Michelle Reiher is a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional with over 20 years of safety and health experience in general industry and mining. She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has develop and conducted safety and health training within the MSHA Part 48 New Miner, Annual Refresher and Instructor Training courses. She has a passion for health and safety training and believes everyone should be given the knowledge to make choices that will keep them safe.
Why do I like to teach?
I like to teach because I am passionate about health and safety. I enjoy sharing real-world experiences and finding new ways to bring technical information to life. I live for the "ah-ha" moments when a difficult concept is understood. Whether you are learning for personal reasons, to pass a certification exam, or for a promotion at work, I love being a part of the process and helping in any way I can.
What worked for me?
I completed both the CIH and the ASP/CSP prep courses through Bowen EHS. These courses were instrumental to my passing the CIH and CSP exams. When I started thinking about studying for the CIH and CSP exams, I was overwhelmed and didn't know where to start. Finding Bowen EHS kept me sane and provided a road map. The structured schedule held me accountable and on track; the lectures (live and recorded) provided an avenue to ask questions on material that I didn't understand; the HW tested my understanding of the concept; and the review questions helped build my understanding and ultimately my confidence. I have and will continue to recommend Bowen EHS prep courses.
Meet Michelle Reiher
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES Golden, CO
EMCIS Director of Operations 2020 - Present
A program director position responsible for leading and managing the Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety (EMCIS) program by directing the development, implementation, and evaluation of existing and future training programs; preparing periodic and special reports to sponsors and stakeholders, including statistical analyses and assessments to document the outcomes of the programs; and participating in the promotion of safety and health in the mining, energy and construction industries by representing Mines and the EMCIS Program through attendance and participation in meetings, symposia, seminars, conferences, public hearings and other events with personnel from industry and professional societies as well as State and Federal agencies.
EMCIS Health and Safety Training Program Manager 2015 - 2020
A program and training management position responsible for determining the overall direction and activities of the Health and Safety Training Program including evaluating existing programs for compliance with applicable MSHA regulations, setting the direction and focus of future program initiatives, administering the budget, and securing external funding to support the program. Activities include short courses, seminars and conference presentations that focus on various health and safety subjects designed for both in classroom and distance learning.
Program Coordinator for Industrial Hygiene/Business Management 2011 – 2015
A program management position responsible for providing Health and Safety training within the MSHA Part 48 New Miner and Annual Refresher Training and specialized Health and Safety courses for miners in the Western US; actively
participating in the promotion of safety and health in the mining industry through attendance and participation in meetings, conferences and other events with personnel from industry, professional societies and state and federal agencies; developing and/or editing Health and Safety training materials for miners to include Newsletters, Brochures, Training Manuals and presentations; assisting with Mine Rescue training and exercises using BG-4s, hazardous environments, and following the Incident Command System; and designing curriculum and instructing courses. Additional responsibilities include preparing periodic and special reports as well as conducted financial and operational functions which support day-to-day operations such as forecasts, budgets, accruals, spend analysis, variance reports, project financial tracking, and management of student employees and contract instructors.
SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC Louisville, CO
Global Environmental Health and Safety Contract Manager 2008-2010
A contract management position responsible for providing a consistent global platform for managing the end-to-end process of contracts by optimizing value, service and partner performance. Responsibilities include conducting strategic assessments and risk mitigation, acting as the internal and external customer interface, cultivating partner relationships, and identifying benchmarking and best practices.
Corporate Environmental Health & Safety Manager 2007-2008
A management position responsible for managing, directing and prioritizing the activities of the Environmental, Health and Safety Department to include in-house staff and outsourced partners. Additional responsibilities include establishing, implementing and directing Environmental, Health and Safety regulatory and compliance programs within the company to assist operations personnel. The outsourced component required establishing metrics to oversee and monitor the work performance of the EHS service provider and manage the coordination of service delivery worldwide between EHS service provider, facilities management resources and respective site general managers. Scope included 6 campuses in the US and Puerto Rico as well as field offices globally.
Corporate Health & Safety Manager 2006-2007
A program and contract management position responsible for the development and implementation of a global health and safety program to include policy, program and standards development. Responsibilities include establishing metrics to oversee and monitor the work performance of the EHS service provider and manage the coordination of service delivery worldwide between EHS service provider, facility management resources and respective site general managers. Scope included 6 campuses in the US and Puerto Rico as well as field offices globally.