Richard L. Supples, CIH, CSP, MBA

Senior Instructor - Bowen EHS

Mr. Supples has over 30 years of experience in occupational safety, IH, and quality improvement.  He is the founder of Applied Improvement Technologies, LLC with clients representing aerospace manufacturing, service sector, and consumer products. Mr. Supples' goal is to create "defining learning moments" for Bowen EHS clients in a way that they say "wow, that was cool!"


Founded Applied Improvement Technologies, LLC in 1994
Over 30 years of occupational safety & health experience


BA, Biology, State University of NY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
MBA, University of New Haven, New Haven, CT 2010


Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) #10060, 2011, #3670 1986
Certified Safety Professional (CSP) #21330, 2009


Industrial hygiene and safety engineering practitioner with expertise in exposure
assessment, hearing conservation, deploying adult learning principles in OSH training, indoor air quality, safety training, ventilation, noise control, LOTO, and Confined Space Entry. Former reviewer for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA).

Selected Project Portfolio

Machine Noise Reduction: Conduct quantitative noise exposure and frequency analysis assessment; implement/install engineering controls for machine noise in surgical manufacturing company

IH Risk Assessment: Developed qualitative exposure risk assessment strategy followed with comprehensive quantitative analysis for formaldehyde, isobutanol, and isophorone diisocyanate.

Behavioral Based Safety Management: Provided key onsite facilitation & consultation with implementing Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence model for front-line supervisors & work teams in rail yard operations.

Industrial Hygiene Exposure Modeling: Conduct hexavalent chrome exposure assessments during spray priming of large aircraft parts.

Confined Space Entry: Design training for permit-writers, entrants and attendants for large manufacturing company. Course design utilized extensive adult-learning techniques with focus on doing-demonstrating.

Waste Anesthetic Gases in Dental Operatory: Conducted quantitative exposure assessment for dental OR staff using real-time instrumentation during evaluation of Brown Scavenging Mask System for controlling waste anesthetic gases emssions.

Laser MPE/NHZ Analysis: Analyze and compute maximum permissible exposure (MPE) and nominal hazard zone for several lasers at consumer health products manufacturing facility.

Safety & Health Manager: Served as the Occupational Safety & Health Manager for high-tech manufacturer in New England.

Quality Improvement: Design and deliver quality management training programs for U.S. Navy, Rubbermaid, Hartford Hospital, UMASS School of Medicine and Baystate Health Systems.

Large Scale Pesticide Sampling: Conducted chlordane indoor air sampling for over 570 housing units on US Military Base.

EHS Specialist: Large facilities department responsible for maintenance/repair of over 2,000,000 million square feet. of factory space. LOTO, confined space entry, safe electrical work practices, near misses investigation, hazard communication, noise abatement, storm water pollution prevention/spill prevention, fall protection, job safety analysis.


Full Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association
Full member, American Society of Safety Engineering
Member, Connecticut River Valley Local Section, AIHA

Publications and Presentations

A Non-Linear Approach to Root Cause Analysis
The state of traditional safety models in the context of process improvement, how compliance systems disconnect from real safety performance, how language inhibits systems thinking, and application of other thinking styles to problem-solving. Practicum using non-linear tool for RCA work in teams.

The Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health
(CONN‐OSHA) – December 2011 meeting

National Safety Council of Western New England (SCWNE) Conference – Spring 2012

Special Certificates and Authorizations

Authorized as OSHA Outreach Trainer to teach OSHA 10 and 30-Hour Courses for General Industry, 2010

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Updated on December 8, 2016