With over 25 years of Safety, Health and Environmental Professional experience, Kelly Bernish earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in Ohio. Additionally, her training includes CSP Certification, Certified Occupational Safety Specialist, OSHA 501 Authorized General Industry Trainer, Fall Protection and Scaffold Competent Person, Certified Food Safety Manager, Certified Playground Safety Inspector, Certified English XLT Tribometrist, Critical Stress Debriefing, as well as hundreds of hours of SH&E Continuing Education.
Bernish’s career experience includes her current role as President of Global SHE
Solutions, providing Safety, Health and Environmental and Risk Management solutions to clients in pursuit of SH&E excellence including municipalities, small and large businesses and heavy industry, as well as decades of senior management experience for The SeaWorld Parks, Anheuser-Busch and Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts. Her experience in those roles included Safety, Health and Environmental Compliance, leadership and injury prevention, as well as Workers Compensation, General Liability and Risk Management.
Industry group leadership is an important part of Bernish’s experience including serving as President of several organizations such as the Cape Canaveral and Central Florida Chapters American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Alliance for Central Florida Safety and Metropolitan Environmental Training Alliance, Chairperson and founding member of Women in Safety Engineering, an International Common Interest Group of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). She has also served as a member for various board positions at ASSE, United Safety Council, Children’s Safety Village, International Association of Amusement Park & Attractions (IAAPA) Safety Committee, Leadership Northern Colorado, Orlando & Portage County, The Ovarian Cancer Alliance and Orange County Citizen Community Action Council. She is a member of ASTM F24 (Amusement Rides and Devices), 08 (Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities), 13 (Pedestrian Walkway and Safety Footwear), 23 (Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment) and 34 (Occupational Health and Safety) and has served on task groups for fall protection and machine guarding for ASTM F24, the CDC Model Aquatic Health Code and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) For ISO/ANSI/ASSE PC 283 Health and Safety Management Systems.
She has also served on education planning committees for AIMS, Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers Annual Safety Conference and the 69th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and 26th Annual Safety & Health Conference.
During her career, awards she has received include Safety Professional of the Year (twice), Diversity in Safety Award, Culbertson Award for outstanding volunteerism as well as the President of the United State’s Volunteer Service Award.