Beth Welmaker Joins WorkingBuildings

Aug 19, 2015, 07:49 ET from WorkingBuildings

ATLANTA, Aug. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Beth Welmaker M.S., R.B.P. has joined The WorkingBuildings Group of Companies as the Compliance Director EH&S. She brings over 20 years of experience and expertise in the safety and compliance industry to WorkingBuildings. Beth will work closely with laboratory owners and operators to ensure safety and compliance with regulating authorities. She will also work to optimize laboratory operations and provide guidance on construction and expansion projects from a compliance perspective.

She comes to WorkingBuildings from the Vaccine & Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) in Florida. There, she established the inaugural safety program at the newly formed non-profit research institution. Her work covered all aspects of safety ranging from laboratory (biological and chemical) concerns to general safety. In addition, she created the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for VGTI-FL and oversaw the operation of the Biosafety Level 3 laboratories and Select Agent Program.

While at VGTI, Beth assisted Max Planck Florida Institute with the interview and selection of EHS staff. She coordinated efforts to revamp the Institutional Biosafety Committee to include the selection of new members, installation of an IBC Chair, and training of the committee, as well as a redesign of IBC forms.

Beth started her career as an Industrial Hygienist for the South Carolina Department of Labor. After four years in South Carolina, she accepted a position as an OSHA Training Coordinator at the Institute for Environmental Education, Inc. in Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the instruction and coordination of OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER course. She then moved on to Princeton University and Villanova University, respectively. At Princeton, she served as the Health and Safety Specialist and worked directly with Professors and Principal Investigators. She dealt primarily with laboratory compliance inspections, hazardous waste management, and radioactive materials management—the receiving, inventory management, and coordinated waste removal.

At Villanova, as the Health and Safety Coordinator, Beth supported the Deans of Chemistry, Biology, and Engineering, as well as the Professors and Principal Investigators in the departments. She also designed and coordinated the first university-wide web-based chemical inventory

She graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in Environment Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

"Beth has spent many years in safety and compliance working for some of the country's most respected institutions," said Michael L. Weiss, president of WorkingBuildings. "We are very pleased to have her join our team."

For information, visit www.workingbuildings.com.

Contact: Valerie Klengson, 678-990-8001, vklengson@workingbuildings.com

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