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Barb O'Kane

Director for Environmental Health and Safety

Education: B.S. Botany, M.S. Industrial Hygiene, Colorado State University

Office: 1318 Maple St., Facilities Management Building (2nd Entrance)


Phone: (303) 384-2561 (Office)
  (303) 550-7837 (Cell)


I joined Colorado School of Mines in the fall of 2013. I have 20 years of Environmental Health & Safety experience. Before joining CSM I was the Health and Safety Manager and Laser Safety Officer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden. Previously, I held similar positions with Eastman Kodak Company and COBE Cardiovascular.

The EHS Department’s current focus is on increasing EHS training offerings to the campus and helping evaluate and control risks associated with the work we do.

I am a huge proponent of collaboration and learning. I believe in a risk and fact based approach to health and safety, rather than a black and white compliance mindset.

Key Areas of Practice:

Training Incident Investigation and Prevention
Laser Safety Hazard Identification and Control
Project Management Lockout Tagout
Indoor Air Quality Industrial Hygiene
Machine Safe Guarding Spill Response Team Member





Certifications and Professional Organizations:

  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • Certified Laser Safety Officer
  • President-Elect American Industrial Hygiene Association, Rocky Mountain Section
  • American Society of Safety Engineers, Professional Member

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