Region VIII Area Director - New England
Eric Clouthier is a safety engineer for Harvey Building Products. He manages all safety, health & environmental programs for approximately 1,500 employees and 37 locations that span across New England, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Eric is also a call firefighter/EMT with the North Hampton, NH Fire & Rescue Department.
Eric has over 11 years’ experience in the SH&E field, including the last seven with Harvey. Prior to his time at Harvey, he held SH&E positions in manufacturing, wholesale/retail and state government organizations. He holds a B.S. in Occupational Safety from Keene State College.
Eric has been involved in ASSE since 1997, and is a Professional Member of the Granite State Chapter. He has served on the Granite State Chapter Executive Board since 2003 when he began serving on the Communications Committee. He then served in elected positions as Treasurer, President-Elect, and Chapter President successively. Eric remains active with the Granite State Chapter as Awards & Honors Chair and on the Nominations Committee. He also served as Assistant Area Director for the New England Area in 2007 and continues to serve as Chair of their Professional Development Conference Committee, which he has done for the past four years. Eric was the Granite State Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) in 2008, New England Area SPY in 2009, and Region VIII SPY in 2009.
Other professional safety organizations that Eric is active in include the Safety & Health Council of Northern New England and the North Hampton Firemen’s Association.
As environmental, health & safety professionals, we must continue to push forward and grow our profession. In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever for us to show the business value that our profession provides to our companies. We must continue to work to keep our Society and local chapters strong through increased membership, developing programs that meet the needs of our members and encouraging professionals in the field to take the time to become an active member in this great organization.
In today’s fast-paced, technology driven society, we must find a way to reach our members on a personal level and to put forth programs that bridge the gap in the generations to serve all of our members from the students just entering the field to those working through the twilight of their careers. We must ensure that professional development opportunities exist for our membership to maintain their skills and develop new effective skills to keep our field moving forward. We must continue to work with executives and senior management to ensure that safety is developed into a core business and cultural value within each company.
My vision is to work with all of the chapters in the New England Area to effectively prepare, communicate and execute their strategic plans in a way that will lead to the success of those chapters. We must continue to adapt to the changing business environment before us and step up, as a Society of safety professionals, to become active volunteers to increase awareness of environmental, health and safety issues in our workplace, community and our profession.