified by Resident and visiting USNRC Inspectors.”
Engro Fertilizers Ltd.
“Bilal initiated a powerful hand safety campaign, ‘BOLTAY HAATH’ in July 2015. The campaign was comprised of:
- Awareness sessions.
- Modified jobs.
- Introduced new types of hand protection gloves. Previously there were only 7 types of gloves. Now we have 14 types.
- Developed a standardized matrix of gloves.
- Gloves have been declared mandatory PPE.
Hospital Corpsman First Class (HM1)
1st Marine Logistics Group
U.S. Marine Corps
Camp Pendleton, CA
“Neilor created new safety programs to include the Traffic Safety, Motorcycle Safety, Laser Safety, Radiation Safety, and Recreational Safety Programs. He conducted trend analysis and statistical analysis using the Human Factors Analysis and Classification System, which identified major causal factors of mishaps over the past two years. He was able to determine the root causes behind mishaps and to build a prevention strategy that prevents mishaps before they occur. He assisted in developing and implementing the “101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign Plan,” which focused on developing training and providing resources to personnel during the summer.”
Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager
“Mr. Bogle has partnered with the operations team here at Lincoln Industries to develop a program called the Environmental Health & Safety Representative Program. This program is focused on placing a talented, engaged individual with a safety focus within each operational area. This person acts as the point person for daily engagement on the factory floor for EHS. The reps have a direct line of communication to both safety and their peers, which has garnered a level of operator support and engagement not seen before at Lincoln Industries.”
Eastern Division H&S Lead
“Matt is brilliant at creating ‘out of the box’ means to engage staff in H&S culture. ‘Typical’ training just doesn’t reach workers. Examples of Matt’s efforts to transform our culture include ‘micro’ training videos (ticks, hand-injury prevention) aimed at a brief but focused look at a unique hazard. Employees raved about these videos! Matt also championed an initiative to help office staff learn how to change a tire safely by hosting live demonstrations of tire changes and developing a tire-change safety card, which was given to every employee in the Business Unit. Most notably, Matt took on a sensitive topic, presenting awareness and preparedness concepts for Active Shooter scenarios.”
Safety & Health Leader
Leaf River Cellulose Mill
New Augusta, MS
“Chris demonstrates his value for safety by effectively sharing newfound knowledge from events and learnings that occur at his site. For example, Chris provided a knowledge share that depicted an opportunity that was identified during a VPP review regarding guarding on pumps. Chris detailed these efforts to identify approximately 250 pumps whose guarding could be improved, including the effort to design a more effective guarding technique, and to secure the funding necessary to phase in this project. Chris initiated that knowledge share and by doing so, influenced the other mills to also pursue improvement projects of that nature.”
Muhammad Bin Khamis Butt
Process Safety Engineer
Petro Rabigh Oil Refining and Petrochemical Complex
Rabigh, Saudi Arabia
“Muhammad initiated and led OSOM (out of sight, out of mind) campaign to highlight hidden hazards in remote locations and processes. The intent of that campaign was to motivate people to review non-routine activities and procedures and visit remote locations like offsite, baggage area, ponds, warehouse, etc. The campaign was a success and we were able to highlight numerous serious injury potential observations, which were later addressed to avoid any injury or accident.”
Multi Site Safety Coordinator
“Suzanne began her career as a First Student school bus driver. That experience gives her a relatability that draws our front-line employees to her. She engages in conversations with an approach where she is not a ‘manager’ but rather a co-worker with a shared interest in keeping them safe. When employees speak with Suzanne they feel like their voice has been heard and that they were given practical solutions to their concerns. This provides fertile ground for her to get employees' buy-in.”
Site Maintenance, SH&E Coordinator
Scheck Industries Inc.
“An example of Michael’s unique ability to be a change agent and enact a positive shift in safety culture came through implementing the latest behavior-based safety program. Working individually with members it was possible to remove obstacles which might prevent someone from participating to the fullest. Innovative or courageous contributions were both privately and publicly rewarded. Striving to make the entire experience a strongly positive one worked to motivate people. Immediately taking action to provide safety equipment and custom fall protection plans in a timely manner helped to demonstrate that the company goes beyond words and will financially commit to the safety needs of employees.”
System Emergency Manager
Memorial Hermann Health System
“Robin led the development and coordination of targeted hazard identification, contamination control and emergency services training, procedures and exercises to prepare Memorial Hermann, affiliated organizations and municipal medical services for an Ebola virus case. Robin led the analysis of personal protective equipment and respirator needs, response kit development, ICS and NIMS operations and exercise developments and evaluation. His leadership provided preparedness but also real-world identification, triage and transport of seven potential Ebola patients.”
CribMaster, Stanley Black & Decker
“Mike takes a proactive and innovative appro ach towards safety. For example, he has worked very closely with our marketing team to create targeted inward-facing safety campaigns that enhance employee safety awareness across the entire organization. He has created his own safety brand: The Safety 6. Michael believes that employees need to own the safety program, and accomplishes this by making safety an everyday conversation across the organization. Michael leads a large EHS Committee and multiple EHS action teams to achieve ambitious goals and drive accountability. Michael’s approach to safety is friendly, positive and inspiring.”
DC LP/Safety Manager
Tractor Supply Co.
“In 2015, after serving his first full year in his new position, Bryan’s work site had the worst safety record of the seven distribution centers in the network. Bryan made it a point to be personally involved in all incident investigations so root causes could be determined and action plans initiated to correct unsafe behaviors and conditions. Most distribution centers in the network operate 24 hours a day 5-7 days a week, and Bryan’s was no exception. Bryan personally put in long hours (12 to 14 hours a day) so he could ‘touch’ all shifts yet was on call and available for any coaching he could provide for times when he was out of the building. By the end of the first quarter of 2016, Bryan’s building led the network as the safest DC.”
Senior Safety Specialist
Louisville Gas & Electric/Kentucky Utilities
Coxs Creek, KY
“Frank has passionately ensured that all employees at the Cane Run Power Generating Station have relentlessly focused on personal and systematic safety through a significant period of recent transition within the organization. Frank selflessly ensures his availability to mentor employees through new, and potentially hazardous, tasks regardless of the time of day or the day of the week when that task needs to occur. Finally, Frank has mastered an uncanny ability to praise individuals for strong individual safety performance while never allowing the organization to believe we are ‘good enough.’ The combination of these three traits continues to facilitate a clear upward trajectory within our organization.”
Global Biosafety Officer
“Craig identified that the quantity and diversity of organisms present at our global research and development headquarters presented an opportunity to proactively collaborate with the USDA in the creation of a Supercontainment Facility. In spearheading this initiative, Craig successfully established our global R&D headquarters as one of only eight of these facilities in the U.S. This designation has provided Dow AgroSciences the ability to safely bring 10,000 unique organisms in for research. This unique facility also provides superior protection for workers and organisms alike. Since Craig has assumed the role of Global Biosafety Officer, there have been zero Notices of Violations relative to biologicals and the company has experienced zero laboratory acquired infections globally.”
Gulf Winds International Inc.
“Amy established a baseline using gap analysis for each warehouse operation and working with some of the 300 truck drivers. She constructed a thorough risk assessment plan evaluating the hazards/controls with job hazard analysis, ranking job activities within the operation as high/medium/low, determining corrective actions to be put in place to ensure the final risk is low. Due to involvement with stevedoring agents we have integrated a cooperative safety program establishing training, monthly audits of our port facilities, and collective safety meetings with the maritime facilities and stevedores.”
Aeromedical Research Laboratory
U.S. Army Fort Rucker, AL
“Mr. Franz rarely takes 'no' as an answer and continues to push safety at all levels. He will hold an OSHA 10 class for even just one person to spread safety to anyone interested. Lastly, he started the Individual Mentorship in Safety (I M Safety) Program. He uses this program to pair with employees who volunteer for larger roles in the safety program and provides them personal coaching and mentorship in various subsections of the safety program. These volunteers then complete safety tasks and/or run program elements. This program has five participants doing great work in occupational safety, job hazard analysis, fire prevention, and ergonomics.”
Safety and Training Manager
Schneider Bulk Carriers
Green Bay, WI
“Bridgette truly believes and exemplifies that safety is paramount in an organization. She has created a culture where you will hear people state ‘What Would Bridgette Do?’ when an issue arises. She sends daily messages to the operations groups with themes for a week to focus on. She develops safety competitions for our drivers across the organization and provides updates and recognition for achieving positive results. She incorporates the drivers’ thoughts to make the program more impactful. The summer campaign that is beginning will have a ball cap as a prize because the drivers would prefer and wear that over other options.”
HSE Engineer Pak-Arab Refinery Ltd. Punjab, Pakistan
“Keeping in view the poor trend of near-miss reporting at site, Employee Safety Perception Survey of around 50 percent of the employees and Saf- ety Assessment Survey of Safety Professionals across the organization is carried out. The results were compiled and based on it, a strategy is devised to improve the near-miss reporting within organization and enhance safety culture within organization. Recommendations were prepared and forwarded to the higher management. As a first step, developed an interactive training session on importance of near-miss reporting and conducted its trainings. Its importance was highlighted in departmental safety meetings. As a result, the awareness of near-miss reporting to prevent accidents has been increased and its reporting trends are improved.”
“Mr. Goings developed and facilitated a leading indicator initiative at his projects in 2015 and this year. He expanded the measurement and trending of inspection data generated by weekly management safety inspections from generic information in a corporate checklist to include behaviors observed by the management team and the craft workforce. His initiative expanded the data trended from five categories to over 22 categories, which included behavioral aspects such as Exposure to Line of Fire, Eyes and Mind on Task, New Employee Mentorship, Observation of Short Cuts, and Stop Work Authority. This data was used to identify trends and focus team efforts, which helped his project reach over a half-million work hours without an OSHA recordable injury last year.”
Ship’s Safety Officer
“Ms. Gonzalez established a safety culture that consists of worksite spot-checks, bi-weekly division inspections and safety assistants who completed 2,069 line item inspection checklists that assess material discrepancies within their spaces. She actively engages her department head peers to ensure all OSH programs are evaluated monthly at the Enlisted Safety Committee meeting and the quarterly Safety Council meeting. She created a monthly “Industrial Hygiene Bulletin” to ensure the crew is educated on safety related topics. She coordinates bi-annual stand-downs and divisions train on 18 SOH topics throughout the year. In addition to the bi-annual stand-downs, eight SOH training topics are given over closed circuit television to all-hands.”
NY Metro SH&E Manager
“In 2014, Peter served as the top safety manager for an OSHA VPP Star operations and maintenance contract at an urban light rail system. In 2013, approximately 75 percent of the project’s OSHA recordable injuries either resulted from slips, trips and falls or ergonomic-related soft tissue injuries. Within the course of a year, the project experienced a 50 percent decrease of OSHA recordable injuries and lost-time accidents. These reductions were directly attributable to a number of safety initiatives led by Peter that included facilitating greater upper management visibility and increasing employee safety engagement through the implementation of a new hazard recognition/reporting program.”
Ford Motor Co., Michigan Assembly Plant
“Mr. Kelly developed SMART objectives as a result of the NSC Safety Culture Surveys in 2013 and 2015. Many of the concerns expressed indicated a lack of knowledge and communication regarding safety-related activities. Action plans formulated included education and participation by the employees in a variety of safety-related meetings and communications. The daily safety start-up meeting requires each area to bring a guest so they can understand the activity and ongoing efforts to insure each employee remains safe in the facility. Increased employee participation in safety process confirmation activities helps educate employees regarding standards and reason for compliance requirements.”
Muhammad Usman Khan
Hub Power Co. Ltd., Narowal Site
“Usman started off with a safety audit training to all his peers and management staff, focusing on how to observe unsafe conditions/acts at site during an audit, how to record them, how to make a contact with a worker and keep following up until observation gets closed. Initially he accompanied all his peers/ managers on safety audits and trained them at site. A Whatsapp group was created for all management staff and it was mandatory for all personnel to share their status on the group whenever anyone was travelling to or from the site. It is mandatory to share a safety moment before every meeting now.”
Director, EHS & CSR
“Proven managerial and technical abilities in the areas of industrial hygiene, environmental, construction, risk management, safety engineering and integrated EHS Management System implementation, including OSHA SHARP/VPP, ISO 14001/RC 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Respected EHS professional in the semiconductor, chemical, medical device and electronics industries. Board member of Oregon State University Corporate Partners Program and an authorized instructor for the OSHA Training Institute. 2010 recipient of ASSE Doctoral Fellowship, Oregon State University, Department of Public Health. Based on multi-year CSR improvement, Intel selected Lam Research as sole supplier to present climate change pledge to President Obama (10/22/15).”
Safety and Health Specialist
Broward County, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
“Bailley engages her peers through leading the ‘What I Live For’ campaign and succeeded in achieving the involvement of employees who enthusiastically shared personal pictures describing ‘what they live for,’ serving as a reminder that working safely allows them to enjoy important things in their lives. The entire division participated in a group photo declaring ‘We Live For You,’ driving home the importance of safety to our team. It was so effective, the photo was used in marketing our insurance programs to our underwriting partners and by our agent/broker to emphasize its partnership with us. Bailley used the campaign to brand safety as an integral part of our culture.”
City and Borough of Juneau
“Andy has worked hard to foster a change in culture when it comes to fall protection. He has coordinated an Alaska OSHA consultation at eight buildings throughout the municipality, hospital and school district. Since then, our airport and hospital staff has ordered guard rails, the school district has eliminated work on roofs until a written plan is in place, and the city has begun purchasing and installing fall protection devices for three buildings. Additionally we are developing a strategic plan for implementing fall protection for 50-plus buildings within the city. Measureables so far: three draft fall protection plans and one completed plan. Ongoing training: 22 individuals were given fall protection training by the AKOSH consultants (coordinated by Andy), and Andy has trained several others.”
“Bryan spends a great deal of time engaging employees. He focuses on driving a once reactive safety culture into one of proactivity, focusing on leading indicators. Employees are given the encouragement and knowledge to recognize potentially unsafe scenarios and the responsibility to report or correct them. More so than mandating employees change, he listens to employee ideas. Each year, he presents a survey to all employees, asking for feedback on the safety program and areas of focus going forward. This gives each employee voice in safety, helping to drive an effective and proactive program.”
Manager, Safety Health and Environment
“In 2013 Jarrod volunteered to lead safety communication and training for the La-Z-Boy Corporation in addition to his duties at a large manufacturing plant. Since that time he has written and developed 54 different safety training presentations that are used by all manufacturing employees throughout La-Z-Boy. These trainings make up an annual curriculum covering all OSHA required refreshers, reinforcing our critical safety programs, and providing the corporation a common language around safety.”
Corporate EHS Manager, Learning and Development
The Wonderful Company LLC
“Jose Perez developed and implemented a comprehensive safety onboarding process for temporary employees that included site-specific safety training along with thorough job safety analysis at the worksites where employees would be placed. Over the course of 3 years of this initiative, the company experienced a decrease of their total recordable incident rate and a saving of over $2 million dollars in workers’ compensation rates. Another side benefit from the implementation of this initiative: the company saw an increase on employee retention by decreasing their turn-over rate. It was a win-win for the employees and the company.”
Director of Safety and Security
Montage Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
“With a creative approach to associate safety, Chad revitalized the efforts of the resort’s safety committee, emphasizing a proactive approach involving monthly safety topics which are taught, emphasized, and reinforced to every associate. With this goal in mind, Chad and his team have posted a bulletin board containing relevant topics, and a ‘wellbeing ticker’ that tracks how many consecutive days the associates have remained injury-free. Chad has also become an active member of the resort’s wellness committee, fusing wellness and safety programs into wellbeing initiatives. Chad’s goals are not just lofty ideas; they are solid objectives.”
ARCO/Murray Corporate Services Inc.
St. Louis, MO
“Mitch led two major safety initiatives over the past year. The first initiative was the creation of our superintendent documentation tracking “Score Card” incentives program. This program was not widely accepted by our site superintendents at first, but after Mitch personally explained the importance of meaningful jobsite safety inspections and record keeping, it was a huge success. The second initiative was ensuring that all superintendents and project managers held current First Aid/CPR/AED certifications. He personally traveled to jobsites around the country to retrain all employees who were not current. In 2015 Mitch trained over 110 employees in First Aid/CPR/AED, most of which were one-on-one trainings on a jobsite either before or after regular working hours.”
Division Safety Manager
M.C. Dean Inc.
“Aaron had the responsibilities of implementing an Occupational Health, Safety and Risk Management system at various project locations. The direct result was increased employee involvement at all levels creating ownership by involvement. Signs of culture change became evident weeks after the transition from a regulatory compliance and enforcement program to an employee-focused integration. Employee ownership was established by Aaron gaining direct employee involvement in activities such as creation of risk assessments of every definable feature of work and creating position and activity hazard analyses, which focused on risk, training, certifications and licensing requirements.”
“Sharlie is leading an initiative to strengthen sites' LOTO program and identify gaps by getting employees involved in cross audits and developing simplistic LOTO programs. Tasks are reported by the employees to the ESH team, and the team assesses, risk ranks, and drives solutions to completion. To solicit the tasks, a unique approach was instituted where typical questions were altered to discourage the ‘I am strong enough to handle it’ response. Questions such as ‘what is the heaviest thing I have to lift?’ or ‘what is the most awkward position I have to lift in?’ were used to solicit responses from employees. Over 100 risks have been reduced.”
Manager, Safety & Environment
“Chris integrates home safety topics into all employee meetings and monthly safety training. He also provides weekly safety briefings for site supervisors to share with all employees that address both workplace and non-workplace safety topics. Last year, Chris facilitated a safe driving campaign, which included personal pledges from all employees. Chris championed a program that engages managers and supervisors with their hourly employees using one-on-one conversations and feedback about safety on a weekly basis. This program has transformed the negative perception of managers and supervisors on the floor through regular face-to-face positive reinforcement of employee safety.”
Technical Risk Control Consultant
East Syracuse, NY
“Julie led a ‘Research to Reality’ project where she developed a system to collect and analyze data from policyholders using the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety Safety Climate Survey. Julie has helped to collect over 50,000 responses from 70 policyholders. She has been integral to improving the survey administration process by decreasing the time to develop and administer the survey. Improved ease of use has helped to increase policyholder satisfaction with the process along with increasing the volume of surveys completed. The decreased time between survey completion and report outs allows quicker interventions to improve safety climate.”
“Upon Jessica’s arrival to our organization, she immediately began transforming the site’s safety program. She conducted a thorough assessment of our compliance programs and quickly addressed all identified deficiencies. She has transformed the incident reporting and investigation procedure into an effective process. Jessica has quickly established herself as a go-to person for all levels and has led the company to an incident rate reduction of 45 percent. These accomplishments would not have been possible without her leadership and ability to develop relationships with all levels of the company. In her ‘free time,’ she volunteered to teach an OSHA 10-hour course to area high school students.”
Master Sergeant Ross Weatherford
66 Air Base Group
Hanscom Air Force Base
“At the Safety Directorate in Afghanistan, Ross advised three aircraft wings on occupational safety program management. Ross supervised Afghan linguists, which enabled translation of key witnesses during accident investigations, and delivery of core safety guidance while advising Afghan AF personnel. Ross further expanded his leadership roles by filling additional duties as flight safety Non- Commissioned Officer, primary Postal Officer, Weapons Safety Manager and Chief of Safety. Finally, Ross authored a quarterly ‘S-AAF-ETY FOCUS’ bulletin highlighting unique hazards that 8,000 United States and Afghan AF personnel face in austere conditions.”
Health and Safety Manager
Central Wholesalers Inc.
“Jacob has led a ‘safety-first’ corporate-wide culture shift. He has improved the way we do our safety audits. He includes many different employees from various departments throughout our company and continues to lead by example. This simple practice has encouraged our other employees to notice other possible hazards and educate their coworkers about the possible hazards and how to take the proper precautions to eliminate the dangers. Jacob also took it upon himself to look at, review, and analyze our automobile accidents. He compares the employees who are involved to their respective driving history and determines what action(s) need to be taken. He finds it beneficial to celebrate and promote accomplishments and he will discipline for poor decisions and behaviors.”