American Society of Safety Engineers recognizes Army safety professional

June 07, 2016

By Joyce M. Conant, ARL Public Affairs

Story Highlights

  • Safety professional from Army Research Laboratory received the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year Award from the American Society of Safety Engineers Chesapeake Chapter
  • ARL has established safety as one of the core pillars of the organization
  • Everyone within the organization has a responsibility for a sustainable safety program

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (May 25, 2016) -- A safety specialist from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory received the 2016 Safety Professional of the Year Award from the American Society of Safety Engineers Chesapeake Chapter at a ceremony held in Timonium, Maryland, May 17.

Robb Altenburg earned the honor for his technical and administrative expertise, as well as his "dedication to fostering professional development opportunities and community services for the Chesapeake safety engineers," said Chapter President Craig D. Lowry.

Altenburg has worked in the safety and health field for 25 years and is responsible for ARL's occupational safety and health program at APG. He began his career as a compliance officer with the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency and prior to joining ARL, he worked as a consultant in private industry and as a safety and occupational health manager for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

"This recognition indicates the level of excellence associated, not only by his technical abilities, nor the customer services he is able to provide, but the on-going support he brings to the laboratory's day-to-day research mission and community," said Fred Thompson, chief of ARL's Safety and Environmental Branch, who added that ARL has established safety as one of the core pillars of the organization. "Robb understands the benefit of building and sustaining a strong safety culture throughout the organization."

The sentiment is echoed by those of his colleagues.

"This award is well deserved," said Leslie York-Hubbard, environmental safety technician and ASSE member. "Robb has a strong passion for the safety of all ARL employees and under his guidance has moved the safety program in a very positive direction. He continues to focus on the areas of program development that will best elevate the level of safety for all at ARL. He has also provided constant support, guidance and a voice of reason to those of us who work with him on a daily basis."

Warren Billingsley II, a safety and occupational health specialist, said, "Robb Altenburg is not only an asset to our organization, but clearly highly valued by the American Society of Safety Engineers. That is reflected in his most recent award and has been evident from the first day with ARL."

ARL safety specialist Shane Miller said Altenburg is the perfect choice for the award.

"Robb brings an artistry to the safety world and he is a blessing of a mentor to me," Miller said. "He has the ability to take information from any situation, quickly process, analyze it, and develop the absolute best action. His uncanny ability to articulate and express his thoughts, whether to a single person or to a large group is nothing short of astounding."

Thompson said Altenburg's impact to ARL is demonstrated not only by his core values, but also his expansive technical experience and that he continues to drive the development of a strong occupational safety and health program and enhance the organizational culture for safety at all levels – both inside and outside the organization.

"This recognition further verifies his commitment to the diverse group of scientists, engineers and support staff across ARL – he is their partner and everyone within the organization has a responsibility for a sustainable safety program," Thompson said.

Altenburg said he enjoys the challenging work of managing an occupational safety program at ARL. Altenburg also cites his service in the United States Marine Corps as a source of his dedication and passion for supporting ARL's mission.


The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

 

Last Update / Reviewed: June 7, 2016