Safety First Training - Safety & Environmental Consulting
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  • Practice "Safety First" Today

    It may be too late tomorrow

  • Call Us

    1 (518) 774-8257

  • Safetyfirsttrainingny@gmail.com

Since the mid 1990’s, Tom Poquette has been responsible for managing the safety and environmental affairs of several industrial facilities, from start-up operations to established fortune 500 companies.

His career started in New Mexico, managing safety and environmental compliance at a foam manufacturer that supplied automobile manufacturers. As the company’s first safety professional, he was able to transform four existing programs into a full set of safety and environmental programs along with accompanying training modules. Tom devised a job specific safety and environmental system to comply with a QS 9000 quality standard that strengthened employee safety knowledge, and reduced the number of accidents.

In 2001 he began working for a large wall board manufacturing company that had high injury rates, poor quality, environmental issues and poor employee morale. The facility was losing money and the company was seriously considering closing the New York operation. Tom executed an action plan that reduced the OSHA incident rate by 65% over a two-year period, and established a new plant record of 460 days without a lost-time accident. He was also instrumental with renegotiating an environmental consent order with the New York State Department of Conservation allowing the facility to become compliant and increasing the flexibility in their operations. During his tenure the number of injuries dropped, safety milestones were achieved, quality improved and within a few years the company invested $90M for a plant expansion.

And It all started with safety

In 2006 Tom moved to a start-up solar cell company in the New York Capital region. He was able to implement a full set of safety and environmental programs before the company relocated to California one year later.

In 2007 he transitioned into a regional position with a major paint manufacturer. Responsibilities included safety, environmental and security oversight for the manufacturing, warehouse, and office locations. Tom established employee engagement programs that reduced OSHA injury rate from 9.6 to 0.7 in 4 years.  He also directed efforts to reduce waste costs 80% in a two-year period and implemented a recycling program that reduced landfill costs by 50%. Many of the outdated environmental, health and safety programs were updated with site specific information and site specific training modules were designed and presented to employees. Programs and tools developed were shared with other facilities, and became company best practices.

In 2016 Safety First Training, LLC  was formed to assist businesses with safety and environmental compliance. Tom is a certified safety and environmental professional with over 20 years experience who understands regulatory constraints in the business world. A compliant, injury-free work place creates a positive culture, reduces turnover, and increases profit to the bottom line.