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My name is Thea Dunmire. I’m very interested in using management systems for improving the environmental and occupational safety and health performance of organizations.
I first got interested in management system standards in 1996 after I decided to leave legal practice with a large law firm and instead started focusing on helping companies put systems in place to prevent legal problems in the first place.
That same year, 1996, ISO published the ISO 14001 standard.
I took a EMS Lead Auditor Training Course in 1998, applied for RAB EMS auditor certification in 1999 and have focused on developing, implementing and improving environmental and occupational safety and health management systems ever since.
As I got more involved in using EMS and OHSMS standards, I decided I wanted to get involved in actually developing the standards I was using. In 2002, I joined the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to TC 207 (the ISO Technical Committee that develops the ISO 14001 standards). In 2006, I started working with the OHSAS Working Group in revising the OHSAS 18001 standard.
I have been in the environmental and OH&S field for a long time. I started my first project in 1978 while I was at the University of Iowa when I developed a system to keep track of laboratory chemicals from initial purchase to final disposal. Needless to say, chemical tracking systems have changed a great deal since then.
In the 1980’s, I did EHS audits of Bristol Myers facilities around the world, went to law school and then went to work for U.S. EPA, Region 5 in Chicago. While at EPA, I was heavily involved in monitoring the clean-up at Superfund sites.
For more information about my company and services, visit ENLAR Compliance Services, Inc.