Mr. Kohler is the Laboratory Safety Manager for Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Kohler has been a Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer since 2001. He has been an instructor for the American Chemical Society since 2007 and an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University teaching a graduate level course in Hazardous Materials since 2010.
As the University’s Chemical Hygiene Officer, Mr. Kohler provides oversight and guidance in laboratory safety, chemical handling, chemical storage, environmental compliance, and safety training for over 1000 research and teaching laboratories. He and his staff provide services and guidance for numerous laboratory safety programs, including chemical safety inspections, accident investigations, clearance inspections, training, safety equipment evaluation, fume hood testing, laboratory design, experimental protocol review, chemical leak detection, spill response, and management of controlled substances used in research.
Mr. Kohler began as a geologist working in analytical geochemistry. After receiving his Masters of Science degree in geology, he worked for the Indiana Geological Survey before starting a career in environmental remediation restoring chemically contaminated EPA Superfund sites. All the projects were conducted in strict accordance with OSHA and EPA regulations and required the use of specific levels of personal protective equipment to protect workers from chemical hazards present on the sites.