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Bryan McWhorter

Bryan McWhorter is a safety professional with eight years of experience in driving and teaching safety. Bryan gained his knowledge and experience as the safety officer and Senior Trainer for Philips Lighting. Philips is a strong health and well-being company that promotes a safety first culture.

Bryan was involved in creating a successful safety culture in a Philips Lighting factory of approximately 500 employees, the results being a 50% reduction on OSHA recordable accidents in the first year. This continued to improve each following year Bryan was in charge of safety. Bryans’ responsibilities included providing and tracking needed safety training, performing hazard assessments and all accident investigations.

Bryan helped initiate a system allowing employees to submit safety projects and work on them with support as needed. Since that time in 2009, over 2500 safety projects have been completed.

He conducted extremely affective weekly safety team meetings that engaged employees throughout the organization, both hourly and salary. Bryans training programs covered such topics as

  • Lock Out Tag Out
  • Hazzard Assessment
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Powered Lift Truck Safety
  • Accident Investigation
  • Behavioral Safety
  • Confines Space
  • Much, much more

Bryan has spoken on safety in such locations as:

  • China
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Ireland
  • Aruba

Bryan’s practical experience gives him a unique perspective on what works and what does not. For more information, please refer to Bryan’s Linkdin profile.

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Articles by Bryan McWhorter


Face-to-Face Safety: The Right Way to Build a Safety Culture Face-to-Face Safety: The Right Way to Build a Safety Culture Face-to-Face Safety: The Right Way to Build a Safety Culture Face-to-Face Safety: The Right Way to Build a Safety Culture


Before you walk the safety talk, you have to have the actual talk. Learn about face-to-face communication and its role in building a safety...

Where Are the Safety Heroes? Where Are the Safety Heroes? Where Are the Safety Heroes? Where Are the Safety Heroes?


Contribute to Safeopedia by sharing with us the safety heroes you know. Let's amplify their story for the benefit of all workers

Three Levels of Safety: The Safety Pattern Three Levels of Safety: The Safety Pattern Three Levels of Safety: The Safety Pattern Three Levels of Safety: The Safety Pattern


An employee's overall safety can be broken down into three different levels. Find out more about the importance of emotional, professional,...

Benefits of Expedited EHS Reporting Benefits of Expedited EHS Reporting Benefits of Expedited EHS Reporting Benefits of Expedited EHS Reporting


With the help of mobile and handheld technology, EHS reporting can happen almost instantly. Learn about the benefits of expedited EHS...

The Journey to Zero! The Journey to Zero! The Journey to Zero! The Journey to Zero!


An accident rate of zero can be achieved with a little cooperation and communication. Learn how you can implement a safety program to get...

Safety and the Broken Window Theory Safety and the Broken Window Theory Safety and the Broken Window Theory Safety and the Broken Window Theory


Safety buy-in can be a difficult thing to achieve. Learn how to enforce safety rules while gaining the buy-in of employees

Safety Incentives and Awards: Do They Help? Safety Incentives and Awards: Do They Help? Safety Incentives and Awards: Do They Help? Safety Incentives and Awards: Do They Help?


If we establish a safety culture, but don’t celebrate safety milestones, the culture will most likely fail. Bryan McWhorter discusses the...

Why is Safety a Bad Word? Why is Safety a Bad Word? Why is Safety a Bad Word? Why is Safety a Bad Word?


Safety can be viewed in the same vain as people starving in a third world country, if we don’t talk about it… I don’t have to feel guilty...

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer


Carbon monoxide poisoning is a major cause of concern when it comes to personal safety. Learn how to protect yourself and your family...

Five Leading Electrical Hazards and How to Avoid Them Five Leading Electrical Hazards and How to Avoid Them Five Leading Electrical Hazards and How to Avoid Them Five Leading Electrical Hazards and How to Avoid Them


Bryan McWhorter discusses the top 5 electrical hazards, and offers advice on how to avoid these hazards

Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention: Slips, Trips and Falls


Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of injury both in the working world and at home. Learn what you can do to prevent these...

Is Your Desk Job Killing You? Is Your Desk Job Killing You? Is Your Desk Job Killing You? Is Your Desk Job Killing You?


Sitting has been declared the new smoking. Find out how sitting for extended periods of time is negatively affecting your health and what...

AEDs in the Workplace AEDs in the Workplace AEDs in the Workplace AEDs in the Workplace


AEDs can dramatically change the outcome of sudden cardiac arrest. Learn how an AED can benefit your employees and how easily they can be...

Accident Investigation 101 Accident Investigation 101 Accident Investigation 101 Accident Investigation 101


Bryan McWhorter shares his experience with accident investigation and provides an outline of the process. Download his easy-to-use accident...

Safety Meetings and Why You Need Them Safety Meetings and Why You Need Them Safety Meetings and Why You Need Them Safety Meetings and Why You Need Them


Bryan McWhorter explains why safety meetings are essential for both employees and employers. Check out his tips for effective safety...

Fault Tree Analysis Fault Tree Analysis Fault Tree Analysis Fault Tree Analysis


Accidents are never a good thing, but they can be used as learning moments. Using a Fault Tree Analysis can help to uncover what went wrong...

Sleep Deprivation and Worker Safety Sleep Deprivation and Worker Safety Sleep Deprivation and Worker Safety Sleep Deprivation and Worker Safety


Sleep deprivation and fatigue are top contenders when it comes to causes of accidents due to worker error. Learn why getting enough sleep...

Hazards vs Danger: Do You Know the Difference? Hazards vs Danger: Do You Know the Difference? Hazards vs Danger: Do You Know the Difference? Hazards vs Danger: Do You Know the Difference?


Hazards and danger are not the same, but they have an important relationship. Knowing the difference will help you improve your safety...

How to Create a Safety First Culture How to Create a Safety First Culture How to Create a Safety First Culture How to Create a Safety First Culture


Learn from established safety professional Bryan McWhorter the necessities of creating a safety first culture

No One Gets Hurt on Purpose No One Gets Hurt on Purpose No One Gets Hurt on Purpose No One Gets Hurt on Purpose


Learn about what motivates employees, and use this information to create an effective safety culture

The Moral Safety Compass The Moral Safety Compass The Moral Safety Compass The Moral Safety Compass


Being safe is easier said than done. Next time you make a decision regarding safety, ask yourself whether you would let your children...

Q&A by Bryan McWhorter


Video Q&A - Where are our safety heroes? Video Q&A - Where are our safety heroes? Video Q&A - Where are our safety heroes? Video Q&A - Where are our safety heroes?


Hi, Bryan McWhorter here with Safeopedia. We want to recognize these individuals and help highlight them as the role models they are. We...

Video Q&A - What's your safety network like? Video Q&A - What's your safety network like? Video Q&A - What's your safety network like? Video Q&A - What's your safety network like?


I want to ask you a question: What's your safety network like? Most of us don't like going it alone with any endeavor, especially when it...

Video Q&A - What are the 3 levels of safety? Video Q&A - What are the 3 levels of safety? Video Q&A - What are the 3 levels of safety? Video Q&A - What are the 3 levels of safety?


Hi, Bryan McWhorter here for Safeopedia. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a pattern that we could follow for safety, to help keep employees...

Video Q&A - How do you treat a near miss? Video Q&A - How do you treat a near miss? Video Q&A - How do you treat a near miss? Video Q&A - How do you treat a near miss?


As safety professionals, we may spend a lot of our time trying to uncover unsafe conditions and unsafe behaviors, and that's the whole...

Why do workers take risks? Why do workers take risks? Why do workers take risks? Why do workers take risks?


What a great question I’ve actually talked with a lot of executive, managers, people in leadership roles about this very question. Why do...

What Are Examples of PPE When Working With Asbestos? What Are Examples of PPE When Working With Asbestos? What Are Examples of PPE When Working With Asbestos? What Are Examples of PPE When Working With Asbestos?


For all listed classifications respirators and protective clothing is required. The employer must provide these. Respirator filters must be...

Are there different types of asbestos work? Are there different types of asbestos work? Are there different types of asbestos work? Are there different types of asbestos work?


Yes. OSHA rates asbestos work in classes(Levels)one through four. Asbestos work classifications: The OSHA standard establishes a...

What Is the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for Asbestos? What Is the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for Asbestos? What Is the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for Asbestos? What Is the Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for Asbestos?


The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) recommended exposure limit for asbestos is: Time weighted average: 0...

What is the difference between a lost time injury and a disabling injury? What is the difference between a lost time injury and a disabling injury? What is the difference between a lost time injury and a disabling injury? What is the difference between a lost time injury and a disabling injury?


A disabling injury is denoted by severity; in that it directly impacts the ability of an employee to perform their normal work tasks,...

What Is the Difference Between OHSAS 18001 and 18002? What Is the Difference Between OHSAS 18001 and 18002? What Is the Difference Between OHSAS 18001 and 18002? What Is the Difference Between OHSAS 18001 and 18002?


OHSAS 18000 is an international occupational health and safety management system specification. It consists of two parts: OHSAS 18001 and...

What is the difference between occupational health and safety and workplace health and safety? What is the difference between occupational health and safety and workplace health and safety? What is the difference between occupational health and safety and workplace health and safety? What is the difference between occupational health and safety and workplace health and safety?


One simple way to understand the difference between occupational health and safety and workplace health and safety is to think of...

What is the difference between occupational health and occupational safety? What is the difference between occupational health and occupational safety? What is the difference between occupational health and occupational safety? What is the difference between occupational health and occupational safety?


Most government agencies that monitor worker safety look at all work related health and safety data, including recorded injuries and...