SafetyFOCUS 2024

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.

  • Strategies For Safety Excellence: Advancing Safety in Your Organization and Career

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.

  • Corporate Safety Management
  • Establish Your Place in the C-Suite

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

Morris Brent

Morris Brent is the owner of BrainFiyer’s Active Assailant Defense Program and an adjunct instructor at the College of DuPage's Suburban Law Enforcement Academy. He has taught emergency response preparedness for more than 30 years. With a passion for empowering people and saving lives, he has led training programs on military vessels and bases, in hospitals, residential facilities, schools, and other businesses.

  • Active Shooter Preparedness: Understanding the Neural Processing of Danger

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.

  • Navigating Work in Safety When Gender Dynamics and Mental Health Collide
  • Taking Care of You: Mental Health, Well-Being and the Safety Professional

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

Scott DeBow, CSP, ARM

Scott DeBow, principal of risk, safety and sustainability at Avetta, has 20 years of progressive leadership experience in occupational safety and health. As a safety professional in nontraditional employment settings, he has helped some of the world's largest employers through safety maturity development, safety management system implementation, and serious injury and fatality intervention methods. DeBow is the author of “Safety Management Systems in a Joint-Employer Environment” and vice president of ASSP’s Georgia Chapter.

  • Safety Management Systems for Joint-Employer Environments

Hector M. Escarcega, M.S., CSP, ARM

Hector Escarcega is president of Bilingual Solutions International, a training and risk management consulting firm in Los Angeles. He provides bilingual OSHA/safety consulting and delivers training and presentations on risk management to general industry and construction clients. Escarcega also provides consulting and training to help organizations address diversity, equity and inclusion. He holds an M.S. in industrial hygiene and has been a frequent presenter/instructor at ASSP education events.

  • High-Impact Training and Presentation Techniques
  • Mental Health, Harassment and Workplace Safety

Paul Esposito, 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.

  • Conforming With ANSI/ASSP Z16.1: Creating a Balanced Set of Metrics
  • Risk-Based Incident Investigation
  • Safety Through Accountability and Recognition: An Approach to Succeed at Management Commitment and Worker Engagement

Gary Garrahan, CSP, CHMM, CMSE

Gary Garrahan is senior manager of environment, health and safety for The Wonderful Company, a grower, harvester, bottler, packager and marketer of fruits, nuts, flowers, water, wines and juices. Prior to this, he gained more than 30 years’ experience in plastics, compact disc and power tool manufacturing. Garrahan is a professional member of ASSP’s Bakersfield Chapter.

  • Machine Safety Risk Assessment and Job Hazard Analysis

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.

  • Human Factors for the Safety Professional

Robert Harding, CHST

Robert Harding, safety director at DesCor Builders, began his career as a firefighter and EMT. For more than 11 years, he has leveraged those unique experiences in the construction industry, earning program acknowledgment from OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program for Construction (VPPC) and Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).

  • Heeding the Call: Why Safety Is More Than a Job

Robert Hites, CSP, CIT, SMS, CHST

Robert Hites is the founder/CEO of Forethought Consulting and managing partner of Nito Solutions. He is an accomplished professional specializing in advanced problem-solving. He partners with stakeholders to unravel complex issues, identify triggering factors, develop strategies and translate those into operational actions.

  • Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Exam Preparation

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.

  • Analytics: A New Approach to Health & Safety
  • Beyond Compliance: A Healthier Workplace Is a Safer Workplace

Marilyn Hubner, Ph.D.

Marilyn Hubner is a managing director at Build Up Research, OHS body of knowledge manager at the Australian Institute of Health and Safety, and occupational safety and health training faculty member at the University of Fredericton in Canada. She has worked in safety education for more than 15 years, presenting courses across Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and North America. Hubner is a member of ASSP’s Leadership Conference Committee and the membership chair of its Training and Communications Practice Specialty.

  • Mastering Effective Safety Training: Strategies and Techniques for Success

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

Joy Jacobsen, M.S., CSP, CIH, CRSP, EP

Joy Jacobsen is an industrial hygienist at Amsted Rail. She is the former chair of AIHA’s Women in Industrial Hygiene Committee and has contributed to the organization’s programming around diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • We Can Fight Bias

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.

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Exam Preparation

James ‘Skipper’ Kendrick, CSP, CIT, FASSP

Skipper Kendrick is president of Global Enterprises LLC. He has extensive experience in safety, management, education and training. As a safety strategist, Kendrick provides effective, innovative, team-oriented consultation that results in continual performance improvement. He holds a B.S. in industrial technology from Louisiana State University.

  • Safety Management I
  • Safety Management II

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
  • Learn How to Persuade Based on Science and Research

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.

  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP) Exam Preparation
  • Math Review for Certification Exams

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

Bruce Lyon, P.E., CSP, ARM, SMS, CHMM, FASSP

Bruce Lyon, vice president of risk management services at Brown and Brown Inc., has more than 40 years of experience in risk assessment, safety management systems and ergonomics. He has authored dozens of articles, books and technical publications including co-writing “Risk Assessment: A Practical Guide to Assessing Operational Risks” that is a required text in many safety degree programs.

Lyon is chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to TC 262 for the ISO 31000 risk management standards, vice chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z590.3 Prevention Through Design Committee, and has been the advisory board chair for the Occupational Risk and Safety Sciences department at the University of Central Missouri since 1999.

  • Risk Assessment and Management for Safety Professionals

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.

  • Don’t Get Stuck! Sharpen Your Influence Skills and Optimize Career Navigation

Barry Nelson

Barry Nelson is the CEO of FactorLab where he has supported the assessment of more than 350,000 pre-task planning videos over the past four years. Applying the latest artificial intelligence and natural language processing methods, his organization works directly with leaders to understand the pre-task planning process and make it more impactful. Nelson has been an ASSP member for more than 20 years and has spoken at local and national events.

  • Improve Your Pre-Task Planning in 30 Days or Less!

Camille Oakes, M.Eng., CSP, OHST, SMS, CIT

Camille Oakes is president of Better Safety. Oakes has more than 15 years of experience helping companies create better training, culture and business practices. She combines a safety engineering education with practical experience to teach safety professionals how to reduce risk.

  • Communicating for Action: Is Anyone Even Listening?

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.

  • Smooth Operator: Soft Skills for Safety Professionals

Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D.

Chuck Pettinger, safety science officer at FactorLab, has spent 30 years coaching organizational leaders and helping them create environments that foster high-impact conversations. He believes these conversations not only enhance safety by promoting better engagement, but also contribute to making organizational cultures more effective, efficient and profitable. He has presented at ASSP’s Safety Conference and Expo and has shared his research at the chapter level.

  • Improve Your Pre-Task Planning in 30 Days or Less!

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

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 and is an ASSP Fellow.

  • Applied Ergonomics Risk Assessment
  • 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.

  • Making Safety Stick
  • Safety Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: How Smart Are You?
  • The Safety Superpower: Influence!

Christina Roll, M.S., CSP, CIH

Christina Roll, casualty risk consultant with AXA XL, has more than 20 years of experience in occupational safety and health and helps clients across many industries to identify and mitigate risks. Her areas of expertise include office and industrial ergonomics, industrial hygiene, government regulation compliance, safety and occupational health training, and workplace risk assessments. Roll currently serves as ASSP’s Region IV vice president and is a past administrator of its Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Common Interest Group and member of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

  • We Can Fight Bias

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.

  • Human Factors for the Safety Professional

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.

  • The Fundamentals of ESG and Sustainability

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.

  • Ethics for OSH Professionals
  • Measuring Safety Cultural Maturity
  • Qualified Safety Trainer Workshop

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.

  • Make Your Safety Training Stick: Improve Retention and Get Better Results

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.

  • Creating, Implementing and Sustaining Respiratory Protection Programs in Healthcare

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

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.

  • NFPA 70E Policies, Procedures and Programs for Electrical and Mechanical Contractors

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 (2024 Edition)
  • Principles of Machine Safeguarding: A Risk Based Focus on ANSI B11 Standards

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