Senior EHS Specialist in Elkhart, IN at Valmont Careers

Date Posted: 1/11/2023

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Job Description

3403 Charlotte Ave Elkhart Indiana 46517-1150

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A Brief Summary of This Position:

The Safety Coordinator serves as the principal health and safety professional for Valmont Industries’ Structures manufacturing operations located in Elkhart, IN. The incumbent will provide guidance and support to local management on the design, implementation and maintenance of processes that support Valmont’s Health and Safety Management System (e.g., Health and Safety Playbook). The position reports to the Operations Manager and requires collaboration with company employees at all levels of the organization.  This position is accountable for supporting the overall strategic direction for Structures safety and loss prevention/reduction initiatives in conformance with corporate initiatives and direction.  This is a “hands-on” position requiring a regular shop floor and Elkhart site presence and may require occasional travel for training.   

Essential Functions:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills to clearly and concisely present information to stakeholders at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to effectively interact with others, establishing open, candid and trusting relationships
  • Demonstrated effective use of influence, persuasion, team consensus building
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current health and safety technologies and processes such as ergonomics risk assessments, industrial hygiene exposure assessments, electrical arc flash hazard analyses and machinery safety principles
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize several different projects to completion
  • Track record of making effective decisions, even when dealing with limited or ambiguous information
  • Working knowledge of OSHA/NIOSH/NFPA regulations, standards and practices

Other Important Details about the Role:

  • Serves as the site’s initial point of contact with governmental regulatory agencies on matters related to health and safety
  • Leads the implementation and maintenance of health and safety risk assessment tools designed to identify, prioritize and control exposures to hazards that can result in harm
  • Supports the creation of annual, site-specific health and safety targets and objectives (SBO Plan) for the site in order to measurably reduce exposure to the to the site’s most significant health and safety risks
  • Create and maintain periodic reports to management detailing the site’s performance on key leading and lagging metrics
  • Identifies action-based health and safety goals for site leadership team members and supervisors to support achievement of site-specific targets and objectives
  • Utilizes the company’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) database to manage data related to health and safety events such as injuries, workers compensation claims, near miss incidents and regulatory agency inspections
  • Manages implementation of the Valmont Global Health and Safety Standards such as Hazardous Energy Control/Lockout, Confined Space Entry and Hot Work, Powered Industrial Truck and Fall Protection
  • Leads the deployment of site health and safety committees and facilitates their engagement in ownership of the activities required to maintain compliance and drive continuous improvement at each site
  • Manages development and maintenance of training processes to ensure that required health and safety training is defined, addresses required content and is tracked to completion
  • Coordinates utilization of Valmont’s EHS Management of Change process to evaluate potential health and safety impacts associated with business activity changes
  • Collaborates with Human Resources to effectively manage worker’s compensation claims and return-to-work programs
  • Conducts or otherwise assures that all required OSHA and Company safety related training is provided including but not limited to: Lockout/Tag out, Machine Guarding, Overhead and Mobile Cranes, Forklift, Compressed Gases, Electrical Safety, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Extinguisher, Propane Safety, Fall Protection, Confined Spaces, and others as determined appropriate
  • Evaluates equipment and process design, administrative procedures and capital expense projects for safety performance
  • Leads the ergonomic management program
  • Creates and assures maintenance of all appropriate safety metrics, recordkeeping and regulatory reporting at the site
  • Assists in the development, drafting, editing and execution of the Elkhart, IN site Emergency Plan
  • Responsible for determining resource requirements, training needs, and internal control procedures that address relevant objectives
  • Responsible for executing policies and procedures related to internal control
  • Responsible for communicating issues in internal control to the appropriate level of management and to execute remedial actions
  • Accountable to manager for responsibilities in internal control
  • Manage additional ad-hoc tasks as defined by manager

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Preferred Bachelors with 1-3 years relevant experience or Associates Degree with 5+ years relevant experience or 8+ years of relevant experience.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Fire Protection, Environmental Science, Engineering or related discipline. 
  • Five years of demonstrated environmental, health and safety management success in a manufacturing environment with an emphasis on program implementation and training
  • Experience with OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) or OHSAS 18001
  • Experience using Lean methodology in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience utilizing Environmental Health and Safety database programs
  • Must be a person of passion and integrity who has the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results

Working Environment and Physical Efforts:

In addition to an office setting, the incumbent also spends a portion of his/her time outside during all seasons of the year and in the manufacturing areas.   The incumbent is expected to wear all necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), as required.  This position is exposed to all hazards located at manufacturing sites including noise, fumes, excessive heat and cold, dust, welding arc, all chemicals associated with the manufacturing areas, fire, smoke, unstable debris, confined spaces, and working in high areas. Some travel to domestic locations may be required (5 percent).

While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to reach with hands and arms. The incumbent is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk, hear, taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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