Region IV Area Director - South Florida Candidate
Robert Andres, CSP
Robert N. Andres, CSP founded Oshex Associates, Inc. Baldwinsville, NY, in 1975. Originally specializing in machine and facility safety and noise and vibration measurement and remediation, the firm now limits practice to the fields of noise and vibration control. He now serves as board chairman, and, since 1981, principal of Environmental and Safety Associates, LLC, a Naples, Florida-based consulting firm specializing in the original disciplines, with clients throughout North and Central America. He is considered an expert in the fields of noise control and machine safety, having conducted numerous studies and investigations, and providing consultative services and trial testimony to industry, attorneys and OSHA.
A Professional Member of ASSE, his service to the Society includes several years with the Central New York Chapter as newsletter editor, program chair and president; two years as administrator of the Engineering Practice Specialty; and several years as a professional development conference coordinator and government and public affairs director for the Florida Suncoast Chapter in Region IV.
A 1964 graduate of Clarkson University (NY), Bob is an Exam-Certified Safety Professional, Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Certified Plant Engineer, and Board Certified Forensic Examiner. Twice named Safety Professional of the Year, he was named Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners in 2001.
He served for five years as chairman of the landmark ANSI B11.TR3 (2000) Risk Assessment and Reduction sub-committee, was named a Silver Alliance Partner in the NASA Space Alliance Technical Outreach Program (SATOP), and serves as technical advisor to Noise Free America.
Technological advancements over the past several years have created new opportunities for cost-effective outreach, and communication and cooperation between the chapters within the area and region. Each chapter has talents that need to be shared for the betterment of all of our members – programs that can be implemented across the board – speakers that can be shared. My goal is to find out more about what each chapter is doing – what’s working and what’s not – and set up avenues of communication including periodic teleconferencing between chapter officers just to share ideas.
As Chapter Government Affairs director, I have seen where there can be strength in numbers to achieve needed changes in farm worker and public employee safety, passing distracted driving laws, and enhancing hospital and nursing home safety. We need to exchange more ideas for how to build our society membership – and get our members to meetings and other events. We need to all know what works for you – and what you need from ASSE to help you do a better job of meeting your goals. My job will be to be a conduit for this effort.