Eric R. Nelson, CSP

  • Eric NelsonIndiana University of Pennsylvania
    Department of Safety Sciences
    133 Johnson Hall
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana PA 15705

    Temporary Instructor

    Senior Partner
    Steel City Safety
    500 South Center Avenue
    New Stanton PA 15762
    (724) 433- 9556


    Bachelor of Science

    Safety Sciences
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    September 1987 – December 1991

    Master of Science

    Safety Sciences/ Technical Track
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    July 2009 – May 2010

    Doctoral Candidate

    IUP CMIT- Communications Media & Instructional Technology
    PhD In Process- Started Summer 2012; Course Completion Fall 2015

    Certified Safety Professional, CSP

    Board of Certified Safety Professionals
    Certification # 14694

    Certified Food Protection Manager

    ANSI- Food Protection- Certification # 388888051

    Professional Experience

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania:
    Department of Safety Sciences
    1010 Oakland Avenue
    Indiana PA 15705

    Temporary Tenure Track: Instructor,

    January 2010–Present

    Responsibilities involve teaching full credit load of graduate and or undergraduate classes in both
    traditional and on-line environments. As internship coordinator, duties include identify regional employers to participate in coordinated safety projects completed by seniors as their final capstone course before graduation.

    Developed full semester course for SAFE 623- Advanced Safety Management (masters) when converted from summer concentrated course; revised SAFE 211- Principles of Construction Safety lab and lecture portions. Assist in the evaluation and improvement of industrial hygiene equipment and its incorporation into undergraduate and masters curriculums.

    Courses taught, assisted and currently teaching:

    SAFE 211 Princ. of Safety Mgt. II- Construction Safety Instructor

    SAFE 211 Princ. of Safety Mgt. II- Construction Safety- 3 hr Lab Instructor

    SAFE 311 Industrial Fire Protection Lab Instructor

    SAFE 488 Safety Internship- Full time Students Instructor

    SAFE 493 Safety Internship Instructor

    SAFE 541 Accident Investigation Instructor

    SAFE 543 Construction Safety Instructor

    SAFE 623 Advanced Safety Administration Instructor

    SAFE 430 Recognition Evaluation & Control of Health Hazards I Assistant

    SAFE 330 Recognition Evaluation & Control of Health Hazards II Assistant

    Steel City Safety

    500 South Center Avenue
    New Stanton PA 15762
    Senior Partner 2009 - Current

    As owner-partner, contributes to growth and recruitment of clients and consultants operating at over 1 million in annual sales. Work as safety consultant and technical advisor to construction, power generation, steel and industrial manufacturers employers. Provide complete safety program management thru written programs, employee training, industrial hygiene sampling and workers compensation control. Specializing in OSHA citation abatement, defense and critical incident resolution. Facilitate safety program management, employee safety committees, coordinate safety improvement projects through implementation of safe work practices, industrial hygiene controls, ergonomics, lean manufacturing and sound business management methods.

    Projects of Note:

    Successful OSHA Citation Abatement and Defense- Construction & Industrial

    2014/15- Scaffold, Hearing, Drug Impairment and Critical Injury Cases

    Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Engineering Control- Defense & Industrial

    Large scale mechanical construction safety consulting- Steel, Power, Nuclear, Glass

    New energy safety- Landfill gas conversion; Marcellus Shale (drill site & frac water)

    Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill- Hazwopper trainer for responders, researchers and police - Gulf Coast Research Laboratory- University of Southern Mississippi

    Ergonomic and Safety Services

    500 South Center Avenue
    New Stanton PA 15762

    Founder and President
    1994–2007*; 2008

    Founder & President of Ergonomic & Safety Services (ESS). Responsible for building, training and leading a team of 54 qualified safety professionals and technicians in providing safety-engineering and loss control services to industrial and construction companies through offices in New Stanton PA and Philadelphia PA.

    Duties included coordinating complete written safety program development, employee training,
    industrial hygiene and documentation in union and non-union shops. Represent employers for OSHA citations, fatalities and voluntary compliance programs. Provide on-site safety coverage in refineries, steel mills, machine shops, power stations and large scale projects. Implement improvements in industrial hygiene exposures, LO/TO plans, confined space entries and fall protection plans. Conduct site walkthroughs, corporate/ industrial ergonomic improvement assessments and Workers Compensation cost reduction plans.

    *2007 Sold ESS:

    Assumed one year transitional role of Senior Vice President following sale of ESS to Amerisafe Consulting & Safety Services, a division of the Luse Holdings Company; Chicago, Illinois.

    General Dynamics Land Systems Division

    Defense Contractor

    Singars Manufacturing Plant Senior Safety Representative

    2930 Commonwealth Blvd
    Tallahassee FL 32303

    Responsible for plant safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomic, environmental and hazardous materials management at this modern circuit card and military radio assembly plant. Coordinate and conducted required OSHA & EPA training. Managed workers’ compensation, limited duty and recycling programs. Implemented plant monitoring and vehicle operators drug screening.

    General Dynamics Land Systems Division
    Health and Safety Representative

    Scranton Tank Plant
    175 East Street
    Eynon PA 18403
    1992–Promotion to Florida Plant

    Coordinate plant safety, ergonomic and industrial hygiene programs at heavy machine shop
    fabricating M1A1 and M60 Main Battle Tank parts. Member of limited duty team and chairman of safety and ergonomics committees; worked with local and Intl. UAW on safety issues and conducted required OSHA training programs. Manufacturing Program Coordinator for ergonomic pilot program tasked to develop solutions for production issues related to M1A2 Battle Tank production conversion.

    Hygiene Safety and Training Inc.

    Hazwopper Training Company
    Seminar Instructor
    1990–991 (two co-ops)

    One of four instructors certified to teach mandated Hazardous Material Worker Training- 40 hr
    Hazwopper and 8 hr Refresher. Delivered mobile Hazwopper courses throughout Eastern United States. Created company hazard communication program, service and repair of corporate APR and SCBA equipment, conducted Qualitative Fit Tests and created supervisor training scenarios. Multi-year co-op and summer employment while completing degree.

    Research and Grant Activity

    Blue Otter - Facility Management Technology

    $170,000 (private funding) 2013–15

    Developing innovative new software technology geared towards safety and facility management for tracking, auditing and managing life safety, industrial hygiene and physical assets required to be monitored and documented under JACO, OSHA, NFPA & ADA regulations. Successfully completed field trials in Fall 2014 and currently conducting advanced field trail incorporating expanded technology with IUP Chemistry Spring 2015.

    Medical Marijuana, Legal Positives, and Drug-Free Workplace


    Complete research of primary and secondary sources analyzing innovations and advancements in the pro-drug industry as compared to adjustments and legal protections for an employer’s Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Research was presented at VPPPA conference in 2014 and is currently under revision and submission for publishing.

    Drug-Free Workplace Technology

    July 2010–July 2012

    Field researcher conducting data collection and analysis of technical software using Movement Analysis as a Non-Invasive Employee Impairment Screening Tool for Employers.

    Member of a Multi-Disciplinary Research Team- developing, refining and validating the reliability of
    this existing medical technology for practical application in the workplace as a proactive safety screening tool for worker impairment. Substantial quantitative data collection and analysis of voluntary employees showed that software did not reliability identify drug impaired workers as compared to traditional testing methods. Additional software research, development and analysis was recommended.

    Marcellus Shale Safety Curriculum - $ Budget Pending

    Jan. 2011–Sept. 2012

    Part of two person team for IUP Safety Sciences department and IUP to develop curriculum,
    training and potential contractor certification program associated with employee and job site safety/ environmental management practices involved with this growing industry. Conducting research and field assessments to establish a working partnership to acknowledge and implement best practices for employee safety training and jobsite drilling techniques.

    Community Energy Plan Development Grant - ~ $40,000

    Jan. 2011–July 2012

    Member of multidisciplinary team to evaluate and develop an initial phase of a self sustaining green energy plan for an assigned Pennsylvania community. Responsibilities include research, technical safety advisor tasked with evaluating the potential risks and associated controls involved in a localized sustained energy community system.

    Fort Rucker Joint Training Safety Initiative Grant - ~ $ 15,000

    June 2010–August 2010

    Part of two person team tasked to complete an in-depth analysis of the United States Army’s
    Civilian Professional- 12 (CP-12) safety training curriculum. Compare US Army’s safety intern course against general industry expectations and identify potential areas for improvement. Project involved on-site evaluation of course curriculum, interviews with staff, instructors and graduates.

    Professional Presentations and Seminars

    National/ International

    1. “Managing the Contractor/ Contracted Services Risk”; Fatality Prevention Forum- 2012; Embassy Suites, Pittsburgh PA, October 29-30, 2012.


    1. “Medical Marijuana, Legal Positives and Your Workplace”, VPPPA Region III Conference, May 2014.
    2. “Safety By Choice, Behavior Based Safety”, Opening Session Speaker, Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference, October 2014.
    3. “From Interview to Acceptance: Landing Your First Job”, Western PA ASSE- Joint Professional Development Conference, October 2014.
    4. “You Said What? Crisis Communication for the Safety Professional”, Western PA ASSE- Joint Professional Development Conference, October 2014. 
    5. “Apples to Apples- Key insights for Comparing Job Offers”, IUP ASSE Student Chapter, Guest Speaker, March 2014.
    6. “IUP- Marcellus Shale Internship Opportunities”, Appalachian Shale Transportation Safety Conference, July 16, 2013.
    7. “Apples to Apples”, Six O’ Clock Series- Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, April 8, 2013.
    8. “NFPA70E and Electrical Shock Injuries”, Alleghenies Regional Safety Conference, October 2, 2012.
    9. "OSHA 2012 Residential Construction & Severe Violator Enforcement”, Westmoreland County
      Builders Association, May 10, 2012.
    10. “Applied Ergonomics- Office & Field”, New Stanton Business Association, New Stanton PA,
      January 12, 2012.
    11. “Apples to Apples- Key insights for Comparing Job Offers”, IUP ASSE Student Chapter, Guest
      Speaker, March 201
    12. “Successful Safety- Taking Action”, Rho Sigma Kappa- Safety Honor Society, Indiana PA December 12, 2010.
    13. “A career in Safety”, Homer City High School, Senior College Career Day, Homer City PA
      October 2010.
    14. “Bio-Incident Response Part 1 & 2”, Cambria County Safety & Health Consortia, Johnstown PA September 30, 2008.
    15. “Confidential Safety- Issues and Concerns for Business Owners”, Pittsburgh Technology
      Council- Advanced Manufacturing Network Roundtable, Pittsburgh PA January 20, 2006.
    16. Drug & Alcohol in the Workplace”, Safety is Alive in 2005, Cambria County Safety & Health Consortia, Johnstown PA June 28, 2005.
    17. “Emergency Preparedness”, SMC Business Council Safety Conference, September 21, 2005.
    18. “Safety in a Lean Manufacturing Environment”, Saint Vincent College; Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence, July 16, 2003.
    19. “OSHA Activity Update”, Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, March 3, 2005.
    20. “What to do with your OSHA Citations…Unfortunate Examples”, Greensburg Business Network, October 27, 2005.
    21. “OSHA Recordkeeping Seminar- 300 log”, Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce,
      February 11, 2002.
    22. “Ergonomics Overview”, American Industrial Hygiene Association- Pittsburgh Chapter, October 2000.
    23. “Avoiding OSHA Citations & Liabilities in Pennsylvania”, (8 hours), Lorman Educational Services, 2-Person Panel with J. Thomas Esquire, Pepper Hamilton, August 30, 2000.
    24. “Return to Work Programs”, (4 hour), Westmoreland Human Resources Association, October 29, 1999.
    25. “Accident Prevention- Key to W.C. Cost Control”, (8 Hour) Panel Discussion, Pittsburgh Claims Association, March 11, 1999.
    26. “Safety Program Management- Part 1”, St. Vincent College; Center for Global Competitiveness, March 18, 1998.
    27. “Prioritizing Safety Concerns”, St. Vincent College; Center for Global Competitiveness, August
      7, 1997.
    28. “Understanding the ADA”, (8 hour), St. Vincent College; Center for Global Competitiveness, 2-person Panel with J. Thomas Esquire, March 13, 1997.
    29. “OSHA Recordkeeping Seminar- 200 log”, Central Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce,
      January 28, 1997.

    Published Articles

    Cekada, T. L., Helmrich-Rhodes, L., Minnick, W. D., Nelson, E., & Wachter, J. K. (2012). Job Offer Acceptance: Guidance for Young SH&E Professionals & Those Considering a Career Move. Professional Safety, 57(09), 50-57.


    Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) – 1992

    Member- BCSP Examination Writing Team- Western PA Region, 2013

    American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)- National & Western PA Chapters

    Delta Epsilon Iota- Academic Honor Society- Accepted 2013

    Professional Service

    IUP Safety Sciences Advisory Board- 2008 - 2014

    Youngwood Borough Safety Committee- Co-Chairman- 2008

    PA Disabled Veterans- Westmoreland County- 2006

    Military Service

    United States Marine Corps- 9 Years Service

    Military Police Company; USMCR Pittsburgh, PA

    Infantry Assaultman; USMCR Moundsville, WV

    M1A1 Tank Crewman; USMCR Tallahassee, FL

    Received 2 Navy and 2 Marine Corps Commendation Medals; 4 Meritorious Masts

    Two Meritorious promotions

    USMC School of Infantry, 1994; Talin, Estonia: Field Promotion, 2002

    USMCR Instructor- Unit Level

    Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons Response

    Marksmanship M-16 Rifle, 9 MM Pistol, Semiautomatic Shotgun; Urban Assault

    International Service:

    Albania, Canada, Mexico, Estonia, Spain, Japan, Thailand