Safety Star of the Quarter

Brian Borowczak

Shermco Industries
Risk Director
Irving, Texas (Region VI)

Unjha How did you get involved in safety?

Throughout my career, I consistently served in operational roles such as project management, fleet, and facility management. The common thread across all of these roles is that I have always cared about the people I was working with and focused on doing the right thing. To me, this was what safety truly means: taking care of others.

Despite considering myself a latecomer as a full-time safety professional, I have always had a passion for keeping others safe. As I reflect on my career, I believe safety has always been a driving force behind why I am so passionate about workers going home at the end of the day in the same condition, or better, than they arrived.

Kirovs’k What is your most recent safety related work accomplishment or something that you’re proud of?

My most recent accomplishment has been the opportunity to implement our new telematics system, which is part of our Fleet Safety initiative. I believe this initiative has helped us identify leading indicators to improve our vehicle incident rate and promote safe driving behavior behind the wheel. What has been your favorite aspect of VPPPA?

My favorite aspect of VPPPA is attending the regional and national safety conferences. I believe these conferences are good learning opportunities for like-minded professionals to gather and share their successes in safety, and also to address challenges they are currently experiencing within their organization. After every conference, I feel recharged as a safety professional and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a career in safety?

Advice I would give to someone interested in a safety career is to never quit learning and remember safety is all about continuous and never-ending improvement (CANI). Safety is not something you can accomplish on your own, it is more about working together as a team to foster a culture of working safely, even when no one is watching. At Shermco, I’m proud to be a part of a leadership team that, I believe, has made a positive impact on our safety culture.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

One fun fact is that I currently participate on a Masters Swim Team. I grew up swimming competitively – and have always loved the camaraderie surrounding the sport.

The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association (VPPPA) was born from a passion for safety and a dedication to OSHA’s VPP Participants. Our mission is to be a leader in safety and health excellence through cooperation among communities, workers, industries, and governments. The VPPPA Safety Star of the Quarter is a program to honor and recognize an employee’s achievements in safety performance and professionalism. Thank you to all our VPPPA Safety Stars and VPPPA members for their continued contributions to the safety and health community. Safety Stars of the Quarter will be featured on our website, social media, Leader magazine, On the Level e-newsletter, and receive a certificate.