Member Spotlight – Kathleen Dobson, CSP, SMS, CHST, STSC

Kathi is a Safety Director for Alberici Constructors in their Great Lakes Regional Office located in Southfield Michigan. She holds a degree in nursing from Mercy College of Detroit, now UDM. Her responsibilities include support for projects within the corporate automotive division and mining, heavy civil and industrial processes markets.

She travels extensively throughout North America and is a recognized safety leader in the construction industry. She has led the Safety Committees for Michigan AGC, the Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and serves on EH&S committees for CURT – the Construction User’s Round Table, NACBE – the National Association of Contractor Boilermaker Employers and AISC – the American Institute of Steel Contractors. With NAWIC, she also heads up the OSHA-NAWIC National Alliance.

Her background in safety began when she was an occupational health nurse in an industrial setting and was directed to review safety policies and procedures for an upcoming corporate safety audit. Her introduction to OSHA was that audit and others that she participated in over the next several years with that company. She went to work for Alberici in 1999 as a project safety coordinator and came up through the ranks to her current position.

Kathi’s diverse background and various certifications, including OSHA 10/30 Instructor, Mining Instructor, Storm Water Operator – Construction, Asbestos Contractor Supervisor and LEED™ AP, BC+D makes her input valuable to her company on many levels.

She has been active with ASSP as a professional member since 1999 and is currently on the national Standards Development Committee and is active in the WISE common interest group, and the construction practice specialty group. In 2011, for ASSE’s 100th anniversary, she was recognized as one of “100 Women Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession”. She also serves as TAUC’s representative on the A10 consensus committee for construction and demolition standards, is an observer on the Z359 committee.  Kathi is the chair of the A10.25 sanitation in construction standard. She is currently working with the original members of the HASWIC paper to expand their research. Previously, she held an appointed position on MIOSHA’s construction safety standards commission.

Kathi has presented safety and leadership sessions at national conferences – too numerous to list at this time.

If you ask her – her passion is multi-fold: to assure everyone goes home safely AND collaterally to enhance success of women in construction; to recruit and retain women in construction and to combat stereotypes in her industry.