About the Safety Chief

I grew up in a small town with a stay at home mother and a father working in a power plant.  That is where I cut my teeth on Safety.  Be careful!  Don’t put that in your mouth!  Don’t run with scissors!  Look both ways before you cross the street!  We all learn Safety at a young age.  As parents, we all promote Safety to our children.

I, technically, started my Safety pilgrimage when I was old enough to start my first job.  I cut grass.  (a lot of grass as I remember it)  That was when I first learned of PPE. (Personal Protective Equipment)  My father required the use of ear plugs and steel toe shoes when cutting grass.  (I have since added ANSI Z87 safety glasses to those requirements)  My Dad instilled a Safety consciousness in me at a young age.  I have not always adhered to the principles as closely as I should.  I blame that on teen angst.  My days of working in the grocery store were filled with horse play and things that I look back on with some remorse.  Even when I started my first manufacturing job, I did not always do the right thing.  But I credit the Safety leadership at that facility with getting me back on track.  That is where I model my safety approach from still today.  It’s a cultural thing that can only come about from constant discussion and visibility.  Repetition creates habits.

Today, I promote Safety whenever and wherever.  My brothers have dubbed me “The Safety Chief” due to my penchant for performing hazard analysis at rock concerts and backyard bar-b-cues.  I can’t help myself.  I have a passion.   I want to dedicate my work to those people who have been injured on the job.  I want my work to be the prevention of future incidents affecting others.  I am The Safety Chief.