EHS Conference


EHS Summit Presenters

Frederic D. Rine’s career in safety spans over forty years, and documents his outstanding work ethic, dedication to success, and entrepreneurial spirit. Fred began his career in 1971 as the Superintendent of Safety and Plant Protection with Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation. After seven years in the steel industry, Fred moved on to Roadway Express Corporation as the Managing Director of Safety, Health, and Fire Prevention in 1977. At that time, Roadway was the nation’s largest trucking firm, and Fred’s safety programs and policies led the company to improved worker and vehicle safety rates. In 1981, Fred’s next career progression took him to Federal Express Corporation where he was the Managing Director of Safety, Health, and Fire Prevention. Here, Fred directed a staff of 10 managers and 100 professionals and implemented a world-class safety program. Fred took his career to the next level in 1992 when he became the Vice President of Safety and Health for the National Safety Council. In 1995, Fred used his safety expertise to become Vice President of Options and Choices, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in improving safety and health performance and controlling costs. After realizing the potential for safety and health consulting services, Fred founded FDRsafety, LLC in 1996. Fred took a simple philosophy—get employees to “want to” work safely, as opposed to the traditional standard of “having to” follow safety rules—and created a multi-million dollar safety consulting organization. Since its founding, FDRsafety, LLC has trained over 500,000 individuals in companies across the United States. Fred’s lifelong success is built upon his experience, leadership, and business insight.


Kevin Margolis is the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group and Firm Practice Group Leader at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP.  He was the Chair of the Benesch Real Estate and Environmental Practice Group for more than 12 years until 2013.  He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Benesch is a multi-practice, diverse law firm of approximately 200 lawyers with offices in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, Wilmington, Delaware, and Shanghai, China. Mr. Margolis’s practice focuses on environmental and regulatory compliance issues, environmental issues in real estate and business transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, development, real estate finance, construction, distressed property, public company issues (establishing reserves, risk management strategies, disclosure issues, etc.), and environmental insurance. A significant portion of his work involves the re-development and environmental remediation of brownfield sites across the country.  His practice also includes the defense of environmental enforcement actions, cost recovery litigation including Superfund matters, underground storage tank, mold and dry cleaner cleanups, wetland and stream fill permitting, and landfill and hazardous waste issues.


Robert D. Nicholson, Senior Electrical Designer and Arc Flash Specialist, is passionately engaged in educating companies and their employees regarding Electrical Safe Work Practices and Arc Flash Hazards. He is a noted spokesperson regarding Electrical Safe Work Practices and provides classroom instruction, awareness seminars, and written programs (as outlined by current OSHA & NFPA 70E standards and regulations) for various sizes of companies. Bob also assists employers in understanding compliance issues and how NFPA 70E is used to demonstrate compliance with adopted OSHA standards.

Bob's Cerifications include: Journeyman Electrician IBEW Local 8, Journeyman Electrician Toledo, Electrical Contractor Toledo, Electrical Contractor Ohio, Master Electrician Michigan, Past Electrical Code Instructor Ohio & Michigan, Arc Flash NFPA 70E OSHA 29 CFR 1910.331-335 Training, NFPA Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (2014). A member of the American Society of Safety Engineers

Jennifer Sommers, Certified Professional Urine Drug Screen Collector and Trainer, Certified Breath Alcohol Tester, Certified Medical Review Officer Assistant and Certified Hair and Salvia Tester. She owns and operates Drug Testing & Consulting 24/7, LLC since 2008 and has been in the business for over 18 years. She also, is a certified Respiratory FIT Tester for respirators and masks. Areas of expertise are BWC Drug Free Safety Program and Department of Transportation Employee and Supervisor Trainer. She works in Geauga, Portage and surrounding counties and has been on the Geauga Safety Council board for 9 years, 6 years on the board, 2 years as chairman and currently the past chair.

William Wahoff’s primary focus is health and safety law, including workers’ compensation, OSHA, Ohio VSSR, and intentional tort litigation defense. He has vigorously represented employers at several thousand administrative hearings, in numerous court cases, including jury trials, and mandamus actions.  He also has significant experience representing employers in labor negotiations and federal and state court employment litigation.  He has bargained with the UAW, Steelworkers, Glass Molders and Potterers, OEA and OAPSE.  He is an OSHA-Authorized 10 & 30 Hour General Industry Course Trainer. 


Mr. Wahoff graduated Cum Laude from Miami University in 1978 with departmental honors.  He received his J.D. With Honors from The Ohio State University in 1982, where he was Issue Planning Editor for The Ohio State Law Journal and received Moot Court and American Jurisprudence awards.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and RIMS, a drafter of intentional tort reform legislation, a frequent speaker at educational functions for employers, and a spokesperson for employers’ rights. He is ABA-OSH Committee Membership Liaison to the ABA-Labor & Employment Law Section. He has presented at past ABA-OSH Committee Mid-Winter meetings and for the 2008 & 2010 OSHRC Judicial Conferences. He is listed as a “Super Lawyer” under Ohio Workers’ Compensation by Thomson Reuters®. He is a charter Ohio Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist and a Founding Partner for the Firm.