Title: Senior Safety Consultant, Department of Environmental
Health and Safety.
Duties: Serving as a consultant on safety issues for TSRI service
departments, including Animal Resources, Environmental Services, Glasswashing,
and Engineering. This involves working with employees on topics ranging
from ergonomics to fire safety, documenting her recommendations through
consultation reports, keeping up-to-date on current environmental health
and safety rules and regulations, and developing employee training programs
to heighten safety awareness.
Favorite Parts of Job: "I love the people. I like not being tied
to my desk. I enjoy learning what others do for a living."
Biggest Challenge: "Keeping employees up to speed on safety issuesthe
rules change constantly and the people change constantly. But one-by-one
we'll try to get to everyone."
Background: Masters degree in health sciences from Florida State
University. Work experience in corporate wellness, focusing on human behavior
and illness prevention. Transitioned into the safety field, which she
has been in for the last nine years, via an interest in ergonomics.
Safety Advice: Be aware: pay attention to what kind of personal
protective equipment you are using and what is appropriate for maximum
protection. Focus on the best way to do your everydayor unusualtasks.
Use your safety consultant to find out the most appropriate and safe way
to do the job. "Ask questions! That's what I'm here for."
Extracurriculars: Lead singer in the seven-member band Plato
Soul (www.platosoul.com), recently featured on AM talk radio's Phil Hendrie
Show. The bandwhose repertoire includes songs from the 60s and 70s,
in addition to original musicplays at clubs and private functions
(parties, weddings, receptions). Upcoming gigs include a show at Fat Katz
in Encinitas October 11 and 12. "We all have other jobs. That keeps making
Trapane also makes time for her family, which includes a son, 10, and
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By day: Karen Trapane, TSRI safety consultant.
By night: "KT," lead singer for band Plato Soul.