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Safety Management

Horsham, PA
March 11, 2018

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R. Kent Adamson, CIH, CSP


Environmental, Health, & Safety Executive

Certified Industrial Hygienist Certified Safety Professional

Leverage 15+ years of EH&S experience to direct multi-faceted global EH&S programs; consistent achievements in diverse pharmaceuticals, mineral exploration, mining, chemical, and aerospace industries.

Expertly develop, implement, and lead enterprise-wide EH&S programs, driving continual EH&S improvements; track record of improving safety performance and training while significantly reducing worker injuries and associated costs.

Recognized for expertise in applying risk-based concepts to EH&S management decisions, fine-tuning and improving programs to be leaner and more efficient.

Respected leader known for building highly motivated teams and bridging the gap between corporate standards and site implementation delivering highly effective EH&S solutions that incorporate long-term EH&S strategy into daily operations.

Effective presenter adept at communicating with all levels of an organization; maintain up-to-date knowledge of all industry changes via professional development and networking with regulators and professional associations.

Areas of Expertise: Strategic & Tactical Planning Problem Solving Risk Analysis EH&S Audits/Reviews Communication Team Leadership Mine Safety Program Development Process Improvements


TEVA PHARMACEUTICALS; North Wales, PA 2013 – Present

A leading global pharmaceutical company and world’s leading generic drug maker operating in 60 countries.

Vice President of EH&S – America’s Region 2013 – Present

Directed regional program consisting of 12 direct, 23 indirect EH&S professionals at 23 manufacturing sites throughout North & South America.

Demonstrated strategic planning skills by restructuring regional EH&S programs to align with new corporate objectives and operations.

Developed highly effective EH&S Councils and Governing Committees, comprised of EH&S and Site Sr. Management, that improved communication, provided consistency in application of EH&S programs, and improved EH&S culture.

Developed EH&S Leadership training on how site leadership can use excellence in EH&S to achieve excellence in quality, productivity, and profitability.

These changes produced a 55% decrease in total injuries, a 70% decrease in lost time injuries, and a significant reduction in environmental impacts.

Vice President of EH&S – Global Pharma Operations 2015 – 2017

Temporary managed new global EH&S management team charged with implementing a global EH&S management system.

Drove consistency and improved EH&S culture within all of Teva’s Global Pharma manufacturing, R&D facilities and Commercial complexes for over 90 sites, spread across 4 regions (Americas, EU, IL, APAC).

Provided EH&S oversight and innovative leadership to ensure successful integration of a 30 site, global acquisition, from a major competitor.

BOART LONGYEAR; Salt Lake City, UT 2007 – 2013

World’s largest mineral exploration drilling company operating in more than 40 countries.

Vice President of EH&S 2012 – 2013

Directed strategic planning and tactical operations; lead high-performing staff of 150 direct/indirect employees. Restructured global EH&S program to align all goals with corporate objectives and operations.

Established highly effective approach focusing on training, management systems, and safety leadership. Significantly decreased number of vehicle accidents, reduced injuries 50%, and lowered lost time 70%.

Implemented an environmental sustainable development program. Reduced global manufacturing plants VOC emissions 33% as well as one plant’s waste water generation 90% and one’s solid waste disposal 75%.

R. Kent Adamson, CIH, CSP


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Global Director of EH&S 2008 – 2012

Implemented a global in-vehicle monitoring system. Eliminated vehicle roll-overs by monitoring speeding, aggressive driving, and seatbelt use, significantly reducing fuel consumption, maintenance, and tire wear.

Streamlined safety and cultural programs to heighten effectiveness.

Employed innovative method for training using visual representations and industry animations to demonstrate safety practices across all languages and geographic locations.

Reduce costs and time associated with previously extensive language translations for curriculum.

Conceptualized and developed unique material handling tools, reducing hand and finger injuries 30%.

Director of EH&S, Environmental & Infrastructure Drilling Services Division 2007 – 2008

Directed global EH&S department of a new division formed from the integration of five previously acquired companies. Established interdependent EH&S culture; developed and implemented strategic vision for ensuring compliance, safety, and environmental standards.

Implemented aggressive programs to reduce EH&S incidents including medical intervention, management training, and environmental improvement plans; worked closely with senior managers to drive success.

Assisted in assurance audits, contributed to reviews, and maintained ISO certifications including aiding in ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 audits.

RIO TINTO; Salt Lake City, UT 2005 – 2007

A leading international mining and exploration company committed to sustainable development.

Principal Advisor, Industrial Hygiene

Assisted in corporate assurance audits and strategic reviews of all facilities; scope of duties quickly expanded due to exceptional EH&S insights and expertise.

Developed corporate EH&S policies and procedures; monitored regulatory activities in the American and African regions.

Streamlined and integrated high volume of policies and procedures into user-friendly documents.

Worked with regulators, NGOs, and external stakeholders.

SOLVAY CHEMICALS, INC.; Green River, WY 2002 –2005

Underground Trona mine and surface processing facility of soda ash and other sodium-based products.

Safety & Health Manager

Managed safety/health department, eight direct reports, and $1.3-million budget

Created interdependent safety culture utilizing management-employee committees and action teams. Implemented behavior-based program utilizing job safety interactions and reporting of near-miss incidents.

Designed and implemented procedures for purchase and start-up of long-wall mining system as well as the safety and health procedures for two major plant expansions. Successfully negotiated with MSHA the modification of ventilation plan to increase long-wall face velocities and reduce employees’ exposure to silica.


Certified in Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH)

American Board of Industrial Hygiene; Status: Active; Certificate No. 8938

Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice (CSP)

Board of Certified Safety Professionals; Status: Active; Certificate No. 13491

Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) Instructor for IS, IU, AN, and MS


Bachelor’s of Science; Public Health-Industrial Hygiene; Utah State University; Logan, UT

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