Susan Briggs, Consultant, Environmental Management Systems / ISO 14001

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Susan L.K. Briggs is known nationally and internationally for her work developing and implementing Environment, Health and Safety Management Systems. Her most recent roles have been Director of EHS at Textron Systems (aerospace/defense manufacturing) and Battelle Memorial Institute (engineering/research/development sector), and led EMS implementation at Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Ms. Briggs was conferred the White House ‘Closing the Circle Award’ for the EMS work at Battelle’s National Laboratories. Susan’s early career was spent in academia on a research team at Harvard University School of Public Health, studying the health effects of air pollutants in six cities across the US.  This work formed the technical basis for the US EPA National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter.

Since 2010, she has chaired the U.S. Technical Advisory Group on Environmental Management, and been Chair of its EMS subcommittee since 2005.  With her US colleagues, she developed and negotiated US positions during the 2004 revision of ISO 14001 and 14004, and now leads the international working group revising ISO 14001.  Susan was a member of the ISO Joint Technical Coordination Group task force that wrote ISO’s core management system requirements and related guidance documents now used in all ISO management systems standards.  She also served on the ANSI-ASQ Accreditation Council overseeing the accreditation of certification bodies in the U.S.

Ms. Briggs is a graduate of Harvard University. She has numerous publications in technical journals, including the ASQ Quality Progress.

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