Jeff Hanson is VP Health, Safety, Environmental & Risk at United Infrastructure Group, Inc., Great Falls, SC. As an occupational safety and health professional, he has worked effectively in state government and the commercial construction industry throughout the Carolinas. Prior to serving in his current position, Jeff owned and operated Hanson Safety Services, LLC, (2005 – 2010); was employed by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Office of OSHA Voluntary Programs, (1992 – 1997); and later with the Carolinas Associated General Contractors – CompTrustAGC of North and South Carolina, (1997 – 2005). Positions held include: SC OSHA Compliance Officer, Safety & Health Training Coordinator - Construction, and Loss Control Consultant, and Owner/President. He is an authorized OSHA 10 & 30-Hour Construction Safety Trainer through Federal OSHA’s Outreach Training Program.
Jeff continues his passion for safety leadership and training in commercial construction to raise safety awareness and prevent injury and loss. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, B.A. in Political Science, 1992 and Eastern Kentucky University’s M.S. Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, 2009.
A former active Marine, (1981-1989), Jeff is now a retired member of the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing having served a total of nearly twenty-two years. In 1992, while working on his undergraduate degree, Jeff volunteered to join the S.C. Air National Guard and returned to the Middle East to take part in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and later, Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Returning to South Carolina after the war, Jeff became motivated to help homeless veterans after realizing that some 33 percent of homeless persons are veterans. In December 1992, along with fellow Guard member Major John J. Johnson and two Vietnam veterans, CWO4 W. Ray Owens (deceased) and Sergeant First Class Wallace B. Miles (deceased), Jeff co-founded Palmetto State Base Camp, Inc. Today, he serves as President of the organization.
Jeff has worked to ensure that this program continues to grow and fulfill its mission of helping homeless veterans empower themselves to again become contributing members of our communities. His effort includes devoting countless volunteer hours to the cause, as well as raising nearly $20,000 for the non-profit organization. He has helped to secure more than $10,000 from veteran service organizations, $3,000 from the SC Veterans Trust Fund and another $4,000 from The Richland Sertoma Club and Sertoma International. The latter funding supported the technology upgrades put in place, more than 10 years ago, at the Veterans’ Home.
Jeff is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – 2014; The National Safety Council – NC; CarolinasAGC, Richland Sertoma Club, The Alston Wilkes Society, and a number of veteran service organizations. He has held multiple leadership and officer positions in non-profit and community service organizations in South Carolina including the Alston Wilkes Society, Palmetto State Base Camp, Inc. and Richland Sertoma.
Jeff lives in Fort Mill, SC with his wife Suzanne and sons Trevor and Tyler. He enjoys baseball, jogging, walking, weightlifting, good food and spending time with family and friends.