Staff

Barb O’Kane

Director for Environmental Health and Safety
Education: B.S. Botany, M.S. Industrial Hygiene, Colorado State University
Office: Carpenter Shop
(303) 384-2561 (Office), (303) 550-7837 (Cell), bokane@mines.edu

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I joined Colorado School of Mines in the fall of 2013. I have 20 years of Environmental Health & Safety experience. Before joining CSM I was the Health and Safety Manager and Laser Safety Officer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden. Previously, I held similar positions with Eastman Kodak Company and COBE Cardiovascular. The EHS Department’s current focus is on increasing EHS training offerings to the campus and helping evaluate and control risks associated with the work we do. I am a huge proponent of collaboration and learning. I believe in a risk and fact based approach to health and safety, rather than a black and white compliance mindset.

Key Areas of Practice:

Training Incident Investigation and Prevention
Laser Safety Hazard Identification and Control
Project Management Lockout Tagout
Indoor Air Quality Industrial Hygiene
Machine Safe Guarding Spill Response Team Member


Certifications and Professional Organizations:

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • Certified Laser Safety Officer
  • President-Elect American Industrial Hygiene Association, Rocky Mountain Section
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Professional Member

Tim Sweitzer

Associate Director Environmental Health and Safety
Education:  B.S. Environmental Health, West Chester University
Office:  Carpenter Shop
303-273-3869 (Office), 303-478-0254 (Cell), tsweitze@mines.edu

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I joined the Mines Environmental Health and Safety Department in October 2000.  I have over 20 years of experience in Environmental Health and Safety.  Prior to joining Mines, my professional experiences included employment with small to mid-sized consulting companies.  Responsibilities included providing RCRA and CERCLA compliance services, property assessments, industrial hygiene monitoring, and training. In my spare time I try to enjoy the Colorado outdoors.  I am easily distracted by conversations concerning bicycling and fly fishing.  I volunteer my time with the Colorado chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and manage a team in the annual Colorado Bike MS ride.

Key Area of Practice

  • Training
  • Environmental Protection
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Job Hazardous Analysis
  • Chemical Hygiene
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Certifications:

  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
  • Colorado Asbestos Building Inspector

Lee Ann Underwood

Assistant Director of EHS Senior Safety Professional
303-273-3391 (Office),  LUnderwood@Mines.edu

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I joined Mines Environmental Health and Safety Department in 2015.  I have over 30 years of diverse experience in Environmental Health and Safety.  Prior to joining Mines I worked for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Lockheed Martin in Waterton Canyon, and the Rocky Flats Plant. My interests outside of work include pottery, gardening, scuba diving, travel and almost any outdoor activity.

Key Areas of Practice:

  • Hazard Identification and Control
  • Incident Investigation
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Occupational Safety
  • Lockout Tagout
  • Electrical Safety
  • Fall Protection
  • Hoisting and Rigging
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Spill Response Team Member

Certifications and Professional Organizations:

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association – Professional Member
  • American Society of Safety Engineers – Professional Member
  • National Fire Protection Association – Professional Member

Haitao Dong

Radiation Safety Officer
Education:  Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Oklahoma MS, Health Physics, Colorado State University
Office: Carpenter Shop
303-273-3573 (Office), 303-324-O589 (Cell), hdong@mines.edu

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I started as the Radiation Safety Officer at Mines in 2010. My primary job function is to ensure the safe use of ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation in research and education.  In my free time, I like to hike and camp out in the beautiful Colorado Rockies.

Key Areas of Practice:

  • Health Physics and Radiation Safety
  • Laser Safety
  • Spill Response Team Member

Certifications and Professional Organizations:

  • Board Certified Health Physicist
  • Member of the American Academy of Health Physics

Kyle Filkins

Safety and Health Professional
Education: B.S. Environmental Health, Colorado State University
Office Location: Carpenter Shop
303-273-3998 (Office), 303-513-8248 (Cell), kfilkins@mines.edu

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As a Colorado native growing up in the mountains, I appreciate spending time in the wilderness and higher elevations.  I enjoy outdoor recreation and support most Colorado sports teams.  Go Orediggers and Rams!I joined the Mines’ Environmental Health and Safety Department during the summer of 2014.  I previously worked for a consulting firm named Bureau Veritas North America and primarily provided safety and health services for a pharmaceutical client and oil and gas client. Coming from the consulting world, I look forward to having the opportunity to see projects to completion and make a positive impact both for employees and students. I am capable of supporting many aspects of EHS but my main area of focus is supporting staff and students by conducting job hazard analysis, incident investigation, exposure monitoring, and personal protective equipment selection.

Key Areas of Practice:

  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Asbestos Evaluation
  • Job Hazard Analysis

Certifications and Professional Organizations:

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Certified Asbestos Building Inspector
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association – Professional Member
  • American Society of Safety Engineers – Professional Member

Lynn Gedvilas

Chemical Store Coordinator
Education: B.A. Microbiology, Southern Illinois University
Office Location: Coolbaugh Hall, Room 030
303-273-3555 (Office), LMGedvilas@mines.edu

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I joined the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Mines in August, 2016 working in the CSDF (Chem Store).  Before coming to Mines, I worked at the National Renewable Energy Lab characterizing solar cell materials.  While a far cry from FTIR spectroscopy, I totally enjoy the busy pace of the chem store, interacting with students and staff, and supporting other facets of the EHS department wherever I can.  Having lived in Colorado since the early 90s, I’m drawn to the outdoors but my early life in the Chicago area makes me a lifelong Cubs fan, of course!

Key Areas of Practice:

  • Chemical ordering, processing, storage
  • Chemical inventory management
  • Hazardous waste handling
  • Member of chemical spill response team

Zach Smith

Chemical Safety Officer
Education: B.S. Biochemistry , Arizona State University M.S. Environmental and Resource Management, Arizona State University
303-273-3511 (Office), 602-526-0223 (Cell), zsmith@mines.edu

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I joined the Mine’s Environmental Health and Safety Department in October of 2017. Prior to Mines, I worked as a Lab Manager for the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, and as the Hazardous Materials Technician at North Dakota State University. My focus at CSM is to promote the safe use of chemicals across campus. Chemical safety starts with understanding the risks associated with the hazardous materials we use at Mines. I hope to collaborate with faculty, staff and students to identify and understand these risks, and to develop procedures to ensure a safe work environment. When I’m not at Mines, you can find me playing basketball or exploring and travelling as much as I can!

Key Areas of Practice:

  • Chemical Safety
  • Biosafety
  • Emergency Spill Response
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Hazardous Materials Shipping
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Training

Lauren Poole

Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Education: B.A. Journalism/Political Science, University of NM, Master of Business Administration (MBA) Sustainability, Renewable Energy, Marylhurst University
303-384-2413 (Office), poole@mines.edu

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I joined the Mine’s Environmental Health and Safety Department in March 2018. Prior to Mines, I served as Executive Director of the Energy Efficiency Business Coalition, a Colorado nonprofit that advocates for energy efficiency policy and financial incentives for commercial buildings and homes. Prior to that, I worked as a sustainability consultant for companies and for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as a communications specialist for their net-zero energy buildings, solar, wind, and biofuels research programs. I like to hike, camp, ski, and sail in the beautiful mountains in Colorado. I’m excited to help Mines take its sustainability programs to the next level.

Professional Organizations:

  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities
  • Energy Efficiency Business Coalition
  • Colorado Renewable Energy Society