Meet Kevin Chaplin
Posted: June 14th, 2021Authors: Kevin C.
Kevin Chaplin // Senior Managing Consultant // Louisville, KY Office
What are your roles at ALL4?
As a Senior Managing Consultant I am responsible for people and projects in the Occupational Health & Safety and Industrial Hygiene practice areas. While I’ve dabbled in a number of things on the environmental front over the years, I enjoy the variety of challenges that are presented while working with so many different industries in the occupational setting. Projects ranging from chemical exposure evaluations to hazard assessments or working on improving a company’s overall approach to safety. Determining potential routes of exposure or investigating indoor air quality issues that can impact employee productivity; a lot of these projects are like detective work exploring different scenarios to determine causation. If my day was predictable, I would not enjoy my job as much as I do – the variety of people and projects keeps my work exciting and fresh!
You’ve recently authored a blog on some upcoming Federal OSHA enforcement and regulatory actions taking shape. Any sage advice to pass along to EHS Managers?
With the new Administration’s leadership changes at OSHA and the $27M in funding to Federal OSHA through the COVID relief package, facilities can expect to be more scrutinized than in the past from an enforcement perspective. My recommendation is to make now a good time to review your Health & Safety policies with an emphasis on OSHA compliance.
Where have you found success when working with clients to decrease their accident and injury behaviors?
The biggest catalyst for change is when you can bring employees and management together to solve the problem. For example, when you have employees and health and safety professionals work with the process engineering design team prior to implementation of a process, you then become proactive versus reactive in identifying potential hazards. By getting input and feedback from all parties during the design phase, you can reduce the potential for injuries or accidents. Simply put, creating that link between management, the engineering team, health and safety personnel, and the workers is the secret sauce.
What are we likely to find you doing when you’re not working?
I love being outdoors whether it’s walking or hiking or relaxing with a book or dining alfresco. I thoroughly enjoy tennis, so you’ll find me on the court 1-2 times a week if possible. In fact, for several years I served as Team Captain for our USTA adult league team. We had a lot of fun along the way winning three state championships. Although the accompanying libations kind of cancelled out the fitness benefits of the journey.
Is it true that you are no longer Mr. Chaplin and have a new moniker, Laird Chaplin?
Why yes I do, and it has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? It’s a privilege to own land and title in such a beautiful place. Our family has a passion for travel, and we have been fortunate enough to take a few trips to Ireland, England, and Scotland. One of my daughters was in Scotland doing archival research as a student and I was lucky enough to be “invited” on that trip. So, for Christmas my daughters decided to purchase a plot of land for me under a land conservancy program to preserve nature and habitat in the highlands of Scotland. As such, the Laird of Glencoe has arrived with an estate of 10 square feet!