About Signature Safety

Founded in 2009, Signature Safety was established with the idea that impeccable customer service needed to be at the core of all we do.  The owners, bringing a combined 40+ years of EHS experience to the table, have instilled in their team the idea of relationship-building to truly understand the Client’s needs, as well as the importance of consistent, top-quality follow-through. Working as site safety managers, corporate EHS Directors, and consultants, the founders have seen the field from many different perspectives. Now, in order to complement their skill and knowledge, they have surrounded themselves with a core network of people with a variety of areas of expertise. If you need something done, Signature Safety has the expert for you.

Signature Safety understands that your EHS program is unique to you, much like your signature, that’s why our goal is to work with each client to determine what services they actually need. We don’t want you to fall short of safe work practices and regulatory compliance, but at the same time, we don’t want you to spend time and resources on services you just don’t need. Our services are flexible enough to customize what you need, when you need it, and how much it is going to cost.

Unlike consultants whose backgrounds consist solely of working for regulatory agencies, we’ve worked for companies like you; we’ve developed, implemented, and managed programs for companies like you; we’ve had to find a way to make safety work while staying within budgets; we’ve had to ‘sell’ the concept of why safety works to reluctant managers or, at times, stem the overzealousness of passionate ones. Whatever situation you find yourself facing, we’ve been there, too.

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Consulting makes sense

For those that are facing harder economic times, it is a viable solution to hiring full-time employees. No payroll taxes to pay, no benefits to provide, no bonuses to offer, no worker’s compensation to carry. For those whose businesses are booming, your safety professionals often find themselves pulled in so many directions they can’t, at times, pay the necessary attention to a certain project or process. That’s where we come in.

From construction general contractors and construction managers to subcontractors, from municipal governments to warehousing and distribution companies, Signature Safety has been the solution for many companies. Even other consultants have hired us to service a client when they did not have any personnel with the necessary experience. Whatever your need—and wherever your need—we’ll fill it.

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Meet the Team

John Braun CEO
John Braun, CSP, CHST CEO

John Braun, CEO of Signature Safety, has more than 20 years of experience in EHS.  While a majority of that experience is in construction, as Safety Director his duties involved oversight of safety in warehouses, power plants, recycling facilities, and various types of manufacturing from food to steel.  John is a two-time Past President of the Penn-Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals and a member of the NJ State Industrial Safety Committee.  John holds his CSP (Certified Safety Professional) and CHST (Construction Health and Safety Technician) certifications from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Michael Oprishko COO
Michael Oprishko, CSHM COO

Michael Oprishko, COO of Signature Safety, has more than 25 years of construction safety experience. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Safety and Environmental Management from Slippery Rock University, Michael began working as a safety manager for such companies as LendLease and Kiewit before becoming Regional Safety Director for Structure Tone in NJ. Michael has experience working in all aspects of construction in various sectors, including pharmaceutical, transportation, telecommunication, education, healthcare and data centers. He holds his CSHM (Certified Safety & Health Manager), CECM (Certified Environmental Compliance Manager) and CIHM (Certified Industrial Hygiene Manager) certifications.

Chris Russo Operations Manager
Chris Russo Operations Manager
Elen Ferrante Business Manager
Elen Ferrante Business Manager
Lori Cushing Human Resources Manager
Lori Cushing Human Resources Manager
John Duffy Executive EHS Consultants
John Duffy, CHST Executive EHS Consultants

John Duffy has nearly 20 years of construction safety experience. Prior to that, he worked in the trades, giving him the ability to develop excellent rapport with the workforce attending his classes. He has worked in almost every aspect of construction, with the ten years prior to joining Signature Safety spent as the EHS Manager for one of the nation’s largest mechanical contractors.

Dwayne Fitzpatrick Executive EHS Consultants
Dwayne Fitzpatrick, CRIS Executive EHS Consultants

Dwayne Fitzpatrick comes to us from Travelers Insurance after 20 years at Lendlease construction. His combined construction safety and risk control experience, as well as his degree in Construction Management, gives him a unique perspective which he brings to his classes.

Rich Sfraga Executive EHS Consultant
Rich Sfraga Executive EHS Consultant

Rich Sfraga has worked in construction safety for nearly 20 years with much of the last several years spent managing complex projects in pharmaceutical settings. Before joining Signature Safety 8 years ago, he was the COO of a safety firm based in NYC, where they have some of the strictest safety requirements in the US.

Dick Voorhees Retired/Special Advisor
Dick Voorhees Retired/Special Advisor

Dick Voorhees has over 30 years of Safety and Health engagement within various industries, including construction, manufacturing, maritime, and aviation. He has held a number of safety positions, including, notably, EHS Director for a Fortune 500 Construction firm.