Dave Eherts joined Sikorsky as Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) and Chief Safety Officer in 2006. He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of environment, health and safety.
Dr. Eherts began his career in 1981 as a toxicologist in the Pre-Clinical Drug Safety Assessment department at Merck Pharmaceuticals. He moved to EHS and became Merck's Global Occupational and Environmental Toxicologist in 1990. He left Merck to join Rhone-Poulenc (which eventually merged to become sanofi-aventis) in 1992 as Site Director of EHS for a 2,000-person R&D site, as global head of EHS for R&D and as Worldwide Director of Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene (all at the same time) then rose to the position of Global Director of Industrial Hygiene, Environment and Product Stewardship at the company's U.S. headquarters in New Jersey.
Before coming to Sikorsky, he and his family moved to Connecticut in 2003 where he joined Purdue Pharma as Executive Director of EHS at its corporate headquarters in Stamford.
Outside Sikorsky, Dave heads the Return-on-EHS-Investment (ROEHSI) Taskforce for the Organization Resources Counselors (ORC) group and is a frequent presenter at design and aviation safety conferences, occupational toxicology roundtables and other industry events. He serves on advisory boards for ORC's Occupational Safety and Health Group and their Executive Business Issues Forum and on the board of directors for Occupational Knowledge International (an NGO dedicated to preventing overexposure to lead in battery manufacturing plants in developing countries) and Soundwaters (an NGO dedicated to protecting Long Island Sound).
Dave holds bachelors' degrees in chemistry and biology and a master's and doctorate in environmental toxicology from Drexel University. He also is an adjunct professor at New York Medical College (where he teaches courses in environmental toxicology, industrial hygiene and occupational health), and is active in his community, church and as a basketball and Little League baseball coach.