SafetyFOCUS 2023

Learn from Industry Experts

As leaders in their fields, ASSP approved instructors are the best of the best. We carefully review and confirm their credentials, experience, and teaching abilities to bring you the most up to date education available in the safety industry. Check out our list of instructors who bring relevant real-world experiences to support your education.

Earl Blair, Ed.D., CSP, FASSP

Earl Blair is an adjunct professor of safety management at Indiana University Bloomington, with research covering safety culture, leadership and employee engagement. Blair’s experience includes years of industrial safety management, consulting and training throughout the U.S. and internationally. He is an award-winning author and ASSP Fellow.

  • Building Employee Engagement for a Strong Safety Culture

James Boretti, CSP

James Boretti is president and CEO of Boretti Inc., a professional consulting firm supporting the design, development and implementation of workplace safety and health solutions. He is a former regional vice president of Region I, former president of the Central Valley and Orange County Chapters, and has served on ASSP’s Council on Professional Affairs. Boretti is a recipient of the Society President’s Award for Continual Leadership and Mentoring, and two Culbertson Awards for Volunteerism.

  • Professional Ethics For the Safety Leader
  • Corporate Safety Management

Wyatt Bradbury, M.Eng., CSP, CHST, CIT

Wyatt Bradbury is a senior HSE advisor for Hitachi Rail and an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Bradbury has experience with aquatic and recreation risk management, safety management systems, electrical construction, powerline safety, rail safety and safety consulting. He has served on ASSP’s Nominations and Elections Committee and Governance Task Force.

  • Forging Your Replacement: Developing the Next Generation Safety Leader
  • Professional Ethics for the Safety Leader
  • Developing Your Next-Generation Leadership Star

Cynthia Braun, CSP, CHMM, CIT

Cynthia Braun is president of Braun Safety Associates LLC. She has nearly 30 years of safety and health experience, and provides consulting and training on safety management systems, OSHA compliance, industrial hygiene, incident investigations, and risk management. Braun serves clients in manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, food and beverage, retail, government, and other industries.

  • Measuring Safety Culture
  • Technical Writing For the Safety Professional

Georgia Bryce-Hutchinson, M.S., MSEE, LMFT, CPLC

Georgia Bryce-Hutchinson is a corporate mental health trainer and consultant at Building Families According to Pattern LLC. She works in a private practice setting with professional clients seeking to effectively manage and/or mitigate stress; foster mental, emotional and relational wellness; and sustain a balanced lifestyle. Bryce-Hutchinson is a speaker and an educator on mental health and wellness and actively engages organizations and communities to promote mental health awareness.

  • The Self of the Safety Professional: Promoting Personal Wellness

Ken Clayman, M.S., SMS, PMP

Ken Clayman, senior lead technical specialist at Booz Allen Hamilton, has spent more than 35 years working with organizations around the world to develop and apply innovative management approaches. Clayman advocates for management systems that support safety culture and continual performance improvement. He is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 283, responsible for the ongoing development of ISO 45001.

  • Internal OHSMS Auditing Using ISO 45001

Kevin Denis

Kevin Denis is principal consultant with Work at Height LLC and Chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z359.2 Subcommittee. He has 30 years of experience working with fall protection manufacturers, employers and engineering companies. Denis is past chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z359.15 and Z359.7 Subcommittees.

  • Managed Fall Protection

Gabe Encarnacion

Gabe Encarnacion is vice president at Bennett-Bowen Lighthouse. He specializes in business strategy and development, organizational behavior, and financial management. Encarnacion is a member of the Long Beach, California and Los Angeles chapters.

Gabe Encarnacion is vice president at Bennett-Bowen Lighthouse. He specializes in business strategy and development, organizational behavior, and financial management. Encarnacion is a member of the Long Beach, California and Los Angeles chapters.

  • Developing Your Next-Generation Leadership Star

Paul Esposito, M.H.S., CSP, CIH

Paul Esposito, president of STAR Consultants Inc., has led occupational safety and health consulting organizations for more than 30 years, giving him a breadth of experience working with leading companies worldwide. Esposito is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 262, responsible for the ongoing development of ISO 31000, a global standard on risk management and assessment. He is also a member of the ANSI/ASSP Z16 Committee developing standards on safety and health metrics and performance measures. He is an experienced presenter and author.

  • Bow-Tie Analysis
  • Risk Based Incident Analysis
  • Safety Through Accountability and Recognition: An Approach to Succeed at Management Commitment and Worker Engagement

Sam Gualardo, M.A., CSP, FASSP

Sam Gualardo is a nationally recognized expert in occupational safety and health management. His LeadSAFE safety/risk management process is used by organizations around the world. A past president and Fellow of ASSP, Gualardo routinely testifies as an expert witness in workplace injury cases.

  • Safety Management I
  • Safety Management II
  • Beyond Safety: Diagnosing and Treating Barriers to Safety Performance Excellence
  • Creating Line Management Safety Leadership

Mark Hansen, M.S., P.E., CSP, CPEA, FASSP

Mark Hansen is ALDPI safety officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a past president of ASSP with more than 30 years of domestic and international experience in occupational safety and health. Hansen has written three books — including “Climbing the Corporate Ladder — Safely!” — and hundreds of articles.

  • Putting Servant Leadership Into Practice
  • Business Strategies For the Safety Executive

Todd Hohn, CSP

Todd Hohn, CSP, is vice president of environment, health and safety qualifications at ONE Gas. He is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of the team that supports safety, health, environmental and operational improvement for the organization.

  • Leveraging HOP to Operationalize Serious Injury & Fatality Prevention

Daniel Hopwood, M.P.H., CSP, SMS, ARM

Daniel Hopwood is a vice president and risk control leader at Sompo International, and has spent more than 40 years assisting organizations in assessing their overall risk profile and identifying risk management strategies. As a long-time manager and transition planning advocate, he has seen firsthand the importance of developing talent and ensuring future generations of safety professionals are prepared to overcome challenges. Hopwood is a Charles V. Culbertson Award recipient and has been an active member for many years, serving as assistant regional vice president and vice president in Region I, and in numerous other Society positions.

  • Forging Your Replacement: Developing the Next-Generation Safety Leader

Jim Howe, CSP

Jim Howe is the president of Safety Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in management systems and the application of systems thinking to safety and health. He is past chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z10 Committee and a leadership team member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 283, which publishes ISO 45001, the international standard for occupational safety and health management systems. Howe has been a member of ANSI committees on machinery safeguarding, lockout, robot safety and risk assessment.

  • Implementing an ANSI/ASSP Z10 Management System Based on Systems Thinking

Jay Jamali, CSP, CHMM, CHCM

Jay Jamali is safety director at Enviro Safetech, a California-based safety and health consulting company. He is a confined space assessment, entry, rescue and training expert. Jamali has been a member since 1980 and is the former president of the San Jose Chapter.

  • Confined Space Assessment, Entry and Rescue

Patrick Karol, CSP, SMS, CIT

Patrick Karol started his career as a front-line supervisor with safety as a collateral duty, and now he advises senior leaders on strategies to reduce risk as president of Karol Safety Consulting Inc. His experience includes more than 20 years in the corporate safety departments of two Fortune 200 companies and the federal government. Karol is a past president of the Philadelphia Chapter and former keystone area director for Region VIII.

  • Selling Safety in Your Organization
  • Math Review
  • CSP Exam Prep

Delaney King, M.Ed.

Delaney King, owner of Preventative Measures Ltd., is passionate and enthusiastic about writing curriculum, content and training material for a purpose. She is a facilitator and instructor who works with people, teams and corporations to develop and deliver specialized curriculum and training. King has more than 10 years of experience as an instructor and trainer working with adults in all types of environments and workspaces.

  • Thanks For the Feedback: Effective Communication in a Changing World

Jonathan Klane, M.Ed., CSP, CIH, CIT

Jonathan Klane is senior safety editor for Lab Manager Magazine. He specializes in the use of narrative and storytelling. Klane is a member of the ANSI/ASSP Z490 Committee and Z409.1 Subcommittee.

  • How to Write and Tell Effective and Powerful Stories

Thomas Kramer, P.E., CSP

Thomas Kramer, managing principal for LJB Inc., is a safety consultant and structural engineer who specializes in the assessment and design of fall protection systems as well as fall protection program development and training. A member since 2000, Kramer has served ASSP in numerous roles and is currently on the Finance Committee. He is Chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z359 Committee and President of the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP).

  • Effective Fall Protection Programs

Richard Lindsey, CSP, SMS

Richard Lindsey is a partner at Nito Solutions LLC. Lindsey has more than 25 years of experience with a wide range of industries and safety, security and compliance subjects. He has provided independent safety consulting services for more than 10 years, with a significant portion of that work related to training at all employee levels.

  • ASP Exam Prep

C. Gary Lopez, M.S., CSP, FASSP

C. Gary Lopez is president of Risky Biz Services. His courses are based on the 45 years he has spent in safety, primarily in the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical device and construction industries. Lopez is an ASSP Fellow and a recipient of the National Safety Council’s Distinguished Service to Safety award, among other honors.

  • ANSI/ASSP Z16: Safety Metrics for the Modern Safety Professional
  • Managing Risk, Not Safety

Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT

Regina McMichael is president of The Learning Factory Inc. and has more than 30 years of experience in safety and health education, training, communication, and leadership, working with the construction, insurance, aerospace, automotive, and service industries. She is known as "The Safety Training Ninja,” and has authored a book by the same name. McMichael serves as an Ambassador and Board Director for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

  • Qualified EHS Trainer Workshop

David Musgrave, M.S.

David Musgrave is vice president of human performance and well-being with DEKRA, leading its Working at Well-Being™ solution that aims to help leaders and teams foster well-being for self and others. In this role, Musgrave consults with companies globally to help them improve worker safety and well-being and better demonstrate value for their workers. He holds an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University.

  • Fostering Well-Being Skills for Safety Leaders: Going Beyond "Are You OK?"

Tim Page-Bottorff, M.S., CSP, CIT

Tim Page-Bottorff Is an executive advisor and senior consultant with SafeStart; founder and principal of Total Safety Compliance; and a member of ASSP’s Board of Directors. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor at the UC San Diego Extension and served for two years as a lecturer at Central Washington University, where he earned an M.S. in Safety and Health Management. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and frequent speaker at industry events on topics such as humor in safety, increasing human performance and preventing and managing human error, Page-Bottorff is the author of “The Core of Four” and was named ASSP’s Safety Professional of the Year in 2018.

  • Using A Different Lens in Your Safety Management System

Steven Pereira, M.S., CSP

Steven Pereira is a consultant with more than 40 years of safety and loss prevention experience. Pereira has trained more than 8,000 individuals in pretask safety planning and hazard recognition, evaluation and control. He has helped numerous clients and law firms respond to catastrophic incidents involving regulatory and law enforcement agency visits as well as whistleblower complaints.

  • CHST Exam Prep

Georgi Popov, Ph.D., CSP, QEP, ARM

Georgi Popov is a professor in the School of Geoscience, Physics and Safety (GPS) Sciences at the University of Central Missouri. Popov is Chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z590.3 Prevention Through Design Committee and Vice Chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 262, responsible for the ongoing development of ISO 31000. He is an award-winning author and frequent instructor/presenter for ASSP.

  • Risk Assessment & Management for Safety Professionals
  • Prevention Through Design


Eldeen Pozniak is director of Pozniak Safety Associates Inc., consulting with organizations and government agencies help them create, implement and measure employee health and wellness, safety management systems, safety programs and strategies, and organizational culture. Pozniak has extensive knowledge of and success in applying management of change and change leadership principles to help her clients lower hazard and risk levels, reduce injury and loss, and achieve positive safety culture changes. She is currently enrolled in a program to earn an E.M.B.A. in global leadership and is the Government Affairs Chair for ASSP’s Global Operations Practice Specialty.

  • The Safety Superpower: Influence!
  • Are You Speaking the Right Language? Multicultural Consideration for Safety and Training

Steve Roberts, Ph.D.

Steve Roberts is a co-founder and senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions, a firm that specializes in person- based safety, human error reduction, human and organizational performance, and safety culture and leadership development. His areas of expertise include the design, implementation and evaluation of behavior- and people-based safety processes; the assessment of organizational culture to guide safety interventions; and increasing employee involvement in safety activities. He holds an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied/Experimental Psychology from Virginia Tech.

  • People-Based Safety: The Human Dynamics of Achieving an Injury-Free Workplace


Deborah Roy is president of SafeTech Consultants Inc. and was the corporate director of health, safety and wellness at L.L.Bean for 12 years. Roy was ASSP’s 2021-22 president. She is an expert on risk, safety management systems and Total Worker Health®.

  • Becoming an Effective Independent Consultant
  • Preventing Injuries: Applying the Total Worker Health™ Model
  • Confronting Business Dilemmas in OSH Consulting

Lawrence Schulze, Ph.D., P.E., CPE

Lawrence Schulze is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Houston, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses about engineering economy with a focus on practical application. During his 30-year career in the safety and ergonomics fields, he has focused on preventing musculoskeletal disorders, and identifying practical ergonomics and accommodation opportunities in the workplace and at home. Schulze holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is the professional development chair for ASSP’s Ergonomics Practice Specialty and a member of the Engineering Practice Specialty Advisory Committee.

  • Business Economics for Safety Professionals

Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CFIOSH, EurOSHM, FASSP

Kathy Seabrook, CEO of Global Solutions Inc., works with organizations across industries to leverage workplace safety and health for operational and commercial excellence. Seabrook is a published author, member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 283, responsible for the ongoing development of ISO 45001, a member of the ANSI/ASSP Z10 Committee and member of the Global Reporting Initiative 403 OHS standard working group. She is a past president of ASSP, and a Fellow of ASSP and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

  • Managing Safety and Health
  • Implementing a Safety and Health Management System
  • International Standards and Legal Requirements

Fran Sehn, M.S., CSP, ARM

Fran Sehn is principal consultant for FxS Risk and Safety Consulting and a former administrator of ASSP’s Risk Management Practice Specialty. Sehn authored a chapter on the cost benefit for training, including in the first two editions of “The Safety Professionals Handbook,” and he is coordinating the risk management section and authoring a chapter on risk reduction for the third edition. Sehn is a frequent presenter at industry events; a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee (TC) 262 (risk management) and TC 283 (occupational health and safety management systems); a former president of ASSP’s Western Pennsylvania Chapter; and a member of the Society’s new Advisory Group.

  • Deploying OSH Management Systems for Risk Reduction and Injury Prevention

Daniel Snyder, Ed.D., CSP, CHST, CIT

Daniel Snyder is a safety scientist, owner and founder of research-based consultancy Safety Mentor. Snyder is also a professional speaker and published author whose works include the SPAN exam study workbooks and the ethics chapter in ASSP’s “Consultants Business Development Guide.” Snyder is a member of ASSP's Board of Directors; chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 Committee that addresses occupational safety and health training; and a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 283 responsible for the ISO 45001 standard on occupational health and safety management systems.

  • Qualified EHS Trainer Workshop

Peter Sturm, E.M.B.A., CRSP, CHSC

Peter Sturm is president/CEO of STURM Consulting Inc. and co-author of ASSP’s “Accident Investigation Techniques – Best Practices for Examining Workplace Incidents, Third Edition” which explains how to organize, gather and analyze incident data, and reviews reporting, recommendations and follow-up actions. Sturm teaches courses on safety and incident investigations at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, University of Fredericton and George Brown College. His volunteer leadership positions include serving as chair of the committee responsible for the CSA Z1005 Incident Investigation Standard; as a past president of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering; and as a director of Minerva Canada.

  • Accident Investigation Techniques: Best Practices for examining Workplace Incidents

Linda Tapp, M.S., CSP, ALCM, CPTD

Linda Tapp, president of SafetyFUNdamentals, is an award-winning occupational safety professional with more than 30 years of experience. She is the author of seven books about safety training, including “Make Your Safety Training Stick: Improve Retention and Get Better Results,” published by ASSP. Thousands of safety professionals around the world have learned how to make their safety training more effective through her workshops, online courses, books and newsletters.

  • Sell What You Know: Build Your Brand and Make Money Doing It

Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., OHST, EMT-P

Dennis Terpin is chief training officer with The International Safety and Health Specialists LLC, a consulting firm he formed after retiring from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a senior industrial hygienist, emergency manager and administrator of its respiratory protection program. In that role, his areas of responsibility included the university hospital, all research and fit-testing activities, and the campus EMT, police and facilities management and emergency response teams. Terpin is a certified master instructor for FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, delivering respiratory protection training related to chemical, ordnance, biological and radiological hazards at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

  • Mandatory Respiratory Protection Program Requirements for Law Enforcement
  • Mandatory Respiratory Program Administrator: Professional Level [29 CFR 1910.134(c)(3)]

Joel Tietjens, CSP, CSHM, FASSP

Joel Tietjens is president of T-JENS & T-JENS INC., based in Houston. He is a professional speaker, seminar leader and occupational safety and health management consultant. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Missouri and is an ASSP Fellow.

  • Influential Leadership Skills
  • Advanced Safety Management Methods

Vic Toy, M.P.H., CSP, CIH, FAIHA

Vic Toy is principal consultant with Insyst OHS LLC and chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to Technical Committee 283 responsible for the ISO 45001 standard on occupational health and safety management systems. Toy is a frequent speaker and author/contributor to industry publications such as the “Handbook of Occupational Health and Safety,” “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene” and “Patty’s Industrial Hygiene,” as well as to industry journals such as Professional Safety and The Synergist. Toy is past vice chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z10 Accredited Standards Committee, and he is the recipient of the ASSP President’s Award and the Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal for his work on safety and health management system standards.

  • Implementing ISO 45001

Cary Usrey

Cary Usrey is vice president of operations for SafetyStratus, an enterprise EHS software that helps organizations in academia, healthcare, construction, manufacturing and general industry leverage technology to drive continuous improvement. His career spans more than 30 years, including serving in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program and holding safety-related positions in the utility, construction and software development industries. Usrey holds an Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Safety and Health Technology from Trinidad State Junior College, and he is a frequent speaker at industry events hosted by group such as ASSP, AIHA and the Voluntary Protection Program Participants’ Association.

  • The Safety Observation Blueprint
  • Leveraging HOP to Operationalize Serious Injury and Fatality Prevention

Kevin Weaver, M.S., CHMM, CEA, REPA

Kevin Weaver is executive director of EHS strategy at U.S. Compliance Corporation, an environmental, health and safety consulting firm that provides services to manufacturing, industrial, distribution and automotive companies throughout North America. Over the past 25 years, Weaver has addressed a wide range of environmental and safety regulatory issues, including OSHA and EPA concerns, chemical releases, fatalities and follow-up inspections, and he has developed and delivered training on a wide range of topics related to the environment, safety and sustainability. In addition, he helps organizations incorporate management systems and implement effective sustainability and culture initiatives.

  • Solving the “S” in ESG: The Role of the EHS Professional

Wesley Wheeler, SMS

Wesley Wheeler is director of safety for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and has served on the NECA Codes and Standards Committee for the last 13 years. A certified electrical contractor in the state of Florida with 40 years of electrical safety experience, Wheeler is a member of OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. He is also a qualified OSHA construction outreach instructor and has helped the Electrical Training Alliance develop OSHA-related courses, textbooks and workbooks.

  • Creating and Maintaining an Effective Employer Safety Program for Construction

Paul Zoubek, CSP, CIH, CESCP

Paul Zoubek is president of Zoubek Consulting LLC. The safety engineering consulting firm services manufacturing, research and development and utility companies, providing expertise in assessing risks related to electrical safety, machine safeguarding and hazardous energy control program development, as well as auditing, training, safety engineering, hazardous materials and industrial hygiene. Zoubek holds a B.S. in Environmental Health with an industrial hygiene concentration, from Illinois State University.

  • Electrical Safety I: Basic Principle & Engineering Controls
  • Electrical Safety II: Electrical Safe Work Practices with Application of NFPA 70E (2021 Edition)
  • Principles of Machine Safeguarding: A Risk Based Focus on ANSI B11 Standards

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