Safety and Environmental Specialist


AP Professionals
Published
May 17, 2024
Job Type
Salary Lower Range
60
Salary Upper Range
85
Salary Option
Yearly
City
Rochester

Description

AP Professionals has partnered with a local manufacturer in search of a Safety & Environmental Specialist. The Safety & Environmental Specialist acts as a technical resource, ensuring the company adheres to Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) standards. The primary responsibility is to develop, implement, and maintain a robust EHS management system across the entire manufacturing campus. This role involves both individual and cross-functional team efforts to drive continuous improvement.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, update, and implement EHS procedures.
  • Coordinate and follow up on EHS audits.
  • Develop and deliver EHS training programs.
  • Respond to EHS incidents promptly.
  • Coordinate and document job hazard analyses.
  • Manage hazardous and industrial waste storage, transportation, and disposal.
  • Identify and implement EHS improvement opportunities.
  • Stay updated on applicable EHS regulations and standards.
  • Serve as a liaison with regulatory agencies (OSHA, NYSDEC, US EPA, etc.).
  • Model safe and environmentally responsible workplace behavior.
  • Investigate EHS injury and incident reports and implement preventative measures.
  • Maintain the OSHA 300 log of workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • Submit the annual OSHA 300a report and post it in all required locations.
  • Monitor injury and illness trends and recommend workplace improvements.
  • Communicate EHS metrics and relevant information to employees via Safety Dashboards (updated weekly).
  • Develop and maintain the Emergency Action Plan, including facility maps, procedures, and training/drills for the campus.
  • Recruit Emergency Response Team (E-Team) volunteers and maintain First Aid, AED, CPR, and Narcan training programs.
  • Coordinate periodic inspections of fire extinguishers, eyewashes, first aid cabinets, and AEDs.
  • Maintain permits for fire alarm systems through the local Fire Prevention Office.
  • Develop, interpret, and maintain job hazard analyses for employees.
  • Ensure accessible and appropriate First Aid and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies, including a PPE vending service.
  • Coordinate the purchase and delivery of safety shoes through qualified providers.
  • Develop and maintain the Hazard Communications Program, including safety data sheets (SDSs), chemical inventory, and employee training.
  • Provide EHS training for new employees and necessary refresher training for all employees (e.g., emergency evacuation, bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, Lockout-Tagout, electrical safety, ergonomics).
  • Coordinate Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) and Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) training for designated employees.
  • Maintain records of PIT/MEWP training.
  • Conduct workplace noise surveys as needed to identify hearing protection zones.
  • Coordinate annual hearing tests, conservation training, and follow-up for designated employees through qualified providers.
  • Manage pest control services and allowable pesticide lists with qualified providers.
  • Collaborate with external risk management professionals and property insurance representatives to identify and reduce workplace hazards.
  • Lead the Safety Improvement Team, investigating and implementing improvement suggestions.
  • Identify and close potential EHS compliance gaps in partnership with the management team.
  • Develop and deliver Hazardous Waste (RCRA) and Hazardous Materials (DOT) training for designated employees annually.
  • Maintain certification in 49 CFR 172 Hazmat Ground Shipping and 6 NYCRR Hazardous Waste Management.
  • Inspect hazardous chemical storage areas weekly, document inspections, and coordinate follow-up actions.
  • Maintain NYSDEC Air Emissions Registration Permits for the manufacturing facility.
  • Maintain waste generator registration with USEPA/NYSDEC.
  • Coordinate shop towel and spill absorbent inventory and recycling services with qualified providers.
  • Manage the storage, shipment, and disposal of biohazard waste.
  • Oversee the used battery recycling program.
  • Maintain manifests and records of hazardous and industrial waste shipments.
  • Prepare and submit waste reports to external agencies and internal teams.
  • Inspect external treatment, storage, and disposal facilities for compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Participate in external compliance inspections/audits and follow up.
  • Maintain biennial MSC-150 registration with US DOT.
  • Maintain training records for DOT drivers.
  • Coordinate with the supply chain team to obtain and maintain records of restricted materials in raw materials.
  • Assist in preparing sustainability and social compliance assessments, including waste/emissions estimates and other EHS metrics.
  • Assist with responses to sustainability and social compliance-related audits and customer inquiries.
  • Monitor trends in restricted materials and other product-related sustainability attributes; collaborate with supply chain, marketing, and customer service teams to implement proactive measures.
  • Coordinate periodic employee e-waste collection and recycling events and maintain records for sustainability reporting.

Education

  • High school diploma, G.E.D, or equivalent required; an Associate's degree is preferred.

Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in safety administration.
  • Experience in the printing and packaging industry is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Essential skills include strong planning, problem-solving, organizational, written and verbal communication, and human relations abilities.
  • Must be able to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, job tickets, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedural manuals.
  • Expected qualities include reliability, flexibility, professionalism, and pride in a job well done.
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