Safety, Health, & Environment Specialist


Description of
this vacancy

Position Summary

This position plans for, recognizes, evaluates, and controls problems and potential losses in the areas of safety, health, environmental, training, emergency response, security, and fire protection.  It ensures compliance with federal, state, local, and Company safety, health, and environmental regulations / policies through active engagement with facility operations.  The position will submit recommendations for maintaining and enhancing compliance processes and procedures.  The position will be responsible for assisting the Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) Manager with regulatory reporting, permitting, and plan writing.

  • College degree in engineering, safety, health, environmental or related field preferred

  • Knowledge of construction safety and environmental regulations; experience in environmental monitoring and record keeping preferred

  • Experience working with Federal, state and local governmental regulations including environmental regulations such as RCRA and NPDES

  • Experience documenting situations, solutions, etc.

  • Ability to take on frequent new challenges and new initiatives

  • Excellent English communications skills including ability to read, write, and speak fluently; ability to communicate with truck drivers, contractors, and co-workers

  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, Google platform, various email and internet programs and applications, financial programs, database programs, safety protocols and other programs and applications used by the Company

  • Ability to prioritize work; multi-tasking skills; good listener

What we can offer:

  • Medical / Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term/Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Holidays
  • Basic Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Supplemental Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Vacation
  • 401(k) Incentive Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off

Task & Responsibilities

  • Abides by all safety procedures and practices applicable to location and position; participates in appropriate safety training; demonstrates commitment to and support of SH&E principles and values; champions safety as necessary

  • Provides health, safety, and environmental related communications to all employees

  • Provides oversight for fire protection equipment; reviews monthly inspections / documentation

  • Audits work permitting program, including Lock Out Tagout / confined space entry / hot work permits for maintenance employees and contractors; performs frequent checks on contractors’ projects; ensures compliance with procedures

  • Writes policies and procedures to ensure contractor compliance with regulations and manufacturers’ recommendations

  • Assists SHE Manager with SHE regulatory reporting and processing permit applications.

  • Oversees and maintains safety, health, and environmental computer based training programs for employees; ensures contractors have appropriate safety / security class and training. 

  • Performs air monitoring and inspections; inspects safety procedures and adherence at designated operating areas; ensures compliance with safety and security rules.

  • Conducts and documents required safety orientation for new hires.  Assist SHE Manager with hazardous waste operations and spill response training.

  • Trains regularly on all Federal, state and local environmental regulations, requirements and guidelines including, but not limited to, RCRA and California regulatory requirements; follows and adheres to all guidelines, regulations, and requirements.

  • Assists with accident and incident investigation; determines root cause; documents findings; makes preventative recommendations; enters incidents into database system.

  • Responds to reports of unusual odors, noise, etc.; takes appropriate action.

  • Maintains and updates SHE documentation as required.

  • Reviews response plans and Company manuals; combines data to create an integrated contingency plan; participates in regulatory drills.

  • Gathers documentation and disseminates information and suggested topics for use in monthly safety meeting; maintains files on meetings.

  • Attends Local Emergency Planning Committee; participates in meetings and drills; attends seminars.

  • Attends safety meetings for all new projects.

  • Participates in customer and regulatory audits; responds to internal / external auditor questions.

  • Performs other duties assigned by management that fall within the generally expected scope of this position.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires an employee to be in an office environment as well as exposed to outside elements.  Most extreme elements are heat in the summer months of up to 100°F+ and some exposure to cold of generally no less than 30°F in the winter months.  There will be exposure to various chemicals and compounds, including fumes and smells, some of them hazardous.  The employee may enter confined spaces and work in elevated environments.  Employee must be able to wear PPE required by the location.  General office noise may be experienced and louder sounds and vibrations when outside.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  All environments are safe with appropriate PPE.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, speak and hear.  The employee is required to stand, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; the employee may be required, on occasion, to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch.  The employee may be required to climb ladders/storage tanks up to 50’ in height.  The employee may be required to enter confined spaces.  The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty (20) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Employee may be required to travel by air, rail, bus, or car.

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