Martin P. Jeppeson, CSP, ARM, CHS-V is the director of regulatory affairs for the California Ammonia Company (CALAMCO), Stockton, California. He oversees the company safety, health and environmental programs, regulatory compliance programs, and facility security concerns. He provides technical assistance in all these areas in house as well as to the company customer base as needed.
He has over twenty-five years experience in the safety arena. Before joining CALAMCO he was the safety manager for Erickson, Inc., in Richmond, California, and prior to that spent twenty-four years in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, Special Forces.
He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Albuquerque, a Master of Political Science from Auburn University, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis. He is also certified as an emergency response technician.
He has been a member of ASSE since 1992, and has held several positions at the Chapter level, including programs chair, vice president, president elect, two terms as president and finally as chapter delegate.
He is an active Board member with the Central California Safety Council, and the Ammonia Safety and Training Institute as well as a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and Sacramento Metro Fire Community Emergency Response Team training.
An area that I feel is being overlooked by those of us in the safety profession is “participation” in those activities that can have an effect on the way health and safety rules and regulations are written. A good example of this oversight (in California) is the limited SH&E interaction with the Cal/OSHA Standards Board; obviously this is an activity for only a part of our region, but I would be surprised if our other four states did not have similar opportunities where safety professionals can make a difference. A short perusal of the current petitions before the California Board show only 2 of 23 being submitted by a CSP; I believe we can do better in the future, and this is an area that I will stress if selected as your Region I RVP.
A second area is member participation in Chapter activities; for the entire time I have been a member I have seen a similar percentage of Chapter members involved in our activities, and discussions with other Chapter members indicates a similar situation across the region. I don’t have an answer to this issue, but believe that more effort is needed to include more members in more activities.
A third area that is not a concern, but an area I believe we can stress more vigorously, is education of our future leaders. I am a big supporter of the “Leadership” symposium held each year in the mid-west, and would like to see those ideas and sessions become more available to more members regionally. If placed in a position to move that idea forward I will certainly do so with as much effort as I can.