Joel Nobles, CSP, CHST, is a United States Air Force (USAF) Veteran, he spent just short of 10 years on Active Duty. As an NCO in the USAF he spent time leading teams, in distributing, maintaining, and storing munitions stockpiles. This experience gave him a unique perspective of the Safety field which led him to pursue Safety as a carrier. He went on to manage a Wing level Safety Program which broadened his experience beyond just munitions. He has guided Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons, and Civil Engineering Squadrons through implementing and maintaining successful safety programs and assisted with numerous Aircraft mishap investigations.
Later, Joel decided to separate from the USAF, after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health and went on to manage the Safety & Health program for a Municipality, before joining the Pinnacol Assurance team. During his time at Pinnacol Assurance Joel has been a vital asset to many of their customers, assisting with program development, training, establishing safety committees, problem framing, process improvement, hazard assessments, and data analysis, just to name a few. During that time Joel has managed to obtain his OSHA Outreach Trainer Certification, Master of Business Administration, as well as multiple certifications through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), most notably the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation.
He also serves as the current President of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Southern Colorado Chapter. Where he helps manage the finances, operations, communications, community outreach, scholarship fund, and other fund-raising efforts.
The fruits of focus yield a harvest of results for the benefit of others. As a leader in the field of occupational safety and health it came not from self, rather from the possibilities learned through experiences and listening to others. Over thirteen years ago I began to cultivate a career in helping others through organizational performance in safety. It has been a fulfilling experience since planting the first safety seed. It is from my participation in the ASSP network where I saw my career blossom into a new field of opportunities. It is from my participation in ASSP where I learned to lead local chapter initiatives and saw the triumphant successes and humbling tragedies that came from leading volunteer efforts. Although I consider myself new to the profession, I recognize the value of connecting with a global network of those who respect humanity and advocate for workplace safety and health. It is from this network that I continue to glean understanding of how to be a better leader. The best value from the ASSP community is the networking opportunities and gifts of knowledge that help sprout professional growth and development. That is why I choose to help lead as an Area Director. It is a noble calling. I will be the candidate of choice to continue the networking and the growth of the profession; for our region and beyond. It’s a long-term vision. To accomplish this, I will be listening to each chapter and their members to understand their unique needs. I will act on requests to provide resources to fulfill needs. The best leaders are those who serve others. The ASSP community is a network of experienced and aspiring professionals who deserve advocacy, passion and focus to bring to fruition a harvest of results.