Pamela B. Perrich, CIH
Head, Industrial Hygiene Department
Naval Hospital Pensacola
Pensacola, FL


Pamela B. Perrich, CIH, is the Industrial Hygiene Program Manager for the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, FL.  She oversees the Navy’s industrial hygiene program for the southeast which provides comprehensive consultative services to all of the Navy and Marine Corps activities in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Northwest Florida.   She has 25 years of experience in industrial hygiene and occupational health.   She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of West Florida. 

An ASSE member since 2002, she served as Chapter President from 2004-2006 for the Pensacola Chapter.  In 2006 she was elected the Assistant Administrator of the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty.  In 2008 she was elected the Area Director for the Georgia/North Florida Area of Region IV.  

Pam was named the Pensacola Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year in 2006 and the Region IV Safety Professional of the Year in 2008.  In 2009, she earned a Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Services Award.   She served on the Leadership Committee from 2006-2008 and currently serves on the Admissions Committee.

Pam is also active in her community.  She teaches 4th Grade Sunday School at St. Luke United Methodist Church, serves on the Board of Directors for the Pensacola Chapter of the Indoor Air Quality Association, and sits on the University of West Florida’s School of Allied Health and Life Science Advisory Committee and the University of South as well as the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety Board of Advisors. 


Each time I visit Society Headquarters I have to spend a few minutes in the Presidents’ Room.  It is always awe-inspiring to stand in that room and see the photographs of all the great men and women who have served as President of our Society.  Recently as I stood there, it dawned on me that at some point in their careers each of these people was just like you and me – a member of ASSE trying to figure out where we belonged in this great organization. How did these few get from ordinary member to Society President?  They did so via a great Chapter!

Bishop Gore said, “Exceed expectation.  We are not driven to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things extraordinarily well”.  As Region IV Area Director my focus will be to help our Chapters recruit, retain and nurture members, and to help them find their path in ASSE.  I think Chapter meetings, professional development, communication, and leadership development are four ordinary things that when done extraordinarily well will help our Chapters and our members flourish.

It is a great time to be safety, health, and environmental professionals.  There are challenges ahead no doubt, but the keys to overcoming many of the challenges can be found within ASSE.  I look forward to helping the members of Region IV find those keys.