Vol. 11, No. 7

M.E. “Eddie” Greer

Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST, is president and owner of Eddie Greer & Associates in Sugar Land, TX. He started the firm in 2004 after retiring from Kellogg Brown & Root/KBR, where he had been employee for 31 years. His firm specializes in safety and health process review, program development, project evaluations, training and expert witness testimony.

Greer has been a member of ASSE since 1976. He is currently a professional member of ASSE’s Gulf Coast Chapter, for which he served as president in 1986-87 and by whom he was named Safety Professional of the Year that same year. Greer served as Region III vice president from 1991 to 1995. In 1999, he was elected senior vice president of ASSE, an office that led successively to the offices of president-elect (2000-01) and president (2001-02). Greer is currently a trustee of the ASSE Foundation and chair of the Society’s Professional Conduct Committee. During his career, he has served on many regional and national committees as well.

“Throughout his 33-year career, Eddie has exemplified ASSE’s vision,” says ASSE Region III Vice President Richard R. Bourlon, P.E., CSP. “He has been and continues to be a global champion of the SH&E professional . . . and he has [been influential in] grooming the profession’s future leaders through numerous training sessions, speeches, succession planning and mentorship.”

Beyond his ASSE service, Greer has been active in many affiliated organizations. He is currently on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, as well as serving as President of the International Network of Safety & Health Practioner Organizations. From 1991 to 1995, he was a member of the Texas Safety Association board of directors and served as a trustee of the Texas Safety Foundation from 1995 to 2006. In that role, he spearheaded a $100,000 donation to the ASSE Foundation to fund scholarships and professional development grants.

“Throughout your career, you look for mentors that can help shape you into the professional you would like to be. For me, Eddie has the qualities—professionalism, dedication and integrity—of the safety professional I am striving to become,” says Tara R. Falin, 2006-07 President of the Gulf Coast Chapter.

Joel N. Tietjens, CSP, CSHM, ASSE’s 106th Fellow, adds, “A tremendous number of ASSE members and people outside the Society and profession have benefited from [Eddie’s] professionalism, expertise, leadership and dedication. For the past 33 years, he has worked long and hard to promote safety and health wherever he may be. He has served ASSE and our profession with the utmost dedication.”

In the workplace, Greer’s dedication to protecting people has helped to improve worksite safety, reduce injuries and enhance hazard recognition and communications. Under his general direction, numerous worksites recorded lengthy periods with no lost-time injuries. He helped to develop a program that reduced eye injuries by 35% in the first month following its implementation. In addition, Greer led efforts to implement drug-testing protocols at several sites. He also developed and implemented a hazard recognition and communications system called Total Safety Task Instructions (TSTI), which led to significant reductions in recordable incident rates on sites under his direction.

Known as an engaging speaker and presenter, Greer has developed and delivered many training sessions and seminars on topics ranging from construction safety, safety responsibilities for supervisors and lockout/tagout to SH&E performance reviews, leadership and hazard recognition and review. His articles have been published in Professional Safety as well as in various industry and Society newsletters and conference proceedings.

“Eddie has had a tremendous impact on ASSE and the safety profession,” says ASSE Fellow Mark Hansen, P.E., CSP, CPEA, CPE. “He always leaves an organization better than when he found it. For him, safety is not just a position to be filled. It is a lifelong endeavor that is woven into the very fabric of his life.”