Happy Veterans Day: Featuring tCSO Ryan Burke

Ryan Burke, tCSO at Safety Partners, is also part of the New Hampshire Marine Corps and currently on reserve. Note, as part of Safety Partners policies, we allow any employee to take a leave of absence from work to serve in the United States uniformed services – including active or inactive military duty for training, National Guard duty or training, and Armed Forces Reserve duty.

To observe Veterans Day, Emily Smith, our Digital Marketing Manager, recently interviewed Ryan about his experience in the Marine Corps. Learn more about Ryan’s experience below!

Where were you living when you were serving in the military?

We bounced all around. We started off in Massachusetts, then went to Virginia. Then we went to California. And then after a few months there, that’s when we shipped out to Japan, Korea, and the Philippines.

How long was your time there?

I think in total time overseas, it was a little over eight months. In total […]

Featuring Beth Graham, One of Our Regular Blog Writers

In this post, we interview Beth Graham, our Associate Director of Quality, Research, and Training, who is one of our regular blog writers each week!

As we start to add more guest blogs, both from internal and external members of the company, we will spotlight our internal writers and their expertise.

Learn more about Beth, what inspires her to write, and what she does in QRT below!

What does a typical day look like for you in QRT?

I’m not sure there is a typical day! That said, most days are a combination of supporting newer consultants with their work through in-person and remote meetings and training and reviewing their client deliverables. Most days also include supporting more senior consultants often by email, phone calls, and QRT “Office Hours.”

Sometimes the support for consultants includes onsite mentoring visits at clients. A portion of my day also involves targeting and coordinating professional development for consultants. Many days also include updating […]

Election Day 2020 Resources!

With the upcoming election on November 3rd, we provided #TeamSP with all the resources needed to vote! Here’s what we shared so you can vote too.

Having a plan is the best way to ensure you make your voice heard this election. This year, there are more ways to vote in Massachusetts than ever before. Every voter can choose to vote:

  • By mail
  • In-person, at an early voting site
  • On Election Day, in person at your polling place

Registering to Vote:

  • You can register to vote by Saturday, October 24, 2020. You now have until 10 days before the election to register to vote, due to an extension of the date from COVID-19.
  • You can now register online. If you have a valid driver’s license, learner’s permit, or non-driver ID issued through the Massachusetts RMV you […]

COVID-19: Hands-on, Customized Guidance for a Safe Return to Full-scale Operations

Safety Partners support during the Coronavirus Pandemic

In times of uncertainty, partner with safety experts. As the crisis with COVID-19 evolves, we continue to lead at the forefront of innovating employee health services by supporting our clients and evolving their strategies as new research is released.

We’re using our 28 years of experience to provide Returning to Work Support Services, Creation/Revision of OSHA & RCRA-Related Policies, Programs & Procedures, and more.

We work with you to tailor your strategy so you can focus on the science and be confident that safety is taken care of by our industry experts with 550,000+ hours of combined experience.

The Baker-Polito Administration has issued a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.  As part of this plan, all businesses must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards (see the full announcement at

Safety Partners […]

Cambridge Biosafety Permitting Has Gone Online!

The Cambridge Public Health Department has unveiled their new permitting platform for new Cambridge Biosafety permits and renewals. The transition to the online system requires that each currently permitted company enter all the required information in a new record for that company on the Cambridge Public Health Department’s online ViewPoint platform, under Laboratory Biosafety.

For companies that already have a Cambridge Biosafety Permit, information should be entered for an “existing permit”.  The first time permit holders use the system they will be required to enter the same information as for a new permit.  The contact name for the account doesn’t have to be the Biosafety Officer.  During the account set-up process there will be a separate field to enter the BSO’s contact information. Note that the BSO serves the role of point-of-contact for the permit, so consideration should be given as to who should be listed.  Companies must list someone who is on staff, rather than […]

November 13th, 2019|Categories: News|

Meet Our QRT Team!

After six years of sharing safety tips, we are excited to add more Safety Partners experts to our blog team.  Starting next week, our Quality, Research, and Training (QRT) team members will contribute to our weekly posts.

Beth Graham, QRT Associate Director, will be spearheading our weekly blogs!

Beth brings over ten years of EHS expertise at Safety Partners as well as many years in scientific research.

Our QRT team provides outstanding coaching and mentorship to our Consulting Safety Officers; keeps abreast of regulatory changes, and shares best practices across our organization.

We are excited to share their knowledge, and new findings with you!  Stay tuned for our next weekly blog post!

If you have any questions, please email

April 30th, 2019|Categories: News|

Thank You!


Today will be my last post to the Safety Partners blog as I transition into a new phase!  I want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to read our blog, and I hope that I have been able to share some valuable information to support your EH&S program.  I am sure you can tell from my posts that I am an advocate for collaborative EH&S program implementation with highly organized documentation.  Keep up the great work keeping your organization safe and enjoy our blog going forward!


Thank You!

Sarah Mueller

April 10th, 2019|Categories: News|

Bloodborne Pathogen Training Reminder

OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, applies to all occupational exposure to human blood or other potentially infectious material as defined in the standard.  When implementing a bloodborne pathogen program, the standard needs to be reviewed in detail to ensure full compliance is achieved.  Pay particular attention to the stipulated training requirements.

First and foremost, an exposure determination needs to be conducted to determine the job classifications, and tasks and procedures that fall under the standard.  This exposure determination needs to be documented, even if the evaluation shows that the bloodborne pathogen standard is not applicable to job tasks and procedures at your facility.   Among other requirements, an Exposure Control Plan needs to be written and implemented to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  An evaluation of the required PPE, proper work practices, safer sharps options, and waste disposal practices should be conducted.  Be sure to comply with all of the timelines stipulated […]

March 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2019!

I hope everyone is enjoying a happy holiday season and best wishes for a wonderful 2019!

If your company is shutting down for any period of time over the holidays, remind employees about your after-hours policy.  If there is no official policy, remind employees to make someone aware of their work plans if they will be going into work while the company is closed.

Even office employees should share their plans so someone knows they are in the building should an emergency situation arise.  Some facilities restrict certain hazardous material work after hours or require that particular extra steps are taken.

Enjoy any time off you have and stay safe this holiday season!

December 19th, 2018|Categories: News|

Safety Partners Names Jennifer Reilly as President and Chief Operating Officer

Safety Partners is proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer Reilly to the additional role of President. Jennifer has been Safety Partners Chief Operating Officer since January 2017. In her role as President and COO, Jennifer will lead the company and continue to oversee daily operations.

Safety Partners, Inc. established the field of hands-on professional EHS services for the life science industry in 1992. Its team of experienced safety officers has provided workplace safety and compliance services to more than 450 laboratory and technology companies in Massachusetts and New York City, and intermittently throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Safety Partners in 2007, Jennifer spent five years at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where she served as Senior Laboratory & Safety Manager for the laboratory facility. She developed and maintained its environmental health and safety program as well as managed the animal care facility. Prior to Alnylam, Jennifer held research positions at Biogen, Inc., Curis, […]

March 9th, 2018|Categories: News|