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  • B.S., Chemistry and Biology
  • MEng with a concentration in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Certified Safety Professional
  • Licensed Machine Safety Specialist

Research interests: Safe by Design, Robotic Safety Systems, Machine Safety Compliance, Safety Management and Risk Acceptance, Performance Level of Risk Reduction Measures

In her 34 years at Merck, Carla Silver gained valuable experience and expertise in pharmaceutical operations and management and has held positions including, Chemist, Quality Auditor, Packaging, Manufacturing and Sterile Fill Operations Supervisor, and Safety Specialist.

Within Environmental Health and Safety organization at Merck, Wilson, Carla was responsible for all aspects of safety compliance and management. This included everything from orchestrating 4 mass disaster drills at the county level, start-up of new facilities and operations, developing safety controls for potent compounds, and conducting Global safety audits, only to name a few. Her leadership in developing a total team safety culture gained her and the site the prestigious Merck Global Safety Award. Her true passion for safety can be seen in prevention through design where she led the corporation in developing an equipment and machinery safeguarding management program.

Currently, Carla, is the owner of Carla Silver LLC, a consulting business that specializes in providing premier safety and industrial hygiene evaluation and management services to support the needs of clients to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. For instance, clients, such as X, the Moonshot Factory, formerly Google X, a research and development facility that launches new and innovative technology, have retained her to provide safety compliance and risk assessment development on key innovative robotic projects.

As a committee member of the ANSI PMMI 155.1 Safety Requirements for Packaging and Processing Machinery standard, she has been a voice for the end user. Utilizing her years of technical machine experience, she ensures that standard development relates to the floor level – those closest to the end of the sword. She has also been a general session presenter at the National Robotic Safety Conference, International Robotic Safety Conference, N.C. American Society of Safety Engineers Educational Meeting and Atlantic Construction Safety Conference.

As a graduate of Master of Engineering with a concentration in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management, Carla brings to the classroom her technical expertise, industry experience, and innovative prevention through design concepts to help provide insightful solutions to the graduate student.