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Safety Customer Service

Mecosta, Michigan, 49332, United States
January 30, 2017

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Barbara A. Thomas


Interdisciplinary Analyst

Professional Synopsis

Administrator of various government and industrial operations maintaining a qualified staff thru selective hiring procedures, cultivating a team orientated attitude, motivational strategies and retaining multi-cultural well-trained, professional and technical personnel. Lead Environmental Engineer/Project Coordinator of the RCRA Program at Westinghouse’s Fernald Nuclear Materials Production Center – a NPL Superfund Site.

Regulatory Expertise

Knowledge of and experience with a broad range of environmental principals, regulations, policies procedures, laws, and techniques sufficient to insure that regulatory work is in compliance with applicable legal standards and other requirements and that such work is implemented in an environmental sustainable manner.

DOT; RCRA; TSCA; DEQ; NRC; SARA III (EPCRA Tier I- III, Form R); CAL/OSHA; CAA (Title I-VI), NAAQS…); CWA (NPDES, SWDA…); DOE-M-435.1, DOE Orders 5280.2A; Endangered Species Act; CEQA/NEPA; National Historic Preservation; …


Managed twelve union environmental technicians employed at automotive company, General Motors LLC., conducting industrial safety training and creating a safety culture. Consequently, they rose up to achieve awards of individual excellence in customer service and teamwork.

Interacted with regulators, managers, field personnel, administrators, engineers, and operations on compliance, methodologies, best available control equipment, the company environmental policies and procedures.

Monitored contractors and vendor account receivables and submitted yearly forecasting of expenditures

Managed all inspections and regulatory compliance activities required under the Toxic Substances Control Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act and all other applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Administrator of fifteen engineers and outside contractors at Fernald Nuclear Remediation Site with diverse expertise in civil, structural, electrical, chemical, groundwater and risk assessment to complete projects for Fernald-Westinghouse Environmental Management Program.

Organized, scheduled, train and monitor individual task assignments depending on specific knowledge and experience of the technician.

Conducted interviews, hiring and releases - monitored all aspects o employees’ performances.

Govern contractors and vendors pertaining to Environmental Health /Safety and waste operations in Phoenix, AZ and Michigan.

Waste Operations

Inspected storage areas according to RCRA regulations; and provided technical guidance to personnel and project managers in accordance with DOT 171.1/OSHA 1910.120 and DEQ regulations as applicable to construction operations at the facility.

Responsible for all operations of waste storage, disposal and related regulatory compliance issues…and project construction logistics.

Reviewed Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) for hazards and regulatory content of current and new formulas.

Ensured proper labeling and packaging classification was correct for shipment.

Responsible for managing all aspects of remediation for twelve nuclear storage facilities and all characterization, treatment, storage, disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes on Fernald Site.

Conducted physical inspections and evaluated compliance records for industrial facilities of meat processing plants, dairy producers, chemical processors, boat manufacturers, automobile plants, cement manufacturers, mining operations and oil pipeline transfer stations, based on the directives of EPA.

Proficient in characterization storage and disposal of materials and waste including radioactive (LLW, MLLW, HLW) and transuranic waste.

Managed the logistics, recycling and disposal of universal waste.


Evaluated and inspected various security systems or hardware (surveillance communications, fire suppression and detection, alarm systems, locks and keys) on a weekly schedule to ensure all safety policies and codes at the facilities were maintained.

Ensured hazardous property is received, characterized, stored, inspected, documented, and manifested/disposed of in compliance with applicable environmental regulations and safety requirements.

Planned, organized, scheduled and conducted inspections of hazardous/non-hazardous waste storage facilities, work areas and equipment for compliance with regulatory (OSHA/DEQ) and site requirements; recommended corrective action, as needed.

Performed audits for waste oil companies to assist with federal site inspections and verifications of all chemicals present in the facility; conducted a site wide audit of client companies that included examination of all documents, including manifests, bills of lading, MSDSs, and purchase orders; interviewed dock employees to uncover contaminant trails and lapses in protocol.

Generated spreadsheet audits; air emission surveys; permit compliance analysis and report; environmental remediation activities; emergency response; pollution prevention and waste minimization.

Coordinated operational and procedural audits with regulatory

agencies and to facilitate and resolves sensitive environmental, health, and

safety questions and concerns.

Performed a variety of inspections, investigations, TAP Root and 5-Why analyses

and develops reports, findings, and recommendations for operational changes.


Conduct EHS training programs and training assessments to ensure required training is identified according to General Motors and Veolia Services environmental management policies, safety goals, procedures and waste management.

Monitored and recorded in spreadsheet training records for RCRA, DOT, OSHA, Fork Lift…

Conducted site safety observation surveys for contractors and employees.

Promoted a zero incident philosophy throughout the site and with technicians in an effort to create an injury-free and spill-free workplace.

Lead, directed, coached, and motivated employees in a results-oriented way to promote

empowerment, ownership, accountability, and safety operational excellence.


Prepared cost estimates and scopes of work for proposals and task orders under existing and future contracts; assisted with the preparation of project budgets and tracked costs.

Provided administrative, project coordination permit, technical and regulatory support to project managers.

Processed employees’ payroll, benefits and work schedules.

Responsible for budget development, expenditure forecasting, vendor and contractors account receivables

Public Forum/Outreach Events

Participant in a public meeting session hosting Congressional, State, and local politicians on Environmental Justice issues, subsequently establishing better relations with the relevant communities by hearing their concerns, answering questions and networking with government officials.

Set up environmental kiosk for local church in Vallejo, CA for community awareness on health & wellness, recreational safety tips, saving water, recycling, energy saving tips and protection of the environment.

Creating an Outreach Group in East Lansing/Lansing for Women of Intellect.

Safety/ Culture Initiative Programs/Events

Analyzed health and safety procedures to forecast trends and develop solutions to possible difficulties.

Evaluated and inspected various security systems or hardware (surveillance communications, fire suppression and detection, alarm systems, locks and keys) on a weekly schedule to ensure all safety policies and codes at the facilities were maintained.

Maintained safety programs and procedures in accordance with ISO14001.

Monitored equipment, recordkeeping data, safety programs, liaison with security personnel and investigation (s) of injuries, spills, illegal acts against the company mandates.

Collaborated with divisional and corporate leadership to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the production efforts and processes and to eliminate unsafe actions while complying with all federal, state, and local entities.

Promoted a zero incident philosophy throughout the site and motivated employees in an effort to create an injury-free and spill-free workplace.

Created a “Safety Star Program” for Veolia Environmental Technicians based on General Motors LLC and Veolia Services safety initiatives, policies and OSHA.

Skills & Abilities

Leadership performance accomplished by means of consultation and motivational strategies

Five plus years of experience in Environmental Permitting and Inspection

Skilled in accident data analysis, new processes, and machinery for potential safety concerns and conduct job hazard and job safety analyses

Ability to coordinate operational and procedural audits with regulatory agencies and to facilitate and resolves sensitive environmental, health, and safety questions and concerns

Familiar with ergonomics practices

Strong problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills

Attention to detail and accuracy and excellent written skills

Acquires skills quickly, learns new systems and handles change well

Database & Software Expertise

MS Office Suite; Word, Excel, Windows, PowerPoint; Outlook Visio; Google Earth; Modflow; and DST; Dakota Software; Intelex; Multiple Web-Browsers;

Professional Experience

Resource Plant Manager, General Motors LLC

Veolia Environmental, Lansing, MI

2/16 – Present

Environmental Health & Safety Specialist

THINK NLC, Lansing, MI

6/11 - 7/15

Toxics Program Inspector

U.S. EPA Region IX, Toxics Office, San Francisco, CA

4/10 - 5/11


Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Bachelor of Science in Geology

College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Associate’s Degree in Environmental Health & Safety Management

ABAG Hazmat School, San Ramon, CA/ Dade Moeller Radiation Safety Academy

National Environmental Trainers Inc., Martinez, GA


RCRA Title 22 CA (2016) General Industry 501 40 Hour Hazwoper (2016)

Bloodbourne Pathogens Confined Spaces (2016) LockOut/TagOut (2016)

DOT/HAZMAT 181 (2016) EPA Toxic Inspector EPA Radiological Emergency

Barbara A. Thomas

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