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2013-2014 IPS Advisory Committee

Ashok Garlapati, CSP, QEP, CMIOSH, Administrator

Ashok Garlapati works as a Senior Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Specialist in the Exploration and Production Development Directorate of Kuwait Oil Company, State of Kuwait. He has 23 years’ experience in HSE consultancy and HSE management in the oil and gas industries. He is also the lead auditor of the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards and is approved as an OSHA outreach trainer. He has extensive experience in implementation of HSE management systems for process industries in line with international standards.

Garlapati is a professional member of ASSE and a past president of ASSE’s Kuwait Chapter. He played an important role in the Kuwait Chapter’s establishment, which is ASSE's largest international chapter. Currently, he is an advisory member of the Kuwait Chapter. He served as a member of ASSE’s Global Taskforce and received the Charles V. Culbertson Award in 2007, the Region VI Safety Professional of the Year Award in 2010 and the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award in 2011. He also served as chair of ASSE’s Diversity Committee from 2010-2011 and received the ASSE President’s Award in 2012 for his support in establishing ASSE’s India and United Arab Emirates Chapters. He is the first international member to enter the President’s Court of Membership Honor Roll Club by sponsoring more than 170 members.

Garlapati is a member of the International Association for Drilling Contractors’ HSE Committee, a taskforce member of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers’ Waste Management Committee, a member of the International Petroleum Industries Environmental Conservation Association’s Climate Change Group and a General Safety Subcommittee member of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. He may be contacted at +965-23871487, gashok@kockw.com or ashokcpcl@yahoo.com.

Rich Moscato, Assistant Administrator

Rich Moscato, CSP is president of The Rimco Group in Buffalo Grove, IL. As the principal safety consultant, he provides and manages other consultants for clients and writes corporate Loss control programs.

Moscato has held many ASSE chapter offices, including Greater Chicago Chapter president, and has served on several national committees (vice chair, Membership Education Committee and Long-Range Strategic Planning). He is a founding member of the International Practice Specialty and is a past Management Practice Specialty administrator and Consultants Practice Specialty membership chair. He is a recipient of many ASSE awards, and he also mentors college students pursuing safety and health degrees.

Moscato graduated from City College of New York, the U.S. Army Engineer School and the U.S. Army College. He is a Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Retired).

Adivi Bala Siva Srikanth, CSP, CMIOSH, Secretary

Adivi Bala Siva Srikanth is a senior safety engineer working with the Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Team of North Kuwait Directorate of Kuwait Oil Company, State of Kuwait.

He has 14 years’ experience in HSE consultancy and HSE management in the oil and gas industries. He has experience in implementation of HSE management systems for process industries besides fire prevention and protection. He is a professional member of ASSE and a past Technical Committee head of ASSE’s Kuwait Chapter. He played an important role in organizing the Kuwait Chapter’s 2009 and 2011 professional development conferences.

He has presented technical papers and posters at different international conferences and is a two-time recipient of Kuwait Oil Company’s HSSE Award. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Sciences and Fire Engineering.

Adam Neave, CRSP, Publication Coordinator

Adam Neave, CRSP, facilitates the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) diploma program at the College of the North Atlantic in Doha, Qatar. Neave obtained his OHS degree from Ryerson University before spending 5 years as an OHS consultant at Gowlings law firm in Canada. Many of those years were spent in Calgary, Alberta, where he provided OHS and workers’ compensation advice to companies operating in the upstream oil and gas industry. During that time, he coauthored the legal text, A Practical Guide to Compliance with Alberta’s OHS Laws. Neave, a graduate member of IOSH, is Publication Coordinator for the International Practice Specialty’s publication World Focus.

John Kanouse, CSP, ARM, Awards & Honors, Nominations

John Kanouse is a senior consultant in Marsh’s Risk Consulting (MRC) Practice. Within this role, he is responsible for identifying loss control priorities and for delivering/managing services on the client’s behalf. The services provided address both domestic and international risks, as well as the full range of exposures under workers’ compensation, general/products liability and automobile coverages. In addition, he is a member of MRC’s Rail and Fleet disciplines.

Kanouse has more than 30 years’ experience in the SH&E profession and specializes in safety management systems, international safety issues, safety program assessment, fleet management and training.

Eldeen Pozniak, CRSP, CHSC, CHSMSA, Body of Knowledge

Eldeen Pozniak is a full member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management. She serves as an advisor and consultant to various government, businesses and industry sectors. She is a past president of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and the secretary/treasurer of the International Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations.

Pozniak has been lecturing at a variety of technical institutes and at the University of Saskatchewan since 1997, facilitating a variety of courses for the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program. She is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year Award presented by the Saskatchewan Safety Council and the Saskatchewan Chapters of CSSE. She has been nominated and received numerous other awards, including the YWCA Women of Excellence, the Women in Business Athena Award, the 2001 Saskatchewan Safety Professional of the Year Award, the 2011 Canadian Safety Professional of the Year Award and ASSE’s 100 Women in SH&E.

Jeff Weldon, CSP, Asia/Pacific Rim Liaison

Jeff Weldon rejoined Bechtel in 1995 after working for Merck Pharmaceuticals for 7 years. He performed his internship on Bechtel’s Susquehanna Nuclear Project in 1981. He has worked in all of Bechtel’s major business units. He has lived for extended periods in China, Saudi Arabia, the U.K. and Singapore and has worked extensively throughout the world in all aspects of SH&E management.

Weldon pioneered bringing the back end of construction to the front end of design and bringing safety and health review knowledge from engineering to construction for Bechtel. He has developed and implemented many SH&E management systems, which have included environmental management systems that meet 14001 standards and sustainable development.

Weldon is helping the Army safely destroy its chemical weapons stockpile. At the Aberdeen Chemical Destruction Facility, he developed innovative approaches to PPE, which enabled the project to exceed both schedule and cost objectives.

He is currently the Safety and Health Manager for the Bechtel-Parsons Joint Venture at the Blue Grass Army Depot and works on the front-end design and construction of the pilot facility that will ultimately destroy chemical weapons at the depot.

He holds a B.A. in Safety Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Jitu Patel, CPEA, Membership Development

Jitu Patel is a senior health and safety consultant with 45+ years of SH&E experience in the chemical, oil and gas industries. For 21 years, he provided professional services to Aramco, an oil and gas-producing and processing corporation in Saudi Arabia.

For 15 years, he provided technical training and conducted research in fire/explosions, health and environmental issues at a chemical manufacturing company for the safe processing, storage and distribution of products such as chlorine, bromine, halogenated hydrocarbons, anti-knock lead additives for gasoline, hydrogen, caustics and acids.

He has prepared many safety audit reports and has developed and conducted fire and safety seminars. He has also assisted in the development of safety engineering standards for Middle East countries. In addition, his work has been featured in several international publications, and he has presented at international conferences.

Patel is actively involved in ASSE’s Middle East and Arizona Chapters. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics and an M.Phil in energy and fuel science from Leeds University, U.K.

Lyndsey Linnen, CSP, BCRSP, C.Tech., Website

Lyndsey Linnen is Apache Corp.’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Region Manager for Egypt. He has more than 25 years’ experience championing important roles within business and regulatory settings: to save lives, to prevent harm to workers, to maintain productivity and to encourage retention of productive workers by enhancing the perception that provides a safe and healthy work environment. 

His international experience includes direct responsibility for the development, implementation and leadership of the annual regional EHS Report and Plan. This includes direct recommendation to the regional vice president, CEO and president of programs, systems and resources needed to effectively manage safety and shareholder liability and to improve EHS performance in the Egypt region.

Lyndsey is a graduate of Olds College and the University of Alberta, Canada.

Kathy Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH (UK), Liaison, ASSE President-Elect, Advisor

Kathy Seabrook is founder and President of Global Solutions, Inc. She has more than 30 years’ safety and health management experience across industry sectors in both the U.S. and globally. She is ASSE’s President-Elect, Chair of the Strategic Planning and Public Relations Committees and a member of the International Practice Specialty, Women in Safety Engineering common interest group, Business of Safety Committee and Finance Committee. She is a contributing author on sustainability and global environmental health and safety (EHS) in the 2012 edition of the Safety Professionals Handbook and was named one of “The 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS in 2010-2011” by EHS Today and a “2012 Power 101 Leader of the EHS World” by Industrial Safety and Health. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from James Madison University.

Stuart Wood, M.Sc., CMIOSH, Coordinator

Stuart Wood is Global Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager for a multinational oil and gas services company based in Oklahoma City, OK. He has 27 years’ experience leading EHS and corporate stewardship initiatives for major domestic and global industries, including engineering fabrication, healthcare, fast-moving consumer goods, document management and supply chain organizations.

Wood is a past International Practice Specialty (IPS) Administrator, IPS’s 2009 Safety Professional of the Year and a founding member of ASSE’s Global Task Force. He is a Certified Professional Auditor and a Professional Member of ASSE. Wood also brokered and represented ASSE’s Executive Committee in an inaugural joint fact-finding and educational conference in Hong Kong and Singapore. He holds an M.Sc. in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of Bristol in the U.K.

Jim Johnston, Liaison Coordinator

Jim Johnston, P.E., CSP, M.B.A., recently retired from Wyeth, Inc. after serving as Director of Environmental Health and Safety. He is Principle, Technical Services, of JBTectra LLC. He has more than 28 years’ experience leading safety and occupational health initiatives for major chemical and pharmaceutical corporations. He has held several safety and occupational health positions in pharmaceutical trade association SH&E subcommittees.

Johnston is a past administrator of ASSE’s International Practice Specialty (IPS), a founding member of its Global Task Force and a past president of ASSE’s New Jersey Chapter. He is a recipient of the Region XII Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) (1992) award and the IPS SPY (2007) award. He holds certified professional auditor certifications and is a professional member of ASSE.

Johnston holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA.

Jeff Obahor, Africa Liaison

Jeff Obahor is Chair of Goldenleap HSE Consult Ltd. Previously, he was the Managing Director/CEO of Kingsbury Trading Ltd. and head of Oando Sierra Leone as well as West African Oil Refinery Co. Ltd. In 2004, he initiated the incorporation of Oando Liberia.

He began his safety career in 1981 as a firefighter/safety inspector with Delta Steel Co. as a member of the Industrial Safety and Auxiliary Department. He is also on the board of several companies, including Shell and Sea Property Management Ltd., Goldenleap HSE Consult Ltd., The Architectural Balance Associate Ltd. and 42nd Generation Entertainment Limited. He is one of the six founding members of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (Nollywood) and is also a full member of the Association of Movie Producers and Screenwriters’ Guild. He is president-elect of ASSE’s Nigeria Chapter.

Obahor holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Benin and an M.B.A. from the University of Sierra Leone.

Holly Elke, CSP, CRSP, ASQ, CHRP, Canada Liaison

Holly Elke has more than 22 years in developing, implementing and evaluating integrated safety, environment and quality management systems. Her primary service areas include risk management, SH&E and related business system audits (quality, training/competency), program development and training services.

As the owner of SH&E System Solutions Inc., she has provided consulting services to clients in the health, forestry, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean/South America (through PAHO/WHO-United Nations).

Elke has presented at ASSE and Canadian Society of Safety Engineering conferences and has published articles in World Focus. She holds a diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology.

Richard Cooper, M.Sc., CMIOSH, MIRSM, AIEMA, Europe/Africa Liaison

Description: http://www.asse.org/practicespecialties/international/images/Richard-Cooper-Photo.jpgRichard Cooper has been an ASSE member for more than 10 years. He has worked in industrial sectors, such as construction and civil engineering, aviation, transport and telecommunications.

In addition to safety, which he sees as the first step in an overall loss control or risk management process, he has an interest in systems (quality assurance) and the environment, being a member by examination of an environmental management institute.

Cooper began his working life in the British Army (The Life Guards) and gradually moved into his current position. He holds a master’s degree in Safety Management.

Carl Sall, Middle East Liaison

Carl Sall, CSP, CIH, is a Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Senior Manager with experience working in a variety of industries and government organizations. He has directed quality, environmental, health, medical, safety and industrial hygiene programs across multiple sites, has planned and implemented programs and has overseen improvements, inspections and audits to ensure compliance with corporate and regulatory programs. He has experience in working with diverse cultures, speaking at professional conferences and symposiums, performing risk assessments, overseeing root cause analysis and implementing HSE management systems. His other skills include developing environmental safety and health services, managing partnerships with regulatory and international organizations, delivering training presentations, managing daily operations and developing and implementing organizational business plans and budgets.

Sall holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri.

Javier Saavedra, M.Sc., EurOSHM, AFNI, Spain/Portugal Liaison

Description: C:\Users\Javier\Documents\CVS AMIGOS\2011.03.08. JQS. ID photo.jpgJavier Saavedra is the HSEQ Manager for Terminales Maritimos de Galicia SL of the ports of La Coruna and Ferrol in Galicia, Spain.

A graduate of the Nautical and Marine Engineering School at University of La Coruna and holder of a STCW Unlimited Chief Mate professional certificate, Saavedra spent 6 years in the Spanish merchant navy and had a 14-year career as a marine and nautical surveyor and consultant.

In 2006, began professional post-graduate certificate courses in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics and Human Factors and a 60 ETCS master’s degree in health and safety at San Pablo CEU University of Madrid.

A registered occupational health and safety practitioner in Spain, Saavedra is an associate fellow of The Nautical Institute in which he currently serves as Vice Chair of its Membership Committee, as an individual member of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association International Ltd. and as a member of AEPSAL of Spain and SPOSHO of Portugal, both of which are members of the European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organizations.

Nirupam Mukherjee, India Liaison

Nirupam Mukherjee is an electrical engineer and a professional safety engineer by qualification. He has 18 years’ multicultural experience in occupational health and safety management.

He is a global safety engineering manager for Praxair Inc. and is based out of Shanghai, China. In this role, he is responsible for construction safety management in Asia and the Middle East. He also manages global construction safety programs and procedures within the organization.

In addition, Mukherjee has worked for Larsen & Toubro Ltd., a multinational engineering and construction firm in India. His experience includes diversified safety management in large-scale green field, industrial, transportation and infrastructure construction projects as well as gas and air separation plants, process safety and heavy engineering workshops.

He is a founding member of ASSE’s India Chapter and serves as the chapter’s long-range planning and technology chair. He has also presented papers at several international seminars and conferences.

Larry Shannon, Dip.SHWW, CMIOSH, MIIRSM, EurOSHM, PC, Ireland Liaison

Description: Larry ShannonLarry Shannon is the project, maintenance and construction safety specialist at Schering Plough/Merck’s Rathdrum API manufacturing site.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the safety profession, Shannon has provided professional advice to the manufacturing and leisure industries as well as to the construction industry.

He is also a member of the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety serving on the Irish Branch National Executive, the International Institute for Risk Management and the Association for Project Safety.

Edwin Yap, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia & Philippines Liaison

Edwin Yap has served as Vice President for ESIS Asia Pacific Academy Pte Ltd. since early 2006. Yap provides SH&E consultancy services for the Asia-Pacific region. His primary role is in product research and development. In addition, he delivers workplace safety and health training to managers and directors of local and regional established organizations. Yap is leading a team of risk consultants, auditors, environmentalists and industry hygienists. He is also actively engaged in his local workplace safety and health chapter and network. He is the immediate past president of the Singapore Institute of Safety Officers.

Yap holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Nanyang Technology University and master’s degrees in SH&E Technology and Industrial Systems Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

Francisco Fuentes, MPH, CPEA, Central/Latin America Liaison

Francisco Fuentes is the Vice President of Global Compliance and Risk Management for Chico’s FAS, Inc. He has more than 20 years’ experience in multiple areas of risk management, including commercial insurance, program management, safety, environmental and corporate social responsibility.

He is experienced in business performance improvement through the use of risk assessment and process efficiencies and has experience across Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries (retail, healthcare, apparel, food and biomedical). He has also worked in multicultural environments (North America, Latin America, China and Southeast Asia).

Christopher Gates, ARM, Military Branch Chair

Christopher Gates has more than 40 years’ experience in hazard identification, risk assessment, risk management and incident investigation and reporting. He also has more than 10 years’ experience in helping public agencies manage office ergonomics programs.

Gates achieved success in a variety of risk management arenas, including public sector, insurance and aerospace. In the insurance arena, he worked with commercial truckers, electrical contractors and manufacturers to reduce incident frequency and severity and to manage injuries.

He is a member of ASSE’s Risk Assessment Task Force, Standards Development Committee and the Council on Practices and Standards’ Awards and Honors Committee. He is also chair of ASSE’s Military Branch.

In addition, Gates has been a Veterans of Safety Ambassador since 2007.

Jack Fearing, CPEA, Advisor & Military Branch Focal Point

Jack Fearing, CPEA, is a senior consultant with Aon Global Risk Consulting in Parsippany, NJ. He has more than 25 years’ safety and health program management experience, including conducting comprehensive audits and inspections for industry. He has participated in more than 250 multimedia audits in 35 countries. He is a professional member of ASSE and a past administrator of ASSE’s International Practice Specialty (IPS). He was the 2006 IPS Safety Professional of Year and the 2007 CoPS Safety Professional of the Year.

Brian Anderson, CFPS, Conferences & Webinars

Brian Anderson has been with SBM Site Services since August 2009. He has 19 years’ experience in global enterprise risk management and environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability with progressing levels of responsibility through his career from single site manager to Vice President. His background and experience include warehousing, food processing, distribution, fleet safety/transportation, manufacturing and facilities management for industries, such as pharmaceutical, aerospace, semiconductor and manufacturing.
Anderson oversees and provides strategic direction to the EHS, Risk and Sustainability Divisions of SBM covering Latin America, Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining SBM, he also managed EHS operations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Anderson holds an M.S. in Occupational Safety and Health and a B.S. in Business Administration.

Michael Tooma, Australia, New Zealand & Japan Liaison 

Michael Tooma is an occupational health and safety lawyer in Australia. He advises clients on health, safety and security compliance issues on a global basis and assists in the development and implementation of global safety management systems. Tooma has also written and lectured extensively on OHS law. He is the author of numerous texts on occupational health and safety law and practice, including a series of books on due diligence, published by CCH.

Derek DeShields, Professional Development Chair

Derek DeShields is a health, safety and environmental supervisor for the Muscat International Airport Project-MC3. He previously worked on the construction of Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. He holds a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health from Millersville University.

Ilya Golubev, Russia Liaison

Ilya Golubev is the lead safety and competence development specialist for Evraz Plc (Evraz Group). He has experience in sales/management, work wear, PPE and textile markets and safety consulting.

Oscar Paredes, Special Projects

Oscar Paredes has worked in the environmental health and safety industry for 21 years and has been an ASSE member since 1994. He works for a GE Energy affiliate, Granite Services International Inc., and is responsible for all operations in North America and Latin America. He manages several regional safety managers and field safety professionals and is responsible for compliance with GE/GSII/customers/governments. He interacts with all segments, including nuclear, fossil fuels, oil & gas and wind energy.

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