Greg has over 30 years of Environmental, Health and Safety experience in a variety of capacities, to include having previously served as Senior Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety for a national organization.
Now the owner of his own consulting firm, he has worked in leadership roles for several types of organizations to include applications in military (Air Force Captain, Bioenvironmental Engineer), environmental remediation (Rust/CWM), academic (University of Tennessee – Construction Industry Research and Policy Center), construction management (MK-Ferguson in the Department of Energy environment), consumable dental supply (Sybron/Kerr [now Danaher]), OEM and Tier 1 auto parts manufacturing (FCA/ZF-TRW), disaster restoration (InStar) and above-ground mining (Carmeuse). He has taken a lead role in coaching business unit leadership in understanding HSE related risks, requirements and opportunities, and working collaboratively to achieve improvement.
Program areas of emphasis have included: safety management systems (such as OHSAS 18001 and company-specific); health, safety and environmental (HSE) program development, roll-out and management; employee-participative safety programs and team development; management systems and fatality research; facility environmental HSE risk assessments, gap analyses and training. Technical areas of expertise include incident investigation and causal factor analysis, energy control (lockout/tagout/tryout), machine guarding, hazard communication, industrial hygiene (e.g. air sampling for chemicals, dusts, etc.), safety and industrial hygiene regulatory requirements and assistance, ergonomics hazard assessments, new equipment safety approvals, occupational medical and workers’ compensation program management and improvement, and programs designed to help achieve positive safety attitudes/culture and risk perception.
Greg has also led HSE Compliance and Management System audit teams and assisted organizations with Health and Safety Management System and ISO 14001 implementation and management. He is an OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems auditor and is an expert in safety management system development and implementation.
Some of his notable successes include:
• Developed business unit HS&E goals, representing 16 facilities, to improve safety climate and achieve business goals. Rolled out culture change program to over 4300 employees. Guided and coached at-risk business units in safety management system concepts and provided extra support to accomplish manufacturing goals while utilizing lean staffing levels. Improved safety incident rate results by 30%. Spearheaded risk management strategies to include workers’ compensation and early return-to-work programs in a manufacturing alliance that created new best management practices and impacted insurance premiums. Reduced total workers’ compensation costs by >$3.5M year over year (36%).
• Helped a large manufacturing location conduct a comprehensive HSE program and operational (facility) risk assessment. Provided coaching and suggestions to organization’s President and senior staff. Trained and coached internal risk assessment team. The assessment resulted in the identification of significant improvement opportunities, changes in safety management approach and a prioritized action plan (ongoing).
• Was brought into a national organization to enhance compliance with a pre-existing regulatory agreement which included requirements for compliance and ethics programs, management training, HSE compliance and management systems, auditing programs, contractor selection and management, reports to the Board of Directors, and other periodic actions. After making changes, the organization was re-audited by the regulator and received a report of “no findings” – a night and day difference from prior audits.
• Developed and implemented first-of-its-kind construction safety strategies for operations in various locations for a construction management company with $150M in annual revenue. Reduced medical costs by $125K annually, improved safety incident rates by 35% and decreased off-site transportation delays by 100%.
• Spearheaded HSE efforts for new 980,000 square foot manufacturing start-up facility focusing on safety, medical, workers’ compensation, employee assistance, wellness and ergonomic operations to ensure the highest level of employee safety and wellness. Efforts supported an on-time launch and excellent safety related results – far better than that expected for a plant start-up and which resulted in decreased insurance premiums.
Greg holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, various graduate level EHS courses, and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He has been a board-certified industrial hygienist (Certified Industrial Hygienist) since 1990 and a Certified Safety Professional since 1991. He is also a Board member of the Western Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society and chairs the Government Affairs activities of the Greater Detroit Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.