CLARENCE L. COSTON
Possess the energy, enthusiasm and passion required to establish, motivate and change a safety culture to drive employee empowerment and profitability. Designed metrics to evaluate safety and health management performance and regulatory compliance. Highly effective subject matter expert with good analytical skills. Utilize management skills of strong relationship building with team members and collaborating with and influencing others.
New York University, New York, New York
Doctoral Candidate in Occupational Safety & Health
New York University, New York, New York
M.A., Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics
Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia
B.A.- Chemistry - Minor in Biology and Math
2006 Contractor to Ergonomic Technologies Corporation
06/02 to 08/06 Scholastic Inc. 557 Broadway, New York, New York
CORPORATE SAFETY MANAGER
Act in consultation with divisional safety professionals and Human Resources Leadership Team to direct Scholastics’ world class Safety Initiatives by developing strategies for implementing an effective uniformed and comprehensive environmental, safety and health and ergonomics management system. Safety Scorecard and safety management system resulted in $2 million savings in Workers’ Compensation Premium cost for Distribution operations, Fleet Safety Program and Call Center Operations.
3/01 to 04/02 George Weston Bakeries Inc. (Entenmann’s Bakery) Bay Shore, New York
REGIONAL MANAGER NORTHEAST, SAFETY & SECURITY
Designed, developed and communicated strategic Safety System for Northeast Market Area Sales and Manufacturing Operations to ensure compliance with state and federal OSHA regulations. Acted as liaison with law enforcement agencies, TPA and corporate. Provided statistical analyses on safety performance and outcomes to senior management through monthly presentations.
5/96 to 3/01 American Express Company, Inc. 3 WFC, New York, New York
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE SAFETY & ERGONOMICS
Responsible for developing, implementing and leading the American Express Blue Box Safety & Ergonomic function with a staff of ten that supports the company goals of ensuring quality and consistency, legal compliance with federal, state, local and country regulations and minimizing risk to shareholder value. Through strong relationship leadership skills; excellent collaborating and influencing skills; results and detail orientation; knowledge and experience in employment laws (OSHA, EPA, ADA, etc.) I provided advice on company needs and developed strategies in partnerships with the Business Units regarding Safety & Ergonomics issues that impacted the Blue Box.
1/95 to 5/96 CC & Associates Westbury, New York
Principal owner of Safety Consulting Company providing basic safety services of inspections, safety program design and audits.
6/87 to 1/95 Kraft General Foods White Plains, New York
MANAGER, SAFETY AND HEALTH
Developed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with corporate safety and health standards though effective risk assessment analyses.
Provided technical resources and interpretation of OSHA and Workers’ Compensation regulations and statues for 21 plants and facilities.
Established and implemented Strategies and Action Plans to achieve Corporate Safety and Health Goals and Objectives.
Designed and implemented a client assessment feedback and tracking system using Total Quality Management concepts.
Planned and coordinated successful two day Safety and Environmental training conferences where senior management of the operating units received annual goals and compliance plans.
Reduced OSHA Lost Time Cases rate 20 percent by influencing senior management to support and implement a company-wide Return-To-Work program.
Planned, coordinated and taught yearly Ergonomics courses to increase awareness of cumulative trauma disorders.
Conducted investigations of workplace injuries and automobile accidents.
Coordinated and audited loss prevention services provided by contractor security force.
Established and implemented a Vehicular Accident Review Board to identify controls to reduce incidents and accidents.
Designed cost savings in security surveillance systems to reduce annual outlay of $400K.
SALES SAFETY ADMINISTRATOR Entenmann’s Bakery Bay Shore, New York
Developed and implemented a safety and health program for 1,000 Route Sales Representatives and 13 depot locations.
Provided fleet safety training, technical advice and counsel in reducing injuries and property damages.
Reduced OSHA injury and illness rate by 50 percent with 35 percent reduction in Workers’ Compensation allocations in a 12-month period.
2/85 to 6/87 Biomechanics Corporation of America, Melville, New York
ERGONOMICS ANALYST – GRADUATE ASSIGNMENT
Performed workplace assessment, data reduction, statistical analysis and report writing for contract clients such as U.S. Postal Services, Gulf & Western and U.S. Olympics for the Handicapped and Disabled.
8/83 to 6/87 New York University New York, New York
Full time student enrolled in Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Occupational Safety and Health.
Certified Safety Professional – Comprehensive Practice
Certified as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist
Certified as an Accredited Safety Auditor by International Society of Accredited Safety Auditors
American Society of Safety Engineers – Professional Member
President Long Island Chapter of ASSE (1995 – 1996)
Safety Professional of the Year, LI Chapter ASSE (1996)
National Chair – Admission Committee of American Society of Safety Engineer
Member, National Fire Protection Association
Member of International Occupational Safety and Health Society (IOSH), United Kingdom
Safety Executives of New York – Board Member (1998 - 2000) – Treasurer (2000 – 2001), President (2001-2005)
Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
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