Katy Nelson, MS

Title: Occupational Health and Safety Program Coordinator
Company: SGS
Location: Sammamish, Washington, United States

Katy Nelson, MS, Occupational Health and Safety Program Coordinator at SGS, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Professionals for dedication, achievements, and leadership in occupational health.

With more than 13 years of professional experience, Ms. Nelson thrives in her current role, leading safety audits of laboratories and assisting in hazard communications programs. She focuses her attention on where to send waste, how to label and properly store chemicals, tracking lasers and robotics, risk assessment, noise monitoring, industrial hygiene and chemical sampling. Prior to joining SGS, she gained valuable expertise as a research and development, environmental health and safety delivery technician with Kelly Services from 2020 to 2021 and as a consulting specialist with BSI from 2019 until 2020. Before transitioning her career focus to industrial hygiene and safety, she excelled for nearly 10 years working in various positions in the oil and gas industry, developing a strong background in analytical and biological sciences.

To broaden her future opportunities in the workforce, Ms. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry at Texas State University in 2009. Determined to expand her career options, she obtained a master’s degree in occupational safety and health from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2019. She subsequently received Associate Safety and Health Manager Certification from the Institute for Safety and Health Management in 2019.

Building on the success of her career, Ms. Nelson thrived as secretary of the Gulf Coast Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and as a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. Devoted to her community, she has donated her time and expertise as a scholarship adviser for Delta Gamma and as acting recording secretary with Houston Delta Gamma Foundation. She additionally has served as a STEM outsource volunteer for educational institutions.

Ms. Nelson plans to continue working in tech as a program manager, while seizing opportunities to learn more about her field and receive additional certifications related to her work. She attributes her success to her desire and willingness to help others and to her passion to ensure occupational health and workplace safety.

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