Expert in Construction Safety
Expert ID: 730210 Alabama, USA
Expert was the Director of Safety and Loss Control for Premier RiskTech Services. He provided owners, insurance brokers and construction management companies with the project safety and loss control programming needed to develop, implement and monitor owner controlled insurance programs.
As a Corporate Safety and Security Manager, Expert was directly involved with the formulation, implementation, staffing and corporate oversight of Construction Management and Direct Hire safety and total loss control programs for 25 owner-controlled insurance programs covering pulp and paper, refuse-to-energy, chemical, nuclear, automotive, pharmaceutical, refinery, airport facilities, theme park, railroad and trucking intermodal, juvenile justice center and other types of projects.
As a Corporate Safety and Security Manager for large engineering, design and construction companies, has developed, implemented, staffed and monitored occupational medical and first-aid programs for hundreds of domestic and foreign construction projects. He developed layout drawings for project medical department facilities, specifications for medical equipment, materials and supplies, as well as, establishing site specific medical administrated programs and procedures.
Expert provided guidance to Sandia Albuquerque Laboratory Safety and Health Self-Assessment Team Members to conduct a DOE Pre-Tiger safety audit of their on-site medical facilities, programs and procedures.
Expert has provided safety and loss control consulting services to Project Owners, Construction Management Companies, General Contractors and Subcontractors, Legal Firms, General Industry, Government Agencies and Associations. Offer Clients a "Profit From Safety" philosophy coupled with the technical hands-on experience that results in realistic recommendations and reduced insurance program cost.
He has performed audits of corporate, divisional, plant and project management organizational structures and staff administration programs to evaluate their safety, fire, security, medical, risk management and insurance, and environment departments.
Expert has provided clients with the following consultation services for both new and existing Owner Controlled Insurance Projects:
OCIP Program Feasibility Study; Investigative Techniques; Scope of Insurance Coverages; Subrogation Philosophy & Practices; Interface with Project Insurance Brokers; Rehabilitation Services; Recommend Various Insurance Carriers; Attorney Cost Control Factors; Develop OCIP Bid Specification Documents; Claim Settlement Authority; Evaluate Insurance Carrier Bid Proposals; Carrier’s Internal Audit Controls; Companies Covered By OCIP; How Claims will be Handled After Project; Insurance Requirements not covered by OCIP; Staffing Site OCIP Administrator; Contract Document Insurance Specifications; Carrier’s Loss Control Services & Cost Factors; Contractors Insurance Manual; Monthly Project Insurance Review Meetings; Client Insurance Administration Manual; Claim Reserving Practices; Administration of Contractors Documents; Insurance Loss Runs; Certificates of Insurances Policies; Second Opinion Programs; Safety & Insurance Orientation Videos; Claim Tracking & Cost Data Reports; Payroll Records & Craft Codes; Pre-Qualification of Contractors; Claim Reporting Procedures; Master Safety Program for Site Contractors; Monthly OCIP Status Reports; Conduct OCIP Program & Site Safety Audits.
Interfaced with Corporate Risk Managers, Safety Managers and Project Management Personnel for both private and public entities that have Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIP) for their large construction projects; develop OCIP safety & loss control programs, action plans, procedures and manuals covering construction phase safety, fire, medical, security, environmental & pollution control, emergency planning, safety awards and site OCIP insurance administration programs. Provided safety and loss control consultation services to General Industry, Project Owners, Construction Management Companies, General Contractors & Subcontractors, Trade Associations and Law Firms. Responsible for the development, implementation, and successful administration of total loss control programs covering all Rust business units; conducted job site and facility safety and loss control audits to ensure compliance with company operational policies; compiled and generated comprehensive accident and loss statistical data for all company locations; provided liaison with company insurance brokers and carriers; "Q" security clearance for DOE projects. Developed and implemented comprehensive Safety and Loss Prevention Programs for all company office and project locations worldwide; responsible for providing liaison with owners, insurance brokers and carriers to formulate owner-controlled wrap-up insurance programs for large construction projects involving co-generation, pulp and paper and chemical plants. Implemented security-asset protection programs covering crisis management, executive protection, physical security and substance abuse. Responsible for providing counsel and advise to executive management and all office locations concerning safety, health, fire, security and environmental regulatory standards; furnished safety and loss control consultation for company personnel engaged in R&D, planning, design, construction, start-up and operational aspects of various chemical, petrochemical and refinery projects; directed safety and loss control programs for all construction projects.
Provided guidance to various project managers regarding safety engineering and accident prevention design criteria; reviewed designs, layouts and specifications of fossil and nuclear power plants, municipalities water and waste process plants, and R&D projects to achieve maximum loss control effectiveness and compliance with applicable Federal and State safety and security programs for Construction Management Division. Performed safety engineering duties for shipyard operations; as a health physics monitor conducted radiation surveys of shipyard industrial radiography, and four sub nuclear reactor operations; Chief Medical X-ray Technician for shipyard hospital.
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH:
Have performed unbiased analysis of corporate, divisional, plant and project safety and total loss control programs involving shipyard operations; fossil and nuclear power plants; municipality's water and waste water process plants; R&D Projects; chemical, petrochemical and refinery projects; DOE facilities; cogeneration plants; pulp & paper plants; steel and aluminum mills, manufacturing operators; and construction projects. Audited two DOE Laboratory ES&H Programs for compliance with applicable occupational safety and health rules, regulations and standards.
SECURITY AND ASSETS PROTECTION PROGRAMS
Former member of the American Society for Industrial Security and was certified by a written examination as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Developed, implemented, staffed and monitored over 600 construction project security and asset protection programs on a world-wide basis. All of these programs were established to have an on-going interface between security and safety site personnel to include the client's operating plant safety and security staff organizations. Cross-Training is the key to successful communications between site safety and security organizations especially as it relates to plant emergency/disaster plan sessions.
Implemented Corporate security-asset protection programs covering Crisis Management, Executive Protection, Physical Security and Substance Abuse.
EMERGENCY & DISASTER ACTION PLANS:
As a Corporate Safety and Security Director and a Safety and Total Loss Control Consultant have formulated emergency preparedness plans covering offices, warehouses, plant facilities and construction projects. I conducted audits of facility emergency/disaster programs to evaluate performance objectives concerning emergency crew resources, equipment, vehicles and training sessions.
Reviewed laboratory documents (PHA's, SOP's, SWP's) to ensure that all possible emergency conditions have been addressed by pre-determined action plans that have been communicated to emergency response personnel. I am familiar with OSHA's 1910. Subpart E - Means of Egress Standard and NFPA's Life Safety Code.
|Year: 1983||Degree: Associates||Subject: Business Administration||Institution: County College of Morris, New Jersey|
|Years: 1997 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Safety Consultant and Expert Witness||Department:|
Responsibilities:Expert provided safety and loss control consultation services to Legal Firms, General Industry, Project Owners, Construction Management Companies, General Contractors and Subcontractors, Government Agencies, and Associations. He has offered clients a "Profit From Safety" philosophy coupled with the technical hands-on experience that results in realistic recommendations and reduced insurance program cost.
|Years: 1994 to 1997||Employer: Premier RiskTech Services||Title: Director Safety & Loss Control||Department:|
Responsibilities:Expert interfaced with Corporate Risk Managers, Safety Managers and Project Management Personnel for both private and public entities that have Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIP) for their large construction projects. He also developed OCIP safety and loss control programs, action plans, procedures and manuals covering construction phase safety, fire, medical, security, environmental and pollution control, emergency planning, safety awards and site OCIP insurance administration programs.
|Years: 1988 to 1997||Employer: Construction Safety Consultant & Expert Witness||Title: Safety Consultant & Expert Witness||Department:|
Responsibilities:Provide safety and total loss control consulting services to Project Owners, Construction Management Companies, General Contractors & Subcontractors, Legal Firms, General Industry, Government Agencies and Associations. Offer Clients a "Profit From Safety" philosophy coupled with the technical hands-on experience that results in realistic recommendations and reduced insurance program cost. Perform audits of corporate, divisional, plant and project management organizational structures and staff administration programs to evaluate their safety, fire, security, medical, risk management & insurance, and environment departments. Key program elements audited are listed below:
1. Organization Chart and Scope of Responsibilities
2. Titles and Position Descriptions
3. Staff Qualification Reviews to Include Current Resumes
4. Department Budget Reviews Over the Last Three Years
5. Staff Pay Scale Reviews and Annual Reviews
6. Staff Interviews
7. Promotion Policy
8. Survey of Daily Staff Activities
9. Staff Turn-Over Rates
10. Levels of Accountability
11. Interface/Communication Between Other Organizations
12. Policies, Programs, and Procedures
13. Accident Statistical Data Review
14. ES&H Goals and Objectives
Expert has work experience in the following types of industrial exposures:
1. Nuclear Power Plants 15. Shipbuilding
2. Coal Fired Power Plants 16. Ship Repairs
3. Refuse-To-Energy Plants 17. Nuclear Submarines
4. Solar Energy R&D Plants 18. Chemical Processing
5. Heavy Water Nuclear Plants 19. Petrochemical
6. Gas & Oil Separation Plants 20. Refineries
7. Pipelines & Pumping Stations 21. Steel Mills
8. DOE National Laboratories 22. Aluminum Processing
9. Pulp & Paper Mills 23. Water Treatment Plants
10. Automotive Manufacturing 24. Waste Water Treatment Plants
Expert has work experience in the following types of industrial exposures:
11. Japanese Auto Parts Plant 25. Environmental Restoration Projects
12. Office Buildings 26. Warehouse Facilities
13. Computer Chip Manufacturing 27. Food Processing Plants
14. Airports 28. Foreign Construction Projects
|Years: 1986 to 1988||Employer: Rust Corporation||Title: Corporate Safety & Security Director||Department: Corporate Safety & Security Department|
Responsibilities:Expert was responsible for the development, implementation, and successful administration of total loss control programs covering all Rust business units; conducted job site and facility safety and loss control audits to ensure compliance with company operational policies; compiled and generated comprehensive accident and loss statistical data for all company locations; provided liaison with company insurance brokers and carriers; "Q" security clearance for DOE projects.
|Years: 1984 to 1986||Employer: Kellogg Rust Inc.||Title: Corporate Safety & Security Manager||Department: Corporate Safety & Security Department|
Responsibilities:Expert developed and implemented comprehensive Safety and Loss Prevention Programs for all company office and project locations worldwide; responsible for providing liaison with owners, insurance brokers and carriers to formulate owner-controlled wrap-up insurance programs for large construction projects involving co-generation, pulp and paper and chemical plants. Implemented security-asset protection programs covering Crisis Management, Executive Protection, Physical Security and Substance Abuse.
|Years: 1977 to 1984||Employer: C-E Lummus Co.||Title: Corporate Safety & Security Manager||Department: Corporate Safety & Security Department|
Responsibilities:He was responsible for providing counsel and advise to executive management and all office locations concerning safety, health, fire, security and environmental regulatory standards; furnished safety and loss control consultation for company personnel engaged in R&D, planning, design, construction, start-up and operational aspects of various chemical, petrochemical and refinery projects; directed safety and loss control programs for all construction projects.
|Years: 1972 to 1977||Employer: Gilbert/Commonwealth Co||Title: Corporate Safety & Security Manager||Department: Corporate Safety & Security Department|
Responsibilities:He provided guidance to various project managers regarding safety engineering and accident prevention design criteria; reviewed designs, layouts and specifications of fossil and nuclear power plants, municipalities water and waste process plants, and R&D projects to achieve maximum loss control effectiveness and compliance with applicable Federal and State safety and security programs for Construction Management Division.
|Years: 1966 to 1970||Employer: General Dynamics Corporation Shipyard||Title: Health Physics Monitor||Department:|
Responsibilities:Covering industrial radiography, reactor operations, shield surveys and was qualified as an instructor for Radiographer and Health Physics Monitor Training Programs. Involved in four planned reactor plant criticalities and repairs of SSN 614 (Greenling), SSN 615 (Gato), SSN 638 (Whale), and SSN 649 (Sunfish) nuclear submarines. Familiar in all phases of personnel monitoring, environmental survey, counting techniques, survey instrument calibration, nuclear chemistry techniques and nuclear accident emergency procedures.
As the Safety and Security Manager for Gilbert/Commonwealth Companies, systematically review designs, layouts and specifications for various nuclear power plants to determine compliance with applicable Federal and State OSHA General Industry Safety and Health Standards. When Three Mile Island (Unit 1 Nuclear Power Plant) was 85% constructed, inspected the entire plant complex to identify OSHA 1910 safety standards deficiencies. A final OSHA compliance inspection was conducted just prior to TMI - Unit 1 going operational. Unit 1 was not involved in the TMI-Unit 2 nuclear accident. Gilbert/Commonwealth did not design Unit 2.
|Years: 1964 to 1972||Employer: General Dynamics Corporation||Title: Safety Engineer/Health Physics Moniter/Chief Medical X-Ray Technician||Department: Shipyard Safety Department|
Responsibilities:He performed safety engineering duties for shipyard operations; as a health physics monitor conducted radiation surveys of shipyard industrial radiography, and reactor operations; Chief Medical X-ray Technician for shipyard hospital.
Types of Ships Built and Repaired at The Quincy Shipyard
Two Ammunition Ships
Two Submarine Tenders
Four Nuclear Submarines from 11/67 to 3/69
SSN 614 Greenling Thresher/Permit Class Sub
SSN 615 Gato Thresher/Permit Class Sub
SSN 638 Whale Sturgeon Class Attack Sub
SSN 649 Sunfish Sturgeon Class Attack Sub
Three Liquefied Natural Gas (LGN) Tankers
Six Fleet Replenishment Oilers
Two Dock Landing Ships
|Years: 1991 to 1992||Agency: DOE||Role: Safety Consultant||Description: He worked for DOE in Idaho Falls providing assistance to DOE-ID and the INEL Site Construction Manager in correcting and responding to DOE Tiger Team inspection key findings. He performed construction safety audit of DOE's Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project.|
|Years: 1991 to 1991||Agency: DOE||Role: Safety Consultant||Description: During June, 1991, he conducted an audit of DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory Fixed-Price Contractors prior to the Lab's Tiger Team inspection. He assisted ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc. in providing hands-on training to 250 Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) employees as part of the SNL pre-Tiger Team Self-Assessment Training Program.|
|Years: 1990 to 1990||Agency: DOE||Role: Safety Consultant||Description: He worked at the Los Alamos Technical Area Facilities assisting ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc. in inspecting 5.6 million out of the total 7.7 million square feet of research and development building space.|
|Years: 1986 to 1988||Agency: DOE||Role: Construction Managers||Description: As a Corporate Safety & Security Manager established, implemented, staffed and audited company direct-hire new construction and construction maintenance safety & loss control programs at the DOE Oak Ridge-TN, DOE Fernald-Ohio and Bruceton-Penn Facilities.|
|Associations / Societies|
|Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (1973 to present).|
|Licenses / Certifications|
|Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from 1983 to 2015 (Retired).
DOE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION:
Conducted Safety and Total Loss Control Audits involving laboratory operations covering offices, shops, warehouses, technical support facilities, chemistry labs, and experimental work spaces to determine if site/facility personnel, plant maintenance & contractor employees and visitors have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and expected safe work practices, and have the knowledge, skills and practical abilities necessary to effectively implement personnel protection practices associated with their job task.
Routinely check laboratory site training standards and documents for compliance with the following training/certification requirements:
1. Laser Operations
2. Hazard Communication
3. Radiation Safety
4. Fire Extinguisher
5. Fork Lift Truck Operators
6. First-Aid & CPR
7. Emergency Shutdown Procedures
8. New Employee/Student Training Requirements
|Medical / Professional|
|Medical X-Ray Technologist working at the following hospitals:
Lemuel Shuttuck Hospital
General Dynamics Shipyard Hospital
Milton Hospital (part time)
Cardinal Cushing Hospital (part time)
|Publications and Patents Summary|
| Expert has a number of safety publications.
Industry articles: 16
Published two (2) sets of 19 total loss control program manuals, one set for large & mid-size contractors and the second set for subcontractors covering the following:
1. Safety Administration 11. Drug & Substance Abuse
2. Field Safety 12. Emergency/Disaster
3. Employee Safety Handbook 13. Hazard Communication
4. Safety Tool-Box Talks 14. Safety Award & Incentives
5. Medical & First-Aid 15. Safety Accountability
6. Fire Prevention & Protection 16. Productivity Improvement
7. Security & Assets Protection 17. Risk Mgmt. & Insurance
8. Crane Rigging 18. Asbestos Abatement
9. OSHA Inspection Action Plan 19. Position Descriptions
10. Environmental/Pollution Control
He has also written 9 Total Loss Control Manuals for General Industry covering the following Topics:
1. Safety Administration 6. Emergency/Disaster Manual
2. Plant Safety Manual 7. Hazard Communication Manual
3. Fire Prevention & Protection Manual 8. Respiratory Protection Manual
4. Security & Assets Protection Manual 9. Contractor Safety & Loss Prevention Programs
5. OSHA Compliance & Inspection Action Plan
|Expert Witness Experience|
|From 1990 to present, Expert has been providing safety expert witness support services for serious personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs and defense attorneys.
- Provide nationwide safety expert witness support services for both plaintiff and defense attorneys.
- Safety Expert Witness for 30 Years
- Corporate Safety Director for four engineering, design and construction management firms.
- Developed, staffed, implemented & administrated safety & total loss control programs for 600 world- wide construction projects.
- Independent Safety Consultant
- Authored various safety manuals for construction associations and general contractors
SAFETY EXPERT WITNESS LEGAL CASES
Plaintiff Attorneys: 185
Defendant Attorneys: 35
Total Legal Cases: 220
TYPE OF CASES
84 General Industry Cases
79 Construction Cases
44 Retail Stores Cases of which 18 were Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
4 Restaurant Cases
4 Maritime Cases
3 Railroad Cases
1 Surface Mining Case
1 Department of Energy Case
220 Total Legal Cases
32 Fatality Cases
106 Fall Cases
68 Depositions Given
8 Court Testimony Provided
LIST OF RETAIL STORES LEGAL CASES
He has worked a total of (44) retail or merchandising store legal cases of which (24) were slip and fall, (15) trip & fall, (3) cases overhead merchandise or fixture falling onto customers, (1) struck by cart, and (1) construction case.
|Training / Seminars|
|American Subcontractors Association – Annual Convention; Chicagoland Construction Safety Council – 2nd Annual Conference; Chicagoland Construction Safety Council – 3rd Annual Conference; The MEGA Center The 26th Annual Chicago Business Fair;
Monsanto Company - Construction Hazard Recognition Training Program For Plant Personnel; National Electrical Contractors Association Annual Convention; National Electrical Contractors Association Annual Convention; National Electrical Contractors Association; National Electrical Contractors Association Illinois Chapter’s 23rd Annual Convention
|Expert's marketing experience includes the following:
Airports; Aluminum Processing; Automotive Manufacturing; Chemical Processing; Coal Fired Power Plants; Computer Chip Manufacturing; DOE National Laboratories; Environmental Restoration Projects; Food Processing Plants; Foreign Construction Projects; Gas & Oil Separation Plants; Heavy Water Nuclear Plants; Japanese Auto Parts Plant; Nuclear Power Plants;
Nuclear Submarines; Office Buildings; Petrochemical; Pipelines & Pumping Stations; Pulp & Paper Mills; Refineries; Refuse-To-Energy Plants; Shipbuilding; Ship Repairs; Solar Energy R&D Plants; Steel Mills; Warehouse Facilities; Waste Water Treatment Plants; Water Treatment Plants
|Other Relevant Experience|
|FIRE PREVENTION & PROTECTION PROGRAMS:
Developed, implemented, and monitored Fire Prevention and Protection Programs for large construction projects. Formulated layout drawings for project fire department facilities, specifications for fire trucks, support vehicles, equipment, material and supplies and established site specific fire administrated control procedures.
Familiar with NFPA 45 Fire Protection Standards for Laboratories Using Chemicals. Conducted fire safety audits of laboratory facilities to determine compliance with applicable OSHA, NFPA, DOE and Laboratory Fire Prevention and Protection Standards. Published Fire Prevention and Protection Manuals for both Mid/Large-Size Contractors and Subcontractors. Prepared a Plant Fire Prevention and Protection Manual for a Japanese Mfg Company.
PROCESS SAFETY MANAGEMENT:
Provide full-scope consultation services for developing, implementing and controlling Contractor operations covered by OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard.
1. Corporate PSM Program for Contractors
2. Plant PSM Program for Contractors
3. Audits of Existing PSM Programs
4. Contractor Bid Specification Documents
5. Contract Document Safety Requirements
6. Contractor Prequalification Safety Specs.
7. Pre-Bid & Pre-Job Orientation Sessions
8. Plant Hazard Communication Program
9. Work Site Physical & Chemical Hazards
10. Emergency Action Plans
11. Plant Lockout/Tagout Procedures
12. Contractor Work Permit Procedures
13. Confined Space Entry Procedures
14. Contractor Employee Training Programs
15. Constructability Reviews
16. OSHA & EPA Requirements
17. Fire Prevention & Protection Programs
18. Contractor Accident Records
19. Contractor Compliance Audits
DOE R&D AND WEAPONS PLANT FACILITIES:
Provide safety and total loss control consulting services to Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories. Maintained a "Q" security clearance for DOE projects.
From July, 1991 to March,1992, worked for DOE in Idaho Falls providing assistance to DOE-ID and the INEL Site Construction Manager in correcting and responding to DOE Tiger Team inspection key findings.
During November, 1991; performed construction safety audit of DOE's Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project.
During June, 1991, conducted an audit of DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory Fixed-Price Contractors prior to the Lab's Tiger Team inspection.
Assisted ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc. in providing hands-on training to 250 Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) employees as part of the SNL pre-Tiger Team Self-Assessment Training Program.
From June to November, 1990; worked at Los Alamos Technical Area Facilities assisting ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc. in inspecting 5.6 million out of the total 7.7 million square feet of research and development building space.
As a Corporate Safety & Security Manager established, implemented, staffed and audited company direct-hire new construction and construction maintenance safety & loss control programs at the DOE Oak Ridge-TN, DOE Fernald-Ohio and Bruceton-Penn Facilities.
Expert has conducted audits covering the following DOE ES&H organization & administration procedures and R&D experimental activities:
Occupational Safety & Health Laser Operations
Fire Prevention & Protection High Pressure Systems
Medical & First Aid Accelerators
Industrial Hygiene Solar Thermal Test Facility
Environmental & Pollution Control Meson Physics Facility
Health Physics Explosive Development Lab
Security & Safety Interface Water Impact Test Facility
Emergency Preparedness Plans Centrifuge Facilities
Training & Certification Climatic Test Facility
Conduct of Operations Robotics Operations
Safety Analysis Light Initiated High
Facility Safety Reviews Explosive (LIHE) Test Facility
Nuclear Safety Computer Chip Processing Lab
Plant Maintenance Microelectronics Labs
Electrical Safety Chemical Physics Labs
Site Construction Contractor's Radiological Materials Labs
Hazard Communication Coal Technology Pilot Plant
OSHA's Laboratories Standards Numerous Other R & D Labs
DOE FACILITY SAFETY REVIEW:
Assisted Laboratory Management and Self-Assessment lab employees in the appraisals of selected laboratory facilities to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their ES&H programs as applied to experimental operations and support activities performed at those facilities.
DOE PLANT MAINTENANCE:
Audited laboratory plant engineering and maintenance operations to evaluate their impact onto site ES&H performance goals and objectives. The following maintenance activities were reviewed:
1. Organization and Administration
2. Planning, Scheduling and Work Control Procedures
3. Preventive Maintenance Programs
4. Facilities, Equipment and Materials
5. Maintenance Risk Identification, Evaluation and Control
6. Maintenance Personnel Training Programs
7. Maintenance Records
8. Interface with Lab Managers and Supervisors
9. Interface with Contractors and Vendors
10. Special Abatement Programs - PCB's, Asbestos, Radiation, etc.
DOE ELECTRICAL SAFETY:
Conducted electrical safety audits of laboratory work spaces to determine compliance with OSHA's 1910 Subpart S - Electrical Standards and National Electrical Code Requirements. Specific Lab Electrical System Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Special Work Permits (SWP) were also audited for full compliance.
DOE EXPLOSIVES- EXPLOSIVES PROCESSING:
Familiar with DOE's Explosives Safety Manual which prescribes the explosives safety requirements to be applied to all DOE facilities involved with the development, testing and processing of explosives or assemblies containing explosives.
Trained Sandia (Albuquerque) Lab Employees in the systematic techniques to follow when performing hands-on safety and loss control audits of laboratory explosives operations. Prior to commencing these audits site specific preliminary hazard assessments (PHA's), safe operating procedures (SOP's), material safety data sheets (MSDS's) and site operating procedures of the lab's safety and health self-assessment team. Provided direction to lab self-assessment team members inspecting various laboratory explosives processing and testing facilities to ensure compliance with Sandia, DOE, OSHA, and EPA standards.
DOE LABORATORY INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE:
Audited laboratory industrial hygiene programs to verify that they control, mitigate or eliminate potential chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic health hazards to employees and visitors through the application and use of appropriate engineering controls, administrative procedures, personal protective equipment, substitution with less hazardous materials, and compliance with established health and safety procedures, rules regulations, and OSHA safety & health standards.
Conducted detailed inspections of over 150 wet lab rooms to determine compliance with DOE order 5480.10, covering the identification, evaluation and standard operating procedures for controlling occupational exposure to chemical carcinogens.
Familiar with OSHA's 1910.1450 standard "Occupational Exposure to Toxic Substances in Laboratories" and OSHA's 1910.1200 standard "Hazard Communication."
DOE HUMAN FACTORS:
Familiar with the Axiom, "There is no such thing as an average man" and the truism that "man-machine" systems are only effective if they are operable over a wide range of human physical characteristics. Therefore, when auditing any plant facility, I have always reviewed the specific site preliminary hazard assessments (PHA's), safe operating procedures (SOP's), material safety data sheets (MSDS's) and operating procedures to determine if human engineering considerations have been incorporated into the design, layout and operation of the equipment in order to facilitate operator control, information processing, and the recognition and proposal response to alarms, instruments and other equipment.
DOE PERSONNEL PROTECTION:
Protection of laboratory personnel, property and the environment can only be achieved by senior management establishing targeted ES&H performance goals and objectives and holding site managers, supervisors and employees accountable for the success or failure to achieve these goals and objectives. Laboratory personnel can best be protected when the Lab ES&H organization addresses each of the following:
1. ES&H policy, programs and procedures effectively communicated to all employees, contractors, vendors and visitors.
2. Establish the framework for responsibilities, authority and lines of communication.
3. Assure that the design, acquisition, operation, modification, maintenance, and disposal of equipment receives appropriate ES&H reviews and controls.
4. Train all employees, contractors, and visitors consistent with their needs and the level of risk associated with their activities.
5. Adequately document ES&H activities so as to measure and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the system and lab organizations.
Expert audited two DOE Laboratory ES&H organizations to determine the levels of personnel protection provided for lab employees, contractors and visitors.
DOE SAFETY ANALYSIS:
Familiar with laboratory administrative requirements covering safety analysis preparation and review system process needed to ensure that laboratory operations are conducted in a manner that limits risks and adequately projects people, property and the environment.
Also familiar with DOE Order 5440.1, that addresses the preparation of an action description memorandum (ADM) for most new operations or significant changes to existing operations, as well as, DOE review and approval safety analyses process covering:
1. Drafts of Safety Assessments and SAR's
2. Safety Assessments
3. Preliminary SAR's
4. Final SAR's
5. Pre-operational Appraisals
DOE TECHNICAL SUPPORT:
Conducted Safety and Total Loss Control Audits of laboratory technical support groups to determine compliance with ES&H Laboratory, DOE, OSHA and EPA Standards. Reviewed facility modifications, equipment performance testing, monitoring and documentation to determine that technical support services have been carried out in accordance with sound engineering principles that assured proper design, review control implementation and documentation.
DOE CONDUCT OF OPERATIONS:
Familiar with the DOE 5480.19 Conduct of Operations requirements for DOE facilities and have audited two DOE Laboratory facilities to determine compliance in meeting operations performance and safety objectives. Conducted numerous Safety and Total Loss Control Audits covering different types of industrial operations.
DOE WASTE MANAGEMENT:
Conducted ES&H Audits of laboratory hazardous waste processing facilities handling polychlorinated biphenyls, asbestos, radioactive materials, and other toxic wastes commonly generated at research laboratories.
Familiar with OSHA 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standards.
Reviewed numerous standard operating procedures and special work permits involving the handling and disposal of carcinogens, suspected carcinogens or other chemical, hazardous or mixed waste.
DOE QUALITY ASSURANCE PROGRAM (VERIFICATION) :
Familiar with the ASME NQA-1-1989 Edition of the Quality Assurance Program Requirements for Nuclear Facilities.
Audited various industrial operations to determine that management had put administrative programs and controls in place to ensure successful Quality Assurance and Quality Control Programs covering each facility throughout the site.
Other QA/QC program elements reviewed covered the following:
1. Procurement Activities - Materials, Equipment and Services
2. Selection and Control of Suppliers and Vendors
3. Inspection of Purchased Material & Equipment Shipped to the Site.
4. Pre-Installation Inspections
5. Contractor Selection
6. Contractor QA/QC Program Review and Approval
7. Contractor Inspections and Equipment Testing
8. Identification, Control, Calibration and Maintenance of Tools, Gases, Instruments, Other Measuring and Testing Devices.
DOE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT:
Top management’s commitment to achieving successful ES&H programs can often be measured by reviewing how all levels of plant management prevent the re-occurrences of accidents and near-miss incidents. Incident management is more than maintaining OSHA frequency and severity rates - it is the clear identification and rectification of all cause factors that create the accidents or near-miss incidents.
Audited laboratory ES&H administration policies, programs and procedures to elevate accident/incident trends, unusual occurrences, lost workdays, reporting requirements, lessons learned, radiation exposures (ALARA), and upgrading of standard operating procedures and lab employee training programs.
DOE PACKAGING AND TRANSPORTATION:
Audited many different types of industrial operations, two of which are DOE Laboratory facilities, to determine if hazardous materials packaging and transportation operations are performed in compliance with applicable Federal and State Regulations, including those of the Department of Transportation (DOT), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Occupational Safety & Health Adm. (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
DOE PLANT AUXILIARY SYSTEMS:
When conducting any facility safety and total loss control audit, I evaluate site operations support systems to determine if these auxiliary units have been properly designed, installed, tested and maintained to function properly. Lab managers usually do a very good job in addressing all the hazards associated with lab experiment in their preliminary hazard assessment and standard operating procedure documents. However, the loss of vital operations supply systems (emergency power, water, gas, ventilation systems) are not always adequately covered in the PHA's or SOP's. Audited plant maintenance auxiliary system work spaces in numerous types of industrial operational plants.
DOE CRYOGENICS SAFETY:
Familiar with the Compressed Gas Association's Safe Handling for Cryogenic Liquefied Gases. Performed safety evaluations of numerous laboratory cryogenic operations to determine adequacy of hazard controls as follows:
1. Administrative controls covering training, posting, labeling, SOP or SWP, oxygen and combustible gas alarms, controlled access, and filling procedures.
2. Engineering controls to mitigate hazards involved in cryogenic operations to include relief valves on trapped volumes, ventilation systems, orifices to reduce flow rate, and storage locations.
3. Personal protective equipment used to protect personnel working with cryogenics to include gloves, safety glasses, face shields and self-contained breathing apparatus where cryogenic operations could cause an oxygen deficiency.
4. Emergency response procedures for each cryogenics operation involving the use of more than four liters of cryogenic fluids.
5. Review of any accident/incident reports involving cryogenics.
6. Laboratory installation, inspection and maintenance programs for cryogenic operations.
Fields of Expertise
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