CSP Award of Excellence
Carl Heinlein joined the American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG) in February 2002 where he contributes to the successful safety initiatives of multiple construction clients. Prior to this, Heinlein worked as the Director of Construction Services for FDR Safety. He is also the former National Safety & Health Director for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.
Heinlein holds a master’s degree in Safety & Environmental Management from West Virginia University and the ARM, CSHM, CSP, OHST and STSC safety, health, environmental and risk management credentials.
Heinlein volunteers his time as a member of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector. He also sits on the editorial advisory board for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) magazine. Heinlein is currently a National Director-At-Large for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and a Past President of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Heinlein’s leadership skills are sought in his field; he is the former Chair of the West Virginia University’s Safety Management Graduate Program Visiting Committee and serves on the advisory committee for the Keene State University Safety Program. He is also an instructor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an advisor to the University of Fredericton Safety Department.
Heinlein serves on the Board for the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) and is also an active member with the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, National Safety Council (NSC), and the International Safety and Health Practitioners Organization (INSHPO). As such, he is a nationally noted speaker at conferences and an author/contributor to books and research published by these organizations.
OHST Award of Excellence
Tye Legleu, is Shell Chemical, LP, in Geismar, LA, production site’s Senior Technical Health and Safety Specialist. Legleu received his degree in Occupation Safety, Health and Environment from Southeastern Louisiana University. With five years of experience in the construction industry, 12 years of experience in process operations, and 10 years of experience in health and safety, Legleu brings a well-rounded perspective to providing health and safety support to the workforce.
Legleu began his career with Shell in October 1997. In 2009, after 12 years of working in production, he moved into the safety department on a couple of temporary assignments, eventually making the move permanent. In 2011, he successfully tested for the OHST certification. During those early years in safety, he was able to finish his education in Occupation Health, Safety, and Environment, graduating in 2012. As he gained more eligibility requirements, he would also successfully meet the requirements and test for the ASP and (eventually) the CSP certifications. Legleu continues his education and professional development through internal company correspondence courses as well as external industry continuing education courses, webinars, and collaborating with peers across the industry. Learning and continuing to grow his knowledge is an everlasting journey.
Since moving into health and safety full time, Legleu has helped his site work through incremental and critical steps in changing the perceptions and mindsets around health and safety in the workplace. He recognized one key ingredient in this cultural change, is building relationships with the frontline workforce, as well as with the organization’s leaders. It’s the building and development of these relationships that creates a sustainable safety culture of learning, growth, collaboration, and improvements! It is vital that the workforce recognizes that health and safety is no longer an ‘enforcer’ of company policies but rather a resource that is available to help with recognizing and evaluating hazards and help in developing hazard control measures.
CHST Award of Excellence
Eric Simmons, is the Corporate Safety Director for Helix Electric, a national electrical contractor. He has more than 25 years of construction and general industry experience starting as an electrician and advancing through various supervisory and managerial roles, before transitioning to focus on safety full time.
A lifelong learner, he holds both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Occupational Safety and Health, and is currently completing an MBA. This blend of experience and education have allowed him to bring practical solutions to workplace safety challenges while successfully reducing incident rates and influencing positive safety behaviors. He is a passionate and experienced instructor, regularly teaching and facilitating training on a variety of electrical, safety, and management topics.
Recognized as a leader in the electrical industry, Simmons maintains professional licenses in 17 states and actively supports electrical apprenticeship efforts. Simmons is also actively engaged in the safety community serving on local and national safety committees and participating in multiple industry associations including the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He is currently Vice Chair of the Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC) San Diego Chapter Safety Committee and a member of ABC’s National Safety Committee.