Chip Darius has over 30 years of experience in occupational safety & health. Chip is founder and president of Safety Priority Consultants, LLC. Since 2000, Safety Priority has provided training and consulting in occupational safety & health, OSHA compliance, and safety management systems for over 800 clients in more than 30 states from coast to coast and internationally. He is an experienced litigation consultant and expert witness in more than 300 safety-related legal matters involving fatalities, catastrophic injuries and workplace hazards.
Since 2002, Chip has served as Instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Region 1 Education Center (OTIEC) and Adjunct Faculty for Keene State College. He teaches over 20 courses for the OTIEC, including 4-day OSHA general industry standards, 4-day OSHA construction standards, fall protection, machine guarding, scaffolding, Outreach Trainer courses, accident/incident investigation, safety management systems, and others.
Chip holds multiple safety-related certifications and certificates. He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut, where he has also served as Adjunct Faculty. He is an active member and has served multiple times on the executive board of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Connecticut Valley chapter. He holds ASSP certificates in Risk Assessment, Managed Fall Protection, and Global Safety Management.
He serves/has served on several committees responsible for developing and maintaining American National Standards, including
-ANSI Z490.1, “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training”
-ANSI/ISEA 107: “American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel and Accessories”
-NFSI B101 Main Standards Committee on “Safety Requirements for Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention”
-ASTM F1637: “Standard Practice for Safe Walking Surfaces”
-ASTM F1694: “Standard Guide for Composing Walkway Surface Investigation, Evaluation and Incident Report Forms for Slips, Stumbles, Trips and Falls”
-ISO/IEC Guide 51: “Safety Aspects – Guideline for their Inclusion in Standards.”
-CDC/National Occupational Research Agenda Construction Sector Council Workgroups on COVID-19, Preventing Falls, and Preventing Struck-by Injuries & Fatalities
Chip has spent his career helping client companies of all sizes protect their people by improving safety performance and compliance with safety standards.