Dr. Elbert Sorrell

Elbert Sorrell is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with extensive experience in occupational safety and health/risk control. Dr. Sorrell was granted Professor Emeritus status in the M.S in Risk Control Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout after 28 years of service when he retired in January 2016.

Dr. Sorrell is well versed in the multi-disciplinary areas of occupational safety and health (management system development and evaluation, program/policy development and implementation, program monitoring and management, regulatory compliance, risk/hazard assessment, and safety training and evaluation), with a special interest in facilitating the integration of safety and health into existing management systems.  

He has taught courses in Loss Control Systems, Risk Management Applications, Construction Risk Management, Principles of Risk Control/OHS, Construction Safety, and Environmental Leadership and Sustainability Management. During Dr. Sorrell’s tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, he also provided safety/risk control consultation to a multitude of clients in general, construction, and transportation industries. 

Dr. Sorrell is certified by Exemplar Global in Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001) at the Principal Auditor grade. He is also Exemplar Global certified in Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001). Upon retiring, Dr. Sorrell has committed himself to providing 3rd party certification audits, as well as, providing safety consultation and training to business and industry.  

Dr. Sorrell has served as an OHSMS lead auditor for various types of industries (general and construction), including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, power generation facilities, electronic recycling, and construction contractors.   

He is also a voting member on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the International Standards Organization (ISO) Project Committee (PC) 283 for the development of ISO 45001 for requirements for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. 

Dr. Sorrell received his Doctorate degree in Vocational Education from the University of Minnesota, Master of Science, Occupational Safety and Health, and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (Engineering Technology) from the University of Wisconsin Stout. He is a member of the Education Standards Committee, Standards Development Committee, and Technical Publication Advisory Committee of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).