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Our safety and industrial hygienists are trained, qualified and have the knowledge and experience needed to provide safety and health assistance to Mississippi industries. All our consultants have college degrees in a field related to safety and health and have received extensive training in both safety and health at the OSHA Training Institute in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Our consultants are:

  • Competent professionals who have been carefully selected and have years of experience and training;
  • Very familiar with the hazards facing industries such as sawmills, furniture plants, metal fabricators, foundries, general manufacturing, and medical facilities like doctor and dentist offices, and nursing homes;
  • Experienced with occupational health problems resulting from noise and atmospheric pollution, toxic substances, carcinogens, and other environmental hazards;
  • Willing and able to help employers eliminate hazards that could result in federal regulatory penalties, loss in employee work days, and workers compensation costs.

Industrial Hygiene Consultants

Davern A. Jones, CSP
Program Manager/Sr. Industrial Hygienist

Davern Jones earned a BS degree (1993) in Industrial Technology with emphasis in Hazardous Materials Management from Jackson State University and a MBA from Mississippi State University. In May 2014, he became a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by meeting the experience and exam requirements set by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Prior to joining MSU, Davern was employed with Entergy Mississippi at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant. He has over 20 years of experience in occupational safety and health and has shared his expertise with groups such as Mississippi’s E3 – Economy Energy Environment Program, OSHA National Office State Emergency Preparedness and Response Group, and the National Association of Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Programs (OSHCON) Board. Davern was recently invited to serve on the Mississippi Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee with the Mississippi State Department of Health. As Program Manager, Davern provides technical guidance and management of the OSHA Consultation program while continuing to conduct field inspections in various industries.

Steven C. Holman, CSP
Industrial Hygienist

Steven Holman earned a BS degree (1993) in Chemistry from Belhaven College and a MS degree (1999) in Chemistry from Mississippi State University. He is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Prior to becoming a consultant with MSU, Steve worked in MSU’s Chemistry Department for over 15 years and has a wide array of experience that includes: managing hazardous waste, developing safety and health programs, developing and teaching online chemistry courses, overseeing organic and freshmen teaching labs, dispensing bulk solvents, and creating an online chemical inventory. He also served as a co-instructor for the Laboratory Safety Institute, specializing in laboratory safety for academic institutions. In addition to his professional career, Steven is a Certified Firefighter and NREMT. Steven began working as an Industrial Hygienist as a consultant in March 2013 and is engaged in site surveys at various types of manufacturing and health related facilities.

Carl F. McNeil
Industrial Hygienist

Carl McNeil earned a BS degree (1989) in Health and Human Services from the University of Southern Mississippi. He served as a full-time non-commissioned officer with the MS Air National Guard where he retired as a Master Sergeant with over 26 years of service and experience in emergency operations, fire prevention, hazardous materials and compliance. Carl became an Industrial Hygienist with MSU in August 2011 and is engaged in site surveys at various types of manufacturing and health related facilities.

Safety Consultants

Victoria C. Bailey
Safety Consultant

Victoria Bailey holds a BS degree (2001) and a MS degree (2001) from the Mississippi University for Woman. She has been a safety inspector for a national construction company and served as an environmental coordinator and instructor at MSU, main campus. Victoria has been a safety consultant with MSU since August 2011 and is engaged in site surveys at various types of manufacturing, construction, and health related facilities.

William "Billy" Chandler, Jr. 

Billy Chandler, Jr. is a native of Canton, MS and earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1973. He has extensive experience in the field of safety and a retired Safety Engineer and Compliance Safety/Health Officer from the USDOL-OSHA.  During his 41 years with USDOL-OSHA he received several Secretary of Labor Exceptional Achievement Awards, namely for preparing the first criminal willful trenching case in the Southeastern U.S.; for leading a team inspection through a large paper mill in South MS; and for investigating a rubber dust explosion in West, MS which claimed the lives of five employees and severely burned seven others. He has conducted numerous fatality and accident investigations including electrocutions, boiler-and dust-explosions, falls, logging accidents, and tower and trench collapses. He was a leader in OSHA's responses to the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and the BP-Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. His experience spans all types of manufacturing and construction work sites including; chemical, poultry, power plants, refineries, shipyards, stevedoring and farming operations.

John S. (Stan) Williams
Safety Consultant III

Stan Williams earned both a BS degree (1998) in Industrial Technology and a MS degree (1995) in Business Administration from Mississippi State University. His work background includes being a safety and compliance manager, serving as a faculty member at MSU, Meridian campus, and 22 years of full-time service with the MS Air National Guard where he retired as a Major. Stan became a safety consultant with MSU in August 2006 and is a safety field consultant who conducts site surveys at various manufacturing, construction, and health related facilities.