Leading Safely™ | A HazTek Podcast

Leading Safely™ | A HazTek Podcast

Leading Safely™ | A HazTek Podcast is dedicated to engaging with our listeners through a diverse range of environmental, health, and safety topics. Podcast hosts Chris Bellina, HazTek’s logistics manager and Matt Clark, HazTek’s Operations Manager/Safety Professional, team up to tackle hot safety topics, interview experts in the safety industry, answer listener questions, and highlight opportunities for those in the safety field. The podcast is designed for all types of safety professionals, as well as for anyone interested in learning about safety in a new and interesting way. What makes Leading Safely™ | A HazTek Podcast unique is that our co-host Matt is a safety professional with years of in-the-field experience, while Chris, who is safety adjacent, does not have a safety background — together they both have compelling safety questions that we all want answered. It makes for a great dynamic and an interesting listen for people in the safety industry, people looking to get into the safety industry, and people who just want to learn more about safety in general. HazTek is a professional safety services organization that employs 300+ safety professionals across North America and throughout the world. New episodes of Leading Safely™ | A HazTek Podcast come out twice a month and listeners can send in their questions to podcast@haztekinc.com. Listeners can also visit our website to learn more at https://www.haztekinc.com.


November 15, 2023 34 mins

During this very informative episode, Herb Strong, HazTek’s Client Services Manager (and former OSHA compliance officer), discusses the steps that safety professionals should take when preparing for an OSHA inspection. He goes over the various types of OSHA violations — de minimus, other-than-serious, serious, and willful — and what companies can do to avoid these violations.

Herb has been working at HazTek for 12 years and has over...

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Steven Rank, Executive Director of Safety & Health for the Ironworkers International, joins Chris Bellina and Matt Clark on Episode 14. Steven has years of experience as an ironworker and is a member of Iron Workers Local #10 in Kansas City, Missouri. During the episode, Steven discusses the difference between safety standards vs. safety compliance directives. He explains that safety standards are written laws while safety comp...

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Patti Rubnitz, HazTek’s Senior Corporate Recruiter, joins Chris Bellina on Episode 13. During the episode, Patti discusses current HazTek career opportunities in the northeast region, the greater Virginia area, and the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. She explains what these open positions entail and what the requirements are for obtaining these jobs.

Patti and Chris also highlight the many advantages of working with HazTek, includi...

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David Myrick, Senior Director of Field Strategy & EHS for Cooper Electrical Construction Company joins Chris Bellina and Matt Clark on the latest episode of our podcast. David has worked for Cooper Electrical for 10 years and started at the company as the Senior Director for Corporate Safety before transitioning to his current role in May of 2022. During this episode, David discusses the skilled worker shortage in the construct...

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During the episode, Kris and our team talk about the correlation between workplace injuries and emotional well-being. If workers are not feeling their best, they will not work at their best — leaving them at risk for getting hurt. Additionally, Kris offers tips that everyone can follow to stay proactive against workplace injuries. She also discusses how workers can prevent on-the-job injuries and how construction workers should thi...

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Matt Joens is a client executive for MākuSafe, a safety technology company formed by a powerful team of software, hardware, and data engineers. During the episode, Matt and our HazTek hosts discuss how digital technology has significantly advanced the functions and expectations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and how beneficial it is for construction workers and safety professionals to include wearable technology in their ki...

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August 28, 2023 13 mins

Chris Bellina is solo today for a special mini episode of our podcast. In honor of Back to School month, Chris goes over school safety tips for children and parents.  He provides transportation advice, general tips, and cautionary tales for students based on his own experiences as both a child and parent. So, whether your child rides the bus, bikes, or walks to school —  or, if he or she is in the classroom or out on the playground...

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Laynnea Myles, Assistant Vice President of Environmental, Health, and Safety at L’Oréal, joins Chris Bellina and Matt Clark on this episode. Laynnea is an EHS professional who motivates, energizes, and empowers people to shift their mindset from EHS being viewed as a priority to it being viewed as a value. During the episode, Laynnea explains “felt leadership” and how it helps every worker, from top to bottom. She discusses the man...

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Jim Ellis, a Senior Global Executive with over 40 years of global leadership experience, joins Chris Bellina and Matt Clark on the podcast. Jim is an industry expert for engineering and data centers who started his company, J Ellis Consulting Enterprises LLC, in 2022 and works as an Executive Associate Principal Consultant at HazTek. Prior to joining HazTek, Ellis spent 33 years at DuPont in various executive and strategic roles, a...

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Fred Miller is the Vice Present of Business Development for Cyber Sciences, a company that provides precision time synchronization and event recording instrumentation for electrical systems. Fred brings insight about this exciting technology and informs our listeners on how extremely helpful it is for critical facilities. By using this device, the facility workers can know exactly what happened during a power outage — and what they...

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HazTek’s Ray Stupienski joins Chris Bellina and Matt Clark to discuss safety in youth sports — both physically and emotionally. They talk about who should be coaching youth sports and tips for parents with children playing sports. Ray brings his first-hand experience and insight to the conversation, giving listeners valuable advice to make youth sports safer.

 Ray joined HazTek as the National Strategic Accounts Operations Manager i...

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Andy Pero, Account Executive for Orion Talent, joins Matt and Chris on this podcast episode to discuss military members transitioning into civilian careers. Andy brings insight into the process that veterans go through to start a new career out of the military. They also discuss resources that current or former military members can utilize if they are thinking about making this transition, and how Orion can help. Orion Talent is a ...

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Robert Smith, Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety at Prime Data Centers joins Matt and Chris on this podcast episode to discuss the importance of making a human connection in the safety and construction industry. Robert talks about his experience working in safety and how making connections with the people on project sites can enhance the overall safety culture of any organization.

Listeners can send in their safety questi...

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In the pilot episode of Leading Safely™ | A HazTek Podcast, co-hosts Matt Clark and Chris Bellina introduce themselves, HazTek, and Leading Safely™ — while detailing what listeners can expect from future episodes. In addition, Matt and Chris discuss hot safety topics and provide an overview of the kinds of industry experts we will be meeting along the way.  

Listeners can send in their safety questions for future podcasts to podcast...

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Alex Willis, CEO of Leadership Surge, joins Matt and Chris to discuss Diversity & Inclusion in the construction industry — as well as in other working environments. Alex brings a new perspective that challenges how people currently view diversity. He also provides insight on how workers can expand their mindsets to make work environments even more inclusive and fulfilling for everyone. 

Listeners can send in their safety questio...

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