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Vice President – Practices & Standards

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



Bernard C. McDonald, M.S., CSP, CIH, REM, CHMM, is Deputy Director of 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 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 senior-level safety managers and industrial hygienists throughout the Fleet on occupational safety, operational safety, occupational health, and industrial hygiene.  He leads the execution of Fleet-wide safety resourcing, policy development, assessment, and procurement efforts for the 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 Navy Fleet of 308,000 people in 288 ships and submarines, and over 3,700 aircraft. 

He is currently serving as ASSE Vice President, Council on Practices and Standards (2016-2018), and is a member in the Industrial Hygiene, Healthcare, Public Sector, and Transportation Practice Specialties.  His professional experience includes high-risk/hazard work environments, including manufacturing facilities, laboratories, shipyards, ships, and healthcare.  Bernard earned an M.S. in Hazardous Waste Management from Wayne State University, B.S. in Marine Transportation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and a diploma from a U.S. Navy Executive Leadership School.

Awards: 2016 ASSE Safety Management Innovation Award - Honorable Mention, 2009 Navy Industrial Hygiene Officer of the Year / Leadership Award, several merit-based pay raises, as well as various military and civilian professional awards throughout his 20-plus year safety 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, manufacturing, environmental, and management) that would provide me with a unique understanding of different practice specialties and how they may interact with each other.  If I am elected to a second consecutive term as your Vice President of Council on 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 20 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 Council committees, task force chairs, standards promulgation activities, and standards development committees.  

By re-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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