Columbus Section

of the American Chemical Society

September 19, 2017 Meeting Announcement

Ibraheem "Abe" Al-Tarawneh, Ph.D.

Superintendent, BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene

"Dealing with safety and chemical hazards in the workplace and leadership drivers for success"

Mozart's Cafe

4784 N. High Street

Columbus, Ohio 43214 

Speaker Biography

Dr. Ibraheem (Abe) Tarawneh, Ph.D., is the Chief (Superintendent) of the Division of Safety & Hygiene, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), Columbus, Ohio.  Abe joined the division in March, 2009 and leads a statewide team of industrial, construction safety, industrial hygiene, and ergonomics consultants in Ohio.

He has more than 22 years of specialized experience in leadership, research, teaching, and consulting capacities in the areas of occupational safety and health (industrial hygiene, industrial toxicology), accident causation, analysis and prevention, human factors and ergonomics, transportation and traffic safety, quantitative and qualitative analysis, measurement and evaluation of programs, and the design and development of safety programs, policies, procedures and instructions.

Dr. Tarawneh holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial and management systems engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; another M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Jordan.

Before joining BWC, Abe led several large consulting projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a Cincinnati-based engineering consulting firm, TEC Engineering, Inc.  Between 2002 and 2006, Abe worked as an engineer/senior engineer at Exponent, Failure Analysis Associates, Inc. in Alexandria, Va. and Philadelphia, Pa.  His work at Exponent included the investigation and analysis of industrial, construction, consumer product and vehicular accidents.  He also worked on the application of U.S., European and international regulations and standards (i.e. OSHA, OHSAS, ISO, ANSI) for the design and evaluation of products, machinery, handling of chemicals and hazardous materials, and manufacturing and construction operations.  Abe works closely with other recognized experts in the field and is a leader in the use of advanced technologies in hazardous chemical analysis and on-site consulting.

Presentation Abstract

Leadership Drivers for Success

Over the past few years, through strategic expansion of occupational safety and health programs and services, injuries in the Ohio Bureau Workers’ Compensation (BWC) system dropped to a record low, at a rate almost twice that observed in the rest of the nation.  In addition to preventing the pain and suffering associated with injuries to workers and their families, BWC lowered workers’ compensation rates in Ohio to their lowest in 30 years.  In this presentation, Dr. Tarawneh reflects on his experience in leading and executing the strategic initiatives and plans that brought these results to fruition.  He discusses strategies for tackling challenges and constraints, establishing vision, cultivating leadership support, engaging stakeholders and employees, and leading change.  Finally, Dr. Tarawneh draws from his experience in the private and public sectors to explain the challenges for results-driven leadership in the public sector compared to that in the private sector.

The Current State-of-the-art for Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics Services

The State of Ohio has through the years, continued to refine its approach to accident and occupational injury and illness prevention through the use of confidential and free services upon request to all State of Ohio employers.  Abe will describe these services and, for this group, will highlight consultative services available in industrial hygiene, also known as occupational hygiene, which encompasses occupational toxicology.

Program Details

5:00-6:00 PMExecutive Meeting-All members welcome

Beechwold Tavern Room

6:00-6:30 PMSocial Hour-Adult beverages available
6:30-7:30 PM


Garden Salad-Crisp greens topped with tomato, cucumber, and red onions

Bread & butter

Choice of entrée (vegetarian and special options also available)

Beef Stroganoff-Tender beef, mushrooms and onions braised in a red wine demi-glace, topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Chicken Paprikash-Succulent chicken simmered in a rich Hungarian paprika sauce.

Buttered Spätzle

Market Vegetables 

Plated Dessert 

Non-alcoholic beverages (coffee, hot tea, iced teas, soda)

7:30-9:00 PM
 Presentation by Ibraheem Al-Tarawneh, Ph.D.


$20 for section members, $5 for retired and unemployed members, $5 for students. $25 for non-members.  Payment will be collected at the door.  Cash and checks accepted.  There is no cost to attend the program only. Remember that is a dinner order and must be paid.  Please help control costs by honoring your order. 

RSVPPlease use the Meeting Reservation Form on the section's website. Alternatively, send an e-mail to providing the template below
 E-mail Reservation Template 
  • First and last name of all attendees
  • Membership category:  member, retired, emeritus, unemployed, student. or non-member.
  • Employer
  • Your choice of entrée: Beef Stroganoff or Chicken Paprikash, or advise if you have other special needs. 
  • Please indicate if you will join us for the Dinner & Program OR Program Only
  • Your phone number in case we need to contact you.
Reservation Deadline
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017, 5:00 pm
Program Contact
James J. Wasil, Wasil Group LLC, 

Directions & Parking (Mozart's is on N. High Street between E. Cooke and Morse Roads)


From the North – Take I-71 South towards Columbus. Take  Exit 116 for Sinclair Road.  Turn Left onto Sinclair Road. Turn Right onto Morse Road. Turn Left onto North High Street. Mozart’s Café will be on the left.

From the East – Take I-70 West towards Columbus. Continue to Exit 43 A, following signs for I-70West/Columbus and merge onto I-70 West. Take Exit 101A for I-71 North. Take the Henderson Road exit. Turn Right onto W Henderson Road. Turn Left onto N High St. Mozart’s Café will be on the right.

From the West – Take I-70 East towards Columbus. Take Exit 2B to merge onto OH-315 North. Take the Henderson Road exit. Turn Right onto W Henderson Road. Turn Left onto N High St. Mozart’s Café will be on the right.

From the South – Take I-71 North towards Columbus. Take Exit 106A-106B for OH-315 N towards Worthington. Take the Henderson Road exit. Turn Right onto W Henderson Road. Turn Left onto N High St. Mozart’s Café will be on the right.  


From the East – Take I-70 West to exit 100 B for Fourth Street (toward US 23 North).  Turn right onto South 4th Street.  Turn left onto West Broad Street.  Restaurant will be on your left just beyond COSI between the railroad trestles.


From the West – Take I-70 East to Exit 97 for US 40/West Broad Street.  Turn left onto US 40 (West Broad Street).  Restaurant will be on your right between the railroad trestles.  If you see COSI, you’ve gone too far!


From the South – Take I-71 North to exit 106A/106B on the left and merge onto OH 315 North.  Take US 62/OH 3/Rich Street exit toward Town Street.  Turn right onto OH 3/US 62/West Rich Street.  Turn left at the 3rd cross street onto South Gift Street.  Turn right onto West Broad Street.  The restaurant will be on your right between the railroad trestles.  If you see COSI, you’ve gone too far

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