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Total Safety Wins Oil & Gas Awards Consultancy of the Year Award

Oil & Gas Award

Total Safety was proud to accept the Consultancy of the Year award during the 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Awards held in Denver on Tuesday, March 10. The company was selected from a strong field of contenders by a prestigious panel of judges representing some of the top companies in the upstream oil and gas industry.

Other companies claiming the top Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Awards can be found on the website.

Total Safety is a finalist in two more Oil and Gas Awards regional awards events — the Gulf Coast and the Northeast.  Texas Railroad
Commissioner Ryan Sitton will open the Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Awards in Houston on Thursday, March 19, at the Hyatt Regency.  President & Executive Director Lou D’Amico of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) will open the event in the Northeast on Wednesday, March 25, at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

Total Safety enjoys an afternoon of bowling for a good cause

Every year, Junior Achievement hosts a bowl-a-thon to raise funds for its mission: helping prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities

Each player was asked to raise $200 for Junior Achievement. Total Safety assisted toward that goal by donating $25 to each player and $25 to each team captain. Together, Total Safety raised $10,430 for Junior Achievement. Way to go!

Total Safety’s Houston area locations had a total of eleven teams participating in a fun-filled evening of bowling and whacky contests. Trophies were awarded for 1st-3rd place teams with highest scores and the best team costume. Prizes were awarded for the dance, karaoke and push-up contests. Everyone had their fill of pizza and fresh cookies.

  • 1st place trophy was awarded to the Bipolar Rollers:  team captain Sherri McNeill, Cesar Acosta, Michael Brasher, Heather Cornwell, Kacey Donaldson, Steve Self and Paul Ward
  • 2nd place trophy went to Steve Long’s team:  team captain Steve Long, Joshua Barnhill, Jamaal Landry, Jason Mulcare, Amanda Owen, and Pamela Owen
  • 3rd place trophy went to Tammy Cossey’s team:  team captain Tammy Cossey, Kristin Feril, Jon Mahan, David Watts and Mike Cossey
  • Best costume was awarded to the Spider Strikes:  team captain Shelby Denison, Lynn Aven, Joanna Calzada, Jennie Gutierrez, John Helms and Jennika Simmons


Total Safety wins the 2013 Oil & Gas Awards: Consultancy of the Year for the Gulf Coast










Total Safety Gulf Coast was named Consultancy of the Year by the Oil and Gas Awards – Gulf Coast. The Consultancy of the Year Award recognizes third party business consultancy services provided to E&P or midstream companies within the Gulf Coast region. Eligible service providers included commodity value forecasting, M&A advice, strategy, tax planning and corporate compliance consultancies operating directly with oil and gas clients in the Gulf Coast region.

Entries needed to present relevance to the operations and corporate strategy of the Gulf Coast’s leading E&P and midstream firms, demonstrable expertise in their given field, successes including details and examples of collaborative achievements and measurable value to the client, and outstanding corporate citizenship including details of corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Total Safety Celebrates Safety Day 2014

Krysta's Karing Angels displays cars involved in drunk driving incidents
Krysta’s Karing Angels displays cars involved in drunk driving incidents

Dear Total Safety Employees and Friends,

Total Safety employees around the world came together at their local offices on Jan. 18 to celebrate Safety Day.  In fact, about 3,000 Total Safety employees assembled in 10 different countries within a 24-hour time period, in a very well-orchestrated and global event.  From Dubai to North Dakota, South Africa to Australia more than 50 Total Safety locations held meetings covering a variety of safety topics.  I will take you though some of my observations at the events that I attended, below.

Our strategy as a company is centered on delivering unmatched EHS performance for our clients.  This involves the mitigation of health, safety and environmental risks that our clients have in their hazardous locations, worldwide.  We do this by having the best people in the business, the best equipment, innovative processes and a broad set of service offerings.   We also execute against this strategy by setting a great example.  On our Safety day, we had something to celebrate as a group — in 2013 we set a world-class example.  In fact, 96% of our locations operated without a recordable incident (as defined by OSHA), and our global Total Recordable Incident Rate finished the year at 0.26 – truly a world-class figure.  While our goal will always be ZERO (and we will get there…), the results in 2013 are a fantastic step in that direction.  Thanks to all of you for remaining diligent, thinking ahead and staying safe.

On Safety Day, I had the opportunity to participate in two of our events in the Houston area and have been pleased to hear of other successful local celebrations. It is nice to re-energize ourselves around our mission and to learn more about staying safe on and off the job.

Corporate Hosts First Safety Day

This was the first Safety Day for our corporate group. Our event was exciting with more than 150 people on hand to hear important presentations about the dangers of drinking and driving as well as safety around the home.

The message, entitled “Save a Life, Don’t Drive Drunk,” was delivered by our Accounts Payable Supervisor Terri Rodriguez and her husband, Mark. Terri and Mark founded Krysta’s Karing Angels to honor their daughter, Krysta, who was killed Feb. 11, 2010 at the age of 22 when the car she was a passenger in was struck broadside by a drunk driver. It was a painful testimonial to hear from a co-worker but a critical message to share with all.

Many of the members of KKA also attended and three of the survivors brought the wreckage of their loved one’s cars, all killed in drunk driving crashes. The stories were shocking but served an important purpose — to heighten awareness of just how tragic drunk driving can be.

Also attending was Head of Vehicular Crimes Division of Harris County Alison Baimbridge who spoke about the penalties for driving drunk in Houston.

Our thanks go out to the KKA volunteers who helped make our event memorable: Mark and Terri’s surviving children Krista, Dannielle and Eric; Stefanie Rhoades Zepeda, who pulled her mom’s car (Tammy Rhoades, killed 01-02-12 by drunk driver); Ross Jones, who pulled his daughter Emily’s truck (18-years-old, killed in March, 2011); Cody Lewis, a firefighter who pulled the other DWI fatality truck; and Kelsey Cornelius and Total Safety’s Shelby Denison, who ran the popcorn and snow cone machines.

Safety Day Mood Swing

Total Safety SVP Stenning Schueppert then lightened the mood with his humorous observations on what NOT to do at home if you want to stay safe. Prizes were distributed for the right safety answers. Afterward, we all went on a hunt with Spot the Safety Dog to find dangerous safety situations throughout the office.

Corporate Safety Day was quite a success. In addition to those already mentioned, others who helped make the Safety Day at corporate a great event were Amy Brast, Debbie Krolczyk, John Helms, Aaron Little, Javier Martinez, Kevin Croteau, Will Cruickshank and Jahvet Thomas.

On to Pasadena

About midway through the day, I drove to Pasadena to join our Safety Day events there, already in progress. It was another excellent event. Activities included guest speakers, hazard recognition exercises, team building activities, service recognition and site safety recognition.  The event, held at the Pasadena Convention Center, was attended by more than 300 employees representing Malone, LaPorte, 16 branches of Rental and Compliance, EH&S and H2WR.

Guest speakers included Sam Smolik of LyondellBasell who commended Total Safety for the progress it has made in the Zero Direction; Bill Shaw of Evergreen Industrial whose topic was See It, Own It, Solve It; Marcos Pereira Munguia who gave a personal testimony about the dangers of Texting while Driving; and Les Rucker of Valero who spoke about a Caring Culture and how it requires courage, commitment, compassion and competence. We are very fortunate to have such loyal and dedicated customers that they will give up part of their weekend to come address our group.

This highlights for me something very powerful about what we do.  We are all very fortunate to work in such an incredible industry, one that is dedicated to protecting workers’ safety and wellbeing.  The job that we do, every day, ensures the safety and wellbeing of thousands of workers around the world.  By their presence at our events, our customers are telling you just how thankful they are of the job that you do.  There are others that are thankful as well – the families of all of those workers, your families, your colleagues, your management team and me.  Thanks for everything you do for Total Safety and for our customer’s and each other.

Also, many thanks to the Safety Day Steering Committee including Terry Rimato, Scott Laughery, Paul Walker, April Bardwell, Libby Machalicek, Juliet Burton, Steve Beers, Margie Ruiz, Ricky Wagnon and Cheryl Dickerson.  The events were a great success and we really appreciate the countless hours and effort you put into the events.

Safety Activities around the World

We have received a wonderful slide presentation recapping the events in our MEAA region. Participating locations included offices in Dubai, Arabia, Qatar, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Cape Town, Australia and Iraq.

Attendees focused on recognizing hazards at home and work as well as participating in a hazard hunt. A safe driving presentation also included National Safety Council films for defensive driving and a briefing on local driving rules.

We would love to hear all about your local Safety Day celebrations. Please send photos and information to Cindy Landers who will publish a story on our round-the-world event in the next edition of SafetyLine.

Thank you all for participating, and many thanks to Steve Long and his team for coordinating with individuals in our local offices to ensure this successful global event.

Think Ahead, and Stay Safe.


Total Safety Recognized as Operational Consultancy of the Year by Oil & Gas Awards

November 6, 2013—Houston, TX—Total Safety has been recognized as the Operational Consultancy of the Year by the Oil & Gas Awards. The award demonstrates and celebrates advances made in key areas of environmental stewardship, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility, health and safety.

Total Safety recently achieved two million non-recordable hours in its Fire Services team and one million in its European division.  These efforts help define and support Total Safety‘s commitment to a strong safety culture.

In addition, the company has VPP-Star status at seven locations, with twenty-eight additional locations in the process of preparing for VPP Star status.  VPP sites evolve into models of excellence and influence practices industry-wide. VPP is an OSHA-sponsored volunteer program, promoting effective worksite-based safety and health.

The Oil & Gas Awards recognize outstanding achievement made within the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil gas industry. They are nominated and judged by a panel of oilfield service employees, community stakeholders, independent experts, and respected industry veterans.

Oil Gas Award

About Total Safety

Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance services and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 142 locations in 20 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit


For additional information, contact:

Cindy Landers, Media Relations

Office 713.353.7167

Field Safety to Service: Troy Thacker

With experience on both sides—the investor and the “invested”—Troy Thacker comes from the PE world and has more recently been serving stints as CEO of environmental services companies, one a major provider of services to upstream oil and gas companies and the other a firm claiming to be the world’s leading safety services company. Thacker was CEO of R360 Environmental Solutions Inc. (Houston, TX), operator of 26 waste treat­ment and recycling facilities in Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, when it was sold to solid waste management company Waste Connections, Inc. (The Woodlands, TX) in October 2012.

R360, which was backed by four PE firms, had been “reviewing a variety of options, one of which was to go public,” Thacker tells EBJ. In the natural course of looking for an exit strategy, “the option to do a transaction with Waste Connections made a lot of sense for us, for them, and for the customer base. It was a really ter­rific deal for all involved.”

In July 2013, Thacker was appointed CEO of Houston-based Total Safety, a provider of industrial safety and compli­ance services operating from 141 offices in 20 countries. Since late 2011, Total Safety has been a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, a PE giant that has invested more than $45 billion in over 675 companies around the world.

Indeed, “the sponsorship by Warburg Pincus was a big part of my decision to join Total Safety,” Thacker says. “They are a well-respected and large private equity firm, with intimate knowledge of our in­dustry and our goals, and they have very deep pockets.” Total Safety “was well-capi­talized from the start, and it was given a war chest to pursue more growth oppor­tunities. We have substantial dry powder in reserve.”

The acquisition by Warburg Pincus was “a banker-run process” that included evaluations of both financial and strategic buyers, according to Stenning Schueppert, Total Safety’s senior vice president for strat­egy, marketing, and corporate develop­ment. “We did not look at the S-1 option, and we’re still not going to go public,” he adds. “The strategic buyers were involved, but the financial buyers presented a more attractive package.”

With Warburg Pincus’s backing, Total Safety’s growth strategy will be aggressive but with a conservative capital structure, according to Thacker. “We’ll balance our organic growth and investments in green­field opportunities and capital equipment with merger and acquisition opportuni­ties. We’ll be conservative on debt versus equity, with deals involving a combination of the two.”

Warburg Pincus “allows us to run the business,” says Thacker. Put another way, “we’ll make returns for them by building our business and not through financial en­gineering.”

In terms of acquisitions, Warburg Pin­cus “will be involved in the larger oppor­tunities we’ll be looking at, but the smaller opportunities will be identified and pur­sued by our internal management team,” says Schueppert. “If we need to access additional capital on the capital markets, they have the depth and breadth to assist us.” With regard to actual deals, “we are having a broad array of conversations and hope you will see us getting pretty active in the next 12 months,” he notes.

As for an exit strategy for Warburg Pin­cus, that’s open-ended, says Thacker. “If we build a great business, the exit strategy will make itself known in the future. Our focus is and will always be growing a great company.”

Source: Environmental Business Journal


Blakeman & Associates Partners with Total Safety

Blakeman & Associates, a premier ISNetworld® consulting firm, has joined forces with global safety giant Total Safety to provide clients with the best services in the industry.  The combined experience and knowledge of these two firms will offer an unparalleled package of safety and contractor compliance to an international client base.

Safety Service Solutions for the Upstream, Midstream, Downstream, Refinery, Chemical, Petrochemical, Power Generation & Industrial Markets

Montgomery, TX and Houston, TX (PRWEB) April 12, 2013

Blakeman & Associates and Total Safety are bringing together their consulting experience to offer customers a more complete package of services and products. Blakeman & Associates can now offer Total Safety’s online respirator medical evaluation questionnaire and Blakeman & Associates can now provide a managed ISNetworld® compliance solution for Total Safety’s clients.

“We are always looking for new opportunities that will further our clients’ safety services,” says Bob Williams, CEO of Blakeman & Associates. “Total Safety’s Rapid MEQ® testing, an OSHA approved online medical questionnaire for employees, fits a need our clients asked for and a new partnership was created.”

Stenning Schueppert, a Senior Vice President of Total Safety, is also looking forward to offering more services to their clients around the globe. “ISNetworld® compliance remains a challenge for some of our customers and we are proud to offer them a trusted resource to tackle that compliance hurdle. Blakeman & Associates has a stellar record of assisting customers with their online contractor compliance – a service many clients are looking to outsource,” stated Schueppert.

Blakeman & Associates will feature the RapidMEQ® testing on their redesigned website starting Monday, April 15th. The confidential questionnaire can be completed online, saving companies the time and cost of sending their employees to an offsite licensed healthcare provider.

Blakeman & Associates guides small and large companies through the startup process with systems like ISNetworld®, PEC Premier, PICS and BROWZ and offers an annual maintenance program for maintaining compliance with these systems.

“Together with Total Safety, we will be able to bring a level of service to our customers unparalleled in the industry,” said Williams. “We see the needs of our clients changing and we have developed new services and products for our current and future clients.”

About Blakeman & Associates: Blakeman & Associates is a Montgomery, Texas based company that offers a wide range of safety, environmental, DOT, recruiting and human resources consulting services to clients all over North America. They have provided total compliance and business solutions to thousands of companies over the last 25 years. For more information about Blakeman & Associates, contact them at 936-582-2900, visit their website or email them at info(at)blakemanandassociates(dot)com

About Total Safety: Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance solutions and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. Selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies,” it operates from 142 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).

**Neither Blakeman & Associates nor Total Safety are in any way endorsed, sponsored, approved by, or otherwise affiliated with ISNetworld®.

Total Safety Featured in AxialMarket’s Corporate Development M&A Activity Update

Total Safety was recently featured in AxialMarket’s Corporate Development M&A Activity Report. The report analyzes some of the most prevalent issues impacting strategic acquirers in the current M&A climate. To gauge the environment, AxialMarket compiled information and insight from its netowrk, a survey sent to over 4,000 corporate development professionals, and a series of interviews with leading corporate development professionals from across a variety of industry verticals.

A few highlights from the report:

  • It seems that the sluggish M&A activity from the past few years has experienced a marginal uptick. 72% of surveyed Corporate Development professionals would describe the current M&A environment as “moderate.”
  • To evaluate deals in this still-difficult environment, deal professionals rely on a combination of financial and nonfinancial factors — most notably culture and fit.
  • Looking to the future, 62% of those professionals believe that deal activity will increase. The increased activity could be a result of the gradual economic recovery, increasingly available debt facilities, and PE dry powder.
  • 88% of corporate development professionals expect to make at least one acquisition in the next year.
  • Although PE dry powder could help stimulate M&A activity, it could also mean serious competition for strategic buyers and corporate development offices. 88% of survey respondents believe dry powder will increase competition for strategics.

To download and view the report, visit the AxialMarket Blog.