Thomas E. Peters, CPG, CHMM - Senior Project Manager/Corporate Health and Safety, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.

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! The turning point in my focus on hazardous materials and health and safety, came one midnight shift when I watched three fellow worker perish due to poor communications and management. After all these years, protecting my fellow workers, the public, and our environment is still is a personal and professional priority!