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ASSP Members Recognized as NSC Rising Stars of Safety

Nov 01, 2018

Public SectorTwelve ASSP members were recognized as 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.

  • Adam L. Bates is executive director of health, safety and security at Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. He is a member of ASSP’s West Tennessee Chapter. “Adam speaks to young professionals at college universities in an effort to advocate for the career field but also as a leader. Adam has implemented a global world-class communication plan around EHS for the organization on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis to ensure engagement continues to grow as a ONE Organization Vision. It is critical to bring value as a leader through engaging all levels of the organization. Adam has led the integration of leading metrics in the global organization, such as near misses, training hours and observation-based safety metrics.”
  • Brandon J. Hody, M.S., CSP, is a safety and occupational health professional at Concurrent Technologies Corp. He is a professional member of ASSP’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter. He is involved in the Society’s Training and Communications, Consultants and Public Sector practice specialties, and a member of ASSP’s Young Professionals Common Interest Group. “When Brandon started work, he established a ‘Training Cell’ with a co-worker. They implemented a peer review process, developed an annual strategic plan for safety training, incorporated the consensus safety training standard ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 and, most recently, purchased a license for a webinar delivery system. They also developed an annual survey, requesting training topics from client sites to help meet client needs. These efforts led to an average 430 percent increase in webinar attendance and a 165 percent increase in training requests.”
  • Randee Johnson, CSP, ASP, CHST, is safety manager at Cornerstone General Contractors in Anchorage, AK. She is a professional member of ASSP’s Society’s Midnight Sun and Alaska chapters, and is a member of our Women in Safety Excellence Common Interest Group. “Randee began working with Cornerstone two years ago as a consultant. During the past two years, she has taken the lead for the OSHA Chase program in Alaska, which is the comparative measurement tool for ranking the safety of construction companies in the state. Randee successfully led the Cornerstone Safety culture to the Gold Level, which only one other company has achieved in the history of the program. In addition, Randee helped Cornerstone win the State of Alaska AGC Safety Award, and finally the third-place National AGC Safety Award. She did all of this while building her own business, SafeLogic, and assisting many other companies to develop a safety culture as well.”

  • Kevin P. McCann, CSP, HSE, is coordinator fluor at Forward Operating Base in Fenty, Afghanistan. He is a member of ASSP’s Columbia Southern University Student Section and a student member of our Northern Illinois Chapter. McCann is a member of the Society’s Oil, Gas, Mining and Mineral Resources Practice Specialty, and a member of ASSP’s Young Professionals Common Interest Group. “He recently created the ‘You Did It!’ safety program to highlight FGG employees who notice and report a near miss or unsafe condition. Photos of the hazard before and after its mitigation are posted alongside positive recognition of the employee for their attention to safety. In addition, he applies his background as a personal fitness trainer to teach his peers the importance of using proper lifting techniques and stretching prior to engaging in activity. He also educates his peers in proper nutrition and encourages them to make smart meal choices.”
  • Cody McFatrich, safety manager at ARCO/Murray in St. Louis, MO, is a professional member of our St. Louis Chapter. “When Cody first started at ARCO/Murray, the division to which he was assigned was averaging about 1-2 safety visits/ audits the entire job duration. Cody’s goal was to improve the safety culture and safety presence onsite and to average 2 total audits per week. Cody finished 2016 with 86 total safety audits averaging 1.72 audits per week or 7 per month. In 2017, Cody finished with 114 safety audits, averaging 2.28 audits per week or 9.05 per month. Year to date in 2018, Cody has completed 55 safety audits averaging 3.05 audits per week or 13.75 per month. Cody continues to push well beyond his initial goal and because of that, the safety culture within his assigned area has clearly improved.”
  • Stephanie Miller, CSP, CIH, OHST, is senior industrial hygienist at URS CH2M at Oak Ridge LLC in Oak Ridge, TN. She is a professional member of ASSP’s East Tennessee Chapter, a member of the Society’s Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty, and is a member of ASSP’s Young Professionals and Women in Safety Excellence common interest groups. “Over a multiyear period, Stephanie championed and was integral to implementation and rollout of the BCSP Safety Trained Supervisor program as a companywide standard for supervisors. Stephanie spent significant time traveling to facilities throughout the country, providing training and leading implementation of the program. Her efforts have contributed significantly to multiple facilities achieving greater safety performance and reductions in injury rates while also helping develop AECOM into an industry leader in the safe and efficient performance of work.”
  • Jarred Milliner, CSP, CHMM, strategic business unit HSE lead APTIM in Baton Rouge, LA, is a professional member of the Society’s Greater Baton Rouge Chapter. “Jarred directed the 2017 safety program for our business unit consisting of nearly 500 employees. Jarred instituted two proactive management initiatives: a near-miss reporting campaign and a leadership site assessment campaign to uncover hidden risk in our workplace. Our business unit exceeded the corporate metric for near-miss reporting by 143 percent and our management team gained new insight into our employees’ beliefs, strengths and HSE challenges. We discovered risk-reducing solutions that improved our behaviors and enhanced our overall service to our customers.”
  • Justin Musall is a safety superintendent U.S. Air Force, 735th Air Mobility Squadron Joint Base Pearl Harbor in Hickam, HI. He is a member of the Society’s Hawaii Chapter, and is a member of ASSP’s Military Branch. “MSgt. Musall identified and repaired gaps in the host/tenant support agreement, resolved six-year strife with four base agencies to overhaul the installation confined space program team, revamped the installation traffic safety program, and identified an underground fuel tank fire hazard driving rapid mitigation and averting more than $200 million in damage/possible fatalities. Off duty, he built an elementary school mentorship program from scratch. The program’s success led to another local school adopting it, with plans to branch into two more, impacting more than 5,600 children.”
  • Leslie E. Pallister is a safety manager at FCA Group Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, MI. She is a member of ASSP’s Greater Detroit Chapter. “In 2017, our facility underwent a massive demolition and reconstruction initiative. There were nearly 4,000 construction workers onsite during that time. Leslie developed Contractor Safety Training and rolled it out to all contractors. She worked closely with the site safety representatives to ensure that every contractor worker received this training. As part of our Emergency Response Program, we conduct an evacuation drill each year. 2017 was unusual because 95 percent of the people onsite were contractors who wouldn’t ordinarily participate in such events. Leslie and her teams were able to successfully evacuate the entire facility in 11 minutes with 100 percent employee accountability.”
  • Thomas Van Leer is a west region health and safety operations manager at UPS Inc. in Sedalia, MO, and is a member of ASSP’s Heart of America Chapter. Van Leer developed and implemented a 2017 summer safety challenge. “Tom developed and implemented our 2017 Summer Safety Challenge. Tom determined six areas of opportunity. Those included heat-related injuries, lift/lower, push/pull injuries, backing accidents, Telematics data, and utilization of safety committee time. Tom rolled this program out with assistance from our district safety teams to 995 safety committees throughout our West Region. Prevention strategies, along with safety education and training, were administered by these committees from June through August. Results were tracked weekly and communication to the safety committees created strong competition. At the conclusion of the challenge, seven of eight districts saw reductions.”
  • Michael Vahldick, ASP, ARM, CPCU, is a senior risk control consultant at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Warrenville, IL. He is a professional member of the Society’s Three Rivers Chapter. “As an EIT and ASP, Michael has utilized his engineering technical background and his consulting skills to lead his operations to world-class safety. He has traveled to over 30 different states, working directly with local operations to assess safety processes and provide recommendations. Michael has also evaluated and developed engineering solutions to reduce material handling risk in flight gateways all over the world. He regularly uses loss data analysis and tracking of upstream safety metrics to continuously improve upstream health and safety processes and initiatives.”

  • Brandon Wiseman, corporate safety manager at Swire Coca-Cola, is a member of the Society’s Arizona Chapter. “Brandon led the Phoenix facility (600 employees) to remarkable safety improvements. Using Six Sigma methodologies, Brandon helped to diagnose and tackle the most common injuries. In addition, he led the charge to understand employee perceptions of safety through surveys and focus groups. With that knowledge, Brandon led grassroots teams to change culture through projects and initiatives focused around the employee. Phoenix saw a 91 percent reduction in warehouse injuries and 68 percent reduction in driver injuries.”
Courtesy of National Safety Council

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