October 20, 2020
Mark Berkheimer has been named director of the ORISE Environment, Safety and Health (ES&H) department following the retirement of previous director Tom Wantland.
In this role, Berkheimer will be responsible for planning and implementing programs and initiatives that protect workers and the environment. This includes maintaining certification as a DOE Voluntary Protection Program Star Site and registration as an ISO 14001 site. Berkheimer will also lead ORISE’s Integrated Safety Management system, which requires that all individuals be able to systematically define the scope of work and its hazards, analyze the hazards, develop and implement hazard controls, perform work within controls and provide feedback for continuous improvement.
“Mark has been instrumental in seamlessly transitioning our safety program during this change in leadership by maintaining and enhancing our programs that were already in place,” said ORISE Director Jim Vosburg. “We’re excited to have him in this new role as ES&H director, and I know he will continue to serve as a strong advocate for DOE safety regulations.”
Berkheimer originally joined the organization in 2010 as an ES&H specialist after previously working as an industrial hygiene field subcontractor for ORISE’s Independent Environmental Assessment and Verification group. Prior to ORAU, Berkheimer served in a variety of environmental, safety and industrial hygiene positions in consulting, government and industry.
Berkheimer holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and ecology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Penn. and holds several certifications including Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHHM).
The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset that is dedicated to enabling critical scientific, research, and health initiatives of the department and its laboratory system by providing world class expertise in STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.
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