Principal, EHS Services
Areas of Expertise: Human performance reliability (HPR), asset retirement obligation (ARO) identification and valuation, EHS management systems, decommissioning planning and management, liability management, business process improvements, pre-acquisition due diligence, sustainability.
Education/Certifications: M.S. in Hydrogeology, The University of Texas at San Antonio; B.A. in Industrial Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin; Registered Professional Geologist.
In his 18 years as a consultant, A.W. has helped clients across a number of industries (e.g., refining, chemical, railroad, mining, food and beverage, metals casting, and pulp and paper) to manage their risks associated with safety and environmental issues. He also manages Kestrel’s Austin, Texas office.
A.W. helps clients improve safety performance by evaluating human factors in operations and identifying contributing factors leading to incidents and accidents. He then works with clients to identify and prioritize areas needing improvement and integrates these improvements back into the organizations’ underlying safety management systems.
A.W. also assists companies with complex environmental issues to develop corporate-level procedures for the identification and valuation of asset retirement obligations (AROs), conduct facility-level ARO audits and cost estimates, develop and assess standalone and integrated EHS management systems, and conduct pre-acquisition due diligence reviews. A.W.’s strength lies in helping clients develop repeatable processes that govern how environmental liabilities will be accounted and funded. Once defined, he then helps these companies prepare for environmental expenditures by incorporating environmental liability assessments into the facility decommissioning planning process.
In addition, A.W. represents Kestrel on the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Steering Committee at Texas A&M University, and is working with the Center on research in human factors and behavior-based safety.