Meet the National Safety Education Center Trainers

The National Safety Education Center features an instructional staff comprised of experiences and knowledgeable safety professionals who possess excellent credentials relevant to a variety of safety areas. 

Don BartaloneDon Bartalone

Don has been involved in the transportation and warehousing industries for over 35 years and served on the safety team and committee for 20 of those years.  Don spent 5 years as a facility manager / safety coordinator for an oil refinery.  Don is an OSHA authorized General Industry Outreach Trainer that conducts 10 and 30 hour General Industry training.  Don also instructs OSHA 511, 501 and 503 at the National Safety Education Center.  Don has National Safety Council certificates in Fork Lift Truck Operator Training, Incident Investigation, Safety Inspections and is currently working on an Advanced Safety Certificate.  Don teaches at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Rockford, IL. and also teaches the National Safety Council in Itasca, IL.  His experience and diverse background give Don the ability to serve in the field as well as in the classroom to offer solutions to safety problems.  

John NewquistJohn Newquist

John Newquist is an independent safety trainer, author, and consultant He has been interviewed for safety expertise and OSHA insight by NPR, BNA, Safety + Health Magazine, Mother Jones, and several more. He works with numerous companies to address their OSHA and safety compliance needs. John was Region V’s Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs from 2005-2012. He was responsible for administrating the Region’s Training and Outreach programs, Susan Harwood grants, State Plans and Consultation Grants, and Voluntary Protection Program. He has a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University. He is a Certified Safety Professional. He was a founding member of the ANSI Z359 Standards Committee, which is the Safety Requirements for Fall Arrest Systems. He created and taught the first OSHA Training Institute Fall Arrest Course and the Process Safety Management Classes at the OSHA Training Institute. He has taught hundreds of safety seminars across the country including the National VPPPA, Construction Safety Conference, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, and numerous Building Trade Councils. He worked for OSHA from 1983-2012 and was also the Area Director of the Peoria Area Office. He also currently teaches safety classes at the Construction Safety Council.  


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BobBob LoMastro

Bob is a former Army Green Beret, Navy Hospital Corpsman & Supervisor of the National Safety Council’s Safety Training Institute. He holds a Masters Degree in Safety Management & Engineering, with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, Construction Engineering and Nursing.  Bob first developed his unique teaching style as a Master Instructor at the Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego.  In addition to an amazing wealth of safety knowledge, Bob is known for making training interesting and fun. He is an adjunct instructor for many safety organizations such as the National Safety Education Center, National Safety Council, Wisconsin Safety Council and the Construction Safety Council. As President of LoMastro & Associates, Inc. Bob draws upon a career spanning over thirty years of teaching safety and health related topics for government, general industry and construction companies. He teaches a wide range of Safety & Health topics, and has developed an exceptional variety of electrical safety programs for OSHA & NFPA70-E compliance and awareness. 

Charlie ShieldsCharlie Shields

As a career specialist in occupational safety and health, Charlie Shields can help you understand workplace safety and OSHA.  He worked for the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration for over 36 years, starting as a compliance officer and later serving as Supervisor, Aurora Area Office Director, and OSHA Region 5 Assistant Regional Administrator. During his career he received the OSHA Leadership award, OSHA Innovator award, and Distinguished Career Service award.  Prior to retirement, his final position was Director of the OSHA Training Institute with national training responsibilities for state and federal OSHA staff.  Charlie earned a Master of Science in industrial hygiene from the University of Michigan, and was ABIH certified in industrial hygiene and BCSP certified in safety.