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N.L. Austin & Associates, Inc.
ABOUT US
Chief Hank Austin, CSP, MS

Education and Professional Synopsis

B.S Building Construction - Texas A&M University 1980
M.S. Safety Engineering - Texas A&M University 2005
Certified Safety Professional (CSP) 1995
Past President - South Texas Chapter, American Society of Safety Engineers
Past Chairman - Texas A&M / National Science Foundation Center for Ergonomics
Past Executive Director - The Office Ergonomics Research Committee
Past Fire Chief - Shavano Park Volunteer Fire Department  1982-1992
Inventor on U.S. Patent # 7,170,023 B1 System and Method for Processing Mail

Construction Safety Experience

Having been involved with home construction from the age of 16 and earning a B.S. in Building Construction,  Hank has
spent much of his life in the construction industry.  He has overseen safety on several $200 million building projects as
well a remodel in the Audie Murphy VA hospital in San Antonio.  Recently completing both the OSHA 510 and 500
courses, Hank is now approved to teach the OSHA 10 hour and 30 hour classes.

Ergonomics Experience

20+ years ergonomics practitioner and program developer, MS Safety Engineering concentration in ergonomics, thesis
on comparison of split keyboard to standard keyboard, Chairman Center for Office Technology (ergonomics industry
group), Chairman Texas A&M /National Science Foundation Center for Ergonomics, winner The Outstanding Office
Ergonomics Program Award, OSHA conference speaker - Ergonomics Programs, member NIOSH National
Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) ergonomics committee, process engineering, statistical process control,
usability, motion analysis,  workstation design, PC specification,  Executive Director of The Office Ergonomics Research
Committee,consultant.

General Safety Experience

25+ years safety practitioner - Manager Safety/ Environmental Affairs USAA, Certified Safety Professional, MS Safety
Engineering Texas A&M '05, President South Texas Chapter ASSE, Governmental Affairs ASSE Region III, Marine Corps
Safety 2000 Committee, Hearing Protection industrial and explored issues with headsets in office environments, lifting,
foot protection, personal protective equipment, SARA Title III, fall protection, confined spaces, respirators, tool
inspection, job safety analysis, eye protection,  electrical safety, lock out tag out, contractor safety, asbestos
management, hearing protection, powered industrial trucks,aerial lifts, cranes, powder actuated tools, indoor air quality,
inventor on U.S. Patent # 7,170,023 B1 System and Method for Processing Mail - developed technology to capture small
particulate (anthrax) potentially released when opening mail and related negative pressure air systems, monitoring
stations and related systems.

Emergency Response Experience

25+ years volunteer firefighter, Volunteer Fire Chief , City Emergency Manager, Emergency Medical Technician, Texas
Task Force 1 FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team Task Force Leader and Current  Safety Officer, Chief - USAA
Emergency Response Team, Level II Firefighting Instructor, Texas A&M  Municipal firefighting Instructor, Bexar County
Firefighting Instructor, FEMA Command and General Staff Committee, swift water rescue, high angle rescue, confined
space rescue, hazardous materials response, weapons of mass destruction response, ICS , advanced firefighting,
emergency management, Certified Emergency Manager, Bexar County E911 Task Force member, evacuation
programs, table top drills, full scale drills, business resumption.