Andy Knebel is an OSHA authorized instructor for their (OSHA’s) general industry 30 & 10 hour training courses. This is a relatively new stance for OSHA. Up until this program was developed, OSHA would never “authorize” an instructor but rather would state that the instructors must show their competence when confronted by them.
After attending Southern Illinois University as a math major (Andy Knebel had a teacher’s scholarship), he began working at an oil additive plant in 1973. In 1977, while on strike, he answered a newspaper ad about a similar job in Boulder, Co. This plant made bulk pharmaceutical medicines. They asked him to develop their safety program. When they agreed to allow Andy to develop the program as he believed it needed to be, he took the job. This was years before OSHA, DOT, & EPA got together to develop the training requirements for the people who would address hazardous materials spills. This standard was made a final rule in 1986 shortly after the Bhopal disaster. When the HAZWOPER (hazardous waste operations and emergency response) standards came out, Andy looked over the very specific training requirements and saw that the training that he had set up and had been conducting for years, had met these requirements. Andy Knebel continued working in the environmental, health, and safety field Until he left the company in 1997. Then Andy, started a business renting campers and motor homes. Andy stayed involved with safety (the camper rental business shuts down in the winter) as a consultant. Insurance companies and manufacturing plants would hire Andy to do worksite audits (mainly on the “life safety codes” from the NFPA) and do OSHA required training.
In 2010, Andy Knebel, helped form the company Safety Helpers, LLC. Andy Knebel is now the Head Safety Instructor at Safety Helpers. Andy Knebel presently gives the HAZWOPER and DOT HAZMAT Transportation training Nationwide to thousands of students.