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Bowser Helps To Keep Gaston College Safe
Passionate about helping people
Tiffani Bowser
Tiffani Bowser

Thomas Lark
Staff Writer

DALLAS, N.C. - She’s very keen on helping others and keeping them safe.

She is Tiffani Bowser, and she is the safety and human resources co-ordinator for Gaston College. Bowser, 38, recently told the Lincoln Herald all about her life and career and how she is making a difference for everyone at the college’s campuses in Dallas, Lincolnton and Belmont.

Born in Salisbury, she is the daughter of Samuel Bowser and Tahnya Bowser. The Bowsers moved to Maryland when she was a baby and later returned to the Tarheel State, settling down in Mocksville, when she was 10.

“And I’ve been here ever since,” Miss Bowser noted.

She has a sister, Monica, a marketing specialist in Charlotte, and Alexis, a stay-at-home mother, married to a police officer in Washington, D.C. 

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“I have a 1-year-old nephew,” Tiffani Bowser continued. “My eldest son is named Tristan. He is 14. And my youngest son is named Taylen. He is 9. Tristan worked as a camp counselor this past summer. He started high school this year and is currently involved in track conditioning for the spring. Taylen is in the fourth grade. He loves science and math, and he is one belt away from receiving a black belt in tae kwon do.”

Bowser attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) for her undergraduate degree: a bachelor of arts in political science, which she earned in December of 2014. And at Kaplan University, just last month, she earned a master of science in emergency management.

Bowser is big on people, and she is committed to serving those who in turn serve Gaston College or attend its campuses.

“I am passionate about helping people,” she said, “and the way that I contribute to that goal is by attempting to keep them safe at work. This includes maintaining an effective environmental health and safety program, as well as contributing to the emergency preparedness activities of the college. I love working in the safety and emergency preparedness fields, and I intend to continue on this path.”

Bowser has been working for Gaston College for the past 2.75 years, and she says there’s nowhere else that she would rather be. For the college, she performs regular safety inspections on all three campuses (Dallas, Lincolnton and Belmont). She is responsible for improvement planning; conducts incident-accident investigations; and determines corrective actions. She maintains OSHA 300 reporting and postings; co-ordinates the chemical management program, including training, procurement and maintaining the chemical inventory-safety data sheets; assists with training in emergency response procedures, including fire drills; facilitates and maintains tabletop exercises, including tabletop scenarios, objectives and action items; works with various functions to develop, maintain and co-ordinate the EHS program; co-ordinates and conducts safety training to ensure regulatory compliance; and assists with new employee safety orientation.

It is, as Bowser noted, a job of endless variety.

“In the world of safety, no one day is ever the same,” she said. “Some days consist of conducting typical safety audits, reviewing compliance changes in the industry and conducting safety trainings. Other days include emergency preparedness, facilitating tabletop exercises and verifying chemical purchases and inventorying chemicals in various departments, as well as working with new hires to introduce them to the safety program at Gaston College. 

“I love the engagement with people,” she continued. “It’s my pleasure to work closely with a wide variety of employees from different departments, assist with training them on safe working practices and watch their safety procedures’ development within their departments.”

And Bowser also tackled the sadly widespread modern problem of violence and terrorism on college campuses.

“No one can prevent active shooter events,” she said. “However, steps must be taken to lessen injury and loss of life during these types of events. Colleges must systematically review and test their emergency protocols and incorporate practices, such as all-hazards assessments, to identify their weaknesses. Furthermore, the implementation of a strong emergency-management planning team will greatly aid in developing a strong emergency-management program. Colleges can utilize resources, such as Ready Campus and ‘The Action Guide for Emergency Management at Institutions for Higher Education,’ published by the United States Department of Education as vital tools to direct them on current emergency-management practices.”

Think you’d like to work in Bowser’s field of expertise? She encourages you to do so.

“Go for it!” she said. “Environmental safety health and emergency management are great fields. They are stable within the economy. And more importantly, these jobs enable you to help others in a direct and meaningful way.”

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