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February 22, 2018

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Ricardo Valverde ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH AND SAFETY • 219-***-**** •

Corporate EHS Management for Global Operations

Strategic leader experienced in the development and implementation of EHS management systems, across regional and global locations, ensuring compliance with all applicable occupational safety, environmental laws and regulations. Provides direction, coordinates, and teams up with senior and executive management across the company to provide strategic leadership and ensure commitment to meet company goals.

Core Competencies and Operational Expertise

Success Turning Safety Performance from Average to Excellent

Safety Risk Assessments & Management

Management of Change

International Implementation of ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001

Influence/negotiator across all levels of the organization. Relationships builder.

MSc. Chemistry – Hazardous Materials

Fluent in English/Spanish; Intermediate Portuguese

Certified Auditor for Hazardous Waste T.D.S.

Experienced Presenter and Trainer

EHS Program Excellence (36 Awards)

Pollution Prevention & Energy Saving Programs

Emergency Preparedness

Manage, empower direct/indirect personnel

Lean/Six Sigma Certified

International Experience: Latin America, Europe, N.A. (Mexico, Canada, USA), Japan & China.

Provided vision and strategy to the international operations leadership for the development and implementation of management systems, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, corporate audits, sustainability initiatives, incident investigation and reporting, establishments of annual leading indicators, risk assessments and high priority risks corrective action plans.

Professional Experience


Corporate International EHS Manager 2012 – Present

Support the implementation of environmental, health and safety initiatives for domestic and international operations to reduce the risk of injury, noncompliance within country governing laws. Evaluation and audit of existing procedures against established international standards (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001), international regulations (GHS, REACH, RoHS), metrics and company policies. Facilitation of environmental due diligence and compliance reviews for mergers and acquisitions. Management of master service agreements for global operations. Partner with in country management teams to reduce risk, develop policies and procedures and to ensure alignment with business operations and global EHS initiatives.

Developed the company’s Procedures for the Management of Change and Safety Risk Assessments.

Developed and managed the company’s pilot for ISO14001/OHSAS 18001 implementation.

Developed company pilots for safety performance, incident reporting, management and reduction of hazardous waste.

Assessed and revamped the EHS management systems in domestic and International sites.

Implemented the EHS integration for new facilities and subsidiaries at both domestic and international levels.

Developed, implemented and monitor EHS annual goals (Key Performance Indicators).

Generate periodic performance reports to all levels of the organization. Led the integration of the Global Harmonization System (GHS) for all USA subsidiaries.


West Coast Region, EHS Manager 2005 – 2011

2,000+ person multiple assembly, fabrication, and distribution sites. Successfully established a safety culture through the development, implementation, and administration of risk-based health, safety and environment programs.

Lead the initiatives to achieve the 3 million and 5 million hours without lost workdays.

Led the Implementation/integration of EHS into the Six Sigma / lean manufacturing methodologies.

Developed and implemented a behavior safety program driven by the operations employees.

Developed the site-wide annual EHS Strategic Plan (Operational budget, tactical plan, resources, development of goals, etc.).

Managed all required EHS training programs for the entire organization.

Developed systematic closure action plans for all pending regulatory non-conformances.

Maintained full responsibility for sites’ timely completion of corporate annual assessments.

Integrated EHS into Management of Change (M.O.C) and New Product Introduction procedures.

Successfully managed an international/multicultural business environment

Dropped waste disposal fees 75% by establishing administration and engineering controls.

Function as the company’s point of accountability with governmental agencies (Department of Hazardous Materials, Department of Transportation, Department Energy and local Emergency Management entities.

Successfully managed scheduled and unannounced audits from Government agencies (EPA, OSHA, Air Pollution Control Board, and Department of Health).

Managed internal audits and self-assessments to monitor program effectiveness and to analyze and communicate site performance against expectations.

Led implementation of Government’s certification for Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).


Corporate Facilities, EHS Manager 1998 – 2005

Developed and implemented the EHS program from non-existing to award winning at the company headquarters targeting an average population of 3,000 employees and 500 contractors.

Exceeded all goals for reduction of hazardous and non–hazardous waste generation, air emissions and natural resources consumption through the promotion of waste and energy programs.

Auditor of domestic and international facilities pursuing ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 certification.

Supervised permanent and temporary contractors for the implementation and ownership of EHS policies.

Site recognized with 13 awards in Pollution Prevention, Energy, Safety, Health and overall EHS Program

Drove the site lost workdays' index to be ranked as one the lowest in the company (0.15 )

96% accidents reduction with the inception and implementation of procedures, health promotion and communication programs for employees and contractors.

Manufacturing Site, EHS Manager - Costa Rica 1994 – 1998

Site's EHS program was recognized by the Government for the contributions on sustainability, community awareness/education, recycling, auditing guidelines, and pioneers on carbon neutral status.

Developed a brand new HSE program into an award-winning program (7 awards).

Created the first Environmental Foundation partnership between a business and the Government.


MSc. Chemistry (1991)

Michigan Technological University - Houghton, MI

BSc. Chemistry (1989)

University of Costa Rica - San Jose, Costa Rica


Lake Forest Graduate School of Management - Lake Forest, IL

Pending credits for completion.

Professional Certifications

Green Belt Certified. Honeywell Six Sigma Plus. April 2010

TSDF Auditor Certified. Honeywell October 2007

ISO 14001 Auditor Certified. ERM CVS. March 1999.

Six Sigma Engineer Certified. Baxter Healthcare. May 1996

Language Skills & Proficiency

English - Fluent in all facets

Spanish - Fluent in all facets

Portuguese - Strong Verbal & Reading Skills

Awards and Recognitions

Perfect /Outstanding Performance Safety Performance Award- NADCA USA. 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006.

Honeywell Gold/ Silver Safety Award (5, 3 & 1 MM hrs without Lost Work Days/ Recordable Cases). 2010, 2006, 2005.

Safe Workplace Award (Mexican Labor Department). 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005.

Baxter Best Environmental, Health, and Safety Program Award. 2003, 2001, 1996, 1994.

Sustainability Report Data Recognition-EHS Data Excellence. 2003.

Dimensions of Health Award /Well Workplace Gold Award – WELCOA – State of Illinois. 2003, 2002, 1999.

Baxter Best Health Promotion Award. 2002, 2000, 1998.

Baxter Energy Award / Baxter Best Eco-efficiency Award. 2002, 2001.

Environmental Leadership Award – Chicago Academy of Sciences. 2002.

Baxter Costa Rica Performance Recognition. 1998.

INCAE Recognition– A Subsidiary of Harvard School of Business – Costa Rica. 1997.

American Chamber of Commerce – Environmental Action Committee Leadership Recognition. 1997.

Ecological Flag Award – Ministry of Natural Resources. Costa Rica. 1997, 1996, 1995.

Baxter Pollution Prevention Award. 1995.

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