Presentation Title

The Safety Committee Certification Process

About the Presentation

This Panel Discussion will take you through the state requirements for the certification of a workplace safety committee as well as take you through the entire certification process such as submitting your application(s) (initial & renewal), the HandS System, and the Audit process from both the Workers’ Compensation perspective and the employer perspective.


Stephen Pakosh, Health and Safety Training Specialist,
Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Presenter Biography

As a Training Specialist for the Health and Safety Division of the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Stephen (Steve) Pakosh is responsible for developing and conducting a wide and varied range of educational safety related courses to the general public and various members of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp regulated community.  Steve has over thirty-eigh years experience as a safety, health, environmental, and training professional.  During his career he has worked for the health care, manufacturing, insurance, and service industries, as well as having been a contracted safety and health professional for the Federal Government.  In addition, Steve has over forty years experience as both a career and volunteer fire fighter, including many years as a Training Officer.  Steve has an Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council, is an instructor for the National Safety Council’s four-hour Defensive Driving Course, and is a past President of the Lancaster County Industrial Safety Council.


Barbara White, Reviewing Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry

Presenter Biography

As a Reviewing Specialist in the Certification and Education Section of the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Barbara is responsible for reviewing applications submitted for workplace safety committee certification. Barbara has 3 years of experience working for the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in the Claims Upload Unit and with the Health & Safety Division.  Before recently returning to her home state of Pennsylvania, Barbara worked at Arkansas State University-Beebe in Admissions, the Registrar’s Office and for the Math & Science Division. She is an Air Force Veteran.  Barbara is completing her Associate of Science degree in Health Care Management at Harrisbugh Area Community College (HACC). 

Jeffrey Burd , Accident and Illness Preventiona Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry  
Presenter Biography

As an Accident & Illness Prevention Analyst for the Health and Safety Division of the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, Jeff Burd is responsible for Audit accident and illness prevention programs and services provided by insurance carriers, group self-insurance funds and self-insured employers. Review reports to determine the adequacy of accident and illness prevention program services. Conduct on-site audits. Determine compliance of certified workplace safety committees. Provide technical assistance on relevant regulations and guidelines. Prepare detailed reports and correspondence to document findings of audits. for the Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp regulated community. He is involved with interagency and statewide health and safety initiatives including the Governor’s Award for Safety Excellence.

Jeff has 22 years of experience as a Health and Safety professional with 2 years as an Accident & Illness Prevention Analyst, 2 years as a Safety Training Specialist at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 3 years providing consultative advice and support as a Safety and Industrial professional, as well as 15 years as an Environmental, Health, & Safety Coordinator.

In particular, Jeff has worked extensively to evaluate manufacturing and service operations using various risk assessment models to identify hazards and ensure that all necessary regulatory H&S requirements and best practices are being met.  He has organized and coordinated special safety awareness events to raise safety awareness at work, at home, and in the community. He is also a volunteer Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician in his community.

Robert G. Shields, PE, LEED AP, Safety Director, R.S. Mowery & Sons, Inc.  
Presenter Biography

Colonel(R) Robert G. Shields served in the Army for 27 years, commanding an engineer battalion in the first Gulf War and an Engineer Brigade in the deployment to Bosnia. He is a graduate of Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the nation, and the University of Vermont with a bachelor's degree and a masters degree in civil engineering. He is also a graduate of Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

Bob joined R.S. Mowery & Sons as the Safety Director in 2005. In addition to Safety Duties, he is a LEED AP and coordinates the company's LEED project participation and has served as a construction project manager.

Bob has 12 years of experience in construction safety.

He serves on the GOSH Conference Committee and the ABC Safety Committee.