BERNADENE J. WASSERLEBEN firstname.lastname@example.org
COATESVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 19320 http://www.linkedin.com/in/bwass
Environmental Health and Safety Professional with extensive experience in Fortune 500 pharmaceutical/chemical industries.
Proven track record of success in development and implementation of award-winning, cost-effective compliance programs.
Champion and driver of workplace safety culture. New Jersey Governor’s Safety Recognition Award. OSHA VPP Award.
FORMOSA PLASTICS CORPORATION/SYNERFAC, Delaware City, DE 2011 – 2012
Responsible for all aspects of the site safety and health program, including medical surveillance, workers compensation, and
contractor safety, and ongoing abatement activities for company’s pre-existing OSHA citations and 3rd party audit findings.
Coordinated preparation for 2-day Process Safety Management (PSM)/Risk Management Program
(RMP)regulatory inspection with the outcome of zero deficiencies found.
Improved Combustible Dust Compliance by implementing Dust Action Plan and Management Inspection Program.
Increased training attendance from 25% to > 90% by establishing, tracking, and reporting performance metrics.
Improved safety training program content through addition of on-line capability and enhanced presentations.
Assisted with ISO9001 and ISO14001 program review and administration, internal audits, and compliance.
CEPHALON, INC., West Chester, PA 2009 - 2011
EHS Consultant/Construction Safety Supervisor
Oversee multi-site construction safety program. Conduct EHS audits; Provide training and program technical support;
Maintain hazard communication program and 45,000+ MSDS database (over 4,200 updates). Regulatory reporting.
Conducted 750 EHS inspections and produced 300+ contractor safety audit reports
Over 22,000 hours (225 days) injury-free projects and counting
Trained 800+ contractors.
Designed 550+ custom safety signs for all buildings with updated hazard and emergency contact information.
Automated and improved Contractor Safety Orientation by producing an animated CD with audio
LAUREATE PHARMA, Princeton, NJ 2007 - 2009
EHS Specialist (Manager), Radiation Safety Officer
Managed all aspects of EHS programs for three locations. Led Safety Committee; Evaluated workplace hazards/
implemented remedies. Provided industrial hygiene services, including ergonomic assessments. Conducted incident
investigations. OSHA log
Achieved 100% compliance with regulatory requirements for over 30 licenses/certificates and for 5 agency
Reduced costs associated with hazardous and non-hazardous waste programs by 50% and 85%, respectively.
Reduced employee monitoring costs and potential liability by 75% through troubleshooting/resolution of compliance
and safety issues relating to handling, segregation, disposal, and shielding of radioactive materials.
Motivated employees to embrace and complete safety training by evaluating, designing and launching a new
internet -based safety training system, offering 50 topics and job-specific curricula.
Brought company into compliance with OSHA for Respiratory Protection, Occupational Noise, and Lockout/Tagout
standards and township/NFPA fire code.
Improved safety awareness and employee work practices by instituting a monthly facility inspection program.
Raised safety consciousness and increased volunteerism through distribution of monthly newsletters and
organizing a Safety Fair for National Safety Month and seminars. Secured 60% employee program participation
within 12 months.
GLAXOSMITHKLINE/SDS, INC., King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 2002 - 2007
Environmental, Health and Safety Consultant
Managed hazardous, residual and radiation waste programs for 100+ acre R&D and manufacturing site. Performed
environmental and safety compliance audits and safety equipment inspections. Conducted contractor safety orientation
training. Assisted with emergency response team/fire drills and training. Calibrated/ maintained instruments.
Dramatically improved efficiency of waste collection by implementing hang tag system.
Led firm to 100% compliance rate in state and corporate audits, resulting in no fines, penalties or team injuries.
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Minimized downtime and operational issues by responding rapidly to numerous emergencies and utilizing effective
damage control solutions.
UNITED CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY / SYNERFAC, Bristol, Pennsylvania 2000 - 2001
Quality Assurance Manager/Chemist/Consultant
Oversaw QA/QC lab; Developed/validated methods; Analyzed samples; Maintained GMP, GLP, and ISO 5000
Certifications. Provided customer support for external customers. Minimized platinum product losses w/new method.
ROHM & HAAS COMPANY, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1986 - 1999
Site Environmental Remediation Manager /Supervisor (1995 – 1999)
Provided technical level environmental, health and safety support, supervision, management and security. Directed field
operations. Coordinated real estate acquisitions, renovations and resale. Managed six direct reports and supervised all
contracted personnel and consultants.
Selected for and served on team that led $30 million cleanup of 1.5 mile sewer and wastewater treatment plant.
Managed $300,000 sampling and analytical program that monitored, directed, and determined completion of
Contained costs and prevented litigation through co-development of successful economic protection program.
Recognized by senior management for turning around extremely negative public attitudes through community
relations/outreach activities that addressed remedial initiatives.
Senior Environmental Specialist/Safety, Health and Environmental Specialist (1993–1995)
Managed eight employees and all contracted personnel/consultants. Oversaw Title V permitting program, Philadelphia air
management requirements and SARA reporting. Directed environmental laboratory, waste operations and pollution
Pioneered, championed and helped achieve “Zero Injury” rate; featured in company senior management video.
Served on Plant SHE Team that led company to achievement of OSHA STAR and VPP status through OSHA
Voluntary Protection Program.
Successfully transitioned 32-person department down to two-person staff, without compromising
productivity/service, through astute management of restructuring project.
As United Way campaign chair, received Team Award and exceeded results of all previous fundraisers, despite
morale issues stemming from organizational reengineering.
Environmental Specialist (1990 – 1993)
Directed environmental laboratory and developed/ oversaw plant’s water-related and tank management programs.
Negotiated, maintained and monitored plant permits. Managed consultants, contractors and seven employees. Conducted
EHS training and performed regulatory compliance audits/process reviews. Served as first point of contact for resolution of
Served as lead regulatory liaison and Acting Environmental Manager.
Chosen for Corporate SHE Audit Team; evaluated national performance of plant sites and toll processors.
Corporate Industrial Hygiene Chemist/ Bristol, Pennsylvania Plant (1986 – 1990)
Provided industrial hygiene services to plant, corporate, research staff and customers. Conducted industrial hygiene field
surveys and audits; consulted at company and customer sites. Performed ventilation surveys of ductwork and laboratory
hoods. Delivered training in methods of industrial sampling and analysis. Performed chemical analyses. Developed,
evaluated, and validated air sampling and analytical procedures. Coordinated quality assurance programs.
Facilitated thirty-fold increase in total workplace exposure assessments by developing/validating more than 10 new
Developed/instituted method for analyzing residual acrylamide which was adopted by all R&H emulsion plants.
Master of Science in Environmental Science, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Recipient, American Microchemical Society Al Steyermark Award for Scholarship
American Industrial Hygiene Association, National, Philadelphia and New Jersey Sections, former Executive Board member
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), National, Philadelphia and Penn-Jersey Sections
National Safety Council (NSC)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Training/Certification
Certified Trainer and Operator, Powered Industrial Trucks
CPR/AED/First Aid Certifications