SafetyFOCUS 2022

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.

Jeanette Black, Ed.D., R.N., SPHR-SHRM-SCP

Jeanette Black is a senior manager of learning and new skilling at Accenture, with work focused on leadership and culture, psychological safety, and the reskilling of work environments. Black is the lead author of “The Human Factor to Profitability: Building a People-Centered Culture for Long-Term Success.” She is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 283, responsible for the ongoing development of ISO 45001.

  • The Intersection of Psychologically Healthy Workplaces and Total Worker Health®

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.

  • Great Leaders Don’t Solve Problems: Principles and Practices for Finding and Preventing Hidden Safety Problems
  • Strategies for Safety Excellence: Advancing Safety in Your Organization and Career

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.

  • The Importance of Perspective, Policy and Adapting Through Learning

Rosa Antonia Carrillo, MSOD

Rosa Antonia Carrillo, president of Carrillo and Associates, is a leadership culture expert whose work emphasizes trust and open communication. Carrillo is the author of “The Relationship Factor in Safety Leadership.” She has 25 years of international experience with clients in the oil and gas, mining, energy, biotech, manufacturing, financial services, education and government sectors.

  • Total Worker Health® Through Micro-Communication Practices

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
  • Implementing ISO 45001

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.

  • Risk Assessment and Management for Safety Professionals
  • Reaching a Higher Level of Safety Program Maturity

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

Charlie Halfen

Charlie Halfen provides risk management and risk control services and is dedicated to helping companies develop a safe driving workforce to reduce on-road liability. His primary focus areas are fleet safety and driver training for companies with on-road exposure. Halfen has spent more than 30 years working across the transportation industry to improve worker safety.

  • Creating a Safe Driving Workforce

Robert Hites, M.B.A., 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.

  • ASP Exam Prep

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 and Safety

Mei-Li Lin, Ph.D.

Mei-Li Lin is senior vice president of innovation and solution development at DEKRA. She leads a team to combine science, technology and insights to develop safety solutions for the future of work. Throughout her career, Lin has focused on integrating safety, health and sustainability goals into business strategy and she is passionate about human performance and well-being.

  • Total Worker Health® Through Micro-Communication Practices

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.

  • Math Review
  • CSP 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

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 Listening to Me?

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.

  • Lean Six Sigma Tools for Safety Professionals
  • Applied Ergonomics Risk Assessment


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®.

  • OSH Journey From Compliance to Total Worker Health®: How Do I Evolve My Role?

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.

  • Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability: Risks and Opportunities for Safety Professionals

Barry Spurlock J.D., CSP

Barry Spurlock is an associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University and a member-attorney with law firm Crump Spurlock. His entire professional career has been devoted to the safety profession, working in manufacturing, insurance loss control, law and academia.

  • Managing the Employment Law Risks of the Safety Profession
  • Great Leaders Don’t Solve Problems: Principles and Practices for Finding and Preventing Hidden Safety Problems

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
  • Gamification for Safety and Total Worker Health® Programs

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

Pam Walaski, MSW, CSP, FASSP

Pam Walaski is senior program director of Specialty Technical Consultants Inc., and an adjunct faculty member for both the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Safety Sciences Department and Central Washington University Safety and Health Management Program. Walaski has nearly 30 years of occupational safety and health experience and is an award-winning author and ASSP Fellow. She is a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the ISO/TC 283 Committee, responsible for the ongoing development of ISO 45001, as well as the ANSI/ASSP Z16 Committee.

  • Managing Risk Is More Than Risk Assessment
  • A Standards-Based Approach to OSH Performance Measurement

SafetyFOCUS is an immersion in safety education with industry leaders who cover a wide range of topics that will help you excel at keeping workers in your industry safe.

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