About Safe Steps Training, L.L.C.
its beginning in 2007, Safe Steps Training has been making its
"footprint" in the area of Safety. In 2007
with the training program that won national honors from the
U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety & Health Administration,
presenting at the 31st NC Mine Safety Conference in 2008,
in 2009 offering the
and due to growth and demand added Mitch Harris, Jr. to the
team in 2010.
Also in 2010 we were blessed to be able to open our training
facility in New Bern, NC. 2011 has brought more growth and
we are excited about adding Janet Sumner to our team. 2011
brought home 1st Place at the Annual Training Materials
Competition (TRAM) for PotashCorp. We designed a site
specific training program for their company and submitted it
in their name. We were very excited in 2012 to introduce
Jose' Velez. He is our new Spanish Instructor. Please read
about him further down this page.
Steps is moving forward and would like the opportunity to
give your management, frontline supervisors, employees, and
your contractors the added knowledge and confidence to help your current
safety program soar to new heights.
Safe Steps Training at the beginning of 2007. A company born
out of his desire to see men and women return home safely at
the end of the work day. His focus was
on MSHA training but as demand has grown, Safe Steps have grown. You may
not have heard much about Safe
Steps Training yet, But You Will.
Please take a minute to check out our bio's
Rex Rouse, CMSP |
Mitch Harris, Jr.
| Janet Sumner
Ted Wallace |
Jose' D. Velez, Spanish Instructor
Rex Rouse, CMSP
has been involved in safety and mining for
over 15 years. He is very passionate about training and the
safety of others. It stems from the, "what's in it
for me?" statement. For him, its his family. He strives to work
safe and go home to them each and every day and wants to do
his part in helping every worker that interacts with Safe
Steps Training do the same. He believes that there is not any
reason for anyone's dad,
mom, husband, wife, or child not to
come home at the end of the day. Unfortunately, as we see
through statistics, approximately 12 people everyday do not
return home to their families.
He is listed with the Certified Mine Safety Professional
Certification Board as a Certified Mine Safety Professional
(CMSP) and is certified as an SSTM
(Special Star Team Member -- Non OSHA staff team members who
participate in assessing applicant companies for Carolina
Star, Building Star, and Public Sector Star status) for the
North Carolina Department of Labor's STAR Program. He is an
Approved Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA)
Instructor as well as an Authorized Outreach Trainer for
Occupational Safety & Health Standards for the Construction
Industry. He also received the Manager of Environmental,
Safety & Health and Construction-Manager of Environmental,
Safety & Health Certificates from the N.C. State University
and received the Advanced Safety Certificate from the
National Safety Council.
Rex is a
Powered Industrial Truck (Lift Truck), Aerial Work
Platform, Certified Flagger, and Portable Fire Extinguisher Instructor.
He teaches Basic Life Support (including
AHA Healthcare Provider) and First Aid through the American Heart Association
and is an Emergency Care instructor with the National Safety Council.
He has also tested and been ProBoard Certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician.
Mitch Harris, Jr.
Mitch is an energetic speaker
that truly motivates people. He is the Vice President of
Safe Steps Training and is certified as an SSTM for the
North Carolina Department of Labor's STAR Program. He served
on the Carolina STAR Safety Conference, LLC (North Carolina
Department of Labor's Voluntary Protection Program - also
known as VPP) board for 5 years in the positions of
Treasurer, Website Coordinator, and Public Relations
Officer. He also served as a Team Leader of the Carolina
STAR for 2 years.
Mitch has been in the mining,
chemical, and steel businesses for over twenty years
specializing in safety and heavy equipment. He is a Mine
Safety and Health (MSHA) Approved Instructor as well as a
Certified Flagger Instructor. His vast safety experience
within MSHA and OSHA makes him very instrumental in helping
clients achieve their safety goals while understanding that
there are still production goals.
He served PotashCorp Inc.
(PCS Phosphate, Inc) in the roles of operator and safety
facilitator for the plant and mine areas. He also served as
a Behavior Based Safety facilitator and was the Safety
Coordinator at Nucor Steel.
Jose' D. Velez
Jose’ is a high impact
speaker, has a strong presence, and a natural talent to draw
people to him. He is an Approved Instructor by the United
States Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health
Administration to help protect America’s most precious
resource, miners. Jose is an American Heart Association
Basic Life Support Instructor as well as a National Safety
Council Emergency Care Instructor. He also has his
Firefighter Level 1 & 2 Certification which is recognized
throughout the international community.
With a name like
Jose’, you probably would not have guessed but he was born
in Puerto Rico and English is his second language. With
that, he has an expected ability to work well with the
Hispanic community because he is not an outsider. Jose’
served his country honorably as a member of the United
States Marine Corps and has been instrumental in translating
for local court houses, police departments, and emergency
medical services in the areas he has lived.
His history of being in the Marines and
working in industrial settings throughout his career has
exposed him to all aspects of danger. There is no substitute
for experience when it comes to bringing safety to workers.
Anyone can tell about safety but unless you have been in
that confined space in a fully encapsulating suit or 80 feet
in the air depending on that fall arrest equipment, you
can’t explain it.
Sumner is the Vice President of Risk Management for RN
ROUSE, a general commercial construction contractor out of
Goldsboro, North Carolina. She has worked with Rouse since
September 1978 and is experienced in the field management,
estimating, project risk assessment and all areas of safety
as well as developing safety and training programs. RN
Rouse was recognized in 2000 as the first Building Star in
the North Carolina Voluntary Protective Program, the
Carolina Star Program under Janet’s leadership.
Janet has been and is
currently affiliated with the ASSE, Veterans of Safety, and
a past board member for over 20 years of the Eastern
Carolina Safety Council, two term and current president of
the Carolina Star Safety Conference, LLC serving the board
as a member for that organization since 2001. In addition,
she has been a member of the Carolinas Associated General
Contractors’ safety and health committee for over 28 years
and was the organizer for the Construction Luncheon that is
held annually at the NC Statewide Safety Conference and is
sponsored by the CAGC Safety & Health Committee. She is
also active on the planning committee for the construction
section of the annual NC Statewide Safety Conference.
Janet is a
trainer for the Safety & Health Council of N. C. as well as
a past trainer for the Carolinas Associated General
Contractors and for the Community College System teaching
construction safety courses as well as construction
management classes. She has experience presenting at the NC
Statewide Safety Conference, at workshops for the Eastern
Carolina Safety & Health School, for the workshops sponsored
by the Eastern Carolina Safety Council and is an outreach
trainer for Occupational Safety & Health Standards for both
the Construction Industry and for General Industry (500 &
501). She currently has developed and trains extensively
for RN Rouse and their local companies on construction
safety, accident prevention, inspection procedures as well
as several others human behavior and safety topics.
being said she is also a Notary, Lead Recognition/Abatement
Core Trainer, Mold Abatement Certified Inspector/Abatement
Review Officer, Flagger Instructor, Defensive Driving
Instructor, Authorized Occupational Safety& Health Standards
Outreach Trainer for both Construction and General
received her Manager of Environmental Safety & Health
Programs (MESH) from N.C. State University. She is a Master
Trainer for the National Center for Construction Education
and Research, Carolina's Associate General Contractor's
Instructor, an Instructor through the Crosby Group, Inc.
(Rigging & Hoisting) and a CPR/First Aid/AED Instructor
through the National Safety Council.
20 years of experience and an extensive knowledge
of emergency response and emergency response/evacuation
planning. He is an instructor at the Texas A & M TEEX
Industrial Fire School and and has met the NFPA standards
for Level 2 Instructor. He is a Certified Hazardous
Materials Technician and is currently a member of the North
Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response program. He and is currently a Rescue Technician
Instructor as well as a Water Safety, CPR/First Aid, and Lifeguard
Instructor. Ted is also a North Carolina Emergency Medical
Technician.Ted lives and breathes
a dynamic instructor. She makes everyone in the class feel
at home, which makes for a great learning atmosphere. She is
certified to provide you with Basic Life Support (Including
AHA Healthcare Provider) training through the American
Heart Association. She is also an instructor for the American Red Cross. She is very zealous about making sure that
everyone attending her CPR or First Aid classes leaves the
class feeling confident that they can perform in an actual