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ASSP Members Recognized as NSC’s 2020 Rising Stars of Safety

Nov 01, 2020

Nine ASSP members were among those identified as 2020 Rising Stars of Safety by National Safety Council (NSC). The program recognizes safety leaders under age 40 who are dedicated to providing safety leadership in their organization.

  • Brian S. Bailey is director of safety and environmental stewardship at The American Waterways Operators (AWO). He is a member of our Northern Virginia Chapter and Environmental Practice Specialty. “Upon assuming his position, Brian was told by a member leader that he must lead by example, which is best accomplished by being out and about with member companies' employees instead of behind a desk. He has taken that sentiment to heart and embraced his role as AWO's safety liaison by boarding vessels and engaging in conversations with captains and deckhands alike in galleys from New York to New Orleans, learning how to hand-winch barges together for a tow, observing pretask job safety analyses, and even jumping into the Ohio River to learn about fall-overboard prevention and recovery efforts firsthand.
  • Renee Boydo is a driver training program manager with First Student. She is a member of our Wichita Chapter and Transportation Practice Specialty. “Renee designed and implemented a paratransit operator training program for our First Transit division, training for nonconforming vehicle operators for First Student, trainer certification program and trainer effectiveness measures, covering classroom, behind-the-wheel and on-the-road training. This helped deliver a 28% reduction in paratransit driver preventable collisions year over year and a 15% reduction in paratransit passenger injuries. Locations piloting her new measures experienced a 20% improvement in first-time licensing pass rates, while also reducing training throughput time by 20% and improving driver retention by 15%. The improvement in first-time pass rate resulted largely from her analysis of trainer-to-trainee ratios.
  • Wyatt Bradbury, CSP, ASP, CHST, CIT, is HSE advisor with Hitachi Rail. He is a professional member of our National Capital Chapter and a member of our Emerging Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group. “Wyatt rebuilt the safety system for a large construction project. [He] rewrote the site-specific safety program incorporating best practices and stakeholder concerns. He ensured subcontractors were meeting expectations in practice and through their programs through implementation of a site inspection program. He engaged stakeholders in conducting inspections for the site using this information to identify areas of concern. He developed an orientation and toolbox talk program and began tracking completion of the trainings. Wyatt created a culture where the entire project from field employees to management understood their role in safety.
  • Jeff Fox, CSP, CIT, is EHS&S Center of Expertise consultant with Corteva Agriscience. He is a professional member of our Central Indiana Chapter, which he also serves as chapter president, and is a member of our Construction Practice Specialty. “It was important to Jeff to incorporate the men and women working at the Corteva facilities in creating a cohesive manual of contractor safety expectations. The contents of the manual were developed, reviewed and executed by those who understood the work the best—the contractor experts. The manual now currently impacts the decisions, behaviors and actions of 20,000-plus contractors worldwide. Safe work practices listed in this manual have led to a 50% reduction in the overall contractor injury rate, with many sites achieving zero. The safety program committee began as a small group of people at one site developing the manual. It now has been translated into 19 languages and utilized at 400-plus sites.
  • Brian Hanlon, CSP, CIH, is regional health and safety manager with Citizens Bank. He is a professional member of our Greater Boston Chapter and a member of our Management Practice Specialty. “Brian led our prevention through design effort focused on minimizing hazards associated with our new 423,000-square-foot corporate campus built in Johnston, RI. Prior to construction, Brian developed a framework to manage the PTD program with the project team. Regular meetings and a PTD tracking document provided transparency of the process and a mechanism for tracking accountability and progress. Engaging the key stakeholders throughout all stages of the project, a comprehensive risk assessment and robust discussion around building use and risks resulted in over 130 changes in the building design. Since beginning PTD, Citizens has seen a 40% reduction in employee injuries.
  • Joseph R. Kafton is a safety specialist IV with Williams. He is a member of our Western Pennsylvania Chapter and Fire Protection Practice Specialty. “Joe is the subject matter expert for field safety personnel on questions regarding confined space, trenching and excavation, hot work, hazard communication, and crane safety. Joe listens intently to the concerns and questions from field personnel and provides solid, fact-based responses. Joe created a monthly hazard recognition focus for field employees to review. Each month, Joe developed a hazard slide deck that showed hidden hazards that were to be identified and discussed during employee safety meetings. He used different hazards each month so that our employees were aware of the various hazards that can be present in the work environment.
  • Kyle R. Martin, CSP, is a safety/risk manager with Cox Communications. He is a professional member of our Greater Tidewater Chapter. “Kyle worked with to build a standardized observation checklist and built training curriculum to roll out the program. Due to his rapport and support he gained from our largest operating function in the region, field operations, he was able to roll out the observation process for all leaders. They bought in and leaders showed ownership by mandating, from the VP level down, they would conduct monthly observations. The first year of the observations went well and six different projects, due to the observations, ranging from standardization of foreign voltage detectors to purchasing hands-free devices for all our techs, emerged.
  • Laynnea J. Myles, CSP, ASP, is director of environment, health and safety with L’Oréal. She is a professional member of our New Jersey Chapter and a member of our Blacks in Safety Excellence and Women in Safety Excellence common interest groups. “Laynnea transformed the work environment by proactively engaging employees at all levels to take ownership for safety and compliance by implementing new and revised programs and work processes that has sustained a culture where safety is a core value throughout the company facilities in which she leads. Due to her EHS prowess, she established and maintained a 'best in class' environmental, health and safety management system. Laynnea's effective communications and innovative approaches to improve EHS have become a model for standardization of procedures, programs and processes, including a value-added behavior-based safety program that involves individual safety performance contacts among employees.
  • Nicholas Hugh Sexton, M.S., CSP, ARM, CPCU, is a technical consultant with Liberty Mutual Insurance. He is a professional member of our Arizona Chapter and a member of our Risk Management Practice Specialty and Emerging Professionals in OSH Common Interest Group. “In 2019 and 2020, Nicholas helped coordinate the annual Distracted Driving Summit at the Arizona capitol. This event brought together politicians and citizens, raising awareness and resulting in Arizona's first statewide distracted driving bill being signed in April 2019. Nicholas also spends his time working with collegians, educating on substance abuse and risk management. He has been invited to facilitate programs at six universities. In his current role, he shapes safety efforts across four states with Liberty's largest customer, UPS. He consults with departments that need the most guidance to reduce crashes and injuries, and works on corporate projects impacting new employees and facilities across the country.


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