Mr. Jenkins is a Licensed Professional Geologist (PG, 1999), a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC, 2010), and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM, 1999) with over 30 years of professional experience in petroleum, energy and environmental consulting.
PURPOSE & MISSION: The purpose of the AHMP Awards & Recognition Program is to recognize and honor individuals, chapters and organizations for outstanding contributions in education, training, research, organizational development, operations, and performance that further the objectives and the Vision-Mission-Strategy of the Alliance.
This award is given by the Board to a non-certified member or non-member in recognition of significant contributions to the CHMM credential or to the overall goalsof the AHMP at a national level in one of two ways:
AHMP AWARD DESCRIPTIONS, EVALUATION FORMS, AND REFERENCES
Below are descriptions of each award and its achievement criteria, including links to the Evaluation Forms that are to be used as cover sheets by the nominators, and by the Committee to conduct the nomination review. Following the descriptions, references and linksto key documents have been provided for the use of nominators and the Committee to ensure criteria is met.
Like many of my peers, my journey into the world of hazardous materials management has had many twists and turns. The journey began in 1978, and at that time I had no inclination of where it would take me. I started out with a goal to become an environmental police officer, or game warden as they were referred to back then. With that goal in mind I earned an associate’s degree in conservation law enforcement and followed that up with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a fisheries concentration.
With a degree in Oceanography, combined with Economics it was an easy reach to start work in the petroleum industry. Working both onshore and offshore on environmental regulatory compliance was an excellent training ground for the EHS compliance work I do today. Spill prevention, control & cleanup, plus the proper management of a myriad of other petroleum production related chemicals became common assignments. This was a terrific background for a career in environmental consulting and hazmat management with clients in several industries.
Like many of us, I fell into the hazardous materials management field by both desire and accident. In the 1970s, I was working at a international chemical company as a chemical reactor operator and found myself in the position of "waste coordinator" by default (i.e., no one else wanted to do it!) I had learned early on that the proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials was critical to the safety of my fellow employees and our environment. Most people were NOT doing this!
In 1990, I retired from Active Military Service and was employed as a HAZMAT Responder at the Marion County Health Department, Indianapolis, IN. Later, that year I was employed as an Industrial Hygienist by the US Army at the USA Environmental Hygiene Agency, Edgewood, MD and at Kirk USA Health Clinic, APG, MD and at Baltimore District USA Corps of Engineers. Because of my time and experience as a HAZMAT Responder I was often called upon to respond to HAZMAT Incidents.
I got into the EHS field both from my childhood in the liberal bastion of Northern California and few life forming experiences early in my career. I was present for some significant life changing events particularly when 2 very close friends died in a confined space that I was in with them not very far away to seeing the dead fish in several ports of call around the world. I really did not set out in this direction, it was more of a draw.
I am most proud when I can effect change that does not kill a company but improves worker safety or the overall environmental impacts.
I am almost an accidental ESOH professional. My undergraduate degree is in Chemistry, and I really enjoyed my classes in instrumental analysis. With that in mind, I was considering continuing on to graduate work in Chemistry, but that changed soon before graduation.
After graduating from college with a Chemical Engineering degree, every employer I worked for assigned some or all of the environmental responsibilities for the site to me. I had been working for a manufacturer for about six months when my boss came to me and asked if I would take over the environmental duties, since I had some experience in environmental compliance. After sorting through the records of the previous environmental “expert” I realized there were a lot of outstanding issues/disagreements with the local authority having jurisdiction.