Randy DeVaul, M.A., RSHEP

Safety Consultant and Writer

Randy DeVaul has 25 years of experience in safety and emergency response.  He is a certified Train-the-Trainer in Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations through the Virginia Dept of Fire Programs and has completed HazMat response training, including the National Fire Academy's Chemistry of Hazardous Materials and additional coursework at George Washington University.  Randy also provides training in emergency management, emergency planning, Emergency Medical Technician, and occupational and mine safety courses.

Randy has authored three performance-based workplace safety books (www.filbertpublishing.com/safety.htm), is regularly published in international trade publications, and is the creator of a regularly appearing column, "Safe At Home:  Protecting You and Yours In and From Your Home."  Randy is a nationally Registered Safety, Health, Environmental Practitioner (RSHEP) and has a Master of Arts degree from Liberty University.  Comments welcome at safetypro@comcast.net

Articles by Randy DeVaul

  • The Dangers of Lawn Chemicals at Home - June 13, 2006
    Each year consumers paint their lawns with various fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. These chemicals can be deadly and it is important to use them correctly.

Randy DeVaul's Curriculum Vitae


2006-present: Principal, Safety Consultant and Writer - Randy DeVaul, LLC, Chester VA

  • On-site Safety Audits/Assessments, Performance Safety Management
  • Employer Communications - policy/safety manuals, training modules, others
  • OSHA/MSHA audits, training, written plans, management training

2005-2006: Division Manager, Human Resources/Safety, Mid-Atlantic Division - Martin-Marietta Aggregates, Richmond VA

  • Human Resource and Performance Management functions
  • Performance/Decision-based Safety Solutions for VA, MD, WV employees
  • OSHA/MSHA audits, training, written plans

2004: Safety Professional/Consultant - Loss Control Innovations, Richmond VA

  • Performance-based Safety and Loss Control Solutions
  • OSHA/MSHA audits, training, written plans, Management Seminars

2000-2004: Safety Professional - TXI/Chaparral Steel Virginia, Petersburg VA

  • Performance-based safety for steel industry
  • Nationally Registered Safety, Health, Environmental Practitioner (RSHEP)
  • Three Performance-based Safety Books published (11/03, 5/04, 11/04)

1996-2000 Corporate Safety Professional - Luck Stone Corporation, Richmond VA

  • Successfully introduced performance-based safety in mining
  • Responsible for all Worker Compensation and Risk Management issues
  • Directly involved in federal and state legislative development and review in mining related to safety/health issues on national/state trade associations
  • Member, Strategic Planning Team for Department of Risk Management

1989-1996: Technical Instruction Supervisor - Virginia Department of Mines, Charlottesville VA

  • Developed first Emergency Planning Workshop for mining industry in VA
  • Successfully implemented new computer program and tracking system for all certified foremen, blasters, electricians in mining industry in Virginia
  • Member of Operational Management Team and development of Education and Training Curricula Guide and materials for stakeholders
  • Formal training in Adult Education Theory and Fundamentals, Conducting Needs Assessments and Evaluation, others

1989: Technical Response Training Officer - Virginia Department of Emergency Services, Richmond VA

  • Served on pilot course development team for Federal Emergency Management Agency in Hazardous Materials and Emergency Planning
  • Trained Local Emergency Planning Committees in Emergency Response throughout Virginia jurisdictions


  • Current Member, American Society of Safety Engineers; Continental Who's Who of Professionals; Southern California Industrial Safety Society, nationally Registered Safety/Health/Environmental Practitioner (RSHEP)
  • Author of three performance-based workplace safety books
  • Presentations, Behavioral Safety Now Conference, Houston, 10/01; ASSE Region VI Conference, 9/04; National Mine Instructor's Conference, 10/04, Council on Education in Management (Washington DC, Arlington, VA), 10/04 and 11/04; American Red Cross-Corporate Education, 12/04
  • Creator, Safe At Home™ Column, addressing personal/family safety in and around the home
  • Internationally-published in various safety trade magazines with exposure in North America, Australia and parts of Europe and Africa
  • Professional freelance writer; adcopy, press releases, brochures, feature articles, safety/policy manuals, training plans, emergency response plans
  • Numerous Instructor certifications through state and federal organizations, including Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials, Hazardous Waste Operations, Emergency Planning and Management, Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA and MSHA training topics
  • Provided instruction/training for Local Emergency Planning Committee members in Hazardous Materials, 49 CFR (DOT), SARA Title III, CERCLA, RCRA, SMCRA, other environmental-related topics
  • Over 300+ contact hours in specialized hazardous materials training, including Level 3 Virginia HazMat response
  • Certified under MSHA for area and personal air monitoring sampling
  • Over 25 years in adult training delivery/development in topics including safety/health, environmental, aviation, hazardous materials, others
  • Continuing education coursework from George Washington University, National Fire Academy, University of North Carolina, others


1985-86: M.A., Cross-Cultural Studies - Liberty University, Lynchburg VA

  • Recipient of Cross-Cultural Studies Award with 4.0 GPA

1981-82: Diploma in Aviation Maintenance Technician - Spartan School of Aeronautics, Tulsa OK

  • FAA certified as Airframe and Powerplant mechanic
  • Graduated in top 10% of class

1976-80: B.S., Cross-Cultural Studies - Liberty University, Lynchburg VA

  • Minors in Aviation, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology
  • Awarded tuition scholarship on Cross-Cultural Exposure Team, including Team Leader for 28-member team

[last updated: 2006-06-13]