Dr. Arp holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and several designations from the University of North Carolina including a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Sciences and Engineering.
His work accomplishments while serving as the Institute’s Director of the Health, Safety and Environment committee are numerous. He was a key architect in the design of the industries preparation for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on bitumen, held ultimately in 2011. Nearly 20 years in preparation, Dr. Arp helped lead, support, and counsel industry leaders and scientists through countless activities to what educated participants would say was the “best outcome our industry could have expected.” Along the way, many scientists and leaders pronounced the Institute’s IARC preparation efforts as “textbook” and “the standard for all industries.”
Dr. Arp’s vision also included building an extensive database of asphalt health related literature. This work proved very useful in the IARC efforts as well as in the Institute’s work with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Additionally, to prepare our industry for the IARC monograph, an extensive effort to describe the member’s product for the uninformed scientist resulted in IS-230: Bitumen Industry – A Global Perspective. Developed in partnership with Eurobitume, it is by any measure a remarkable reference for anyone in the industry.
Under Dr. Arp’s guidance, the Institute’s HSE committee has worked to support industry needs in other ways including publishing a Management Practices for Asphalt Facility Control of Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure, a DVD Guide to the Safe Handling of Hot Asphalt with accompanying workbook for training workers in this field worldwide. Worker safety initiatives continue under his collaborative leadership including a video to help first responders treat asphalt burns. This particular work follows several years of research with the Kentucky Regional Poison Center on best practices for such events.
Interface with a host of regulatory agencies are the mainstay of the Institute’s HSE program and Dr. Arp has helped design and lead the strategy for representation of the industry in many of these environmental challenges.
Dr. Arp is known as a calming voice and steading hand for the many changes witnessed over the many years of his service to the industry.