KEYSTONE AREA DIRECTOR– REGION VIII
Richard M. Slinkard, MS, CIH, CSP
Richard M. Slinkard, MS, CIH, CSP co-founded and has served as Vice President of CIH Services, Inc. since 1992. CIH Services provides comprehensive environmental safety and health services to a variety of clients worldwide. Rick has a proven track record in project management and OSHA compliance programs development/implementation. Work has included OSHA audits, noise surveys, safety and health training, indoor air quality, lab safety, and hazardous waste management. He has successfully completed projects in the construction, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals, healthcare, plastics, semiconductor, utilities and transportation industries as well as in universities and governmental agencies.
Prior to 1992, Rick served as Asbestos Program Manager at the NASA/Johnson Space Center and conducted AHERA-mandated surveys for the Department of Defense in Japan, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Bermuda and Cuba. He holds a BS in Construction Management from Louisiana State University and a MS in Environmental Management from the University of Houston. Richard taught undergraduate courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Allied Health at Slippery Rock University.
He served as President of the Western PA Chapter of the ASSE (2003/2004) as well as on the program committee, awards committee, and newsletter. Rick is an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. His broad base of experience across private industry, government and consulting gives him the ability to understand all the issues that the various stakeholders bring to a particular issue in an effort to improve safety and health in the workplace and increase the level of regulatory compliance.
The majority of my career has been spent in the field of occupational safety and health. This rewarding career has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world, to have financial security, and, most importantly, to keep individuals safer in many workplaces. At this point in my career, I want to take my 25 years of experience and give back to the safety profession by serving ASSE in the capacity of Area Director.
Soon we will be facing a shortage of safety professionals due to a variety of factors including retirement of aging safety professionals and a decreased number of students entering the safety field. I want to increase interaction with students at local colleges and universities so that they are aware of the benefits of a career in safety. I would encourage attendance at local Chapter meetings by providing sponsorship and mentoring opportunities through corporate members.Along these same lines, I want to assist the local Chapters in growing their membership, increasing attendance at chapter meetings, and encouraging professional development. Over the years, I have seen a decline in attendance at local Chapter meetings. If we want to maintain or increase the number of individuals entering the safety field, we must maintain a strong presence at the local level where we can provide networking, educational, and mentoring opportunities to our student attendees and younger members just beginning their careers.