Jason Reason, CSP, CIH, CHMM is a widely-recognized expert in safety and health, with a special emphasis on combustible dust and industrial hygiene. Before joining Lewellyn Technology in 2013, Jason served as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO) for Indiana OSHA (IOSHA) for 13 years. As a CSHO, Jason performed hundreds of safety and health OSHA compliance inspections in a myriad of industries. Through his work at OSHA Technical Institute (OTI), Jason taught hundreds of OSHA Compliance Officers and Consultants how to properly assess and mitigate combustible dust hazards.
As a consultant with Lewellyn Technology, Jason has continued to assess and mitigate potential combustible dust, safety and health hazards. Specifically, Jason has performed hundreds of Dust Hazards Analysis (DHAs) in a myriad of industries. Jason has provided combustible dust training to several State Plan OSHAs, insurance carriers, and other AHJs. Jason performs numerous combustible dust seminars, workshops, and/or training presentations at both local and national conferences.
Jason currently serves as the Chair for the NFPA Technical Committee for Wood and Cellulosic Materials Processing (NFPA 664). Jason is also a Principle Member of the following technical committees:
- NFPA Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust (NFPA 652)
- NFPA Technical Committee for Handling and Conveying of Dusts, Vapors and Gases (NFPA 91, 654 and 655)
- NFPA Correlating Committee for Combustible Dust
- ANSI Confined Space Committee (ANSI/ASSE Z117.1)
Jason holds a B.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Purdue University and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis. Jason currently holds the following certifications: CIH, CSP and CHMM.
The personal and professional demands of our daily lives make it extremely difficult for fire safety professionals to participate in ASSP's practice specialties. To foster participation, we first need to use webinars, blogs and other technology to engage everyone on relevant topics that effect their specific industries and allow ideas to be freely shared. The information and insights that are gained from these activities then needs to be compiled in an easy and accessible format that all members can use. It is also important for experienced members to mentor and engage younger fire safety professionals who are still in college or are just starting their careers. These interactions will allow knowledge to be freely shared in a non-threatening environment and should foster participation in the practice specialties. Finally, we should determine ways to interact and share information with SFPE, NFPA and similar fire safety organizations. Freely sharing information through webinars, white papers, etc., will not only increase participation from ASSP and non-ASSP members, but may also increase membership to the fire practice specialty.