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Appointment Broadens Renewable Energy Services Offered by ABS Consulting

In an important strategic move to further strengthen its market activities in the Renewable Energy sector, ABS Consulting is pleased to announce the appointment of Jan Behrendt Ibsoe, PhD, as Vice President, Renewable Energy Services. Dr. Ibsoe will head the operation from ABS Consulting headquarters in Houston beginning January 2010.

"With more than 15 years of experience in the Wind Energy and Renewable Energy sector, and having held senior management positions in this industry for the past 10 years, we believe that Dr. Jan Behrendt Ibsoe is the right choice to lead this global area for ABS Consulting," said Tony Nassif, President and Chief Executive Officer, ABS Group of Companies.

The primary focus for ABS Consulting in the Renewable Energy sector is on the Wind Energy market, where the company will provide life cycle services for wind energy assets with a particular focus on consultancy services and condition monitoring as well as quality management for operational wind farms. Focus areas will include specific markets such as the US, China and South America as well as the global offshore wind energy market.

Dr. Ibsoe graduated with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1990 and a PhD in Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Analyses of Offshore Welded Structures in 1994, both from the Technical University of Denmark. Since 2006, he has served as Global Director of Renewable Energy – Wind, Solar & Biomass at SGS Industrial in Germany and was a member of that organization's Global Management Team. Prior to that, Dr. Ibsoe worked for Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and COWI Consulting Engineers.

During the last 13 years, Dr. Ibsoe has served in various management positions. In addition to his experience in the wind and renewable energy fields, he worked within the offshore oil and gas and construction sectors. His career has taken him to Germany, Norway and Denmark as well as Japan. Throughout his career, Dr. Ibsoe has established strong business relationships and networks within the global wind industry.

For more information, visit www.absconsulting.com.

OSHA Welcomes David Michaels as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

David Michaels, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist and a nationally recognized leader in the scientific community's efforts to protect the integrity of the science on which public health and environmental policies and regulation are based. Before coming to OSHA on December 9, 2009, he was Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, directing the department's Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy.

For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


NEW! Hosting a Regulatory Inspection
February 17-18 - ABS Institute - Houston, TX

Audits and inspections by regulatory agencies can be disruptive and resource intensive. Advance preparation is critical to having a smooth inspection. This course will show you how to develop a plan for handling inspections; how to build a hosting process for many types of inspections; and how to manage document transmittals, pictures, and interviews. Although the course uses OSHA inspection examples, it is designed for all types of private and public organizations and regulatory inspections. Recordkeeping is usually the first entry point of inspection. An intensive workshop will show you how to make recordkeeping your first line of defense.

Clean Air Compliance Institute
February 23-26 - Courtyard by Marriott International Drive - Orlando, FL

Get the comprehensive overview of the regulations, permitting programs, and compliance requirements of the Clean Air Act, including New Source Review reform rules, preconstruction permits, Title V permits, MACT standards, toxic air emissions, ambient and source monitoring, and other important information.

Risk Based Process Safety
February 25-26 - ABS Institute - Knoxville, TN

Learn how to apply next-generation process safety from the people who wrote the book. If you're challenged by inadequate management system performance, resources pressures, or stagnant process safety results, this overview course will show you how to use the RBPS Guidelines to (1) design a new PSM system, (2) correct a deficient PSM system, and (3) improve PSM practices.


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