Richard Bornhorst

richard bornhorst

Senior Consultant

Richard specializes in the development of innovative solutions and system approaches for managing transportation risk with FACTOR clients. He also specializes in development and implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and multi-modal hazardous materials transportation safety and regulatory compliance. Richard believes the key to managing risk is understanding contributing factors and interdependencies and applying risk reduction measures that will be effective within a complex transportation system.

Richard has over 15 years of hazardous materials transportation and safety risk management experience. Most recently, he served as a division manager within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety where he developed new strategies for integrating Safety Risk Management (SRM) into existing work processes and established an internal audit program. At the FAA, he also led development of policy and regulations, data and risk analysis, data collection and reporting systems, training and guidance materials, and oversight strategies to enhance or improve safety within the aviation transportation system. Prior to the FAA, he served a lead chemical engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards and led development of standards and regulations, special permits and approvals, and classifications to enhance the safe transportation of hazardous materials and solid bulk cargoes. Richard is widely considered an expert in hazardous materials transportation safety and has represented U.S. interests at the International Maritime Organization, International Civil Aviation Organization, and the U.N. Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Richard is chairman of the Transportation Research Board AT040 Standing Committee on Transportation of Hazardous Materials (2013-present) and is a member of the TRB AT000 Freight Systems Group (2013-present). He also served as a government liaison to the Hazardous Materials Cooperative Research Program (2006-2018) and has contributed to numerous transportation research projects. 


M.S. in Systems Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ohio University, Athens, OH


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