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Some changes that you will see along the way are adding new faces to our highly skilled team based out of our corporate headquarters. We will also be adding additional trainers in both our Ohio and Massachusetts locations all with the promise of being able to better access and accommodate our growing customer base and continue to be a leader in the industry.

With the addition of other safety professionals to the department, it will only serve to enhance the depth of the team and add new flavors to the message regarding the proper way to navigate the terrain of working aloft. Combined with the forthcoming growth, our goal will be to offer more availability to the F.I.R.S.T. Choice Training through more regularly scheduled classes at our Guardian locations, the addition of partner sites in new locations, and some online training offerings so that the quality education provided can be more readily available to those who need and desire to be part of the solution and culture of working at heights safely and productively.

Of course, we will still have the talents and expertise of our Training Coordinator Arissa Mendiola, along with the rest of the team in our salesforce, customer service, production, quality control, manufacturer reps, and valued distributors; all with the ultimate goal of helping those who work at heights and work with those who do go home safely at the end of the day to enjoy the fruits of their labors and most importantly their families.

Stay tuned for more exciting things to come and of course, stay safe.

Training Sales Specialist & Coordinator - Arissa Mendiola

arissa mendiola500hMy name is Arissa Mendiola, Training Sales Specialist and Coordinator of PSG Training. I have been with Guardian, now PSG since February of 2013. Before Guardian, I was working at a Copy and Print Center where I connected with the Director of Training. At the time, I was responsible for printing all of Guardian’s training material (workbooks, tests, wallet cards, etc.). With some familiarity with the training material, I applied for the Training Assistant position and the rest is history.

PSG Training has evolved into one of the leaders of Fall Protection training. Along with the department, my position with everyday operations has grown into an elaborate and fulfilling job. Coming from no previous fall protection background, I’ve learned an immense amount about fall protection, and the safety industry as a whole. My position involves all the “behind the scenes” work. Some of my responsibilities include prospecting new training opportunities, creating training solutions for companies, as well as, registration procedures, order entry, purchasing of training equipment/materials, shipping and receiving of training materials, as well as coordination of all in-house and offsite training courses just to name a few.

PSG is now the World’s largest independent provider of fall protection equipment and training, and it is a pleasure being a part of a revolutionary company whose primary goal is provide quality fall protection solutions.

Training Instructor - Mel Ezzo

Mel EzzoMy name is Mel Ezzo and I am a Training Instructor for Pure Safety Training. After starting with the Engineered Services Group in 2014, I am very excited to be with the training division of Pure Safety. Safety training and management has been my passion and profession for over 17 years. After starting in construction management in residential construction, I saw a real need for safety training for construction workers.

Before coming to Guardian, I oversaw safety at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. Managing a safety program for nearly 2000 full time and seasonal staff was challenging and rewarding. Programs covering animal handling, amusement ride safety, guest safety, and occupational safety kept me very busy. My previous experience with safety and management with Habitat for Humanity helped immensely with working within limited resources in a not for profit environment. As a former builder and small business owner, safety has continually proven to be a top priority to ensure profit and production.

I am thrilled to be able to spread the message of safety with Pure Safety Training. Providing guidance for safe practices and policy for small business to large corporations will continue to be my passion. I look forward continuing to making Pure Safety is the world class choice in training and fall protection leadership.

Training Instructor - Jason Pyle

Jason PyleMy name is Jason Pyle, a training instructor for PSG, and a Houston area native. I live in Katy, TX with my wife Marissa, along with our two children Jordan and Michael. We are huge Houston Astros fans; Go ‘Stros! I came to PSG with an extensive background in health, safety, environmental, and training; within the oil and gas drilling industry.

In 2003 I began my career working in the Gulf of Mexico for drilling contractor Transocean where I held several field-level positions prior to making the transition into HSET roles. In 2007, I was promoted to Rig Safety and Training Coordinator for Transocean’s DD1. I held that RSTC position until 2011 when a transition to land allowed me to work as an HSET/ DOT supervisor.

In 2012 I began work as an HSET supervisor with Houston based private drilling contractor Big E Drilling. In 2013 I was made Corporate HSET & HR Manager with Big E Drilling; where I remained until 2018. With a long history of oil and gas experience, an acute knowledge for fall protection, and advanced HSET skillset I look forward to adding an array of skill and knowledge to the PSG training team.

Training Instructor - Peter McDowell

Peter McDowellMy name is Peter McDowell. I currently help develop and train on proper installation of anchors, use of safety equipment such as collective, and techniques of safe Working at Heights and Rescue and Confined Space safety and Rescue for PSG.

After graduating from Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, I opened my own logistics company in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia where I constructed and managed two warehouse distribution centers focused on storing goods of various embassies and business products.

After selling the logistics company, I eventually moved back to Houston and started a QHSSE consulting company catering to oil and gas (OG) producers and contractor organizations where I trained OG companies in NEBOSH and aided in integrating producers and primary contractors in developing corporate QHSSE policies and safety cultures for international and domestic projects alike.