Keith Wilson, CHST, safety career started in 2010 when he began performing construction oversite on toxic and radiological waste clean-up sites. The new employee’s indoctrination of HAZWOPER, Rad Worker I & II, an OSHA 30 and a multitude of site specific programs sparked his interest in safety. Later that year he was trained as a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist from the Alliance Safety Council and by the end of the year started his master’s degree in occupational safety and health. By 2014, Keith had transferred to South Florida to provide safety and quality assurance oversite on multiple heavy civil construction projects. While there he received his certification as a Construction Health and Safety Technician from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, joined the Gold Coast Chapter of ASSP and completed his degree. Keith spent multiple years as a member of the Gold Coast’s executive committee filling the roles of Chapter Secretary and President-Elect. During this time he also volunteered and was elected as the Chair person and then Co-Chair of the South Florida Field Federal Safety and Health Council which covers 13 counties in South Florida. His 2018 transfer to New Orleans has provided him with the opportunity to directly support and mentor almost 500 employees working across the base of Louisiana. As a candidate for the Region IV area director, he looks forward to working with the Louisiana Chapters to increase membership, support the educational needs of the members and be a resource for Society reports and compliance issues.
I am excited at the proposition of supporting the Louisiana Chapters as your area director. As your area director, I will work with each chapter to increase the membership base, identify training opportunities, establish community outreach programs and be a resource for completing mandatory reports. I think it is important that each chapter look through their roles and try to identify future leaders in waiting. Once identified, current and past leaders can help mentor future leaders to facilitate growth and confidence in chapter functions. With developed leaders, effective training and expanding membership each chapter should be a contender for the platinum chapter award.