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Safety as a Customer Service: Effective Communication for the Safety Professional

We were somewhere in Virginia. The mini van we had rented was at about a quarter of a tank when we decided to pull over and fill up. We had put several hours behind us since our first fill up that morning after departing Tennessee. It was me, my wife and our four kids; an angry teen, two hyper preteens and a baby. We were on a quick cross country, on our way to attend my younger sister’s wedding in upstate New York. We were driving from just outside Houston,… Read more Safety as a Customer Service: Effective Communication for the Safety Professional

4C H.S.E. Conference 2019

I am extremely excited to have been selected to speak at the 4C H.S.E. Conference this February 7th in Austin, Texas. If you work in the environmental field, you do not want to miss this event. While you’re there, swing by and get a sneak peek at my latest presentation, Safety as a Customer Service; Effective Communication for the Safety professional. Links for more info and event registration can be found in the events calendar. For more info contact

Speaking Engagements 2019

Here is the list (so far) of events at which I will be speaking. If you’re in the area and have some time to spare, come out and see me! As always, complimentary high fives are included with each presentation. 4C Health, Safety & Environmental Conference February 7th, 2019 Austin, TX  To register, CLICK HERE Indiana Health and Safety Conference & Expo February 28th, 2019 Indianapolis, IN For more information, CLICK HERE ASSP Southwest Chapter Professional Development Conference April 11th, 2019 Grapevine, TX For more information, CLICK HERE Hopefully more to follow!

The Asparagus Response

I’ve been lucky in the sense that, for the most part, my children like vegetables. Well, “like” may be a strong term. Most vegetables they… permit. Broccoli is, believe it or not, high up on the requested vegetable list. For those of you with children, you know what a rarity that is. The one vegetable that I enjoy is asparagus. Of course, that is the one vegetable the kids hate. That means that it is not one I get to enjoy very often. Sometimes I will try to slip it… Read more The Asparagus Response

An iPhone in the Amazon

It was a common theme not too long ago… violate a safety rule, get taken to the gate. For those that may not be familiar with “the gate”, it means you were fired. No questions asked, no explanation, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Generally speaking, the rules being broken usually were high level directives. Ones that, if they were not enforced and/or followed would result in serious injury or death. For example, fall protection violations. If you don’t tie off while working at height, you could fall and… Read more An iPhone in the Amazon

Calling All Safety Nerds!

Fancy yourself a writer? Want to get your message out there? I’m looking for other safety professionals and people enthusiasts that would like to contribute to The Safety Nerd! Taking submissions now! (This is a free gig. No pay. I know… you’re thinking, “how is this guy not raking in the cash with such an awesome website?!”)

Welcome to the 21st Century

A little over a year ago, I was skimming through LinkedIn, perusing articles listing new safety guidelines, which professional certifications are better than others and who was hiring for what project where. All of a sudden, there it was… “Ten Things That Keep Safety Professionals Up at Night”. My eyes widened as my excitement grew. Yes, tell me these ten things so that, if I’m not already, I can be worried about them too! I don’t call this site The Safety Nerd for nothing. I clicked the link and settled… Read more Welcome to the 21st Century

Winning of Hearts & Minds

I was on a construction project years back and as I made my way through the unit during a formal safety audit, I began to recognize a pattern. As I walked through a particular area, occupied by a particular contractor group, I realized that all work would cease even before we were in view. I started to keep track and after a few more passes, saw that there was a foreman that would signal to his employees that members of the safety team were approaching. This was usually accomplished by some… Read more Winning of Hearts & Minds