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Since its inception in October 1984, PSA has worked with petrochemical plants, pipeline and towboat operators, industrial and heavy highway contractors, small businesses, insurance companies, law firms and contractors to meet their safety and associated training needs.

Steven P. Pereira, CSP - Principal
Steven P. Pereira, CSP

Steven P. Pereira, CSP
With over 30 years of experience in safety management and loss prevention, Mr. Pereira’s expertise has been demonstrated as an authority in the field and as an instructor in the classroom. A Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, he is a Certified Safety Professional with a B.S. in Industrial Technology and a Master of Construction Science and Management degree.

Prior to establishing Professional Safety Associates in 1984, Mr. Pereira held positions ranging from Production Operator with Union Carbide to Loss Control Representative, Plant Safety Engineer, and Project Manager for safety and loss prevention services. He continues to provide consulting as an expert in Chemical Process Safety Management, Safety and Health for Engineers, Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis, Confined Space Entry, and Lockout / Tagout.

Mr. Pereira also provides instruction services for organizations such as the American Society of Safety Engineers; Southeastern Louisiana University’s Industrial Technology program in Occupational Environmental Safety and Health. Mr. Pereira is also a Certified Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Instructor and is a faculty member for the National Center for Construction, Education and Research's Construction Management Academies held in conjunction with Clemson University.

Steve Varnado, Senior Consultant
Mr. Varnado was a Certified Safety Professional (by exam) 1986-1994 and is a Certified Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Instructor. He has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with Science Minor.

Positions held include the Corporate Health and Safety Manager for large Louisiana based chemical company, was responsible for Process Safety Management (PSM), all Health and Safety programs and auditing, medical surveillance, workers’ compensation, emergency response Responsible Care Management System (safety components) and security.

Mr. Varnado was also a Safety Supervisor for large Louisiana based chemical company responsible for all Health and Safety aspects including PSM, programs, auditing, training for Health and Safety topics, medical surveillance emergency response and security. He held the title of Regional Health and Safety Manager for an environmental service company, responsible for one plant and remote remediation sites in the Southeast USA for all Health and Safety areas.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Varnado was a Safety Supervisor for a Louisiana Alumina Plant, responsible for OSHA Compliance, safety training, programs, medical, fire brigade, accident and sickness insurance, workers’ compensation and security., and he served as a Lab Analyst / Instructor in the areas of animal feed and soil analysis, specializing in the analysis for nitrogen, fat, fiber and protein.

Mr. Varnado was a Professional Member American Society of Safety Engineers 1968-2007 and was Past President of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter. He is also a past member of the Safety Council of the Greater Baton Rouge Area, the Greater Baton Rouge Mutual Aid Society, the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance (GBRIA) and the Iberville Parish Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) Task Force.

Charles Watson, Sr., Senior Consultant
Charles Watson, Sr. has a Bachelor’s Certificate from University of Maryland and has written procedures for the EcoScience Resource Group. He has contracted in ExxonMobil Chemical performing Risk Management / Management of Change / Physical Inventory. He was responsible for updating the Environmental Risk Management Plan for BRCP Risk Management and performed fixed equipment audits for Intermediates Business Group.

Mr. Watson conducted a Risk assessment and Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP) closeout for a Polymers Business Group and participated in HAZOP and Revalidations for Chemicals USA. Other services included Management of Change process for a chemical plant, serving as Construction coordinator and mechanical and operations supervisor on several units. He also led and participated in PSM systems audits and incident investigations and co-authored and taught a Chemicals Incident Investigation Course.

He was the plant representative for writing chemicals version of 11 PSM systems and was a Step-up Section Supervisor for the Intermediates Business Group for Risk Management Section. He has also been a Process Operator at water and power plants and participated in all phases of risk management.