B.A. ’70 Clark University, Worcester, MA
M.S. ’71 Southern Connecticut State College, New Haven,
CT Post M.S.: many courses (most as USDOL/OSHA employee) in occupational safety & health, supervision, management, interpersonal communications.
Mr. Kaletsky, specializes in hazard recognition and abatement, site inspection, accident investigation, and citation resolution. He assists to reduce risk, loss, financial burden, legal jeopardy, and human suffering. As a self-employed safety consultant, he has conducted a wealth of OSHA-type, “hands-on” comprehensive inspections and training sessions, with the emphasis on manufacturing and other “factory” facilities. He also consults for construction firms (especially roofers), retail stores, nursing homes, and other types of businesses. Mr. Kaletsky is often hired by attorneys to work as an “expert witness.” As such, he has given depositions on many occasions, and has testified in court. Although working primarily in the New England states, he has also worked in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia, West Virginia, Illinois and elsewhere, including Belgium. His areas of high knowledge include various types of safety hazards encountered in the workplace, with one major concentration being machine safeguarding. He is often called upon to explain OSHA policies and procedures, and how to prepare for and respond to OSHA inspections, complaints, and citations, and is eager to discuss the mitigation, control, and elimination of hazards, as well as other means to improve the level of employee protection, even where OSHA compliance may have been achieved. This includes means and methods (at times creative) of training and motivating employees.
Prior to becoming a Safety Consultant in 1992, Mr. Kaletsky worked for USDOL/OSHA for 20 years, serving as a compliance safety and health officer (safety specialist category) and assistant area director in Connecticut. While with OSHA, he conducted hundreds of “walkaround” compliance inspections (and reviewed thousands), and successfully negotiated hundreds of settlement agreements with employers. At the regional level, he evaluated VPP (Voluntary Protection Programs) applications. Immediately prior to his employment with USDOL/OSHA, He was the Safety Director and Assistant Personnel Manager for Ross & Roberts Inc., a Stratford, Connecticut vinyl manufacturing plant. At the time, Ross & Roberts employed approximately 375 persons, with most employees represented by the United Rubbers Workers.
Mr. Kaletsky is the sole lecturer and inspector in two videotapes: “Employee Safety: Protecting Yourself and Your Fellow Workers” (produced by Wausau Insurance & the Metal Treating Institute, 2 hrs 40 minutes), and “Walk-Thru Safety Inspection: Through the Eyes of an OSHA Compliance Officer” (produced by Business & Legal Reports, 2002, 44 minutes). He has taught occupational safety and health in colleges at the undergraduate level (U. of New Haven, Mitchell College, Housatonic Community College) and the graduate level (U. of New Haven). He has been a faculty member of the National Business Institute, the Institute of Business Law, and the Council on Education in Management.
He has given more than 280 presentations (as OSHA employee and as self-employed safety consultant) to schools, labor, corporations, management, associations, insurance groups, and miscellaneous organizations, and has been interviewed on television, and quoted (aside from the publication of his articles) in Occupational Hazards magazine (at least four times), a publication of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (extensively), Logistics Management, Catalog Age Magazine and Forging Magazine.
Mr. Kaletsky is the author of OSHA Inspections: Preparation and Response, the definitive, step-by-step guide to the entire OSHA process. His special insider’s insight guarantees an accurate, complete treatment of the subject, as well as a unique perspective on dealing with the OSHA. The book offers an in-depth examination (punctuated with creative ideas) of every essential element of comprehensive occupational safety and health programs, and how to develop and effectively implement them. It explains in extraordinary detail (yet easy-to-read style) how to proactively prepare for an OSHA site inspection, what to say and do (and NOT to say and do) during such an inspection, and how to respond and present defenses in the event of a citation. The book has received high praise from the American Society of Safety Engineers (Professional Safety magazine), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA Journal), corporations and safety directors (Unilever, LEGO Systems, Bic, Bayer, Lockheed Martin, Home Depot, Gilbane, Turner, Bodycote), academia (used as a course text in several colleges), the insurance industry (Travelers, Alea), and attorneys (Wiggin & Dana, Cummings & Lockwood, former USDOL solicitors, Chairman and former Chief Counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission).
Mr. Kaletsky is a member of the following professional organizations:
Bureau of Business Practice (former editorial advisory panel member)
Aspen Publishers (editorial advisory panel member)
Business & Legal Reports (advisory panel member)
Metal Treating Institute American Society of Safety Engineers (Nutmeg Chapter Vice President 94 95)
National Safety Council Connecticut Safety Society (Program Committee Chairman 94 95)
Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health National Diversified Training Institute ARCCA,
Incorporated Douglas G. Peterson & Associates, Inc. Odyssey of the Mind (international creative problem-solving competition, encouraging divergent thinking: judge– including at “Worlds,” problem captain, coach of three consecutive state championship teams)
OSHA Inspections: Preparation and Response Articles:
More than 180 articles published since 1992 in: Newsletters of the Metal Treating Institute Newsletter of the Nutmeg Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers News & Views (newsletter of the American Association of Industrial Management) Human Resources (newsletter of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association) Precision Cleaning magazine Industrial Safety & Hygiene News The Maintenance Journal (newsletter of the Industrial Maintenance Institute) Bureau of Business Practice and/or Aspen Publishers: Maintenance Management, Safety Compliance Letter One Special Supplement Occupational Health & Safety magazine Occupational Hazards Magazine Business & Legal Reports Seton Alerts for Safety on Seton.com web site>