David Shafer, M.S., C.S.P., C.H.M.M.
Coordinator of Environmental Safety Management Program
Shafer was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Drexel University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Colorado in 1975. He has been active in the field of environmental health and safety (EHS) for nearly 40 years. He has taught full time at Allegheny College in the Department of Environmental Science and the Safety Management Department at Slippery Rock University. Shafer has also served as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers University and Penn College of Technology.
His work has included the characterization and remediation of Superfund sites, underground storage tank removal, environmental site assessments, wetland delineation, radon measurement, company safety program development, industrial hygiene surveys, confined space entry programs, and employee training and course design. Shafer was on the team that developed the EPA Incident Response Training Program courses including "Hazardous Materials Incident Response Operations" which was the prototype for the 40 Hour HAZWOPER course that is required by OSHA for hazardous waste site workers.
Before returning to education several years ago, Shafer started The Safety Working Project that provides businesses with simple guidance for developing and maintaining employee safety programs. He is the author of the book “Safely Working from the Ground Up—Turning Safety Upside Down” a practical guide for employers who are in the early stages of implementing workplace safety based on the concepts that he created through The Safety Working Project.
He is currently the Coordinator for the new Environmental Safety Management Program at Thiel College.