Region VII Vice President

Scott D. Cole, COSS, CSP


Scott grew up in Madison, Ohio and graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Business Administration. Scott is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) as well as a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) and has a certification from Ohio University in Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene. His education has continued with various certifications in safety from Lakeland Community College, The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University. Scott has two sons, Grady (4.5) and Cooper (1.5) and lives in Mentor, Ohio.

Scott’s interest with safety began in Geneva, Ohio when the company he was working for was audited by OSHA and was required to put somebody in charge of safety. After 4 years, Scott moved on and went on to work for International Paper Company (IP) in Ashtabula as the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager. Scott worked for IP for about 8.5 years, leading and developing safety performance and attaining OSHA’s coveted VPP Star status for the site. While working for International Paper, Scott served as a board member in the Ashtabula Safety Council (~1999 – 2004) and helped companies in Ashtabula with interest in VPP. Companies assisted include ASHTA Chemicals and Millennium Inorganic Chemicals. He was also afforded the opportunity to travel the nation and assist and audit International Paper Company plants and facilities with VPP.

Scott left International Paper in 2004 to serve local government as the Safety and Security Manager for Lake County Department of Utilities (LCDU). He worked for LCDU from 2004 – 2011 and changed the entire safety culture in government operations. Scott reorganized, established, trained and implemented complete safety programs for the organization as well as reduced the total incident rate from 24.8 to 2.2. Scott helped LCDU achieve over 725,000 hours without a lost-time incident (about 3 years). This was a record for Lake County.

The Albert M. Higley Company recruited Scott in 2011 as the Corporate Safety and Quality Assurance Manager. Scott was responsible for the safety of over 32 projects in Ohio including the construction of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, a private residence for Mr. Al Lerner Jr. (owner of the Cleveland Browns), Eaton Corporation’s World Headquarters, Kenyon College Art Studio, Oberlin College Art Museum, several high schools, middle schools and a multitude of hospitals.

Scott has continued his career in safety by accepting a position as the Corporate Safety Director for Pinnacle Construction and Development Group. His primary responsibility is to maintain the safety of employees and projects at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional projects include construction of an Under Armour store, a fitness center in the Anthony J. Celebreze Federal Building, FAA tower painting, steam line replacement, cooling tower replacement, electrical renovations, and storm well replacement at the Naval Command Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Scott is an active volunteer, supporting the safety profession and served as the Director of the Lake County Safety Council from 2008 – 2010 as well as served on the Board of Directors from 2004 – 2011. He is currently the President of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Region VII Deputy Vice President. Scott also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the DiamondHead Beach Club and Resort in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, currently serving as the Secretary. Scott is also the President of Cole Safety Consulting which helps a variety of organizations and municipalities in safety program development, training and compliance.