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Safety Manager

Mankato, Minnesota, United States
January 06, 2017

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Russell J. Merchlewitz

** ******* **** ******, ** 55987 Telephone: 507-***-****


Extensive safety program management, including safety, health and environmental policies and standards. Approximately 30+ years of management experience with concentration in safety programs. President of the Winona Area Safety Council.

Safety and Compliance Manager/Safety Committee

Directs and manages the safety and health requirements for over 650 employees in six locations over three states. Leader of a Pro-Active incident reduction program.

Manages Federal and local MPCA requirements for location in three states.

Co-developer of aviation tire and wheel program for entire US Navy aviation community including content, implementation schedule, and program evaluation. Major Safety program used through the world.

Elected as President of the Winona Area Safety Committee.

Conducted an extensive evaluation of the current state of the respirator protection program and other safety programs resulting in full compliance with safety standards.

Current Radiation Safety Officer as well as audited Fortune 100 and 500 companies for radiation compliance with safety requirements.

Safety Training

Instructing weekly classes in Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and updates personnel as needed.

Industrial trainer for OSHA required compliance. Not limited to Lockout/ tagout, respiratory program, fire evacuation, fall protection, ladder safety, forklift safety and hearing protection.

Manage and train diverse groups of office and production personnel in the areas of safety, including program compliance documentation and employee training logs.

Ergonomic trainer for office and production employees.

Manage OSHA required documentation to ensure compliance for 650+ personnel.

American Red Cross CPR, BBP, AED and first aid instructor.

Safety Improvement

Six Sigma black belt and LEAN manufacturing trained which provides greater guidance, communication and coaching to site leaders.

Continuous improvement & adherence to MPCA and Federal requirements. This includes air, storm water and waste disposal and minimization.

Enthusiastic instructor which aids in trainee’s comprehension and retention.


Former member of an international auditing team specializing in safety. Interacted and communicated with diverse client base. Experienced in communication with all levels of personnel. Recognized and respected for ethical and honest communication in addition to program knowledge.


2014-Present Wincraft, Inc. Winona, Minnesota

Director of Safety and Compliance

2008-2014 UL, Inc. Mankato, Minnesota

Field Representative

2006-2008 Jones Metal Products, Inc. Mankato, Minnesota

Director of Quality and Safety

1986-2005 U.S. Navy Patuxent River, Maryland

Safety Manager / ISO Lead Auditor


Bachelor’s in Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2009

Minor - Safety Certificate, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2003

ISO 9000 Lead Auditor, Specializing in Quality & Safety, Eagle Group, Troy, Michigan, 2002

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