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Work experience

May 2008Present

Director of Environmental Health and Safety

Beverage Distribution Center, Inc.
  • Manage environmental health and safety for unionized soft drink production and distribution company with 1,500 employees and eleven operations across five states
  • Work with executive management and business unit leaders to identify, assess and manage risks
  • Ensure compliance with OSHA, EPA and DOT (FMCSA/PHMSA) regulations
  • Oversee operation of two wastewater treatment plants
  • Represent company in regulatory inspections and in industry trade groups
  • Draft general and operating permits to ensure compliance with federal and state air emission regulations
  • Train employees and supervisors in DOT, OSHA and EPA topics
  • Implemented SPCC and SWP3 plans in production facilities and distribution centers
  • Manage staff of corporate EHS managers
  • Oversee fleet safety program consisting of 276 power units, 310 drivers and over 4 million annual miles
  • Implemented matrix-based EHS training program to assist local management in identifying needed training by job title and at various stages of employment
Feb 2006May 2008

Environmental Health and Safety Manager

L-3 Communications

  • Manage corporate environmental health, safety, and workers’ compensation program for Department of Defense Contractor
  • Implemented best management practices regarding chemical handling and usage designed to reduce VOC and HAP emissions resulting in obtaining synthetic minor exemption for environmental permitting
  • Created environmental impact matrix which projects impacts in voc generation, hap generation, ehs generation and hazardous waste stream creation which would result from the implementation of new equipment or processes
  • Through streamlining waste disposal processes, eliminated the need for NPDES stormwater permit by obtaining No Exposure Certification
  • Reduced both hazardous and residual waste annual quantities through intelligent ordering, recycling, and identification of secondary uses for waste materials
  • Advise executive management of environmental health and safety exposures and recommend actions to eliminate or mitigate risk
  • Lead an interdisciplinary team of electrical engineers, quality engineers and production personnel in the re-design and implementation of formal safety policies and procedures
  • Perform audits to ensure compliance with applicable OSHA, PA DEP, EPA, NFPA, and DOT regulations
  • Develop and implement training programs designed to cover various OSHA, NFPA and EPA topics such as: Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Machine Guarding, Ergonomics, Hazard Communication, Live Electrical Work Procedures (NFPA 70e), RCRA and SPCC
  • Oversee the design and layout of new production areas to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory standards
  • Draft environmental permits, requests for determination (rfd’s) and variance requests
  • Manage a staff of eight (8) direct reports
  • Responsible for the management and oversight of 3.4 million dollar salary and expense budget
  • Oversee product stewardship and end-of-life service issues associated with decommissioning of circuit breakers containing asbestos and mercury
Jun 2000Feb 2006

Safety, Environmental and Workers' Compensation Manager

  • Manage environmental health, safety, medical and workers’ compensation program for multi-union production and distribution facilities in Pennsylvania and New jersey
  • Oversee all aspects of compliance with Title V operating permit
  • Create and implement safety and environmental programs designed to reduce risk to employees, and the environment, as well as comply with OSHA, EPA, NJDEP and PADEP standards
  • Investigate accidents and analyze loss data and job activities to identify opportunities to prevent injury
  • Conduct or oversee industrial hygiene monitoring including: sound surveys, air monitoring and indoor air quality audits
  • Create and deliver safety training programs in the following areas: Hazard Communication, Spill Response, PPE, Lockout/Tagout, Electrical Safe Work Practices (NFPA 70E), Powered Industrial Truck Operation, Accident Investigation
  • Directly oversee multi-million dollar self-insured workers’ compensation program. In 2005 achieved 20% reduction in OSHA recordable cases, 30% reduction in cases with days away from work or with restricted work activity and achieved 1 million dollar workers comp. incurred claim cost reduction
  • Develop post injury management and workers’ compensation best practice guidelines
  • Manage company self insured short-term disability program
  • Supervise a staff of six employees responsible for: medical services, workers’ compensation, FMLA, and short and long-term disability services
  • Ensure compliance with FMCSA regulations for drivers and vehicle feet
  • Act as Designated Employer Representative (DER) and also supervise compliance of DOT Drug & Alcohol testing program
  • Work with corporate management to set goals for reduction of injuries and workers’ compensation costs
  • Along with company senior management develop safety goals based on: accident reduction, lost workday reduction, transitional duty usage and participation in safety training and meetings
  • Implemented a back injury prevention program which was responsible for a 40% reduction in back injuries in the targeted departments
  • Designed a computer database to track employee health & safety training
  • Implemented a system of post-offer physical agility tests for candidates in high injury positions
  • Manage budgets for Safety and Medical departments
  • Created safety and health web page on company intranet site
Feb 1998Jun 2000

Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Manager

  • Managed environmental health and safety issues for apparel manufacturing and distribution company with operations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Mexico
  • Responsible for environmental compliance issues in industrial laundry and chemical process preparation facilities in Texas, New Jersey, and Mexico
  • Created and implemented programs to ensure employee health and safety and compliance with OSHA regulations, including: hazard communication, control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), personal protective equipment, powered industrial truck operation, new hire safety orientation and contractor health and safety
  • Participated in environmental due diligence for mergers and acquisitions across US and in Mexico
  • Supervised seven employees responsible for plant level environmental health and safety compliance
  • Provided ongoing support and assistance to 5 safety committees and 2 ergonomics committees
  • Created corporate health and safety achievement program based on safe behaviors and activities
  • Developed global ehs and travel safety initiatives for employees assigned to travel and work overseas (i.e. China, DR, S. America, C. America)
  • Worked with property and casualty insurance carriers, as well as insurance broker to ensure acceptable delivery of loss control and prevention services
  • Utilized and maintained safety budget
  • Developed formal post injury management procedures to ensure proper treatment of employees and management of workers’ compensation issues
  • Created book of full and transitional duty job descriptions for workers’ compensation medical providers
  • Implemented workers’ compensation claim coding system to allow for cost allocation of w/c claims to individual business units
  • Managed corporate property protection issues to achieve "HPR" status with property insurance carrier

Education

Aug 1994Aug 1998

Master of Science

GPA 3.57

Aug 1990May 1994

Bachelor of Science

Summary

EHS Professional with fifteen years of experience managing programs across multiple states and countries.

Interest

  • Volunteer: Philadelphia VIP
  • Marathon Running
  • Mountain Biking

Skills, Honors and Certifications

  • OHSAS 18001:2007 Lead Auditor Training (2009)
  • Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Training (2008)
  • ISO 9001 Certified Internal Auditor (2008)
  • Certified Powered Industrial Truck Trainer (2007)
  • Experience in implementing Environmental Health and Safety Management Systems (EHSMS) across organizations
  • Knight-Ridder Excellence Award Nominee while employed at Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc
  • Experience in managing EH&S operations at multiple worksites
  • Ability to interact effectively with employees at all organizational levels
  • Superior knowledge and familiarity with various software programs and ability to use software to illustrate EH&S performance and project tracking (i.e. MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, Project)
  • Familiarity with Kaizen and Lean manufacturing principles

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania; October 2009

New Jersey; November 2009

References

David Vidovich

Fred Lehman

Anthony Montalbano