Earn 1.5 Contact Hours
Part of the Summer Series Inaugural Event
Key Issues When Hiring an Industrial Hygiene Consultant
July 15, 2020
2:00–3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
About the Presenters
Donald Elswick, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CET, Executive Director of Environmental & Industrial Programs, The University of Alabama
Elswick, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CET, is currently the Executive Director of Environmental & Industrial Programs, The University of Alabama. He previously was an assistant professor in the environmental, safety, and occupational health (ESOH) department at The University of Findlay. He has supported oversight of the implementation of company HESS policies, procedures, standards, guidelines, and practices in government operations, chemical industry, high-speed manufacturing, and food industry. Elswick’s military service encompassed 32 years. As a medical service corps officer (surface warfare), he was the industrial hygiene and hazardous material compliance officer, He was the preventative medicine/environmental health officer with 4th Civil Affairs Group (CAG), Detachment #2 in Al Asad, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Previous assignments included the Forward Deployed Preventative Medicine Unit (Team 8) as the industrial hygiene officer/chemical specialist. He has attended Dr. Vincent T. Covello’s workshop on environmental risk communication and public dialogue. He currently holds a certificate as a hazardous material specialist and is a certified HAZMAT technician in accordance with the National Professional Qualification Standards (NPQS) NFPA 472. The American Board of Industrial Hygiene in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene (Certification Number 11349 CP) also designated him. Elswick has earned the certified environmental trainer designation with a specialization in management and transportation of hazardous material and waste and is certified by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management as a certified hazardous material manager. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals designated him as a certified safety professional. Elswick earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Marshall University, his Master of Science in Environmental Science at Marshall University Graduate College, and Masters of Arts in Education from The University of Findlay.
Carl E. Habekost
Habekost joined Bugbee & Conkle, LLP in 2010. In 2018, Mr. Habekost became head of the Labor & Employment department at Bugbee & Conkle. Mr. Habekost represents employers in all aspects of safety law, workers’ compensation law, and employment law. In addition, Mr. Habekost has earned an advanced, executive-level safety certification as a Certified Occupational Safety Manager (COSM) which enables him to develop skills to build and manage effective safety programs to reduce injuries and control costs. Mr. Habekost has also earned OSHA 30 hour Certifications in General Industry & Construction. Mr. Habekost successfully defends employers’ interests at unemployment compensation hearings, before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He also represents employers at all injury and compensation hearings under the Ohio workers’ compensation law before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC).
From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Habekost served as a Staff Hearing Officer with the Industrial Commission of Ohio in Toledo, where he decided a broad range of disputed workers’ compensation claim issues including: permanent total disability, temporary total disability, occupational disease and death allowances, VSSR claims, and fraud claims. Mr. Habekost also has been retained in federal and state courts as an expert witness in Ohio workers’ compensation law.
Since leaving the Industrial Commission, Mr. Habekost has focused his practice on representing employers in the management of their safety, employment and workers’ compensation programs through advocacy and consultation. Mr. Habekost is also an adjunct Professor in the Environmental Health & Safety Department at the University of Findlay. Mr. Habekost is married with three children and enjoys reading, physical fitness, and music.
Carrie Harding, MSPH, CIH, CSP
Carrie Harding has more than 20 years of multi-industry experience, holding several senior positions in Environmental, Health and Safety with companies such as Exxon, General Electric and Cardinal Health. She is currently the Director of Industrial Hygiene and Safety at C&D Technologies/Trojan Battery. She possesses expertise in developing policies and procedures, introducing remediation systems, and identifying strategies for improving safety, compliance and cultures. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional and past Director on the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®). Ms. Harding holds a Master of Science in Public Health with concentration in Industrial Hygiene from University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BS in Environmental Health from Auburn University. She is a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH®), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and American Society for Safety Professionals (ASSP).
Ms. Harding has developed and implemented numerous EHS systems, encompassing site audits, remediation plans, behavioral-based safety programs, medical surveillance programs, hazardous waste guidelines, recycling initiatives, and metrics. She has led divisions and regions to corporate-best safety records, served as a Subject Matter Expert on OSHA, Responsible Care, EPA, and DOT regulations, earned several performance awards, and spearheaded critical HSE program turnarounds. In addition, she has experience with Dept. of Homeland Security Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards and GHS, REACH, and TSCA regulations.