Ralph Blessing – Certification Director
Mr. Ralph Blessing served in many safety capacities around the globe following an illustrious military career in global security and safety. He earned his MS in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and a BS. in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. His additional safety and security certifications include NASP’s Licensed Safety Professional (LSP), Construction Quality Control Manager (US Army Corps of Engineers), Certificate in Behavior-Based Ergonomics (ISR Institute), Certification in Environmental Health and Safety Law (IRMI), and the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board’s Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CAS) and Certified Executive Protection Specialist (CEPS). For the last 11 years, Ralph has been a full-time Professor at Columbia Southern University, where he has authored four courses and published numerous papers. He is a National and International trainer/investigator in the TapRoot Root Cause Analysis process.
John Rawlings – Knowledge and Skills Committee Chair
Mr. John Rawlings has served in safety over the past 13 years after retiring from the Army as an Infantry Officer. He has had the privilege of working globally on a myriad of projects throughout his safety journey from high-rise construction, pharmaceutical, labs and clinics, hospitals, schools, theme parks, fuel depots, and environmental sites across the United States. John holds five BCSP credentials (Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), Safety Trained Supervisor (STS), Safety Management Specialist (SMS), and Certified Environmental Trainer (CET). He holds the Licensed Safety Professional (LSP) credential from NASP.
Brian Fuller – Knowledge and Skills Committee Vice Chair
Mr. Brian Fuller holds the position of Director of Safety and Health at KGPCo. He has over 15 years of experience in the Environmental Health and Safety field with expertise in telecommunications, construction, commercial diving, and crane industries. Brian holds many safety certifications such as Certified Safety Director (CSD), Certified Safety Manager (CSM) Trainer, Certified Chemical Safety Technician, Certified Rigging/Signaling Instructor, Certified Environmental Health and Safety Management Specialist, and Hazard Analysis Technician. Brian was honored with the title of Corporate Trainer of the Year by Crane and Rigging Hotline Magazine in October 2012.
Ralph Steven Brugueras – Item Writing Committee Chair
Mr. Ralph Steven Brugueras currently works as the Environmental Safety and Health Manager for PAE, National Security Solutions, and he boasts extensive international experience in safety management. His safety career began as a non-commissioned officer serving in forward-deployed combat zones where safety was key to every mission. Ralph’s commitment to safety has continued as he holds NASP’s Licensed Safety Professional (LSP), BCSP’s Associate Safety Professional (ASP), OSHA Authorized Instructor, and ISO 45001 Lead Auditor certifications. He has a BS in Occupational Safety and Health – Fire Safety and an MS in Occupational Safety and Health – Environmental Management.
Aaron J. Keyes – Item Writing Committee Vice Chair
Mr. Aaron J. Keyes has worked as an OHS consultant in construction and other industrial capacities since 2005. He has completed various training with the American Heart Association, the American Safety and Health Institute. Aaron is a Licensed Safety Professional (LSP) with NASP, boasting many other safety certifications such as Basic EMT, HAZWOPER, Swiftwater and Rope Rescue, and Multi-hazard Planning for Childcare. While Aaron continues to provide oversight in the safety field, he is also advancing his technical knowledge to pursue a Master of Occupational Safety and Health at Columbia Southern University.
Craig Bellew – Examination Committee Chair
Mr. Craig Bellew currently serves as Director, Corporate EHS for Airtek Construction. He is responsible for developing strategies to improve the company’s overall safety performance in its drive toward zero injuries. Craig is a NASP Certified Safety Manager (CSM) and holds several OTI certificates as well as Rigging and Signalman Instructor. Craig has 18 years of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) experience, having served in EHS and frontline management positions. He holds a BS degree from Valdosta State and is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Safety Council. He has extensive knowledge in Heavy Industrial Construction. In 2010 Craig was named to the NSC’s “Top 40 under 40” for up-and-coming Safety Professionals for his work on the Darling Downs Combined Cycle Power Project in Queensland, Australia.
Michael Anastasio – Examination Committee Vice Chair
Mr. Michael Anastasio is the Environmental, Health, and Safety Site Manager SUEZ WTS (formerly GE Water), Trevose, Pennsylvania. As an Environmental Health and Safety professional for 400+ employees and contractors, he transforms businesses and instills a work culture based on safety. Michael is a Licensed Safety Professional (LSP) and Authorized OSHA Trainer with experience writing and implementing EHS training documents and EHS programs. His focus is on employee safety, training, and company compliance while searching for new and innovative ways to promote safety and cut costs.
Michael holds a BS. Biology/ Minor in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and is working towards his MS Safety Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania to be completed in 2022.
His credentials include the Licensed Safety Professional (LSP), Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer, Certified HAZWOPER Trainer, Certified Forklift Trainer, and Confined Space Specialist.
Anthony Annibale – Appeals/Complaints Committee Chair
Mr. Anthony Annibale is an Authorized Instructor for OSHA Outreach Construction and General Industries Courses, and he is a member of NASP and associated with the US Department of Labor. He boasts over 30 years of manufacturing, warehousing, and construction experience, bringing valuable expertise to safety oversight and consulting. Anthony currently serves as a Safety Consultant with NCDPS’s Construction Apprenticeship Program, where he manages and administers safety programs for part of North Carolina’s largest state government agency. He is certified as a Certified Safety Manager (CSM) and Licensed Safety Professional (LSP).
Steve Winn – Appeals/Complaints Committee Vice Chair
Mr. Steve Winn is the Safety Director at Steel Encounters, Salt Lake City, Utah. He effectively and efficiently coordinates all workers’ compensation claims, including managing the care, treatment, and return to work for over 22 locations. Winn joined the United States Marine Corp in 1985, switched services in 1986 to the United States Air Force, becoming a USAF –Fire Fighter, and served in the United States Air Force Combat Veteran Gulf War 1991.
After finishing his enlistment in 1992, he remained in the Fire Service for over 32 years. After leaving Active Duty, Winn has worked for various Government Contractors to include EG&G, Halliburton, Fire Chief for Kandahar, Airfield (KAF) Afghanistan, ATK Emergency Manager, DynCorp Deputy Director Fire and Emergency Services for Southern Afghanistan, and the Fire Chief and EHS QA/QC Manager at the US Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan.
He holds a Bachelors of Fire Science and Safety in 2004 and obtained his MBA in 2006 from the University of Maryland, Texas A&M. His extensive list of credentials includes Fire Officer I, II, III, IV. Fire Instructor I, II, III. Fire Inspector I, II, III. Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Material Incident Commander, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Rescue Confined Space Incident Commander, Pump Operator/Instructor, National Fire Academy Emergency Response to Terrorism, ICS (100,200,300,400,700,800), OSHA 30, NASP Licensed Safety Professional (LSP) Certified Safety Manager (CSM), Certified Facility Security Officer, and Certified Emergency Medical Responder.
He is married with five children, three girls and two boys. They enjoy camping, skiing, movies, and anything outdoors. He and his boys enjoy working on cars when they have time.