Safety, Occupational Health, & Environmental Consultant
Private SOH&E Consultant
I obtained my license via credential review for practice in the European Union through the Cyprus Safety and Occupational Health Association as Greece does not have a recognized (ENSHPO) professional society for such purposes. I networked with the Center for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES) part of the Greek Ministry for Public Works and the Environment (YPEXODE) for EU contracted projects. I continued to interface with CRES, now as part of the new Ministry of Environment until I attended and graduated from SUNY Empire State College in April 2012 with the intention of facilitating a move into Corp Safety Mgt.
In the Spring of 2009, I was contracted by Heliosphera Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Manufacturing, affiliated with First Solar Corp using Oerlikon Technologies (aSi) patented processes. My role was to assist in the preparation of SEVISO II permit applications; review safety, health and environmental measures in designs... making recommendations on improvements, draft an evacuation plan for the plant complex, draft a CSR statement, and investigate accidents during construction for construction liability clauses. NOTE: SEVISO II is a bit more stringent than OSHA's Process Safety Management criteria. The plant was opened on time with response training materials and aluminum-coated proximity suits provided to the City of Tripoli's Fire Brigade. Material Safety Data Sheets were obtained and HAZMAT shipping manifests reviewed. Hazard Zone Calculations based upon latest EPA publications for blast effects at 1 psig overpressure were done, representing a worst case scenario. Safety valves were reviewed for current ATEX certifications... some certifications were obtained, others provided later as part of the facility turn-over pre-inspection submittals. Self-check validation procedures for installed Draeger electronic gas and flame detector/alarms were reviewed. Fall protection program was inspected with recommendations on equipment, evacuation from height, and changes to routine maintenance operations to minimize the hazard utilizing a workpractice control. Reviewed Greek Regulations on the scope of both identified and potential safety and environmental hazards applicable to the plant. Reviewed the entire Fire Protection design of the plant and made recommendations to improve zoning of control panel alarms to better facilitate EGRESS. Reviewed the grounds for effective pathways to EGRESS. Reviewed Air Liquide's HAZMAT facilities on-site, and owner LPG bulk storage tanks for HAZMAT storage, labeling, and access control point security. Identified one (1) source of hazardous noise and recommended PPE as an interim measure. Reviewed MHE charging and goods handling procedures... making recommendations on equipment and design improvements.