Marjorie J. McDonald, CSP was appointed as the Director for Safety and Occupational Health in March 2018. Ms. McDonald is the primary advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health on all Army matters related to safety and occupational health.
Ms. McDonald served in USACE Great Lakes and Ohio River Division for the last 3 and a half years beginning in 2014. In this role Ms. McDonald provided strategic safety and occupational health support to 7 subordinate commands and led a USACE enterprise initiative to develop, implement and sustain a safety and occupational health management system. Implementation of this system resulted in a million dollar sustained reduction in government cost related to injuries, illnesses and property damage.
Ms. McDonald served in USACE Sacramento, District for 5 years beginning in 2009. During her tenure she successfully established business processes for safety and occupational health integration into all business aspects of the mission, resulting the in reduction of mishaps by fifty percent over a 5 year period. Ms. McDonald performed the duties of Chief of Safety and Occupational Health for the Sacramento District team and all of their partners both government and private entities.
I am very passionate about military SOH professionals, these professionals are the risk managers and advisors that support our nation’s military. As the Director for Safety and Occupational Health for the US Army, my goal each day is to enhance our profession to better support our military personnel. Whether it be tools, lessons learned sharing, professional development or just connecting mentors and professionals the actions within our community will determine the success of our prevention programs.
The ASSP Military Practice Specialty is an untapped opportunity to bring military SOH professionals together with industry SOH professionals to enhance readiness of today’s military. One of the top objectives of our leaders is to ensure partnerships with industry grow and are used to modernize our SOH programs, having the opportunity to serve as part of his practice specialty, I will ensure we grow these partnerships. Inherently military operations are high risk, in order to combat that risk we must take and apply cutting edge safety and occupational health practices across our forces. This practice specialty, with the right leadership will connect past, present and future military SOH practitioners focused on reducing risk in military operations and sharing lessons learned with our industry partners.