FREE Machine Guarding Training

Oct 11, 2018

  • November 29, 2018
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Georgia Tech is providing FREE training on machine guarding hazards encountered by manufacturing workers. This full-day course will highlight machine guarding hazards and solutions, plus lockout/tagout (LOTO) hazards found in manufacturing facilities. This training is funded by a Susan Harwood Grant from the Department of Labor.


  • Machine Guarding
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Case Studies
  • Abrasive Wheel Machinery (Grinders)
  • Mechanical Power Presses



Master of Science, Management, 1993 Florida Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Health, 1987 East Tennessee State University

Employment History 

Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000-Senior Research Scientist
State of Florida, Department of Labor, 1994-2000 Senior Safety and Health Program Development Analyst
E. G. & G. Florida, 1990-1994 Environmental/Industrial Hygiene Specialist
Lee Wan and Associates, 1989-1990 Industrial Hygienist

Experience Summary 

Thomas has an extensive background in machine guarding by through teaching courses with the GA TECH OTIEC and performing safety surveys. He currently performs safety surveys that include machine guarding hazard assessments to identify and provide hazard abatement recommendations. He is the machine guarding course co-director and teaches numerous machine guarding topics at GA TECH.

Thomas has previously been a Principle Investigator (PI) of two Susan Harwood grants and performed some work under an Ergonomics Harwood grant for the poultry industry. Thomas was the Principle Investigator of the Susan Harwood Grant, Electrical Safety-Arc Flash Blast Protection for Maintenance Operations. Under the grant Thomas either taught all or portions of electrical safety course for managers and workers. During the active grant period, 58 courses were taught over 21 months in 22 states. As a part of this grant, he performed training session for American Meatpacking Association.

Thomas was also the PI and the main instructor for the Poultry/Meatpacking Ergo & Safety Susan Harwood Grant. Under this grant he taught machine guarding and hazardous energy control for 22 courses in 12 states.

Thomas has a broad range of experience working as an industrial hygienist and safety consultant in general industry, construction, and maritime. As a consultant, he has worked frequently with the poultry and meatpacking industry. He performed surveys at poultry processing plants meatpacking companies, and the poultry laboratory network in Georgia. In his past experience as an industrial hygienist, he assisted in the identification, evaluation, and control of worker exposure to harmful chemical agents. He also assisted with the design of engineering controls and the development of safe work practices to protect workers from hazardous chemicals at high tech facilities, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Kennedy Space Center.

Thomas is presently a safety consultant that provides services to construction, maritime and general industry, such as: hazard identification, evaluation of safety and health management systems, providing assistance with the development of OSHA mandated procedures, evaluating hazards and providing feedback on correcting hazards.

Thomas is also a faculty member of the OSHA Training Institute Education Center at Georgia Tech. He is the course chairman of the NFPA 70E course, electrical safety course, safety management, construction safety standards course, and co-director of the machine guarding course.

As part of the program he evaluates the work practices, training, safety management systems, and assess hazards on the sites. He also has disaster site experience at the World Trade Center in New York, New York and the Gulf Coast. Much of his time was spent on the site identifying potential hazards related to the clean up and making recommendations to eliminate hazards.

Registrations, Certifications, and Professional Affiliations 

Certified Safety Professional, Board of Certified Safety Professionals, 1997-Present
Professional Member, American Society of Safety Engineers, 1997-Present
Construction Authorized Trainer, GT OTI, Atlanta, GA, 2013
General Industry Authorized Trainer, GT OTI, 2011 Maritime Authorized Trainer, USF OTI, 2015

Conference Participation 

American Meatpacking Association, Speaker 2010
National Poultry Safety Conference, Speaker, 2006, 2007, 2009 International Processing & Production Expo, Speaker 2017 and 2018
Georgia Department of Labor, SHE Conference, Speaker, 2004-2005, 2009, and 2018

Class will be held at the Missoula Fire Dept, Station #4. Registration starts at 8:00 AM and the class runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

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