Bradley D. Giles, P.E., CSP, STS, FASSP, GIOSH, became the 107th president of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) on July 1, 2021, serving a one-year term. He has been an ASSP member since 1981 and lives in New Meadows, Idaho.
Giles returned to the ASSP Board of Directors in July 2019 after serving as a director-at-large from 2015-18. He is principal of safety consulting firm Bradley Giles and Associates. He has more than 40 years of experience in the safety, health, environmental and security disciplines and has worked on six continents.
Giles was named an ASSP Fellow in 2010 for his significant contributions to the occupational safety and health profession. He also has received the ASSP President’s Award twice, served as an ASSP Foundation trustee and earned the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award.
Giles is a professional member of the Snake River Chapter as well as the Construction and Management practice specialties. He has served on several ASSP committees including Nominations and Elections, Governance and Student Task Force. Outside of the Society, Giles has served as president of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, which honored him with the BCSP Lifetime Achievement Award. He also served as chair of the National Construction Safety Executives.
Giles holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Southern Illinois University.
Coming from a family of coal miners, he was influenced by the need for safety in the work his family had performed for generations. His grandfather died in a mining incident before Giles was born, and his great-grandfather lost his life in a similar incident. His first position in 1977 was safety supervisor in the surface mines for the Consolidation Coal Co. in Illinois, the largest U.S. coal company at the time.
In 1980, Giles began working at Morrison-Knudson, a large construction, engineering and mining company. He became known for his values of loyalty and integrity. The job involved significant travel and high-profile projects. In 1991, he was called upon to manage safety for the construction of the Denver Airport, a job that kept him there for two and a half years.
During the 9/11 attacks, Giles lost 13 coworkers in the World Trade Center. In the wake of the tragedy, he and a colleague gathered a team of safety professionals to help recovery efforts. They coordinated with OSHA to develop on-site safety and health plans and establish stations where firefighters and police officers could get their personal protective equipment.