MICHAEL J. RUSDEN
Roswell GA *****
Hands-on Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Manager experienced all aspects of hazard assessments, program management and regulatory compliance. Solid field experience in industrial hygiene, process evaluations, hazard/injury/illness reduction, pollution prevention, employee education, hazardous material and waste control and radiation safety. Experienced in leading a diverse group of engineering, medical and business professionals while managing all human and monetary resources for continuous process improvement and effective customer support. MS in Management & Top Secret Clearance
Environmental Management / EPA Compliance
Led field teams and managed sampling, analysis and monitoring programs for Discharge Permits (NPDES), storm water, recreational waters, industrial spill and pollution prevention assessments to ensure pubic health and regulatory compliance.
- Managed Monitoring and Regulatory Compliance for eight Public Drinking Water Distribution Systems
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) trained: 40-Hr HAZWOPER Course, 8-Hr refreshers and 27 years field experience with numerous spill/emergency responses
- Reduced material waste and handling workload by over 60% using Quality Improvement process.
- Developed first pre-positioned launch response teams providing air sampling for public safety.
Safety / OSHA Compliance
Developed, managed and improved Safety and Health process’s, programs and systems to ensure worker safety and OSHA compliance. Integral part of Safety Committee, Safety Management Team and Integrated Process Teams driving management systems for zero injuries/illness.
- Developed and led Hazard Communication (HAZCOM) programs, assessments and worker training.
- Championed first multiple installation ESOH Compliance Assessment Team inspection process. Managers now able to target constrained resources to achieve greatest health and safety impact.
Industrial Hygiene / OSHA Compliance
Led IH assessments and monitoring for multiple facilities and multiple site programs to include chemical, physical and biological exposure monitoring and control recommendation management.
- Led Hazard Material (HAZMAT) Management process improvement to ensure 100% accountability, risk reduction and pollution prevention review, and Management Information System (MIS) development.
- Built asbestos abatement teams to support rising EPA/OSHA compliance and public safety concerns. Managed 200+% increase in assessments with no increase in resource requirements.
- Completed NIOSH 582 Sampling and Evaluating Airborne Asbestos Dust, Practices and Procedures of Asbestos Abatement Projects, and Asbestos Abatement Contractor /Supervisor training
Radiation Safety / NRC Compliance
As Radiation Safety Officer, led radioactive material and radiation generating device use assessments, exposure monitoring, storage and shipping requirements and permit/license management.
-Broad Scope Radioactive Material Permit rated “Excellent” with “NO” Regulatory findings.
Emergency Response Planning and Management
- Drove $1.4M medical WMD response program rework. Multiple response teams first-time ready for new terrorist Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear threats.
- Commended for delivering calm expert advice during post 9/11 anthrax white powder scares. Hand picked as member of the San Antonio terrorist response exercise.
- Praised by joint Department of Energy inspectors for developing outstanding response teams.
- Led response to multiple industrial, hazardous material/airplane crash incidents as health hazard and environmental protection expert. Received outstanding reviews and Performer awards.
RECENT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Chief Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineer 2003 to Dec 2006
United States Air Force, Office of the Surgeon General, Washington D.C.
Led world-wide Environment, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) programs to protect human health and the environment. Developed Air Force-wide policy and implementation guidance to ensure regulatory compliance and minimize hazards in the environment, workplace, and emergency response/field conditions. Guided and mentored a unique career field of Safety and Health Professionals, Industrial Hygienists, Environmental Engineers, Health Physicists, and other engineering, occupational health and medical experts. Planned, programmed and executed a product line of over 1,250 personnel and $30+ million in operational funding at 80+ Air Force Installations.
Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering Division 2001 to 2003
United States Air Force Education and Training Cmd, Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio Texas
Managed ESOH program execution and policy development for eleven Air Force installations. Led 136 field professionals supporting over 81,000 workers. Developed policy for Occupational Safety and Health, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) emergency response readiness, radiation safety and environmental protection programs. Assessed ESOH impacts associated with new mission operations and ensured state and federal ESOH compliance.
Commander, Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight 1996 to 2001
United States Air Force Space Command, Patrick Air Force Base, Melbourne Florida
Senior ESOH professional directing an 18-person Bioenvironmental Engineering department providing full ESOH and rocket launch support to the Cape Canaveral Air Station, Kennedy Space Center and Eastern Launch Range facilities. Jointly managed the NASA/Air Force Environmental Health Base Operations Support Contract with NASA Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Safety and Environmental Protection leadership.
Bioenvironmental Engineering Division Chief 1990 to 1996
United States Air Force Material Command, Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque New Mexico
Senior ESOH professional directing a 22-person Bioenvironmental Engineer Division supporting over 150 organizations; including the Air Force Weapons Research Lab, Department of Energy, Sandia National Lab and the New Mexico Air National Guard. Managed a Radiation Safety program for one of the largest and most complex Air Force research programs using high-energy laser, radio frequency and ionizing radiation facilities.
Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Fellowship, Pentagon DC
M.S. of Management, Troy State University, Troy Alabama
Bioenvironmental Engineering Officers School, U.S. Air Force
B.S. of Civil Engineering Tech, Savannah State University, Savannah Georgia
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE, TRAINING AND INTEREST AREAS
Leadership & Management
•Continuously promoted for demonstrated leadership ability – achieved “Top” rank of Colonel
•Selected for “The Top Three” positions as Chief Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineer, Consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General and Associate Chief of the Biomedical Science Corp.
•Project Management and Program Management lead at each assigned position
•Completed Post-Graduate Air Force leadership training including Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and Bioenvironmental Engineering School
•Very Successful in creating loyal followers, developing functional teams and driving cooperative relationships with staff, board of directors and business partners.
Continuous Process Improvement
•Total Quality Management (TQM), Continuous Process Improvement trained & experienced
•Initiated Six Sigma/Lean process to cut costs by centralizing regional management resources
Information Management (IM)/Information Technology (IT)
•Co-Chaired Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Management Information System (MIS) Configuration Control Board -- developed IT solutions for improved knowledge management
•Partnered with Department of Defense counter-parts to integrate data across multiple platforms
•Built LAN for 25 users in the early 90’s as the Project Manager and Software/Hardware Installer
•Developed/managed connectivity and file sharing across early PC and UNIX server environments
Construction and Facility Management
•Integral member of Facility Management and Maintenance process at each assigned Air Force Base
•Reviewed/approved all facility modification needs/request and followed design/work to completion
•Managed HVAC assessments for Indoor Air Quality, Exposure Control and Environmental Emissions
•Worked Pre-College years as construction helper and Building Materials Warehouse associate
•Worked through college as a Brick Mason Apprentice and Industrial Refractory helper
•State of Georgia DOT Transportation Engineer and Air National Guard Site Development Specialist
•Member Military Medical Treatment Facility Executive Team managing all aspects of medical care, regulatory compliance, Joint Commission (JCAHO) accreditation and facility maintenance
•Integrated with Public Health, Flight Medicine and Occupational Health Physicians fostering successful change management, process improvement and engineering solutions/controls for Injury and Illness prevention, workplace Safety and Health, and Environmental compliance
Aircraft and Vehicle Maintenance
•Three years U.S. Army Helicopter Mechanic/Flight Crew Chief/Door Gunner
•Consistently selected “Team Leader” due to recognized ability to bring out the best in all
•Twenty Seven Years Air Force Officer inspecting airplane, rocket and vehicle maintenance facilities
Technical Management, Process Improvement and Planning, Total Quality Management (TQM) Project Management, Strategic Planning, Training and Development, Change Management, Organizational Development, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Board Chair/Member, Human Resources, Training & Development, Information Systems & Technologies, Executive Engineering Management, Facility Management and Construction, Quality, Efficiency & Performance Improvements, Strategic Vision & Corporate Development, Organizational Design & Development, Contracting, Outsourcing & Partnerships, Finance, Budgeting & Cost Management, 40 Hour HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations Emergency Response), Asbestos Air Sampling, Water Quality, Drinking Water, Sampling and Monitoring, Health Risk Assessments and Risk Communication, OSHA, EPA, SDWA, RCRA, NEPA, CERCLA, NPDES, NRC, Regulatory Compliance Assessments and Consulting, EH, E&H, EHS, ESH, ESOH