Melissa Black, MS, CSP, CIH

Melissa Black, MS, CSP, CIH

Melissa completed her Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health at Columbia Southern University.  She holds botha Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation and a Certified Industrial Hygiene (CIH) designation. She is both a General Industry and Construction OSHA Outreach Trainer for the 10 and 30 hour courses. She is a Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA); Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS); FEMA Emergency Management Professional Development Certification. She is a Medic First Aid CPR/Defibrillator Instructor since 1990.

She is currently an Adjunct Professor in Occupational Safety and Health Sciences at Columbia Southern University in the College of Safety and Emergency Services. She is the President of MsR3, LLC, providing safety and risk reduction services including, but not limited to training, inspections, investigations, development of policies, procedures, programs, industrial hygiene audits and safety products.

Previously she worked for Dow Chemical as a Chemist and then transferred to plant operations. She then worked at Exxon Oil Refinery, Law Environmental Labs, was Director of Safety and Environmental for Power Plus Battery Manufacturing.  For the last twenty-two years she has been the Safety Director for one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.

Recent Presentations:
ASSE Georgia Human Resources, Safety and Health Annual Conference (September 2013), Scary New World, Is your Emergency Plan Comprehensive?; ASSE Region IV Conference (April 2013) Success and Failures in Back Injury Prevention-Ergonomics; Georgia Human Resources, Safety and Health Annual Conference (September 2012) Workplace Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution Techniques; Gwinnett County School Board Professional Development Conference (November 2012) Conflict Resolution Techniques; Women’s Development Conference (2007) Turning Challenges into Winning Opportunities

Columbia Southern University graduated summa cum laude-4.0 GPA 2009 and 2010; Gwinnett County Most Valuable Person (MVP) out of 5,100 employees 2006; Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Safety and Health Professional of the Year 2007; Maynard Spence Scholarship Recipient 2007

Organizational Involvement:
National Safety Council Member since 1990; Gwinnett County Legislative Action Committee 1990; Georgia Water and Pollution Control: State Safety Chairperson 1996; American Society Safety Engineers (ASSE) member since 2004; American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) member since 2005; Gwinnett County Safety Professionals: President 1997, served other offices through the years including Board Member 2007

“The years have literally led me into and exposed me to some dangerous situations and chemicals.  My hope is that I can minimize risks and increase knowledge for the next generation.  Striving for knowledge is always a worthwhile endeavor. My hope is to continue to learn while facilitating learning and passing on any knowledge I can to effect positive change in our workplace and world.  Sounds a little “lofty” but if we all strive for the stars, maybe we can touch the moon!” Ms. Black

Melissa Black, MS, CSP, CIH

All growth depends upon activity.  There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.
~ Calvin Coolidge