Patrick J. Karol
Patrick J. Karol CSP SMS CIT is an independent safety consultant. He began his safety career as a front-line supervisor with safety as a collateral duty and now involves advising senior leaders on strategies to reduce injury risk and motivational speaking. His career as a full-time safety professional includes over 20 years in the corporate safety departments of two Fortune 200 companies and the Federal government.
Pat’s professional safety career includes:
Safety and Health Consultant with EEC Environmental.
Safety Manager at ARAMARK Corporation Safety & Risk Control Department. Responsibilities include working with senior leadership to develop strategies and tactics to reduce the risk of injury, environmental exposure, and foodborne illnesses.
Safety and Health contractor to the Transportation Security Administration where he managed a team that was responsible for safety and health compliance at all US airports in the southeast region.
Safety Manager in the Corporate Safety Department at Delta Air Lines. His responsibilities included investigation of serious incidents, development of procedures and training, identification of trends and development of mitigation strategies, and assisting with VPP applications.
Pat is a successful speaker and has spoken on safety and health at numerous regional and national conferences. He most recently spoke at ASSP Safety 2019 and the American Industrial Hygiene conference in May 2019. Pat speaks frequently on safety leadership topics. His most popular presentation is Selling Safety to the Front Line Employee.
Pat is a member of the American Society Safety Professionals (ASSP) Philadelphia chapter. He is Past President of the Philadelphia chapter and was honored to receive the Gold Level award for 2015/16 as President. Pat is currently the ASSP Area Director for the Keystone area.
Pat attended Georgia State University where he completed the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Pat and his wife, Nancy, have been married 28 years and have three children: Army SSgt Peter Karol is stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, AK, Nikki is a dance instructor and Kristina is in high school.
I never had any aspirations to pursue a safety career. Not even the slightest intention. It more or less chose me. Some might say I was in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong time. I can say without reservation, I am thankful I did land in a safety position. Being a safety professional has given me a great sense of purpose, satisfaction, and pride in my professional and personal life. It didn’t just happen overnight. There were three pivotal moments in my work life that not only led me into the safety profession but shaped my approach to safety.
The first pivotal moment came during my first job after graduating from high school. I worked in a factory that made glass bottles at a time when everything was in glass; Gatorade bottles, milk bottles and prescription bottles to name a few examples.
PIVOTAL MOMENT #1
I tolerated safety
Ten years later, I was working as a ramp supervisor at Atlanta Hartsfield International airport. You know these workers if you travel by air. They are the ones that load and unload your baggage and cargo from the planes.