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Safety Talks #16 - Mask Safety: Vetting Your Distributors and Suppliers!

By Tamara Parris
Published: May 29, 2020 | Last updated: November 4, 2021 03:38:35
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How do you know your PPE and safety products are safe? Join us as we discuss the importance of knowing and vetting our safety product vendors.

In episode 16 of Safety Talks Burk Shaw, Lisa Nash and Cary Usrey discuss the importance of vetting and getting to know our distributors or suppliers to ensure we are keeping our workforce safe. During the purchasing process of PPE and safety equipment, it is important to confirm what you are purchasing is safe and that you can TRUST your safety product purchaser. Listen in as we dive deep into an interesting conversation that covers various, diverse views on these topics.

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Burk Shaw is the President of goSafe, located in La Porte, TX. Burk has over 30 years of experience in the safety industry. He joined goSafe in 1990 after graduating from Stephen F. Austin University with B.B.A. in Finance & Economics. He currently serves as Chairman of board for Safety Network, Industrial Safety Advisory Board member for Sam Houston State University and the Board for of the Texas Safety Foundation, which provides scholarships to students entering the safety field. Burk lives in Houston, is married to his wife Talbott; has four children. He enjoys golf and spending time with family and friends on the weekend. Show Mentioned Resources and more!

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Lisa Nash is Senior Vice President of the Strategic Alliance Program with Thomas Scientific, the third largest, fastest growing distributor of laboratory supplies, chemicals, safety and equipment in the United States.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Northwood University and a Master’s of Science Degree in Management from Walsh College. She has been recognized as a top sales leader, most notably with her focus and expertise on strategic account development. Lisa has a passion for helping others and believes that developing strong relationships, both in business and personally, is the key to success.

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Cary Usrey is the Vice President of Operations at SafetyStratus, an Enterprise EHS Software Solutions Platform.

Cary started his career in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program in 1988. After leaving the Navy, he served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Director at Adirondack Resource Recovery Associates, a waste-to-energy power plant in upstate New York, where he was employed for over twelve years. In 2004, Cary took a position with Turner Construction, where he served as the Business Unit Safety Director for the upstate New York office for three years. From there, Cary served as the Manager of Professional Services at a software company for almost thirteen years. Cary has completed his Associates Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado.

Cary has served for six years on the Board of Directors for the VPPPA (Region II) – two years as a Director-at-Large and four years as the Vice Chairperson. Cary has been a member of the ASSE since 1997. He served many years as an officer of the Central FL chapter. He has published many safety articles for various industry publications and is an active speaker for safety industry organizations such as ASSE, National Safety Council and the Voluntary Protection Program Participant’s Association (VPPPA). Received the VPP Outreach Award (2005) from the VPPPA. Served as a Special Government Employee (SGE) in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program, conducting evaluation audits with the OSHA team.

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Tamara Parris is the VP of Community and Business Development at Safeopedia, and owner of EHS Professionals Group on LinkedIn. Her passion is working with other EHS Professionals to collaborate in thought leadership, networking and connecting our industry peers to resources that will increase profitability and safety practices within their workplaces. Tamara has been in the Health and Safety field for over 20 years, her industry experiences include the Construction sector, CCTV and Security, and Commercial Retail industries.

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