Highlighting Mitchell Stapleton, Safety Director
This week we are highlighting our Safety Director, Mitchell Stapleton. Read about his experience, commitment to safety at ARC, and his passion for promoting a safe work environment not only for our staff, but for the others we work amongst.
How long have you worked as the Corporate Safety Director for ARC Services?
I have been with ARC Services a total of over 4 years as their Corporate Safety Director. In this time I have seen the company grow in every aspect, safety being among those.
Tell us about your job experience prior to working for ARC.
My first construction project was back in 2006, at a fossil power
generating plant, completing new construction due to the passing of the Clean Air Act. Since then, I have worked at not only fossil power generating plants, but also hybrid energy and nuclear energy generating plants. Within that time, I also gained experience in manufacturing within the general industry and delved into industrial hygiene along with occupational safety and health.
Through these projects I have had the opportunity to work with each of the known crafts and been able to learn how to effectively use the standards and regulations while also making them applicable to the tasks in the field. Currently, I hold certifications from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the Safety Management Specialist (SMS) and the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST). I am attending Columbia Southern University in my journey to obtain my B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health. This will also make me eligible to sit for the Certified Safety Professional certification from the B.C.S.P. This is the highest safety certification one can obtain in the United States.
ARC services multiple industries. What interests you about nuclear energy in particular?
Being one that thrives on order and structure, the nuclear and government projects are environments where I am capable of thriving. Because of this, I have always jumped at the opportunity to work in the nuclear field. Also, the amazing science behind the way in which nuclear energy can provide for us is exciting to learn and see about first hand that makes the projects that much more interesting and enjoyable to be a part of.
Tell us about your safety role regarding ARC's nuclear services in particular.
My role with ARC Services is the responsibility for all of the development, implementation, training, and administrative aspects of our occupational safety and health along with our industrial hygiene programs. This includes the writing and updating of our policy and procedures, training related to our programs for employees, and providing guidance and technical information to our management team.
When it comes to work-related incidents, I manage and oversee the investigation from start to finish to ensure the best care for the employee while maintaining the requirements set forth by both federal and state agencies. I also conduct evaluations and audit both our in-house programs and our job sites to ensure we are meeting the expectations set forth by governmental regulations and from our clients.
What do you love most about your job at ARC Services?
Working at ARC Services allows me to work in a profession where my knowledge and experience can be used to create a safer work environment for our employees, their fellow workers, and our environment. Knowing that what I do assists in ensuring that the employees get to go home in the same health condition in which they came to work is a very rewarding feeling that cannot be bought, it has to be earned.
What do you enjoy doing while not at the office?
I find enjoyment in training for strongman competitions and building farmhouse woodworking projects in my home shop. I am also an avid reader of fiction novels.