My Story

My Story: Troy Bridges, CHST


I have been a safety professional for over 20 years now. It’s pretty crazy when you think about it – to work in the same profession for such a long time. Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, and as crazy as it sounds, I wanted to teach junior high school. I always enjoyed the interactions and sharing of information with others. As I got older, I realized that I was more aligned with and passionate about the adult learner. I felt that I always had something to say and was always looking to learn from other people’s experiences.

For a long time, I was on the 20-year degree program, didn’t have a clear direction and wasn’t sure on what I wanted to focus my studies. I happened to notice a bulletin in the hallway at school one day highlighting the environmental science and occupational health program. It sounded interesting and I decided to enroll in some classes. A few years later I graduated from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC, and received my associate degree. During my last semester in that program, I was introduced to the hybrid program offered through Southern Illinois University (a satellite campus located in Charleston) in workforce education and training. It was a yearlong program that included weekend and self-study options that fit my busy work-life schedule. A year later, I graduated with my bachelor’s degree.

Both degrees offered me the option and ability to focus my efforts either in the environmental and occupational safety field or the human resources field. I pursued my career in health and safety and have not looked back since.

Throughout my career I have worked for a variety of industries, including industrial wastewater treatment, construction, telecommunications, safety equipment and sales, workers’ compensation and insurance, and consulting.

I am partial to the construction industry, as I find it extremely satisfying being part of a team of individuals that contributes to the advancement and development of the city I live in, and I have seen and experienced some pretty cool stuff. I am still a kid at heart, but now get to “play” with bigger Tonka toys and equipment.

I have found a profession in which I can make a difference in people’s lives and continue to pursue my passion for training and education. Throughout the years I have focused a lot of my time in education and have worked as an independent contractor and adjunct instructor.

I have since earned my master’s in organizational leadership with an emphasis in instructional design and training from Colorado State University – Global Campus and continued to enhance my professional development by earning my Construction Health and Safety Technician certification through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

Troy Bridges, CHST
Safety Manager
Englewood, CO




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