From left: Janet Froetscher, president and CEO, National Safety Council; Jeff Kozub ’99; and Jeffrey Woodbury, vice president, Safety, Security, Health, and Environment, ExxonMobil Corporation
Jeff Kozub ’99, environmental health and safety expertise manager of the Personal Safety Expertise Center, has been selected as a National Safety Council 2013 Rising Star. The NCS Rising Stars of Safety Award, presented by DuPont, showcases up-and-coming safety professionals younger than 40 who have a track record of demonstrating leadership, innovation, and involvement in their organization’s safety culture while promoting continuous safety improvement in the workplace. Jeff has earned a place as a member of the NSC “40 under 40,” Rising Stars of Safety class of 2013.
A leader in safety initiatives, Jeff was a chemical plant EHS manager from 2007 to 2011, and during that time, the plant had a 62 percent reduction in OII rate and successfully worked 977 days injury free. This was the lowest injury rate since the plant opened its doors for operation in 1920. Jeff was instrumental in revitalizing a site-wide EHS team, which consisted of hourly and salaried employees, and developed a proactive safety program driven by the team. In 2009, Jeff joined PSEC, and in this role, he provides personal safety support to a number of sites in the North American region. He is a personal safety auditor and is the subject matter expert for Personal Safety standards, Global Injury and Illnesses Reporting standards, and Confined Space Entry standards. Jeff is also a special government employee for the Department of Labor’s Voluntary Protection Program.
Jeff believes that safety and business operations must work together for the advancement of the organization. His philosophy is that, without a strong safety culture, an organization can never truly be successful in its business practices. Likewise, organizations have an obligation to apply their business skill set to safety. He believes that safety professionals are responsible for the implementation of both effective and practical EHS management systems. This in turn allows professionals to reduce injuries and illnesses across all organizations. Jeff believes that employees should leave the workplace in the same, if not better, condition than when they entered.
Jeff received the award at the 2013 NSC Congress & Expo in September 2013 in Chicago. He is married to Kristen Riscinto Kozub ’99.