Over the weekend, President, Dr. Jim Chastain, and his family attended the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health Inaugural Awards Ceremony. The ceremony celebrated those who have most advanced public health domestically or internationally and was held in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary for the College of Public Health. At the ceremony Jim received an award for having significant impact in the public health field. Jim received both his PhD and his Masters of Public Health from USF.

President Jim Chastain began working at Chastain-Skillman in the early seventies and guided the firm to expand its services to include contamination risk management, industrial hygiene, and other public health services. Specifically in the public health field, Jim developed a wastewater reuse guide from a public health aspect, prepared a SCADA masterplan alongside Polk County Utilities, interpreted scientific health studies with application to public water and wasterwater systems, and provided solid waste leachate characterization studies and treatment systems. Jim also is a peer reviewer for the National Library of Medicine Scientific Review Panel (SRP) that examines and edits entries into the National Library of Medicine’s Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB). The HSDB is one of the world’s primary sources of on-line information for chemicals and pharmaceuticals relative to their impact on humans and the environment. The database contains information on over 5,000 chemicals and is a key component of TOXNET. The SRP is comprised of 17 individuals at the Ph.D or M.D. level who are experts in chemistry, toxicology, occupational medicine, poison control, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, governmental regulation and public health.

We are extremely proud of Jim! His love for knowledge and education is a huge part of what has made Chastain-Skillman a successful company.

 Dr. Jim Chastain and son Jay Chastain at the awards ceremony.

Dr. Jim Chastain and son Jay Chastain at the awards ceremony.