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Manager Safety

Chandler, Arizona, United States
October 14, 2016

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James Poage

Chandler, AZ

602-***-**** ~


A highly accomplished professional with extensive success throughout 20+ years of diverse safety, and environmental experience, and a proven leader that has successfully developed high-performance teams across multiple locations. A creative problem-solver with a history of win-win solutions including resolution of complex OSHA, EPA and DOT issues. Organized and analytical, recognized as a leading expert in the industry and for crafting effective programs, strengths include:

Developing Safety and Health Programs Effective Employee Training

Worker Compensation Control Environmental Exposures

Vendor Qualification Team Building Skills


CLEAR CHANNEL OUTDOOR, Phoenix, AZ 1998 – 2016

(Industry: Outdoor Advertising)

Corporate Vice President, Safety & Training

Created company-wide safety/health programs that resulted in a 40% reduction in OSHA recordable incident/accident rate.

Developed corporate Operations Audit program and performed Operations Audits to evaluate regulatory policy compliance as well as conformance with established standards at all domestic billboard/street furniture locations.

Created corporate Motor Vehicle Report monitoring program for employees that drive in the course and scope of employment.

Implemented corporate Safety/Operations Training Program which consisted of training employees regarding company policies/procedures, CPR/First Aid, Defensive Driving, and OSHA Outreach classes in General Industry and Construction topics.

Maintained company drug and alcohol program as well as Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing program for commercial drivers.

Created vendor qualification program and Independent Contractor approval process.

Developed environmental exposure cataloging and compliance program to reduce exposures and mitigate existing issues.

Represented company in Worker Compensation claim reviews with insurance company. This included monitoring progress of injured employees, developing a return to work protocol for each individual, and analyzing all reported claims and reports.

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Evaluated business acquisitions regarding risk exposure and regulatory compliance.

Contact for Human Resource issues for 50+ branch locations for 12 years.

Managed legal defense involving outside counsel with respect to OSHA, EPA, and DOT.

Negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreements with Unionized Labor Force.

Served as expert witness during legal matters.

Approved all new projects with regards to employee safety, environmental exposures, and risk to general public.

Acted as a shared resource with other divisions such as radio, live concerts, Monster truck racing, Super-cross, Arena-cross, and television projects with regards to safety and risk exposure.


Director of Quality and Safety/General Manager – Tekcom LLC, Phoenix, AZ

General Manager – Custom Latex Inc., Gilbert, AZ

Chemical Compounding Project Specialist - Johnson & Johnson Medical, Arlington, TX

Manufacturing / Material Preparation Manager - Becton Dickinson, Honea Path, SC

Senior Chemical Compounder - Surgikos Inc (a Johnson & Johnson Company), Arlington, TX

Biological Manufacturing Technician - Ortho Diagnostics, Arlington, TX


Master of Arts – Organizational Leadership; Waldorf University - (Current enrollment)

Bachelor of Science – Occupational Safety & Health; Columbia Southern University - Summa Cum Laude

Associate of Applied Science - Occupational Safety & Health; Trinidad State Junior College - Cum Laude


Outdoor Advertisers Association of America - Ad Hoc Safety Committee

Drugs Don’t Work in Arizona - Past Board Member

National Safety Council – Member/Trainer – CPR/First Aid and Defensive Driving Instructor

American Society of Safety Engineers – Member

Past Voting Member of ANSI Z359 Committee


OSHA 10 and 30 hour Outreach Instructor for both General Industry and Construction

Recognized by FEMA/National Fire & Emergency Services Higher Education Program for accomplishments in Fire Prevention

Member – Sigma Alpha Pi; The National Society of Leadership and Success

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