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Safety Manager

Ashland, Kentucky, 41102, United States
February 07, 2018

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Dennis Wilhere

**** ***** ****• Ashland, KY ***** 606-***-****


Highly organized and detail-oriented Certified Environmental/Safety Specialist with over 16 years of heavy-manufacturing, continuous-production process experience. Solid experience in operations, environmental regulatory compliance, occupational safety, industrial maintenance, quality, waste management, and natural environment restoration. An effective communicator and team leader skilled at ensuring the compliance and adherence to all safety and environmental standards.


Ability to identify and comply with OSHA safety & health hazards & apply suitable control measures.

Skilled in root cause incident investigations, permit required confined spaces, fall protection, developing safety procedures, and hazard communication.

Extensive knowledge in utilizing workplace protective and sampling equipment. lockout/tag out procedures, machine guarding, hoist and crane safety, electrical safety, and OSHA record keeping.

Comprehensive knowledge of natural resources, environmental regulations, sustainable agriculture practices, plant health, invasive species. and pest

In-depth knowledge of physical, biological, and information sciences.

Managed hazardous, special, and non-hazardous wastes for regulatory compliance.

Vast mechanical knowledge accompanied with strong knowledge of manufacturing plant operations

Authorized OSHA Trainer & Certified OSHA Public-Sector Safety and Health Specialist.

Experienced in managing raw materials and implementing continuous safety/quality improvements

Developed and revised hazard awareness, safety, and quality operating procedures (JHA’s & SOP’s).

Knowledgeable in troubleshooting, preventative, and routine maintenance.

Able to meet production deadlines, perform internal audits, and continuously improve quality.

Coordinated large-scale environmental cleanup projects and performed air and water sampling.


Eastern Kentucky University – Richmond, KY, USA 2016 - 2017

Certified Safety and Health Specialist

Southern New Hampshire University - Manchester, NH, USA 2015 - 2016

B.S. Environmental Science GPA 3.97

Ashland Technical College - Ashland, KY, USA 2012 - 2013

Welding Certificate: Welding

Ashland Technical College - Ashland, KY, USA 2001 - 2002

Electrical Technology Certificate: Electrical

Clarion University - Clarion, PA, USA 1992 - 1994

Associates of Science: Physical Sciences


OSHA Authorized Trainer (General Ind. & Constr.) OSHA Public Sector Safety and Health OSHA 511 (General Industry) OSHA 510 (Construction) OSHA 501 & 500 (Trainers) OSHA 2015 (Hazardous waste) OSHA 7405 & 3115 (Fall Protection/Awareness OSHA 7845 (Record keeping) OSHA 2264 (Confined Space) OSHA 7500 (Safety Management) OSHA 7505 (Accident Investigation) OSHA 7110 (Safe Bolting) OSHA 7115 (LOTO) OSHA 7400 (Noise Awareness) OSHA 7105 (Evac. & Emer. Planning) OSHA 7100 (Machine Safeguarding) OSHA 30 Certified Environmental Specialist Hazwoper 40


Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV Inc, Nitro Construction Services – Buffalo, WV 2017 – Present

Site EHS Specialist (October 2017 – Present)

Perform incident investigations and interface with doctors and claim adjusters to minimize lost time and/or recordable incidents.

Administration and implementation of the site safety program.

Conduct weekly safety meetings and perform daily safety audits and corrective measures.

Jobsite compliance with Toyota Policies and regulatory requirements including training.

Perform or provide for exposure monitoring for various air contaminants.

Interface with state, federal, and client on EHS issues.

Maintain all safety related documentation.

AK Steel Inc. – Ashland, KY 2001 – 2017 Technician/Hourly Manager (January 2009 – October 2017)

Routinely fulfilled the role as a Safety Specialist; issued work permits, explained job procedures, identified hazards, and implemented safety standards and procedures.

Maintained proper raw material inventory and the safe handling of steelmaking materials.

Conducted air monitoring, water sampling, and environmental/safety audits.

Drew test samples for analysis and calculated types and amounts of alloys/raw materials needed to ensure specifications were met.

Developed and revised hundreds of safety and quality operating procedures (JHA’s & SOP’s)

Conducted daily safety/toolbox meetings and participated in monthly safety meetings.

Identified pollution risks and contributed to the development of new environmental controls (Bag House filter replacements & Dust Boss systems) resulting in a significant reduction in air pollution.

Incorporated continuous improvements into the handling and distribution of materials resulting in a reduction of overhead, enhancing workflow and improved safety.

Contributed to the dismantling and maintenance of the wastewater scrubber system.

Heavy Equipment Trainer/ Industrial Waste Professional (2004 – 2009)

Highly trained heavy equipment operator with wide-spread industrial training and practical on-the-job experience in construction, excavation, and waste management.

Trained dozens of employees on safe heavy equipment operating procedures

Restored river/creek banks, resolved water run-off issues and took measures to combat erosion.

Coordinated large-scale environmental cleanup projects and assigned work permits as needed.

Performed daily maintenance and safety equipment inspections.

Managed hazardous EAF dust, slag waste, industrial sludge wastes, and safe disposal of harmful agents in the Steelmaking Department.

Implemented corrective actions to maximize productivity while maintaining a safe work area while following all environmental, and safety regulatory compliance.

Railroad Track Maintenance/ Safety Tech (2002 – 2004)

Examined track components and switches and performed replacements, repairs and removals.

Performed all tasks in adherence to railroad safety regulations and served as a Safety Technician.

Utilized a variety of tools and equipment assigned to this job including a backhoe and a utility truck equipped with pneumatic tools, compressor, welder, cutting torches, and hand tools.

Coke Plant Operator/Maintenance Technician (2001 - 2002)

Performed maintenance and repairs on conveyor systems, steam generation lines, mobile equipment, hydraulic devices, pneumatic systems, electrical systems, and mechanical machines.

Operated the charge car that shoots pulverized coal in the coke oven.

Operated a door pusher machine that opens and shuts the coke oven doors and propels the finished coke product onto a processing platform.

AK Steel mobile equipment certifications:

Forklifts Aerial lifts Front-end Loaders (Cat 990, 988, 980) Skid Steers Excavators Track Loader Backhoes Overhead cranes Remote Control Locomotives Slag Haulers Charge & Push Car

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