2016 Maritime Safety Day
Kent Anderson
Maritime Specialist
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Worked in shipyard for over 5 years, spent 19 years on board military tug boat & other boats as required, assistant chief engineer. 31 years total military service, 6 years active, 25 years in the reserves. Have been the Labor & Industries Maritime Specialist for 10 years now.
Paul Anderson
Law Office of Paul L. Anderson, P.L.L.C.
Paul Anderson has a  Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Fisheries, University of Washington; 1973. J.D. Seattle University (University of Puget Sound), 1983. Paul's court admissions include the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington State Bar. Paul held an Executive position with Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association in Seattle, 1974 – 1981. Admitted to Washington Bar and Federal Bar in 1983 and has since been employed in private practice. Paul has practiced as associate and partner with the maritime firm of Madden, Poliak, MacDougall and Williamson until 1993. From 1993 to October of 1998, partner of Anderson & Petersen. From October of 1998, sole practitioner.  The focus of his current law practice is representation of small businesses with emphasis on admiralty and maritime focus, including maritime lien and insurance law.
Jeff Birchfield
Health Safety & Environmental Program Manager
Global Diving & Salvage
Mr. Birchfield has an extensive background in safety in the commercial construction and commercial diving industry. As the Health Safety & Environmental Program Manager for Global Diving & Salvage Jeff oversees development of safety plans and training for the company, including pre-task planning and job hazard analysis. Jeff is passionate about the commercial diving industry, having graduated from Diver's Institute of Technology and spending time as a commercial diver. In addition to Jeff’s experience with safety, he also served in the United States Marine Corps and currently serves in the WA Army National Guard. 
Amy Duz

Amy Duz is President of iWorkWise, a consulting company specializing in the practical application of safety regulations in maritime operations. She is a Certified Safety Specialist, OSHA Authorized Trainer, USCG approved instructor and past manager of the first vessel to be admitted to OSHA’s voluntary protection program. Amy has worked in the fishing and maritime industry for more than thirty years.

Doug Hirsh PE, CSP
Senior Safety Manager
Signal Administration, Inc.
Doug began his professional career as an engineer working on the construction of petrochemical projects. He moved into the loss control and safety profession in 1988 and has never looked back. In 1996 he began working with maritime industry employers in the pacific northwest and has been associated with the waterfront ever since. 
Today, Doug is a Senior Safety Manager for Signal Administration, Inc., working completely within the maritime industry. He is responsible for providing a full range of safety management and training services to Signal Mutual Indemnity Association Members in the Pacific Northwest inclusive of Alaska. Doug’s responsibilities include teaming with other Signal Safety Managers and presenting seminars that support and guide safety management system improvements within its Members throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Signal in 2013, Doug worked for SeaBright Insurance where he provided leadership and direction to the Loss Control Department and a team of safety professionals. His position required hands-on management of operations, including service quality and effectiveness, creation of operational metrics and loss control service to premier clients. 
Doug has a BS in Construction Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Washington. He holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation through the BCSP. Doug resides in Edmonds, Washington.
Dr. Jennifer Lincoln
NIOSH Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies
Dr. Jennifer Lincoln is a dedicated Injury Epidemiologist, Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and Director of the new NIOSH Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies. She created the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Program. Over the past 25 years, she continually strived to provide the scientific information to develop tailored risk-reduction interventions. Lincoln is the recipient of several awards for outstanding contributions to improve fishing safety.
Rick Maurice
Sales Manager
Capital Safety

Rick has been in the safety industry for over 22 years.  His last 18 years have been completely devoted to fall protection. 

In 2004 he joined the Capital Safety team as a Regional Sales Manager for the DBI/SALA and Protecta brands.  His area of responsibility is WA, OR, AK and his focus is working closely with end users to establish safe working practices for individuals working and height.

Rick received his Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. He has completed several OSHA courses including 500, 501 and 311.  He is also a Spanish trainer for 3M Fall Protection.  He is active with many different industries including manufacturing, construction, aviation and mining.  His services include support, training and on site analysis.

In 2015 Capital Safety was acquired by 3M making us the world’s leading manufacturer of fall protection safety equipment and engineered systems. Our expertise spans over 50 years, and our fall protection products and services are used in environments around the globe. At 3M, we engineer and rigorously test our safety system to exceed industry standards set by OSHA, ANSI, CSA, and CE.


Gary Purdom
Executive Director
Washington USL&H Assigned Risk Plan
GARY PURDOM is the Executive Director for the Washington USL&H Assigned Risk Plan. Gary has over 35 years of insurance experience including roles as a regional executive for specialty Workers’ Compensation carriers and the chief operating officer for a national insurance broker. Gary was a founding member of the Washington USL&H Assigned Risk Plan Governing Committee in 1992. In the non-insurance maritime world, Gary has over 50,000 miles of blue water sailing experience.
Robert Schumacher
Instructor / Consultant
Industrial Training International, Inc.
Bob has 42 years progressive experience in employee training, program development and implementation, corporate audits, safety/security, and regulation compliance.
Chuck Shaw
Safety Officer
WA State Ferry System
Chuck Shaw Currently a Safety Officer with Washington State Ferry System. Retired USN Master Chief (21+ years Active Duty). Retired Volunteer Firefighter / EMT / Battalion Chief (20 years) – Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Retired Washington State EMT (20 years) – both Fire Service and Private Ambulance. Former American Heart Association CPR Instructor (20+ years). Senior EMT Instructor (4 years) – Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (formerly Kitsap Fire District 15). Basic Life Support Skills Evaluator – Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Shipyard Safety Staff / SCP / Fire Marshal (6 years) – TODD Pacific Shipyard. Safety Officer Washington State Ferry System (10 years).
Don Sly
Marine Chemist
Sound Testing, Inc.
Don Sly is an NFPA certified Marine Chemist. He possess two technical degrees: B.S. in Chemistry from Iona College and a M.S. in Chemistry from University of Notre Dame. 
He taught High School Chemistry for 7 years (Chicago) and was a Chemist in a testing firm for 3 years after moving to Seattle. He then became the in-house Marine Chemist for Todd Shipyards until 1979. 
Don founded Sound Testing, Inc. in 1979 and currently employs 4 Certified Marine Chemists, serving the ship repair clients in Washington and Alaska States. Over the years Don has continued to work regularly, inspecting and certifying more than 20,000 Ship Repair projects. 
In 1989 a rash of catastrophic fires in the maritime industry pointed up the need for a more thorough program of training in the OSHA Maritime (Ship Repair) standard. Working with local authorities, the USCG, as a contractor for the Navy, and as a representative of the Marine Chemist Association, Don created the core curriculum and wrote the text and supporting materials for presenting the OSHA-based Shipyard Competent Person program training. 
To support the ship repair industry, Sound Testing has generously contributed the services of their Marine Chemists as they participated in hundreds of meetings of the local Fire Department, local industry, OSHA, NFPA, Marine Chemist Association, MACOSH and Insurance Boards. 
For the past 3 years Sound Testing has published, under Don’s contribution and direction, the SCP TRIBUNE; a topical and educational newsletter to promote the standing and performance of the OSHA-Shipyard Competent Person.
Jason Wolfley
Compliance Inspector
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Jason has been with the Dept. of Labor & Industries for 2 years as a Compliance Inspector S & H 3. He has previous experience as a safety and environmental health professional for many years in industry. Jason has seen many of the hazards and has developed corrective actions and programs for much of what you see in the industry. Jason also worked for 3 years as an instructor in safety and environmental health and has an understanding of how to convey messages to learners in a way that makes sense.