Jim Nelson is currently the Safety and Environmental Manager for LBT, Inc. He has over 25 years of health, safety, and environmental experience across a range of industries.
Jim has been a member of ASSP since 2001 and AIHA since 1997. He is a Professional Member of ASSP and currently serves as Area Director 2 for Region 5. Previously he served as Deputry Regional Vice President (2020-2022). James has served on the Great Plains Chapter Board (2005-2011, 2018 to 2022) in a variety of roles including Delegate, Secretary, Vice President, and President. He has served on the Douglas County LEPC (2007-2012) and was an ex-Officio Member-Board of Directors National Safety Council- Greater Omaha Chapter (2007-2009). In 2023, James served as a Small Industry Representative for the SBREFA review of the OSHA Heat Injury and Illness Prevention Standard.
In 2009 James received the Safety Professional of the Year award from the Great Plains Chapter.
Jim received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 1992. He earned his CSP in 2003. He is an Industrial 1 Wastewater Treatment Operator in the State of Nebraska. James is an OSHA Outreach Trainer for General Industry.
Jim is a Level II Climbing Instructor with the Mid-America Council of BSA. He serves on the ROPES committee which oversees the safety and operation of high and low challenge courses and one climbing tower in the Council. In addition, he has provided HSE support to several Eagle Projects.
I have been a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and the Great Plains Chapter for over 20 years. I am currently serving as an Area Director (Area 2) and am a Professional Member of the Society. In the various leadership roles that I held in the Great Plains Chapter and as current leader in Region V, I have worked to serve ASSP members. I see the position of Regional Vice President- Region V as a continuation of that service. Over the last 3+ years, ASSP, Region V Chapters and the members in Region V have faced a variety of challenges and changes. Due to this, the need for help and support has grown. The Regional Vice President Role is crucial to helping the Chapters face both current and future challenges.
As Regional Vice President for Region V, I will support the ASSP’s new Strategic Plan, which includes focusing on the Member Community. ASSP is the community that protects people, property, and the environment. Chapters are a primary interface with the member community and as such it is important for them to support and engage their members community. I will support the Chapters and promote an increase in networking, communication, and collaboration among Region V Chapters so they can enhance the experience of their members. This includes:
- Working with Chapters to develop or enhance mentoring of members, especially those new to the HSE field.
- Providing resources, support, and opportunities for new and seasoned leaders,
- Promoting cross-chapter learning and networking opportunities for members
- Working with Chapters to enhance engagement with their members.
In addition, I will work with Society and Chapters to instill ASSP’s CLEAR values of Community, Leadership, Excellence, Accountability and Respect within Region V.