CTEH Spotlight: Andy Britt, MS, MBA, CIH, CSP, CHMM
From conducting exposure assessments to establishing industrial hygiene (IH) programs, Andy Britt, MS, MBA, CIH, CSP, CHMM, brings more than a decade of experience in IH, emergency response, safety training and occupational health to the CTEH team. Find out more about Andy and his role as manager of our Gulf Coast industrial hygiene services below:
What are your day-to-day duties at CTEH?
As manager of our Gulf Coast industrial hygiene (IH) services, I travel around the country to help manage, lead and develop IH initiatives and projects. This includes duties such as mobilizing personnel and equipment to projects, identifying and implementing scientific sampling methods, coordinating resources, performing surveys, conducting monitoring, writing reports, promoting on-site worker health and many other tasks. While I have four industrial hygienists who report directly to me, I’ve also made it a priority to help my junior colleagues in our Houston office. I’ve offered my professional guidance to help them secure industry certifications and grow their knowledge bases so they too can advance their careers at CTEH.
Over the past two years, you’ve become a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). What encouraged you to pursue these advanced certifications?
It’s always been in my nature to push myself. These three major IH certifications are not only important to my career, but they help demonstrate the knowledge and expertise of the CTEH team as a whole. That being said, I wouldn’t have been able to earn any of these certifications without the support of my family. I’ve put in a lot of effort studying for these exams during my own free time, and my wife has been instrumental in my preparation.
You previously served with the U.S. Coast Guard. Tell us more about this, and how this safety and maritime experience has benefitted your work here at CTEH.
While working on weapons systems as a Fire Control Technician (FT), I had my first introduction to “safety” and was able to gain valuable on-the-ground experience that still benefits my work today. As an FT, I was also able to see first-hand the way a maritime environment works. Knowing these processes and procedures has been extremely beneficial to my current work on environmental responses. I’m fortunate to still have the opportunity to work with the Coast Guard at CTEH—serving both as a safety and IH subject expert and providing support on training and full-scale exercises.
You’ve held leadership roles with the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s (AIHA) Gulf Coast Chapter. What are your other interests or hobbies?
Throughout my career at CTEH, I’ve been actively involved with the AIHA Gulf Coast Chapter, which includes more than 130 industry members from across Texas. When not traveling for work, I love spending time with my wife and our two daughters. I also like making electronic music—more for my own enjoyment than for others—both on the road and from the comfort of my home.