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Jake Taylor

Jake Taylor

Senior Consultant

  • Areas of Expertise: EHS compliance audits and corrective action, EHS management systems, incident investigations, human factors analysis, quality management, safety training, risk management
  • Education/Certifications: M.S.in Zoology/Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Certified Safety Professional (CSP); certified Green Tier environmental auditor (WDNR), BEAC-recognized Auditor for ResponsibleAg

Jake is a Senior EHS Consultant with over 20 years of management experience in the areas of EHS, risk management, human resources, and facilities management. He has a talent for proactively identifying areas of potential liability for clients and communicating solutions to eliminate potential exposure.

As a Kestrel Senior Consultant, Jake provides leadership for Kestrel’s EHS service offerings, as well as onsite senior-level compliance support to Kestrel’s industrial clients. This includes overseeing and performing EHS compliance audits and assisting with follow-up corrective action; developing, managing, and implementing EHS management systems and programs for clients; offering assistance with major incident investigations and conducting human factors analyses; and ensuring that quality standards on project deliverables are met.

Jake brings a unique perspective to projects, having worked as an EHS Manager for a number of industrial companies. His background includes experience in the following areas:

  • Managing all facets of EHS management and developing related policies/procedures to ensure compliance with OSHA, EPA, and state/local government agencies
  • Managing safety, workers’ compensation, risk management, security, and environmental activities
  • Writing strategic action plans and programs
  • Auditing and inspecting facilities
  • Conducting accident investigations and root cause analyses and facilitating corrective actions, prevention, and awareness to generate cost-saving measures
  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining management system guidelines (i.e., ISO 9000, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001)
  • Monitoring and analyzing loss information to determine exposures
  • Developing and distributing safety and risk management educational and training programs and materials
  • Participating in lean initiatives and Kaizen events to improve safety and housekeeping, and to reduce injuries

Jake has vast experience developing and implementing comprehensive, corporate-wide EHS programs. Some of his past project accomplishments include the following

  • Developed and implemented a Behavioral-Based Safety (BBS) Program, Corporate Contractor Safety Program, and e-training system through Sharepoint
  • Facilitated first company-wide safety training for all facilities on all OSHA-relevant standards
  • Implemented JHAs, changed PPE program, installed multiple engineered fall systems, and established industrial hygiene sampling strategy to improve safety and decrease costs
  • Successfully implemented acquisition activities to bring two new facilities into the corporation
  • Managed the development of Emergency Action and Response Plan and Business Continuity Plan
  • Significantly reduced MOD rates, OSHA Incident rates, and OSHA Recordable injuries
  • Established air permit monitoring and data management program to satisfy EPA and WDNR permit regulations
  • Developed, implemented, and maintained preventive maintenance program within ISO 9000 guidelines

In addition, Jake serves as a Responsible Distribution Adviser for the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). In this capacity, he has been specifically trained in Responsible Distribution by NACD to provide in-depth support and assistance with the design and implementation of members’ Responsible Distribution programs and verifications. Jake is also a part of the NACD Onboarding Wizard (NOW) Project, which aims to help companies more easily understand expectations and quickly/seamlessly put together policies and procedures that fit within the Responsible Distribution framework.