Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks
Jason Brooks

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Jason Br0oks



An effective and highly trained Safety Manager with 9 years’ experience overseeing Dominion Energy’s sub-contractors and their safety teams during the development stage of large solar projects. Overseer of safety and health policies, tool box talks, training, compliance and enforcement. Creating programs and effectively communicating guidelines to all parties and sub-contractors. Making required changes and developing response strategies to keep safety risk
to a minimum. Teach up and coming safety professionals on how to coach employees while in the field and how to get their point across while at the same time earning the respect needed to be an effective safety professional. Effectiveness in leadership and bringing working men and women together as a team to complete a project safely.

Considerable experience and knowledge of Dominion Energy’s Exhibit G and their health and safety practices

● Exceptional knowledge of VOSH, OSHA, MSHA, and Dominion Energy compliance standards.
● OSHA 500, OSHA 510, OSHA 502, & OSHA 30 certified.
● Authorized by the American Red Cross to train and certify participants in first aid, CPR, & AED.
● Equipment Operator Instructor – Certified through Eastern Lift Truck Academy.
● Authorized through MSHA to teach, train, and certify Virginia New Miner and General Miner training.
● Safety Management 1 & 2 certification.
● Authorized through ATTSA to teach, train, & certify participants in the VDOT flagger course.
● ATTSA Work Zone Supervisor certification.
● OSHA recordkeeping specialist including all OSHA 300 logs.
● Accident investigation and prevention.
● Weekly client safety audits and immediate abatements.
● Post OSHA citation representation.
● Safety training and effectively being able to communicate to all parties.
● Bilingual.
● Onsite drug screening.
● Jobsite inspection and hazard assessment.
● Creating emergency action plans and fire prevention plans.
● Creating and Implementing hazcom procedures.
● Ability to conduct Job Hazard Analysis procedures and training.
● Equipment inspection and documentation.
● Exceptional computer skills including word, excel, power point, and quick books.
● Knowledge of blueprints and estimating (structural and architectural)
● Site Management.
● Identifying risk and showing root cause analysis for near misses.
● Creating safety programs and communicating guidelines.
● Trenching and excavation competent person and trainer of.
● Rigging and instruction.
● Considerable knowledge of NFPA guidelines.
● Exceptional relationship with Dominion Energys’ safety representatives, directors, and project managers.


● Dinwiddie High School Graduate (2003)
● Chesapeake Region Safety Council (2014)
● Eastern Lift Truck Training Academy (2015)
● WVA/VA Mine Association Instructor Course (2016)
● American Red Cross Instructor Training (2016)


Custom Safety Compliance & Supply, LLC.

Occupational Safety Manager and Occupational Safety & Health Trainer

Southern Tradesmen Group (2020) Electrical Contractor
Safety Manager

Brad Cole Construction (2019-2020) Civil Contractor
Safety Manager
Safety Trainer/Safety Manager

C.E. Thurston Contractors (2018) Mechanical Contractor
Safety Trainer

DSI (2018) – Electrical Contractor
Safety Manager

D&D Mechanical Inc (2017) Mechanical Contractor
Safety Manager/Trainer

Merck Pharmaceuticals – Elkton VA

Nitro Power (2017 – 2018) Electrical Contractor
Safety Manager

D&D Mechanical (2016) Mechanical Contractor/Trainer
Safety Manager

Dominion Coal Ash plant- Chesterfield VA

Sukit Civil Construction – (2016) Civil Contractor
Safety Manager

Gloucester Solar Farm – Gloucester VA 95 mw

Elgin Power Solutions (2016-2017) – Electrical Contractor
Safety Manager

Southampton Solar Project- Southampton VA 120 mw

J.E. Liesfeld (2014-2015) Civil Contractor
Safety Manager

Karr Construction Inc.-Steel Erectors

Alvin Pardo-Monell, MS, ME

Alvin Pardo-Monell, MS, ME

Alvin Pardo-Monell, Electrical Engineer, Expert Witness, Safety Resource Associates

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Alvin Pardo-Monell, MS, ME


  • 34 years of experience in the Electrical Construction & Maintenance Industry
  • Teaching professionally since 1996
  • Former Electrical Engineering Professor- Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico
  • Instructor for ABC- VA, ABC-Metro-Washington, MD, ABC-Baltimore, MD & IEC, MD
  • Founder of a bilingual Vocational Institute in Northern Virginia- June 2000
  • OSHA Outreach Construction Instructor (since 2002) +VDOT Instructor (since 2005)
  • Conducted seminars and made presentations for audiences of up to 300 people
  • Fully Bilingual – English/Spanish
  • ­Associated Builders and Contractors Instructor of the Year Finalist (2006 and 2017)­ ­


Vocational Training School Management:

  • Provided advice and led instructors of vocational programs for the successful professional development of electrical apprentices in the Washington Metropolitan Area, Florida and the Caribbean.
  • Reduced costs by conducting extensive analysis of training costs, facilities costs and effective marketing.
  • Developed technical and audiovisual learning tools to complement live classes in English and Spanish.
  • Founded APM Vocational Institute, LLC, accredited by NCCER as a training unit under ABC Virginia since 2003.

Electrical Safety Management and Construction:

  • Planned, Supervised and coordinated electrical distribution construction systems.
  • Provided NFPA, NFPA 70E Arc Flash and Electrical Wiring Methods following OSHA Standards (Sub-Parts K and S).
  • Conducted field visits and inspections of underground and aerial medium voltage electrical distribution constructions for residential, commercial projects including traffic control operations following VDOT, SHA and DDOT.
  • Responsible for safety inspections, audit reports, Safety Manuals Development, JSA’s.
  • Provided and development of Competent Person Training in electrical, fall protection, excavation and scaffolding.
  • Document control, Onsite Testing Procedures, Codes and Standards (OSHA, ANSI, ASTM and others).
  • Conducted hundreds of electrical topics and safety classes and seminars annually.
  • Represented organizations by developing strong liaison network with contractors, vendors, and suppliers
  • Served as consultant to licensed electrical engineers, professional electricians, and consumers.  Advised on electrical construction requirements according to the National Electrical Code and related electrical and safety standards


  • Developed a technical “Electricians Manual”, in Spanish for Hispanics to be distributed by Delmar Learning Publishers in 2018 and a “Safety Pocket Manual” for Hispanic construction workers
  • Wrote comprehensive educational materials (e.g., Manuals, Training Aids) for effective learning process.
  • Prepared presentations to companies in the area to recruit students trained by APM and ABC- Chapters.


Alvin provides legal expert witness services in the capacity of electrical engineering safety and construction.


  • Professional Trainer for Electrical Apprentices since 2000 (Spanish/English), accredited by NCCER in 2003
  • APM Vocational Institute Founder/ Principal
  • OSHA 500-Outreach Construction Industry Safety Trainer (Since 2002)
  • OSHA 501 (Jan. 2018)
  • NSC-CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor
  • Fall Protection
  • Excavation & Trenching, Scaffold, Confine Space Instructor
  • Advanced, Intermediate and Basic Traffic Control Instructor (since 2005)
  • ATSSA Flagger Instructor
  • MAOTIEC Construction Specialist
  • NSC Advanced Safety Certificate
  • OSHA Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals (Construction and Gen. Industry)
  • CHST Certification (early 2018)
  • NCCER Electrical Safety Technology Certification (Since 2005)


  • 05/98 – Pres:    Principal Engineer, APM Electrical Technologies, Alexandria, VA
  • 06/00 – Pres:    Principal – APM Vocational Institute, Alexandria, VA
  • 07/97 – 05/98   Program Manager, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Rosslyn, VA
  • 10/95 – 05/97:  Principal Engineer, APM Engineering & Associates, Inc. – San Juan, PR
  • 11/96 – 04/97:  Professor, Electrical Eng. Dept., POLYTECHNIC UNIV. OF PR – San Juan, PR (part time)
  • 04/90 – 09/95   Electrical Engineer, US ARDEC-ARMY – Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ
  • 09/89 – 04/90:  Electrical Engineer Supervisor II, PR POWER AUTHORITY – San Juan, PR
  • 12/87 – 11/89:  Engineer Assistant III, PR ELECTRIC POWER AUTHORITY – San Juan, PR
  • 11/84 – 12/87:  Distribution Systems General Inspector, PR ELECTRIC POWER AUTHORITY – Fajardo, PR
  • 07/83 – 07/89:  Construction Electrician 3rd Class -Supervisor. US NAVY NAVAL RESERVE – Ceiba, PR


  • 08/98 M.S. – Systems Management, FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – Melbourne, FL
  • 05/93 M.E. – Mechanical Engineering, STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – Hoboken, NJ
  • 05/89 B.S. – Electrical Engineering, POLYTECHNIC UNIV. OF PUERTO RICO – San Juan, PR


  • Assn of Professional Engineers & Surveyors of Puerto Rico –
    Engineer Certificate No. 10601: VA, DC, KY, WV, AL & MD
  • Master Electrician License
  • Association of Professional Masters Electricians – PR License No. 5895 (09/1986)
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
  • Master Trainer/Master Craft Electrical/ Adv. Electrical Topics (Since 2003)

Kenneth E. Hulse, CHST

Kenny Hulse, Certified Occupational Safety & Health Trainer, Safety Resource Associates LLC

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Kenneth E. Hulse, CHST



  • More than 30 years of industry and construction experience, training and facilitation in safety and security management, procedures, and personal protective equipment.
  • Authorized Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outreach trainer for Construction and General Industry
  • Authorized Instructor for the National Safety Council First Aid/CPR/AED programming.
  • Certification from the National Safety Council in Principals of Occupational Safety and Health (POSH)
  • Certified in US Army Corps of Engineers EM-385-1-1 Construction Standards
  • NSC Advanced Safety Certificate.


As an experienced instructional designer, facilitator, instructor, and much sought-after safety speaker, Kenny has provided both senior executives and line staff with orientation, general awareness, and detailed instructional programs in multiple OSHA, health, safety, and equipment disciplines.


Kenny provides legal expert witness services in construction, industrial, manufacturing, medical/healthcare, water-treatment, packaging, and non-profit industries.


He is an instructor for General Mineral Miner Training in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Federal MSHA part 46 Trainer. Kenny also teaches Permit-Required Confined Space Entry, Fall Protection and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and has completed the Mine Safety Appliance (MSA) Distributor Product Training, Levels I and II.


Kenny has been conducting OSHA-standards specific Facility Safety and Health Audits for more than 25 years, and specializes in the construction, steel, manufacturing, healthcare, water-treatment, packaging, and non-profit industries. These audits address every facet of safety and security operations including record keeping, facility maintenance, training, and electrical safety areas measured against industry specific OSHA standards.


Kenny specializes in the development of OSHA required Facility Safety and Health Policies and Procedures manuals – which are tailored to each facility and industry. Kenny also develops maintenance and training plans for the effective management of these policies and procedures manuals.


Government Agencies Industry & Manufacturing Public Works Construction Companies General Contractors Small Business Municipalities & Public Authorities Distribution & Warehousing Non-Profits Medical / Healthcare & Hospitals Professional Service Firms Mining


National Safety Council: Advanced Safety Certificate, 2014
National Safety Council: Instructor, First Aid/CPR/AED, 2019-Current
National Safety Council: Instructor, Blood-Borne/Airborne Pathogens, 2019 – Current
National Safety Council: Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Course Completion, 2014
National Safety Council: Safety Management Techniques Course Completion, 2014
National Safety Council: Principals of Occupational Safety and Health (POSH), 2013
Member, National Safety Council, 2004-Current
Chesapeake Region Safety Council: EM 385-1-1, Course Completion, 2013
Member of the Board of Directors, AIDS Response Effort (A.R.E.), Winchester, VA, 2013-2019
Chairman, A.R.E. Volunteer and Outreach Training Committee, Winchester, VA, 2013-2019
Graduate, Dale Carnegie Training Institute, Winchester, VA, 2011
Chairman, Northern Shenandoah Valley Safety Network (NSVSN), 2011- 2019
Member of the Board of Directors, Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA, 2009-2011
Chairman, Education Committee, Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA, 2009-2011
Member, Virginia Museum Association CERT Team, 2009-2018
President of the Lord Fairfax Community College Alumni Association, 2007-2009
Volunteer in Policing (VIP), Winchester City Police, 2007-Current
Member, City of Winchester CERT Team, 2009-Current
Trainer, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), 2012-Current
Virginia Division of Mineral Miner, General Mineral Miner Instructor Course, 2008
Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Instructor, 2008
OSHA Outreach Instructor, Construction, Rocky Mountain Education Center, 2006-2010
OSHA Outreach Instructor, General Industry, Rocky Mountain Education Center, 2006-2010
OSHA Outreach Instructor, Construction, Mid-Atlantic OSHA Education Center, 2010-Current
OSHA Outreach Instructor, General Industry, Mid-Atlantic OSHA Education Center, 2010-Current
Basic Life Support Instructor, American Heart Association, 2006-2019
OSHA General Industry, Chesapeake Region Safety Council, 2006
Distributor Product Training, Level II, Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), 2005
Distributor Product Training, Level I, Mine Safety Appliances (MSA), 2005
Bachelor of Business Administration, Averett College, 1996
Associate Arts & Sciences, Triple Major in Communications, Journalism and Literature, Lord Fairfax Community College

Mental Health, Marijuana:

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Mental Health, Marijuana – Some Surprising Safety Trends for 2023

The surprising newest trends in workplace safety considerations give pause for thought:

Is your company safety plan up to date?


Stress from working conditions as well as in personal life are now recognized as factors seriously affecting the mental health of employees today. Additionally, the increasingly legal (and accepted!) personal use of marijuana creates serious risks in the workplace.

This is the time to review your safety plan and update it to reflect the changing workplace environment for the coming year. Don’t have a company safety plan? Need help revising it to meet the latest safety trends? SRA is here to help!


We found a great report on Construction Safety Trends From the 2022 National Safety Council Congress and Expo by Dale Golgart:


In September, thousands of safety professionals met in San Diego, California, for the 2022 NSC Safety Congress & Expo. The packed, six-day agenda included keynotes, seminars and technical sessions on everything from cutting-edge safety technology to legalized marijuana.

Here are three top safety trends that can help construction leaders refine their always-ready safety programs.


Construction often places workers in high-stress environments. Combined with pandemic-related financial strain and industry turbulence, many construction workers are struggling with mental health issues.

Over the last few years, these concerns have snowballed. Male construction workers have a suicide rate 65% higher than men in other industries. Talking about mental health is heavily stigmatized among crews—and many workers don’t look for help until it’s too late.

Apart from the devastating human cost, festering mental health issues can lower crew morale and tank worker productivity. For industry leaders, there’s both a moral and business imperative to take preventive action.

As part of a concerted response, this year’s congress featured several technical sessions focused on addressing mental health stigma and fostering a healthy work environment.

One set of guiding principles to note is the Total Worker Health program, developed by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This program teaches leaders about the direct impact that work has on health. With this understanding, leaders can reorient their workplaces around wellness and minimize mental health risks.



Over the last few years, the construction industry has largely experienced a drop in drug positivity rates; with marijuana, however, positivity rates have jumped 45% since 2017.

That’s no doubt because a growing number of states have legalized marijuana. Thirty-eight states now allow medical or recreational marijuana use, and five states have ballot referenda around legalization this year. In each state where it’s legal, construction companies have seen a clear uptick in marijuana positivity rates.

While marijuana use may be legal outside of the workplace, it creates serious safety risks on construction sites. THC, a psychoactive chemical in marijuana, can impair judgment, coordination, depth perception and reaction time. Marijuana-impaired workers can hurt themselves or others when doing common construction tasks, such as using power tools, operating a forklift or handling toxic chemicals.


To account for the growing trend of marijuana impairment, sessions emphasized:

  • Using safety training software to educate crews about the dangers of marijuana-impaired construction work.
  • Showing supervisors and forepersons how to spot and respond to marijuana intoxication.
  • Educating leaders about the legal and compliance concerns around marijuana intoxication in the workplace.
  • Using impairment detection tech to supplement standard drug testing and other safety protocols.

It’s important to note that a positive marijuana test doesn’t necessarily indicate impairment—the drug is detectable in urine for up to 30 days after use. But given the dangers of potential impairment on site, proactive education and training can help set expectations and keep workers safe.



One of the standout moments from this year’s congress and expo was during the opening keynote.

Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino told a story about a training flight gone wrong. His pilot nearly crashed into another plane after missing a critical flight change right before takeoff. Massimino had heard the control tower’s instructions and knew they were going in the wrong direction—but he didn’t say anything. That decision nearly cost him and the pilot their lives.

Massimino’s experience taught him two lessons. First, always speak up. Second, make sure you have a safety culture that empowers folks to speak up.

For construction workers, the concept of a “see something, say something” culture isn’t new. But this year’s congress emphasized a few ways to encourage an all-hands approach to safety. The highlights:

  • Tailor your safety communication to your audience in order to drive positive, safety-minded change.
  • Ground your safety culture in a shared understanding of risk.
  • Push for grassroots safety leadership to decentralize your safety culture.



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Top Ten Construction Safety Tips

Safety expert John Meola, CSP, ARM, shares his list of top ten reasons for construction accidents, as well as precautions you can take to ensure safe equipment operation on your construction site.

Each year, there are thousands of injuries and triple-digit numbers of fatal accidents related to machine and equipment operation. A lot of these accidents involve the operator, but over half involve people on the ground – spotters, co-workers, laborers, shovel hands, passers-by and sidewalk superintendents who get too close. And because of the forces and physics involved, these are usually not first-aid injuries; there is often an ambulance and sometimes a coroner called to the jobsite.

A review of OSHA and MSHA Fatality Alerts & Bulletins reveals that practically all of these accidents are preventable. Safety awareness and caution when performing the most routine operation are characteristics of a good operator. Yet, if you take a few moments to read a few of the fatality reports at the above web sites, you will find operators with decades of experience on the list.
Before we take a look at the list of Top 10 causes of jobsite accidents and how to avoid them, we need to offer some reminders about operator training. This is usually a topic where the owner says, “Oh, my guy has been running that machine for X amount of years; he knows all there is to know.” And that may very well be the case. It does not, however, fulfill your obligation under OSHA, MSHA or the rules of civil liability known as Tort Law.

All operators must have identifiable and verifiable training on the machine or equipment. Most equipment dealers will provide this training as part of their customer service, and you need to take advantage of it. We’re not talking about a semester credit course, but there is a Student Workbook, a video and usually a quiz. There is also a practical section where the student will operate the machine to confirm understanding of key controls and functions. A Certificate of Completion will then be issued.

The larger or more complex the machine, the more in-depth the training should be. Remind me, how much did that rig cost? And you’re going to try to skimp on the training? Better keep reading.

  1. Getting on and off equipment
    Getting on and off the machine is the No. 1 cause of injury to equipment operators, forklift drivers and truck drivers, any one of whom will readily share their “learning episode.” It happens a lot.
    First, check your gloves and boots. Clean the mud off before climbing, and use “high grip” gloves for a secure hand hold. Next, use a three-point stance going and coming. Use large size hand and foot holds. Securely engage the entire hand and foot, avoiding a toe-hold or finger-hold grip. Use a step ladder for access when no hand or foot holds are provided. Avoid carrying objects while climbing.
    If the machine needs additional hand holds or steps installed, do it. Operators come in different sizes. Make it as easy and safe as possible to ascend/descend. Avoid the need to stretch by putting the grab rails where they’re easy to securely reach.
    When exiting the machine, correct practice is to lower yourself in a controlled manner – never jump!
  2. Loading/unloading equipment
    Even on level ground, there is a risk of machine roll-over during loading or unloading. Make sure you are centered on the ramps and stay straight. Allow enough room to maneuver the trailer and machine, which is sometimes difficult on tightly compressed jobsites.
    Use a spotter for guidance. Make sure the machine clears the ramps before turning. Keep people away from the sides of the machine during loading/unloading.
    Check the trailer deck, clearances and stability. Review your lock-out/tag-out plan to be sure the machine is at “Zero Energy State” when stowed.
    Use proper tie-down procedures. If using compression chain binders, use caution when opening the handle. The load may shift just enough to add tension to the chain and the handle may spring open. Use safety tie wires or switch to ratchet binders.
  3. People crowding the work area
    Ask any backhoe operator what their biggest headache is and they will tell you without hesitation – people on the ground crowding the machine. People love to stand at the edge of the hole and watch the dirt being moved. There is usually no reason for them to be there, just force of habit. But why create an exposure to injury when none needs to exist?
    People on the ground must stay well away from the machine operating area. Review this importat point at safety meetings. Foremen need to enforce this, not the operator.
    When ready to start work, use the horn to warn people to stay back; stop the machine if needed; and always check your back before backing up the machine.
  4. Machine swing radius
    Swing radius accidents are common. How do you think all those scrape marks got on that counterweight? Unfortunately, they are also usually fatal when people are involved.
    Thus, it’s important to rope off the swing radius around the machine or otherwise secure it. Allow no spectators; use a spotter to keep all people clear.
  5. Operation on slopes
    Caution is always required when operating on slopes. You might make it up the slope with a load, but coming down is another story! Know the limits of the machine, allow for surface conditions and don’t push it.
    Know the Equipment Before Hitting the Slopes
  6. Overhead/buried obstructions
    Be aware of overhead obstructions and underground utilities, including electrical lines, water, sewer, gas, telecom, etc.
    Definitively mark or warn of overhead lines or low clearances. When digging, call Dig Safe or whichever agency has jurisdiction. Continue to use caution even after underground lines are marked, since errors in marking are common. Be prepared to hand dig when it’s getting close.
    Use sawhorses, signs, barrier tapes, etc., to indicate obstructions. Take no chances.
  7. Backing
    Reverse motion on anything in this industry is fraught with peril. Backup alarms on construction machinery are basically cosmetic devices in terms of assuring a clear backside. As such, operators need to positively assure that no one or nothing is behind them. This is achieved by getting out and looking.
    Always check the machine perimeter before moving. When vision is impaired, have a spotter (in high-visibility apparel) guide you.
    Use wide angle mirrors. The new generation of machines is fitted with best viewable surface mirrors. Keep them clean and adjusted.
    Use rear-mounted cameras and/or rear-mounted presence-sensing alarms. Presence-sensing alarms are becoming more reliable as technology improves. The equipment industry recognizes the urgency of the problem and will find technical solutions to address chronic people behavior problems.
  8. Machine upset
    If a piece of equipment starts to tip, your seat belt becomes your lifeline. Yet, the list of excuses for failure to use seat belts or harnesses is amazingly long. Most operators would make great fiction writers with the excuses they can come up with. If it weren’t so grim, we should offer to add their reasons to their obituary.
    Always use a seat belt. A professional operator will not have to be reminded of this bed-rock rule. Wear the belt even with the cab door closed. It decreases how much you will bounce around in the cab during normal operations, and may help you control the machine in a borderline upset situation.
    In addition, operators need to understand the machine’s stability characteristics on all surface types and conditions. Check to see if the equipment manufacturer or dealer offers an instructional video.
  9. Instability or loss of load
    Moving dirt or bulk materials is fairly straightforward. It becomes more complex when you try to use the hoe as a crane, or otherwise become creative in finding new applications. The best pipe layers in the world might only be “fair” when it comes to rigging. All rigging attachments for lifting must be engineered for safety. Be sure to use:
    oversized fittings
    positive locking attachments
    safety latches on all hooks
    correct lifting angles on chains or cable bridles
    properly inspected nylon slings
    abrasion and cut protection on sharp edges and masonry
    spreader beams to provide correct lifting geometry
    Keep all people well clear of a load being lifted or handled. Either get the guys out of the trench, or send them to a safe distance when the pipe is being placed. Never lift a load over people.
    A lot of serious accidents also occur when trying to use one machine to do multiple functions. Rough-terrain forklifts, skid steers and similar multi-use machines are versatile, but are often pushed beyond their limits for expediency. Operators need to understand that there are limitations that must be observed and safety is primary.
  10. Lock-out/Tag-out
    Most mechanics will tell you a horror story or two that illustrates why OSHA made the lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) rule. Any raised load (or object, such as the bucket or attachment) is subject to LOTO provisions.
    All pinch points on a machine must be identified and protected (guarded) when possible. The minimum warning is a pictorial decal advising of the hazard. If a dump body has a safety “crutch,” make sure it is functional and used.
    Refueling, service personnel and mechanics need to use positive means to assure their safety while servicing or working on the machine, i.e., wheel chocks, steering wheel covers with LOTO Warning imprint and LOTO locks, tags and hardware configured to the machine.
    Review manufacturer directions for safety in all cases, even if this is the fifth generation of machine you bought from the same manufacturer. There are illustrations and directions in all manuals to point out safety features, do’s and don’ts, good practices/bad practices, efficiency measures, etc.
    Safety focus
    The equipment and machinery produced today are the safest and most reliable ever made. To get the most out of these tools and ensure your employees’ safety, a comprehensive safety program should not only be in place on all your jobs, it should be relevant, timely, frequently referenced and backed up by top management. Keep your operators and ground crews informed of the hazards they face (i.e., by reading the machine manual), keep them motivated and aware and recognize their accident-free achievements.
    John J. Meola, CSP, ARM, is the safety manager for Timmons Group in Richmond, VA. He has more than 27 years’ experience in safety engineering and has served as past president of the American Society of Safety Engineers from 1993 to 2011. You can reach him at john.meola@timmons.com.

Primary accident avoidance: Safety tips to live by

JOHN J. MEOLA CSP, ARM, Safety Director at Pillar, Inc. Oct 30, 2018

It sometimes seems that every news report brings stories of fatal accidents across our Commonwealth, both in daily life and at work. The science of risk management can, however, provide a strong dose of sensitization to certain kinds of situations when things go haywire, but it requires a discipline of focused attention to absorb the lessons and change our behavior accordingly.

If you’re in business for the long haul, take a hard look at your machinery, tooling, safety program, employee training and skills development, and succession planning. For example, vintage machinery usually does not have basic safety features. Unless you retrofit, it’s time to go shopping.

Put the antiques out to pasture. Hospitalizations and amputations require direct reporting to the “safety police” and will probably result in high-dollar, wish-you-had-listened outcomes. Following many industrial accidents, investigations reveal the persistence of “denial” among management as one of the greatest safety hazards to all workers. If you are of the opinion that “all this safety stuff costs money,” wait until you see the cost of an accident.

Joggers, walkers, bikers and hikers, when you venture out wear a high-visibility garment such as those worn by construction workers. Again, the lesson here derives from accident reports: “I never saw them” is the number one answer to “What happened?”

In summary, a safety mindset can range from the simplest look-both-ways-before-crossing adage to the more intricate high-risk job planning choreography.
Contact John Meola at JMeola@Pillaroma.com.

Susan Wilcox, CIH, CSP

Susan Wilcox, CIH, CSP, Safety Resource Associates

Susan Wilcox, CIH, CSP


Susan Wilcox, CIH, CSP, Safety Resource Associates

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Susan Wilcox, CIH, CSP, is an occupational safety and health professional with more than 30 years of experience.

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Chemistry.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • experience in a variety of sectors including consulting, laboratory management, as well as industrial and chemical manufacturing, and academia.
  • Served on the local board of both the ASSP and AIHA sections throughout her career.
  • Serves as adjunct Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, teaching Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene.
Expertise includes:

  • EHS Metrics / Data Collection & Analysis
  • Radiation Safety /
  • Toxicology Testing / Process Safety
  • EHS Field Work / Data Management Systems
  • Regulatory Compliance / OSHA
  • Manufacturing Incident Investigation
  • Auditing & Reporting Risk Assessment/Risk Management
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Omar Lopez, CHST

Omar Lopez,
Omar Lopez, CHST, Safety Resource Associates

Omar Lopez, CHST


Omar Lopez holds a Law degree from UTPL in Ecuador and a Business Administration Associates Degree from NOVA.

  • Certified Construction Safety & Health Technician
  • OSHA-10/30 Instructor
  • Certified First Aid Instructor
  • experienced Site and Work Zone Auditor and Trainer.
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Michelle Thompson, PhD

Dr. Michelle Thompson, Safety Resource Associates
Dr. Michelle Thompson, Safety Resource Associates

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Dr. Michelle Thompson



Michelle Thompson, PhD,  has more than 20 years experience as Occupational Therapist at VCU Medical Center.

Her specialties include:

  • Workplace accommodation
  • Return-to-work case management
  • Ergonomics.

Her expertise also includes:

  • PhD in Special Education
  • Lead Occupational Therapist
  • RPS Assistive Technology
  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental Disabilities (LEND)
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Chris Chapman, CIH

Chris Chapman, Safety Resource Associates, LLC
Chris Chapman, Safety Resource Associates, LLC

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Chris Chapman, CIH


Mr. Chapman is Director of Industrial Hygiene for ECS Mid-Atlantic.  His responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing industrial hygiene related projects across the company in the mid-Atlantic region.


Mr. Chapman has more than 35 years experience in a broad range of industrial hygiene and environmental/safety projects.


 As a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Mr. Chapman also serves as a resource in safety and industrial hygiene related issues for ECS in general.


Mr. Chapman performs all aspects of indoor air quality monitoring and evaluations including microbial assessments and remediation activity.


Other duties include performing and managing projects such as OSHA compliance surveys (for exposures to solvents, dusts, and noise) and development of recommendations for abatement of identified concerns.


Particular projects have included sampling and evaluation of various operations in both public and private sector facilities in the mid-Atlantic region involving Bioaerosols, air quality, noise, hazardous materials, welding, spray-painting, solvent manufacture/mixing, polishing/buffing, and recycling operations.


Other duties include performing ventilation assessments, expert witness testimony, and Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments.  Asbestos and lead services include building inspections for lead and asbestos, preparation of management plans for asbestos and lead, preparation of specifications and abatement plans for lead and asbestos removal projects, inspections and monitoring abatement contractors to ensure compliance with project specifications and applicable federal and state regulations, and final clearance testing to verify contractor’s completion of work.


• MS, Biomedical Engineering (Industrial Hygiene) Medical College of Virginia, 1996
• BS, Biology Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1988
• BS, Anthropology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1986


• Certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in Comprehensive Practice
• OSHA Health and Safety Training-29 CFR 1910.120
• OSHA Authorized Instructor – General Industry and Construction Industry
• Virginia Accredited/Licensed Asbestos Inspector and Management Planner
• Virginia Accredited/Licensed Asbestos Project Designer
• Virginia Accredited/Licensed Asbestos Project Monitor
• Virginia Accredited/Licensed Lead-Based Paint Inspector/Risk Assessor


1996-97  Participated as part of an exploratory committee for the University of Richmond in  Development of an Environmental Health and Safety undergraduate course program.
1996-97  President of Virginia Industrial Hygiene Council – Lobbying Group of the Virginia Local Section  chapters of the AIHA
1997-98 Participated as part of a focus group for the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University effort to establish a graduate Industrial Hygiene course Program.

 1998-2021  Member of a steering committee for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (VOSH) annual conference.

2008-2012  Appointed  by Gov. of Virginia  –  DPOR Board for Home Inspectors, Asbestos, Mold and Lead
2014 – 2019  Member of the IICRC S540  Consensus  Committee  – Trauma Scene Clean-up Standard
2013- 2016  President  – CVS-AIHA (local chapter)


1991  Presented a paper on Quality Improvement of Asbestos Abatement Projects at the Virginia Safety Association’s annual meeting (Norfolk).
1995  Served as Program Chair for Environmental Auditing at the Central Virginia AIHA Fall Seminar  (Richmond).
1995  Presented a joint paper on Environmental Concerns During Renovation Projects at the Virginia Association of Physical Plant Administrators annual meeting (UVA, Charlottesville).
1996  Published an article in Virginia’s Environment (magazine) on The Impact of the New OSHA Regulations on Asbestos to Building Owners.
1996  Participated as part of a panel during the Virginia Land Institute’s Seminar on Environmental Concerns in Real Estate (Richmond).
2000  Participated in the AIHA National Leadership Conference held in Arlington, Virginia.
2001 Presented a paper to the Homebuilders Association of Richmond (Remodelers Council and Restoration Committee) on Indoor Air Quality and Microbial Evaluation and Testing
2002  Presented a joint paper on microbial assessment and remediation at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Annual Conference in Roanoke, Virginia
2002  Panel member for an open discussion/presentation on Addressing Microbial Concerns During Restoration Projects – Homebuilders Association of Richmond  (Remodelers Council and Restoration Committee) meeting
2002  Presented Paper on Solving Indoor Air Quality Concerns at the Winter Meeting of the Virginia Community College System
2003  Conducted a joint presentation to the Richmond Bar Association on Mold and Litigation Concerns
2004  Presented a paper on Current Issues in Mold Abatement to the Southwest Virginia Waste    Management Association Annual Meeting
2005  Presented a paper on Solving Indoor Air Quality Problems to the Architect of the Capital – Washington D.C.
2010  Presentation to  Central Virginia Section of the American Society of Safety Engineers on Industrial Hygiene Sampling
2011  Co-presented  presentation at the EIA National Meeting in Savannah, “So You Have to Testify”
2012  Presented a Presentation to the Assurance Societies of Virginia (trade association of insurance groups) on mold
2013  Co-presented a paper at the EIA National Meeting in Washington DC on Problem Abatement Projects.
2014  Presenter – Apartment Safety Coalition Conference Chesterfield Virginia
2014  Presented Asbestos, LBP, and mold issues  in housing at AHMA Conference in Richmond Va
2014  Presented papers on H&S considerations on Meth Lab Clean-ups, and EHS Certifications at the 2014 VOSH Conf. Roanoke Va
2015  Presented a paper at the EIA National conference in Atlanta Ga on Exposure to heavy metals during Aircraft Hanger Clean-up.
2016  Presented paper on IICRC S-540 Trauma Scene Clean-up Standards at the 2016 VOSH Conf.
2017  Publication – Contributor and Consensus Committee   ANSI/IICRC S540 Trauma and Crime Scene Clean-up
2017  Presented Hazardous Materials at the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineer Conference Fredericks Virginia
2017  Presented Asbestos, LBP, and mold issues  at the PMA Maintenance Summit  in  Greenbelt Md
2017  Presented Overview of the new BSR*/IICRC S540  Trauma and Crime Scene Clean-up Standard at EIA National Conf. in Orlando Fla.
2018  Publication on asbestos misconceptions May 2018 issue of PMA magazine
2019  Overview of EHS certifications – 24th Annual VOSH Conference September 2019 Va Beach Va
2020  AGC Environmental Conf.  – co-presented Mold and Moisture concerns in new Construction July 2020
2020  Presentation Environmental Hazards for chapter meeting of
Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors Oct. 2020
2021  Overview of EHS certifications – Annual VOSH Conference March 2023 Va Beach Va