From taking soil samples for the EPA to leading environmental health and safety for Whirlpool’s largest plant in North America, Tony’s passion for safety runs deep.
Tony Dominic might be the new safety leader at Olympic Steel, but he’s not new to safety — or manufacturing. From taking soil samples for the EPA to leading environmental health and safety for Whirlpool’s largest plant in North America, Tony’s passion for safety runs deep. As Director of Occupational Health and Safety, Tony will be working with the Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Greiff, and the Executive team to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses and keep all employees safe on the job each day. He’ll also make ensureOlympic Steel meets all regulations when it comes to environmental health and safety.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and he’s also a Certified Director of Safety (CDS) and Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS). He began his career working as a contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago where he performed evaluations to determine which sites needed to be cleaned up under the CERCLA Superfund Act. “It was really interesting work, and that’s where I learned to take soil, water and air samples,” said Tony.
The transition to safety came later, around 1996, when Tony first entered the manufacturing environment. “I loved it from day one!” Tony says. “I think manufacturing has to be in your blood, and I credit my grandfather for that passion.” Tony’s grandfather was a screw lathe operator at the Elgin Watch Factory.
When asked what fuels his passion for safety, Tony explains: “Safety is personal to me. I want my teams to have the courage to start a conversation about safety with another employee. If we can’t talk about it, we can’t fix it.”
In his spare time, Tony enjoys cooking, coffee roasting, motorcycle riding, gaming and spending time with his three dogs. He also loves watching “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones” and “Big Bang Theory.” Tony and his wife, Tami, reside in Mentor, Ohio.