Academically, my studies have primarily involved the discipline of psychology despite the fact that my predominant career path has involved occupational health and safety. Many have questioned why I chose formal education in psychology and, simply put, it’s because I believe health and safety to be “people” problems. Getting employees and organizations to think about safety and implement safer work practices definitively encapsulates psychological principles and theory. From a multidisciplinary approach, I attempt to describe, predict, and explain occupational health and safety problems using the foundation of my academic acumen.
Utilizing the principles of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Mr. Wesaw has effectively and efficiently provided occupational safety and health consultations to a wide array of corporate clients. The scope of work has included workers’ compensation, regulatory citation assistance, risk management, legal research, training, and contracts. Consulting experience entails the oil & gas, construction, and transportation industries ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Aside from professional consults, Mr. Wesaw has engaged numerous teaching and speaking assignments at various high schools and colleges where communication and discussion merged theory with application. Career endeavors exhibit experience and success in non-profit and profit corporations, academia, and consulting.
Teaching and instructing on the principles of health and safety is probably one of the more enjoyable types of work that I do. If I taught other subjects, which I can of course, the end results might not have the same high impact. That is, teaching people about safety is important because I am able to convey information that may prevent death or serious injury.
However, there are by nature many challenges in conducting safety and health courses. Some classes are mandatory, so we get participants who are “imprisoned” and wish to be doing other work. Other times, people just have a bad attitude regarding safety and health, which permeates the classroom setting. My ultimate goal in teaching involves conveyance of practical and useful information in the most meaningful way. This can be a tough proposition, but the end rewards are always worth it.
Participants in my classes can expect real world scenarios that apply to their job or vocation. This is how I attempt to convey meaning and value. I also have to outline important regulatory requirements, but do not quote the law verbatim whenever this can be avoided or limited. Rather, I attempt explain the spirit of the law and what must be done to comply in order to increase understanding and to promote greater awareness.
Training and education is utilized as an instrument to promote and grow people through understanding and critical thinking skills. My primary aim is to connect the element of education to real world problems. As I impart information in the classroom and online, my overall goal is to spread awareness, increase safety and health initiatives, and to help people develop professionally. I have been fortunate enough to teach for many years now and will continue to implement my teaching philosophy as I grow and evolve.
PhD Candidate, Business Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (exp. June 2018)
Comprehensive Exams Passed, All But Dissertation (ABD)
Dissertation: The effect of labor unions’ social identity on OSHA enforcement.
Masters of Arts, Forensic Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2010
Thesis: The Competition of Modern Ethical Obligations and Decision Making
Bachelors of Arts, Psychology, Columbia College of Missouri, 2008
Thesis: A 100 Year Projection: Psychology and the Future
Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
Board of Certified Safety Professionals Certificate #24444
West Virginia University, OSHA 503, Morgantown, West Virginia, August 2017
Rochester Institute of Technology, OSHA 7602, Rochester, New York, December 2015
Keene State College, OSHA 5400, Keene, New Hampshire, May 2015
West Virginia University, OSHA 502, Morgantown, West Virginia, May 2014
Purdue University, Principles of Lean, West Lafayette, Indiana, November 2013
Keene State College, OSHA 5410, Keene, New Hampshire, October 2013
Purdue University, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, West Lafayette, Indiana, September 2013
Red Rocks Community College, OSHA 503, Lakewood, Colorado, August 2013
Rochester Institute of Technology, OSHA 7600, Rochester, New York, January 2012
Red Rocks Community College, OSHA 500, Lakewood, Colorado, April 2010
Red Rocks Community College, OSHA 510, Lakewood, Colorado, April 2010
Red Rocks Community College, OSHA 501, Lakewood, Colorado, August 2009
University of South Florida, OSHA 511, August 2009
Northwest College, Yellowstone Master Teacher Seminar, Powell, WY, October 2009
Colorado Mountain College, IMPACT, Rifle, Colorado, August 2009
American Red Cross, Fundamentals of Instructor Training, Cheyenne, WY, April 2009
Air Traffic Control Specialist School, U.S. Navy, Pensacola, Florida, February 2002
Nuclear Power School, U.S. Navy, Charleston, South Carolina, September 2001
Nuclear Field Mechanics School, U.S. Navy, Charleston, South Carolina, February 2001
National Safety Council, Defensive Driving DDC-4 Instructor
American Red Cross, CPR, First Aid, & Bloodborne Pathogens Instructor
OSHA Authorized General Industry Outreach Instructor
OSHA Authorized Construction Outreach Instructor
OSHA Authorized Maritime Outreach Instructor
OSHA Authorized Disaster Site Outreach Instructor
Qualified HAZWOPER Course Instructor
NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials First Responder, Operations Level
EnCANA Oil & Gas, Inc. Authorized “EnCOSHA 20” Instructor