Over the past five years, Jim led a corporate team of 28 people while providing budget and program oversight. This involved driving safety processes including public safety, contractor safety, prevention through design,and safety program development, including regulatory and behavioral safety from stages of innovation to implementation and sustainability. During prior roles, Jim was the subject matter expert for Behavioral Safety & Leadership programs, as well as development and quality of Safety Leadership programs. Additional roles included providing expertise in system safety development and oversight in lockout and design safety and controls technology.
- Led a team that developed the company’s Risk Reduction Model and the related Safety Management System, including the related program auditing processes. This road map of the Company’s safety processes has helped optimize operational investments related to safety by 35%.
- Achieved an annual Incident Rate of less than 1.0, sustained for the last 3 years, with a reduction in Life Altering Injuries & Fatalities from 11 in one year to their first year ever fatality-free six years later.
- Has long been a champion of technology and design to drive SIF exposure down to elimination, starting with some of the original GPS technology in transportation to safety controls technology in the manufacturing environment.
- Conceived and implemented the company’s Contractor Safety & Prequalification Program. This Contractor Safety Program became the benchmark program in the industry segment and was cited by the Campbell Institute as best practice.
- This Risk Reduction model helped the company achieve the first perfect score for its industry segment in the EHS – Responsible Care Management System audit and was rated in the top 5% to 10% for all companies. The road map of safety processes was specifically noted for success.
- Worked extensively with management and union teams (including the UAW, IAM, and Teamsters) to achieve joint Safety & Health program goals and initiatives while reducing regulatory penalties and participated in contract negotiations with 11 different unions.
- Jim helped author the new ANSI Z244 revision to Hazardous Energy Control (Lockout-Tagout) and sits on several ANSI & ISO committees including, ANSI Standards Committees (Z244 – Lockout, Z590.3 – Prevention Thru Design, Z590.2 – Safety Professional) and ISO 45001 Standard Committee – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
- Jim understands the aspect of emergency response and management having personally responded to 7 fatalities over his career and being trained at the NTSB, the AAR Transportation Test Center on Hazardous Materials Response, as well as in the National Incident Management System.
- Jim is a respected coach with experience at all levels and roles, as well as having a highly engaging approach to speaking, whether individually or to large audiences.
- His experience is extensive and knows what it takes to design and sustain performance in a manner that can eliminate exposure to serious injury and fatalities. He and his teams have a track record of achieving excellence. He was a member of one corporate Team that won the National Safety Council’s Green Cross for Safety award and was an integral part of another corporate team that was their industry segment’s first-ever, member accepted into the prestigious Campbell Institute.
- Jim has an Associate Degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Safety, and a Master of Science in Industrial Management. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and an active member in several EHS organizations, including National Safety Council (NSC), Campbell Institute, and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)