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Mission Statement

The Safety Association of Rhode Island, Inc. (also known as SARI) is organized to bring to its members national viewpoints and local expertise in the fields of safety, occupational health, and environmental management. We welcome members from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut.


Our membership includes a diverse group of safety, health and environmental professionals who share their insights and experiences with fellow members.


The exchange of information and ideas between members provides a unique opportunity to work together to address and solve the safety challenges facing business and industry today.

SARI Board of Directors 2017/2018



John Bernardo

Bernardo Safety Consulting Group


John Bernardo has 29 years in the electrical field he is currently self-employed as a consultant in the safety field since January 2017.  He and his Team work with clients on NFPA 70 E Training and Safety Audits for compliance. Prior he was Environmental Safety & Health Manager in the Northeast for Schneider Electric, where he developed safety strategies and plans for sites in the Northeast and worked closely with site senior leadership to build a strong safety culture. Prior to the purchase of American Power Conversion (APC) by Schneider Electric, John served as APC’s Environmental Safety & Health Manager for North America, with responsibility for all aspects of EH&S Compliance for ten North American facilities as well as North America Field Service & Sales Engineers. Before joining APC, John worked at Leviton Manufacturing for 18 years as EH&S Manager in West Kingston, Rhode Island. John received a Bachelor of Science in Management & Marketing from Rhode Island College. He has completed NY Safety Council Training in Long Island, New York, and is Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri and Rhode Island Hazardous Waste & DOT Trained.  John has been a NFPA 70 E Trainer since 2007. He is a member of the National Safety Council.



Vice President

Paul Simpson

Safety Saves LLC


Paul Simpson has thirty years of demonstrated proficiency in the field of safety in general industry and construction. Throughout his career, he has directed and proactively participated in the development of safety programming to establish effective policies and procedures to minimize jobsite incidents and injuries. Paul is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer in Construction and an expert in the practical application of the US Army Corps of Engineers Health & Safety Manual EM 385-1-1 and all US DOL OSHA Standards. He received an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Technology from Thames Valley State Technical College, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Connecticut, and completed post-graduate studies in multiple disciplines at the University of Connecticut, Annhurst College, Three Rivers Community College, and Worcester College. He has also completed extensive federal, state and private training in worker, equipment and machinery safety. Paul is a Professional Member of the American Society of Engineers.




Johnell Norton


Johnell Norton is a retired chemist with 45 years of experience in the field. Throughout his career, he worked at two companies – Teknor Apex Co. for 30 years and BF Goodrich Tire & Rubber Co. for 15 years – where he held a variety of responsibilities, including serving as EH&S Manager, Environmental Manager, Employment and Safety Coordinator, Quality Control Manager, Production Supt. And Technical Group Manager. He is a member of the Boston Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.



Fred Malaby

FMalaby, LLC


Fred Malaby has been self-employed as a consultant in the safety field since January 2015. In this role, he is involved with several occupational safety and health projects in the region, in particular, working as a trainer for The New England Consortium and for the Rhode Island Committee for Occupational Safety and Health. Previously, Fred worked for OSHA for over 39 years, most recently serving as an Industrial Hygienist in OSHA's Boston Regional Office for 31 years. In that position, he provided technical and enforcement assistance on occupational health matters for various OSHA-related efforts in New England. Fred received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and a Certified Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.


Immediate Past President 

Rob Gallagher

Gallagher Environmental Consulting Group


Robert J. Gallagher has thirty five years of combined environmental and engineering expertise. As President of Gallagher Environmental Consulting Group, Robert and his team provide management guidance in environmental compliance, health and safety for businesses nationwide, including those in the aerospace specialty coatings, high technology manufacturing, pharmaceutical, ship building, and construction industries. Prior to establishing Gallagher Environmental Consulting Group, Robert directed environmental health and safety strategies for The Cooley Group in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and, previously, for Wheelabrator Technologies in Connecticut. He began his career as an Engineering officer to the Department of the Navy and Military Sealift Command Atlantic. Robert received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and is a Toxic Use Reduction Planner (TURP) in Massachusetts. Robert is a member of the Rhode Island Society of Environmental Professionals (RISEP).



Program Chairman


John Lynch

North-Eastern Tree Service, Inc


John J. Lynch is the Safety Manager for North-Eastern Tree Service, Inc. in Cranston, Rhode Island, where he is responsible for overall management, direction and oversight of the company’s Health & Safety Program. Previously, John worked with the State of Rhode Island, Department of Transportation, as the Chief of Standards & Inspection with the Administration Division Group, where he assisted the Administrator of Contract Administration, served as a major technical research person in directing the section’s activities/operations, and provided leadership to the staff for the Disk-Based Bidding Process. John also served in the US Army Reserve (Training) as a Sergeant First Class. John previously served as a Councilman for the Town of North Providence and as a Field Representative for the Laborers’ International Union of North America - Local Union 808. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Roger Williams University. John is a member of the Safety Alliance Furthering Education Resources of RI (SAFER) and is actively involved with a variety of local and national professional groups.



Directors at Large

Jason Lavoie

Toray Plastics (America), Inc.


Jason Lavoie has over 16 years of safety experience. He joined Toray Plastics (America), Inc. in 1992 as a Technician and has held positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing, production, maintenance, safety and security with the company since. He is currently Safety and Security Coordinator and an authorized OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer who completed the OSHA Safety and Health Specialist certificate program. His responsibilities include OSHA compliance, safety training, emergency response, contractor safety compliance, hearing conservation and respiratory protection as well as plant and site security matters. Prior to joining Toray Plastics, Jason held positions with Electro-Films and Arkwright.



Shannon Earle

The Preservation Society of Newport County


Shannon Earle is the Director of Safety and Security for the Preservation of Newport County, Newport, Rhode Island, where he is responsible for overall management, direction and oversight of the organization Safety and Security Program that includes, Collections Security, Fire and Life Safety, Environmental Health/Safety and OSHA. Prior to his current role, Shannon has worked for over 30 years in the public safety industry and emergency management, serving in the fire service promoting to the rank of Chief and certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician and EMT-C.  He has also served in the US Military conducting federal drug enforcement, firefighting, maritime environmental enforcement and search and rescue operations. Shannon also possess many years of experience in the security spectrum from Executive Protection to SIU Investigations and accident reconstruction. Shannon previously served as County Representative in the VT State Firefighters Association in state legislature and has many awards and commendations. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College with further specialized discipline in Fire Administration and Emergency Management from the National Fire Academy. Shannon is an Instructor for the American Heart Association and is actively involved with a variety of local and national professional organizations.


Peter Turner


Peter J. Turner, CSP, ASP has over 20 years of safety, health and risk management expertise. He is currently enjoying serving in several roles, one as the Regional Safety Manager for Cox Communications, as the Principal Consultant for Turner Safety Solutions and as a Warrant Officer in the RI Army National Guard. Pete received a Bachelor of Science in Technology and Leadership from Roger Williams University and is a current holder of both the ASP and CSP from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Pete is also a member of the ASSE Boston Chapter and really enjoys the local feel and networking of SARI.



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