Who We Are

Safety Leader Institute (SLI) LLC is a Small Women and Minority Owned professional occupational safety and health support services firm based in Houston, Texas. Established in 2022, SLI provides a wide range of customized occupational safety programs and services to help position you for success by improving organizational safety culture. We offer a wide range of safety services including safety training and education, compliance programs, assessments, and audits. We believe that a sustainable proactive safety culture is achievable if the organization leadership makes safety a prerequisite.


Improving safety culture of your organization!

At SLI we are passionate about helping organizations create safe and healthy workspaces for their employees. We strongly believe that organizational success is dependent on looking after your most important resource, your employees. To succeed an organization must invest resources necessary to manage existing and potential occupational safety and health hazards in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.


Our Beginning

Safety Leader Institute was founded by Ronilla Ernest, a seasoned professional in the occupational safety and health arena. Prior to founding SLI, Ronilla worked with a broad range of clients and organizations and has extensive experience in implementing and improving the safety culture of organizations in the public and private sectors.

Over her career spanning more than 17 years, Ronilla has observed a need for independent occupational safety and health consultants that provide relevant occupational safety and health expertise targeted to comply with the relevant OSHA standards and regulations, along with customized training designed to educate and empower employees and management to improve the overall safety culture of the organization.  

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Our Mission

At Safety Leader Institute our mission is to inform and educate the leadership and employees of organizations about occupational safety and health, with the intention of influencing their attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs to achieve a proactive safety culture that permeates every aspect of the operations within the organization.

How Safety Leader Institute Works?

At SLI we employ a structured, intentional, and strategic approach aimed to help your organization establish a sustainable proactive safety culture. Some elements of the process are:

  • Perform needs assessment

  • Identify existing and potential safety concerns and issues

  • Define organizational safety goals and vision

  • Create a sustainable proactive safety plan

  • Develop program, policies, and procedures

  • Develop performance benchmarks

  • Deliver training and education

  • Develop safety leaders and advocates

    We develop a structured step-by-step approach to address the unique safety needs of our clients to ensure that the organization is in compliance with OSHA’s stated goal of creating a safe and healthy workplace.

    Why Choose Safety Leader Institute?


    At SLI we are continuing to earn a stellar reputation as a trusted partner in providing occupational safety and health services for our clients. We have extensive experience working in diverse work environments covering field operations to office settings. We help develop safety leaders and advocates by providing a wide range of safety training and education, targeted to prepare your leadership and employees with the skills needed to assess, manage, and solve real world safety issues and situations. The SLI team takes pride in our customized trainings that are engaging, easy to follow, relatable, and relevant.

    SLI helps your organization develop overall vision and safety goals, establish, and implement sustainable proactive safety programs and safety culture to enhance employee performance and reduce incidents. At SLI we employ a collaborative client-focused approach and strive to go above and beyond to meet and exceed our client’s expectations.

    At SLI we excel in simplifying complex occupational safety and health regulations. We deliver on our commitment to provide real world solutions through training, outreach, education and compliance assistance, help establish and enforce standards and maintain effective safety programs to protect your bottom line.

    SLI is registered with the System of Awards Management (SAM).

    UEI: L413F7MH4TY3

    CAGE: 9GFC5


    • Cherie Zieschang, Occupational Safety & Health Program Manager
      It is my pleasure to recommend Ronilla Ernest.  I worked with Ronilla as her Manager from October 2008 through January 2012 when she served as the Industrial Hygiene and Safety consultant at NASA HQ. She has extensive safety experience and knowledge and is truly dedicated to employee safety. She is very easy to work with, proactive, detail oriented, and delivers on her commitments in a timely manner. Her professionalism, interpersonal skills, and collaborative approach always put the employees at ease. She was instrumental in laying the groundwork for many key safety initiatives and programs at NASA HQ during her time there and tackled large and small projects with equal attention to detail. I would highly recommend Ronilla!
      Cherie Zieschang, Occupational Safety & Health Program Manager
      NASA HQ
    • Frank G. Fitzpatrick, President
      Ronilla and I have been longtime associates and we have worked on projects together since 2008 (NASA, ICE, CPB, ATF, and many more). I have always found her work to be top-notch.
      Frank G. Fitzpatrick, President
      WorkWell Associates
    • Eric K. Dargan, Chief Operating Officer

      I had the pleasure of working with Ronilla Ernest for a few years when I served as the Chief Operating Officer for Houston Public Works. As the Safety Administrator for the organization it was clear that Ronilla had a passion for her job and best interest for the employees. When it comes to protecting our employees, safety is not an option. Employees are required to be safe and management is required to provide a safe environment and resources to perform the job safely. It was important that employees did not perceive our safety organization as the safety police, but rather our safety partners making sure everyone went home to their families at the end of the work day. Ronilla exhibited the characteristics that embodied collaboration and teamwork. She made an impact on the organization and I am confident that her leadership through Safety Leader Institute (SLI) can assist any municipality or company identify the safety needs and work together with management to establish a safety program that will benefit and protect the employees.

      Eric K. Dargan, Chief Operating Officer
      City of San Diego

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