Bryan Haywood, M.S.
Founder & CEO

Bryan Haywood has over 25 years of experience in the chemical process safety and emergency response fields.  He began his career as a fire fighter/EMT while attending Murray State University, where he obtained his BS in Occupational Safety and Health.  Bryan has received his Masters in Safety Engineering in 1996.

During his career, Bryan developed, implemented, and managed safety management systems for five Fortune 500 companies that were required to comply with OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and EPA’s Risk Management Plan Rule.  Four of these management systems achieved OSHA VPP status and, as a consultant, he played a major role at an additional nine sites obtaining VPP designation.  As a safety professional in the chemical and semiconductor industries, he held positions ranging from Safety Engineer to Corporate Safety and Health Manager with Westvaco, Great Lakes Chemical, General Electric Plastics, BFGoodrich Specialty Chemicals, and SUMCO Phoenix Corporation.

Bryan focuses his safety efforts in the Chemical Process Safety arena, where he has extensive experience in:

  • Developing and implementing overall PSM/RMP management systems
  • Facilitating Process Hazards Analyses (PHA)
  • Developing and implementing Mechanical Integrity Programs
  • Developing and implementing Operating Procedures
  • Developing and implementing Safe Work Practices (Hot Work, Permit-Required Confined Spaces, Line Break-Process Opening, Permit-to-Work Systems, Energy Control (LOTO), etc.)
  • Developing and implementing Incident Investigation procedures and assisting with critical investigations as a subject matter expert
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response 
  • Auditing
  • Expert on RAGAGEPs (NFPA, ASME, API, IIAR, ASHRAE, ANSI, Chlorine Institute, International Fire Code(s), NBIC, and dozens more.

Bryan also has extensive experience with Emergency Preparedness and Response (Industrial Fire Brigades, HAZMAT, Confined Space and High-Angle Rescue, Transportation Emergency Response), hazardous materials management, fixed fire and foam protection systems, flammable liquids and gases (FLAGs), and combustible dusts.  Bryan has obtained over 6,000 hours of technical training in Industrial Firefighting, Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue (Confined Space, Trench, High-Angle), and Incident Command from recognized training organizations such as Texas A&M’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute,  U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy, The Security and Emergency Response Training Center, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nonproliferation Test and Evaluation Complex.  Bryan shares his two decades of emergency response experiences, in both private industry and public sector fire service, with approximately 500 students each year in the SAFTENG emergency response training courses taught around the world.

Bryan now runs his world renowned and award winning safety website ( and consulting business ( LLC), providing safety consulting services around the world. The website receives over three million visits a year from an ever growing list of who’s who in the safety profession. Over 100 companies/organizations sponsor the website with Corporate Memberships so that safety professionals and management teams within their organizations will have access to his library of real-life safety photos, safety and health training presentations, safe work procedures, the Daily Incident Alerts, and over 2,000 articles offering safety compliance advice and risk management protocols. In all, more than 20,000 safety professionals in more than 70 countries around the world, as well as regulatory agencies such as Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), United Kingdom's Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Australia's Work Safe Victoria, British Columbia’s WORKSAFE, and many other government agencies around the world utilize the works of Bryan on a daily basis.

Bryan is an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati's College of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Fire Science Program, where he teaches Safety Management and Emergency Management courses.  Bryan has also been the "Process Safety" instructor for the American Society of Safety Engineers for the past several years, teaching pre/post conference courses and SeminarFest courses.


Bryan's work has been featured in several books and publications, including:

  • Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures, Third Edition, American Institute of Chemical Engineers—Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), 2008
  • Hazards of Nitrogen Asphyxiation, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), 2003, Hazard Investigation Safety Bulletin No. 2003-10-B
  • Lockout/Tagout in Process Heating, March 2003
  • The Safety Professional's Role: In Support of Industrial Facilities Operations and Maintenance (O&M), December 2013, by Edward Tokarski
  • Chemical Process Safety, Learning from Case Histories, Fourth Edition, August 2015, by Roy E. Sanders
  • Implementing Process Safety Management for Ammonia Refrigeration, Second Edition, Garden City Ammonia Program
  • FINAL REPORT: Williams Olefins Case StudyU.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), 2016
  • ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Safety Bulletin, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), 2017

Click on the Testimonial tab to see what clients and former employers say about Bryan's safety knowledge, abilities, and passion for protecting workers.


Senior Safety Engineer
Assistant Area Director (retired)
OSHA Cincinnati Area Office, Region V

Dennis has over 39 years experience in the safety field, having worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 1972 until 2006.  In his time with OSHA, Dennis spent 25 years as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) and 8 years as the Assistant Area Director of the Cincinnati Area Office – Region V.   As the Assistant Area Director of the Cincinnati Area Office, Dennis had first level supervisory responsibilities over the CSHO’s in the discharge of their duties, as well as conducting compliance inspections for Region V.  Dennis also was directly involved in the following areas as the A.D.:

  • Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) assessments and approving certifications
  • Targeted Inspection Programs
  • Team Leader on over 70 fatality investigations and participated in hundreds more
  • Lead Informal Conferences with employers
  • Negotiated settlement agreements with employers
  • Team Leader on Chemical Special Emphasis Inspection Program in Region V
  • Team Leader on Petro Chemical Special Emphasis Inspection Program in Region V

As a CSHO for 25 years, Dennis conducted over 1,500 of wall-to-wall OSHA compliance audits, as well as OSHA’s targeted inspections and investigated employee safety and health complaints.

Over his 34 years with OSHA, Dennis became an OSHA resource for all regions in the general industry standards and their applicability to all types of work environments. Although Dennis has expertise in all general industry compliance matters, Dennis’s true expertise lies in Lockout/Tagout, Confined Spaces, Machine Guarding, Emergency Egress, Fire Protection, and Flammable Liquids.

Over his 39-year career, Dennis graduated from Miami University with BS in History & Political Science and went on to complete Graduate Programs in Environmental Health & Safety Management at the University of Cincinnati.  Dennis also attended numerous training courses through OSHA and in the civilian sector.

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