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Gary Kukal, CHSP

Safety Professional - Gary Kukal, CHSP

Mr. Kukal delivers high impact safety presentations that the audience can’t forget! Using a multimedia blend of professional experience, humor and common sense, Gary’s presentations magically motivate people to be more aware of workplace hazards. By fine tuning hazard recognition skills, his presentations help people find ways to improve safety on and off the job. Mr. Kukal served as Curriculum Designer/Trainer for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Safety Training team conducting operations in the Gulf Coast region as part of the Federal Response efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. NIEHS was activated with the National Response Plan to provide safety training to Federal workers in coordination with OSHA.

Kukal is also working under a Department of Homeland Security Agro-Terrorism Grant to provide train the trainer seminars in Arkansas for responders who may be mobilized the in event of an agricultural disease outbreak for large animals.

Professional Consultant

Gary Kukal instructing a class

Providing customized environmental health and safety programs for both private and public organizations, Kukal has worked with a variety of companies to improve safety performance at every level. As a consultant, he has assisted companies with improving safety and health programs, prepare for OSHA VPP, conduct workplace audits, and conduct grant funded research to improve safety performance.

  • Board Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP)
  • Certified Safety & Health Specialist (CSHS)
  • Registered Safety Professional with the Missouri Department of Labor
  • Certified Safety Consultant awarded by the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation

Professional Trainer

The American Society for Training and Development, and the International Board of Standards for Training Performance & Instruction, recognizes Kukal as a Master Instructor. Kukal has conducted several workplace training needs assessments and developed curriculum for a variety of workplace training programs.

  • Authorized instructor for the Midwest OSHA Education Center for both General Industry and Construction.
  • Train-the-Trainer certified by the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute in Hazardous Materials Management.
  • Has delivered over 800 hours of instruction over the past 12 months. A partial client list with relevant topics includes:
    • Clariant Life Science Molecules, HAZMAT Technician Level Spill Response
    • Dyno Nobel Hazardous Materials Safety Training during explosives production
    • FEMA/OSHA/NIEHS Katrina Disaster Site Worker Responder Training
    • Tyson Foods, Agro Terrorism Response Train the Trainer Program
    • Environmental Works Inc, 40 hr Waste Site Worker Course

Gary Kukal instructing a safety class

Kukal has been active with the National Safety Council’s local Chapter, and served on the Conference planning committee and Training Committee for several years. Kukal has presented at a variety of regional and national professional conferences and corporate events to include:

  • Mid America Safety & Environmental Conference
  • National Safety Congress
  • National Safety Council Chapter Conferences
  • Missouri’s Workers Compensation Conference
  • NIEHS Annual Award Conference

Professional Experience

Mr. Kukal worked with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway for 32 years in a variety of areas. As Safety Manager of the Springfield Division, Kukal worked side by side with management and rank & file in the response and clean-up of chemical spills resulting from train derailments. Kukal was directly involved in oil clean-up and in the development of the BNSF oil retaining system, and in the new construction of an oil separation reservoir, all of which were done meeting all local & EPA standards. Currently, Kukal serves as a Senior Consultant/Trainer in the Performance Based Safety, LLC consulting network.