The Safety Department, Inc®.

About the Firm

In 1997 Sam Church established The Safety Department, Inc. ®. Unlike other so-called “safety” consultants, The Safety Department ® is staffed only by experienced technicians who have spent years in the real-world working for corporations exclusively in safety and producing dramatic real-world results.

Unfortunately, many employers have discovered a trend among prospective “safety consultants.” Careful examination of credentials often reveals misleading claims: environmental specialists, nurses / medical personnel, insurance actuaries, and newly graduated college students are masquerading as seasoned safety experts. In contrast, The Safety Department ® is staffed by experts with field and corporate-level experience at “Fortune 500” companies. The Safety Department ® has demonstrated years of solid results for the corporate bottom line.

About Sam Church

Sam is currently the managing director of The Safety Department®. For a wide range of companies and industries, he creates and offers advisory services in:
  • Occupational Safety
  • Security
  • Risk Management
  • Crisis/Emergency Planning
  • Loss Prevention

Work Experience

  • Director Environment, Safety & Health, BFI, Pittsburgh, PA, 1994 – 1997
  • Corporate Safety Manager, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL, 1990 – 1994
  • Division Safety Manager, CSX Transportation, Pittsburgh, PA, 1984 – 1990


  • B.A. Telecommunications, University of Kentucky
  • M.A. Organizational Communication, University of Kentucky
  • Teaching Fellowship, Doctoral Program in Psychology University of Kentucky
Additionally, he creates and provides several safety-related software programs.

Sam’s Background

Before starting the consulting business, Sam worked for two Fortune 100 corporations, Browning-Ferris Industries, and CSX Transportation. He reduced vehicle accidents by 21%, staff injuries by 19%, and bottom-line losses by $3 million in three years as Director of Risk Management and then Director of the Environment, Safety, and Health for BFI. He also helped reduce employee injuries during his twelve years with CSX, from a rate of more than 18.0 to less than 2.0.

For more than 20 years, Sam was authorized in by the US Department of Labor and OSHA to teach their General Industry and their Safety Standards courses. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has also qualified him as a trainer in loss prevention, as outlined in PA Act 57. Additionally, he holds safety certifications from West Virginia University, The State University of New York, and The University of California.