Joseph A. Kraus
Harrison, Ohio 45030
Documented and successful background as an Environmental Health and Safety Manager for a fortune 500 company. Experienced in several industries including power generating, nuclear enrichment facilities, chemical process operations, petroleum refineries, construction and demolition projects, superfund projects and emergency response situations. Possess a strong knowledge of OSHA, MSHA and DOT regulations. Well versed and extremely comfortable as a mentor educating employees on those regulations, or discussing those with regulatory compliance officials. Significantly contributed to successful safety programs with previous employers allowing those employers to realize larger bottom line profits and eliminating unnecessary cost.
PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE:
Environmental Health & Safety Manager
2005 - 2011
Veolia Environmental Services IS
Significantly improved division safety and compliance statistics saving thousands of dollars in unnecessary medical expenses, potential fines and OSHA recordable rate penalties.
Implemented cost savings programs that significantly reduced direct expenses while still maintaining required compliance and increased individual employee safety.
Initiated changes within the DOT department and transformed the federal "unsatisfactory" rating to a "satisfactory" rating in less than three (3) months.
Successfully passed two (2) internal DOT audits and one (1) federal audit.
Entrusted as custodian for employee training and medical files.
Conduct competent accident/incident investigation inclusive of a path forward to prevent recurrence.
Audit compliance of company procedures and regulatory requirements during industrial cleaning and decontamination activities.
Successfully manager workers' compensation claims, interface with the Ohio BWC, TPA and MCO and minimized the negative impact on the employer while gaining the best possible care for the employee.
Assigned as Incident Commander/Safety during emergency response situations to make immediate decisions that directly impacted the timely and safe completion of the task at hand.
Empowered to evaluate chemical and environmental hazards and determine appropriate personal protection requirements and procedures to minimize/eliminate exposure and potential environmental impact.
Responsible for maintenance and calibration of air monitoring equipment.
Entrusted to inspect and maintain all Level A, B and C personal protection equipment inclusive of all supplied breathing air apparatus and anti-contamination clothing.
Tasked to maintain appropriate regulatory permits for the divisions facility RCRA and SARA Title III compliance and reporting requirements.
Extensive interface with employees and customers.
Empowered to recruit, interview, hire and mentor new employees.
Training & Certificates
Hazwoper certification as Supervisor, Safety and Incident Commander
Qualified fork truck instructor
OSHA 30 and 10 hour trained
OSHA 511 certification
Regional Environmental Health & Safety Manager
2003 - 2005
C&K Industrial Services Inc.
Responsible for the safety management, DOT compliance and records maintenance at 3 bases of operation.
Empowered for complete process of interviewing, hiring and training new employees.
Documentation of training and compliance with OSHA/DOT regulations.
Accident/Incident investigation inclusive of a path forward to prevent recurrence.
Audit operations and implement policies to assure an accident free work environment.
Interface with regulatory compliance offices to include: Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), and Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA).
Empowered to manage team members in the processing, depletion and packaging of low level radioactive waste and product insuring proper compliance requirements per applicable department procedures.
Entrusted to verify proper shipping documents are in place and accurate prior to transportation of product.
Supervise chemical process operations and maintain compliance with administered company policies and goals.
Involved in operation readiness review and startup procedures for pilot plant operations
Batch set up and equipment control monitoring, record readings per applicable procedure.
Certified lift truck operator and qualified to instruct lift truck training and operations.
Supervised team of chemical operators that achieved 4 years without an OSHA recordable incident/accident.
Involved in procedure development and implementation as a Technical Writer
RCRA hazardous waste handling experience.
Certified in Department of Energy Accident/Incident investigation protocol.
December 1995 - December 1997
ICWUC Center for Health & Workers' Safety
Tasked to train employees from several industries on OSHA regulations.