Environmental Managers have the complex responsibility of caring for the environment by ensuring the companies they work for remain in compliance with regulations and take the necessary measures to prevent environmental accidents from occurring in the first place. Brady Odom, Corporate Accounts Manager for ORR Safety, is no stranger to the challenges Environmental Managers encounter on the job. For him, it’s about finding a solution that is both compliant and effective.
Tell me about your background. What experience do you have working in the Environmental industry?
Brady: “My experience in environmental stems from working in the Industrial Services industry where I specialized in tank cleaning, hydro blasting, vacuum trucks, and chemical cleaning.”
In your experience what is the primary concern for an Environmental Manager?
Brady: “The top concern for any Environmental Manager is protecting the environment and ensuring their company remains in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations. This includes regulations regarding air quality, pollution, waste, and clean water.”
What would you say are the biggest pain points or challenges for an Environmental Manager?
Brady: “The challenges an Environmental Manager faces are difficult at times because almost every one of them could potentially have collateral effects on other people or places. Many of those could include fiduciary penalties, which turn into budgetary issues.”
In your career, how have you worked with Environmental Managers to solve these challenges?
Brady: “I receive a tremendous amount of satisfaction from solving problems for people. I spent 15 years of my life in Law Enforcement and I’ve taken that mindset and applied it to my role here at ORR. In my career, I’ve worked with Environmental Managers at wastewater treatment plants by educating them on the proper instrumentation needed to detect hazards on their worksite. I also have experience working with managers to select the proper spill containment and spill clean-up solutions according to their industry.”
How would you say the role of an Environmental Manager has changed over the years? How will it continue to change?
Brady: “As state and federal regulations change, so does the life of an Environmental Manager. Issues addressed within this position can directly affect the success or failure of a company. Fines associated with spills that contaminate freshwater systems, public waterways or protected wetlands can be significant enough to bankrupt organizations.”
Out of other safety companies you’ve worked for in the past, how does ORR set itself apart from other safety companies?
Brady: “The main thing that sets us apart is our expertise. Not only do we provide safety equipment, but we partner with environmental consulting firms to provide regulatory compliant solutions to our customers. Our Account Managers have experience assisting customers in a variety of areas such as air quality sampling, audits, impact assessment, soil sampling, sediments and watershed management, remediation management and site investigations.”
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