Dana Bailey is all about safety. If you’re not wearing the right gear, she’ll let you know. If you slouch at your desk, she’ll give you tips on ergonomics. As a safety specialist II., working out of DEQ’s Portland headquarters, she writes safety policy, leads safety trainings and conducts hazards assessments. She also serves as a consultant for DEQ’s three safety committees and ensures the agency complies with OR-OSHA rules. This September, Dana will celebrate 13 years at DEQ.
Oregon DEQ’s mission is “to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.” What is your greatest concern about the environment?
I have several nieces and nephews and my fear is if we don’t continue to fight for our environment, they will not have the luxury of clean water and fresh air.
What drew you to your role at DEQ?
I wanted to do something that challenged me and this job is very challenging at times. Safety was not in my life plan when I started this job and here we are!
What can be challenging about your work?
Trying to keep everyone happy can be very challenging. Regulating regulators can be tough.
Where did you go to school for higher education and what did you study? How does your education and experience inform your current work?
I am a DUCK (University of Oregon), and I studied everything from computer science to geology to psychology. I also went to Portland State and Mt. Hood Community College to study environmental health and safety.
The majority of my safety experience and knowledge comes from managing restaurants. I also gained knowledge from on-the-job experience and courses I have attended through Mt. Hood.
Do you have any advice for new DEQers?
Enjoy – we come to work every day striving to meet our mission. At times, we get so focused on the mission and doing great work that we forget to take care of ourselves. We can do all those things and still enjoy what we do!
Have you always lived in Oregon/Portland?
Yes. Born and raised.
Be honest, dogs or cats?
What do you like to do in your off-time?
I buy, build and sell LEGO®s, travel and hang out with my fur baby – Rainy.
— Susan C. Mills, public Affairs specialist