Don Ewert is a consulting Occupational Health specialist with RJ Lee Group, having practiced in the field of Industrial Hygiene for more than 30 years. His educational background and career expertise also include Toxicology, Epidemiology and Medical Management, where he served as industry liaison to Pinnacol Assurance and as Research Scholar in the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Technology. Don is currently recognized as a peer-reviewed, full member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association as well as two prestigious toxicology societies: Occupational Toxicology Roundtable—an organization made up of professional pharmaceutical industry toxicologists—and Society of Toxicology, which requires 10 years of member-validated experience and expertise. Highlights of his studies in epidemiology include years of practice as an OSHA/EPA and DEP-certified trainer in asbestos and lead authorship in an ongoing cohort study presented, together with NIOSH, CSU, IES Engineers and the CSPH-UCD, to NIOSH’s 2010 Keystone Conference. The specifics of this work involve development of an international exposure and medical surveillance database consisting of nanomaterial workers.
Mr. Ewert’s Industrial Hygiene expertise is comprehensive with international recognition for his creation of leading-edge OEHS programs, including development of occupational health banding systems, OEHS audit processes, quantitative validation of containment systems, approaches to engineering control, and the conduct of toxic and highly complex exposure assessments. During his career, including time he served as professional consultant and principal with HTI Labs, he has developed hundreds of OEHS management systems and supervised a wide range of occupational and environmental remediation projects involving industrial, commercial, and governmental installations.
Mr. Ewert has either participated in, or had his work become the basis for, international guidance and major laws involving a wide range of OEHS issues. As a frequent presenter on the Occupational Environmental Health and Safety Life Cycle, he has organized advanced training programs, taken part in a number of international forums, and served as contributing expert to hundreds of professional development meetings. More recently, he received AIHA’s highest award for project excellence and serves as past chair of the Nanotechnology Working Group. His research findings are available in peer-reviewed journals and his OEHS program outreach is published across multimedia formats including webinars, magazines, and books. Mr. Ewert has also served as expert witness, testifying in a number of litigation cases involving toxic chemical exposures, for both property damage and personal injury claims.
Modern companies are faced with numerous international requirements related to Environment, Health, and Safety. Simple compliance with EHS laws and regulations is considered minimum performance, with companies required to demonstrate that they have those systems and programs in place to achieve this level of compliance with global EHS standards. International standards related to environmental sustainability, worker health and safety, and community protection and engagement have become commonplace, and meeting them effectively and efficiently creates business value. With ongoing expansion of these standards – representing a company’s ‘license to operate’ – implementation of focused, tailored, and structured EHS management systems is an effective and efficient solution toward meeting these demands.
A comprehensive EHS management system begins with analysis of the company’s operational EHS aspects, followed by an assessment of impacts. The impacts assessment consists of a compilation of accurate and representative workplace and environmental monitoring/analysis data, and a thorough characterization of operational practices. The preparation of a customized, focused, and efficient EHS management system to mitigate impacts and meet local and international standards allows the company to demonstrate that it has those programs in place to achieve conformance with worldwide legal and societal requirements. This demonstration is often a requirement for companies to compete for business internationally.
The foundation of any management system is the Plan, Do, Check, Act cycle. For EHS, the analysis of aspects/impacts and subsequent management-system-design promotes a cost-effective solution by prioritizing those key EHS impacts that require action and engagement with the necessary resources. EHS management systems can be established at the company level and cascaded across multiple operating facilities, thereby reducing duplication, enhancing standardization, and reducing costs. The recurring review of an EHS management system ensures that the company’s programs and systems remain current and effective, and are responsive to the latest EHS requirements, standards, and norms.
RJ Lee Group offers a Global EHS Program that helps ensure your company adheres to these standards, working with your team to keep your workers, workplace, and the environment safe. Contact us today to learn more.
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