Safely Working From The Ground Up




I pulled all the concepts and guidance I developed with “The Safely Working Project” into the new book “Safely Working From The Ground Up.”  It is now available for purchase at the online stores listed below:





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©2017 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” and “Safely Working” are registered trademarks of Trailmarker Ltd.

The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace.  The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”


What is the “New View?”


There has been one constant throughout my career as an environmental safety and health professional:  Learning.  Every project, every challenge, every day offers something new to learn.  That constant keeps me engaged.

Recently, I started exploring the concepts and ideas represented by the “New View,” sometimes referred to as “Safety II” or “Safety Differently.”  What a satisfying adventure it has been.  It ties together many beliefs and concepts I have employed and elevates safety philosophy to a whole new level.  My exploration continues, but I have written a short paper on how I define the “New View.”

It has been posted on our The Safely Working Project web site.  Please read the paper and let me know what you think.

What is the New View?


GZI 25th Anniversary


While we had already been providing training services for several years, Shafer Environmental (now Trailmarker Ltd) formally established its training division, Ground Zero Instruction (GZI) in 1990.  This photograph was published in The Meadville Tribune along with a story in February 1990.  Dave Shafer is still conducting training courses under Trailmarker GZI.

Besides Bill and Ray, several other highly qualified instructors have been integral to the quality and effectiveness of our training including Larry Bonino, Dave Kummerlowe, Ron Weikal, and Karen Eglinton.  We are proud of our efforts and are appreciative of those that have worked and supported GZI through the years.

Still pushing “The Practical Approach” GZI offers a full range of hands-on and classroom training including HAZWOPER, permit-required confined space entry, hazard communication and GHS, respiratory protection and air monitoring instrument use.  Contact Dave Shafer for more information.

Anybody Remember the Buckets?

We’ve been using the small buckets in our field exercises for at least 25 years.  They have worked well as we can pack dozens and take them on the road.  Can’t do that with drums without a big truck.  Being small, they are a challenge to read for participants trying to characterize and map the site.  It’s easy to keep everyone busy during the exercise.

levelbexAnyway, this photo is from a HAZWOPER class we presented this week to a small group of environmental professionals.   The past 2 days was hands on with air packs, instruments and decon.  The participants were sharp and obviously came to get the most out of the training.

We’ve been presenting HAZWOPER training long before it got that nickname.  Our 40 hour course is made up of many topics as expected.  What makes our training different (and we believe better) is the way we bring everything together from topic to topic.  We make sure participants know why the information and skills are important and inter-related.  With group discussions and hands-on exercises information is applied and reinforced in a way that on-line training is incapable.

If your organization is evaluating sources of training for hazardous waste operations and emergency response to hazardous materials incidents please contact us about our programs.   While we have standard programs we make every effort to tailor the training around  your needs and requirements.  You can learn more about our Field Applications of Health and Safety Program here.


©2015 Trailmarker GZI and P.D. Shafer III CET, CHMM, CSHM

GZI is the Training Division of Trailmarker Ltd.  We are dedicated to useful and effective health and safety training.  For 25 years GZI has been presenting quality training for organizations across the country.  Our course list includes confined space entry, respiratory protection, hazard communication, air monitoring instrument use, emergency response, fall protection and other OSHA required training.

NESHTA 37th Annual Conference July 21

I will be speaking at the NESHTA 37th Annual Conference in Rochester, New York on July 21.  The title of my presentation is “Safe 6: Key to a Safely Working Environment.”  The NESHTA Conference is being conducted in association with the 2015 PETE Instructor Conference.  I’m looking forward to it.  Please come to my presentation if you will be attending the conference.



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