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Neal L. Lester
Work History
March 2004 to Present

Performed office ergonomics evaluations for the Applied Materials CSS organization, Jingle Networks, Aspire Medical, and others. Developed and marketed a website ( that allows the user to quickly and easily create a customized safety program for a small business.

Brenton Safety Incorporated
Director of e-Commerce
September 2002 to March 2004

Developed internet marketing strategy for the largest independent safety supply distributor in California. Managed the launch of a new database backed e-Commerce web site supporting real time ordering of nearly 5,000 safety products. Designed and programmed an improved database for storing product information for safety products.

Clayton Environmental Group
Senior Industrial Hygienist
September 2000 to September 2002

Support the Applied Materials industrial ergonomics program on a part-time outsource basis. Perform ergonomic evaluations of semiconductor tool integration and test, manual wafer transfer, warehousing, and other operations.

Resident contractor to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Provided comprehensive occupational safety and health services to business units. Managed the company’s noise and bloodborne pathogens programs. Backed-up the Radiation Safety Officer. Conducted pre-purchase chemical reviews and edit manufacturing instructions for safety and health content. Trained 50 line managers and supervisors on Job Hazard Analysis.

Provided occupational health and safety consulting services to Agilent, Cypress Semiconductor, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals, Chevron Corporation, and other clients. Developed written ESH programs, performed employee training, collected and interpreted air samples during semi-conductor tool maintenance activities, and conducted office ergonomics evaluations.

Science Applications International Corporation and PAI Corporation
NASA Ames Research Center
Senior Industrial Hygienist
August 1999 to September 2000

Conducted indoor air quality investigations and performed a comprehensive industrial hygiene baseline of the Ames Research facility. Member of the Emergency Response team responsible for chemical safety. Helped manage respiratory protection, confined space entry, and industrial noise programs.

State Compensation Insurance Fund
Senior Industrial Hygiene Consultant
April 1990 to July 1999

Managed development of Loss Control Computer Applications supporting over 100 field Loss Control staff. Projects included:

Managed a regional office (six industrial hygienists, two clerks and approximately $1 million budget) providing occupational safety and health consultation services to State Fund policyholders south of Fresno.

Provided consultation services to policyholders including hazard identification, environmental measurements, design of engineering controls, indoor air quality, ergonomics, employee training, and written occupational health and safety programs.

3-D Safety
October 1995 to Present

Develop and market a CD-ROM containing images for safety and health professionals.

Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Company
Contract Industrial Hygiene Consultant
March 1991 to February 1992

Drafted a Request for Proposal for industrial hygiene services related to asbestos removal. Reviewed proposals and commented on the first deliverables provided by the consultant.

Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company
Industrial Hygienist
June 1989 to April 1990

Helped design and implement a company wide baseline industrial hygiene survey. Wrote Material Safety Data Sheets for several products. Designed a new environmental measurements database.

Engineering-Science, Incorporated
Industrial Hygienist and Environmental Scientist
February 1987 to June 1989

Managed asbestos abatement and underground storage tank removal on the Los Angeles Metro Rail (subway) project. Conducted environmental impact assessments and industrial facility permitting. Helped conduct a regulatory impact analysis of Proposition 65.

Education, Certificates, and Publications

Master of Public Health, Industrial Hygiene; University of California, Los Angeles

Certified Industrial Hygienist (Comprehensive Practice), American Board of Industrial Hygiene (1993 - 2009)

Preferences of Small Businesses When Writing Safety Programs (Podium Session), May 2005, American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition.

Successful Strategies for Materials Handling of Small Items (Concurrent Session with Deanna Long, Applied Materials), December 2002, National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition.

A Computerized Expert System to Guide VDT Users Through Workstation Adjustment (Platform Session with Extended Abstract), May 1997, American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition.

3-D Safety CD-ROM; © 1996, Neal L. Lester