Gary W. Hanson, M.S.
Mr. Hanson graduated from West Liberty State College in 1971 with a B.A. Degree in Education & Political Science. He was elected to Alpha Phi Sigma National Scholastic Honorary Society his senior year. In 1976, he graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University. He is certified by OSHA and the Ohio Construction Industry Examining Board to teach the OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Construction Safety courses.
Mr. Hanson has 27 years in Safety, Workers' Compensation, Benefits and Risk Management experience, including six years with Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, six years with Firestone Tire and Rubber, and ten years with Dairy Mart. He has extensive background in all areas of safety and risk management, and has achieved an outstanding record of injury and workers' compensation cost reduction.
He is active as a speaker and writer and has spoken on the local, state and national level. He has written numerous articles and was a contributing writer for the Ohio Division of Safety & Hygiene's Supervisory Safety Guide, Patterns for Progress, for the past 12 years.
He is active in many safety and workers compensation organizations and societies. Mr. Hanson is past President of the Society of Ohio Safety Engineers, The McKinley Chapter of the American Safety Engineers and the Summit/Stark County Self-Insurers Association. He is a Professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He was a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores National Safety and Loss Control Committee and Northeast Ohio Self-Insurers Association. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Summit County Safety Council.
Mr. Hanson has worked closely with the Ohio Division of Safety & Hygiene and has been Chairman of the Food & Beverage Section for the All-Ohio Safety Congress and the American Society of Safety Engineers Section. Through his efforts, the Dairy Mart safety program was highlighted by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation in the July/August 1992 News Magazine. He has received numerous honors and awards, including selection as the 1986 Summit County Safety Citizen of the Year and the 1988 All Ohio Safety Professional of the Year.