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Vice President, Practices and Standards


Bernard C. McDonald, M.S., CSP, CIH, REM, CHMM


Bernard C. McDonald, M.S., CSP, CIH, REM, CHMM is Deputy Director of Fleet Safety and Occupational Health for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, a major U.S. Navy organization headed by a 4-star admiral.  He was temporarily the Fleet Safety Director from 2013-2014, until a permanent hire arrived in early 2014.  As an executive-level subject matter expert, he is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to 26 mid-level management safety managers and industrial hygienists throughout the U.S. Navy Fleet on occupational health and safety, operational safety, and industrial hygiene.  He leads the execution of Fleet-wide safety resourcing, policy development, assessment, and procurement efforts for the U.S. Navy's Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea Fleets with 143,000 people serving in 127 ships and submarines, and 1,200 aircraft.  Additionally, he is the primary safety and occupational health advocate for the entire U.S. Navy Fleet of 308,000 people in 288 ships and submarines, and over 3,700 aircraft.  

Bernard’s ASSE Practice Specialty membership includes both Industrial Hygiene and Transportation.   His professional experience includes industrial hygiene, marine transportation safety and environmental management, and healthcare safety and environmental management.  He earned an M.S. in Hazardous Waste Management from Wayne State University, and a B.S. in Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.  He holds two U.S. Merchant Marine Officer Licenses: Master 1600 Gross Tons Upon Oceans, and Second Mate Unlimited Tons Upon Oceans.

Bernard received the Navy Industrial Hygiene Officer of the Year / Leadership Award in 2009, several merit-based pay raises, as well as various military and civilian professional awards throughout his 20-plus year career.

Platform Statement

My objective is to lead the continuous improvement of the safety profession through effective and proactive national consensus safety standards.  I have a diverse, 20+ year career, with work experiences in multiple safety practice specialties (i.e., industrial hygiene, transportation, healthcare, fall protection, environmental, and management) that would provide me with a unique understanding of these different practice specialties and how they may interact with each other.  As your elected Vice President of Practices and Standards (CoPS), I will continue the Society’s important liaison role with fellow standards development organizations (i.e., ANSI, AIHA, ACGIH, NFPA, etc.) to ensure a coordinated approach to effective and proactive national consensus standards.

I am a motivational leader, a team player, and my professional safety career has been dedicated to developing and accomplishing strategic safety goals and developing safety standards for large-organizations.   With over 18 years of combined active service in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard as a commissioned officer, I have been involved with a multitude of time-sensitive task requirements that required both assessing risk and applying the means to mitigate that risk.  I believe those formative years evolved my expertise into working with multidisciplinary teams toward solving safety-related workplace challenges.  These rich and varied experiences have also provided me with the keys traits necessary to inspire technically competent individuals to represent the Society on the Council committee, task force chairs, standards promulgation activities, and standards development committees.   

By electing me as your Vice President of CoPS, you will enable the Society to make important progress and ensure that the best interests of the Society and the safety profession will be upheld.

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