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Plant Safety Leader

Remus, MI USA
Requisition ID:  26748
No of Openings:  1
Posted Date:  Sep 3, 2022
Job Function:  Production Operations

The Plant Safety Leader leads the plant safety and health process to drive risk reduction, injury prevention, and compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.  In addition to serving as the location subject matter expert for safety and health, this role also administers safety and health policies and programs, serves as the plant liaison for Corporate Safety initiatives, and partners with the plant operations team as a safety resource.  Position responsibilities are in the following functional areas:  safety training and education, safety inspections, safety engagement, regulatory compliance, incident analysis and response, and PSM/RMP/HAZMAT. 

Training & Education

  • Conducts new hire safety orientation and training.
  • Facilitates compliance-based and job-specific safety training.
  • Conducts train-the-trainer courses for the monthly safety training topic, and periodically audits training success and provides feedback on the departmental delivery of the training.
  • Creates and/or modifies safety training curriculum so that it is site specific for maximum impact.
  • Supports departmental safety meetings and pre-shift meetings by providing safety topics for discussion.
  • Provides safety education at plant and departmental staff meetings.
  • Makes safety “visible” in the workplace through various postings, safety messages, campaigns, and other strategies.
  • Responsible for safety training tracking and record retention.


  • Performs various inspections (hazard recognition) related to general industry and food manufacturing to continuously improve workplace conditions and behaviors.
  • Coordinates/facilitates pre-use inspection process (i.e., hoists, ladders, fall protection, PIT).
  • Oversees the correction action process to close the loop on prioritized opportunities.
  • Holds employees accountable for safety through tracking corrective actions, safety work orders, and review of completed permits (i.e., confined space, hot work, and energized electrical permits).
  • Develops and shares hazard recognition techniques with others to develop a team approach for the onsite inspection process that covers the numerous legal audits and inspections required in a manufacturing operation.
  • Coordinates the plant involvement and leads the response to the annual safety review process.

Safety Engagement

  • Facilitates an effective safety steering committee through the identification, development, and sharing of injury trend analysis and key performance indicators to drive ownership with the direct-line operations management team, their direct reports, and all employees.
  • Performs risk ranking activities to improve upon current processes to reduce workplace losses.
  • Assists management teams with identifying roles and responsibilities for safety at the various levels of the organization and facilitates those activities that will help all employees demonstrate their ongoing commitment to achieving an injury-free workplace.
  • Champions employee involvement through the creation and support of “Employee Involvement Teams” for safety improvement opportunities including; training, inspections, accident investigations, ergonomics, emergency preparedness, and safety activities/promotion teams.
  • Leads the behavior-based safety observation process to address at-risk behaviors and to promote and reinforce positive attitudes and expected safe behaviors.
  • Supports the Corporate Operations Safety Manager’s strategic safety initiatives through the adoption and execution of annual safety initiatives, monthly conference calls, attending annual meetings, and follow-up on corrective action responses of internal audit findings.
  • Supports a frontline leadership safety training program that teaches and engages managers, supervisors, and forepersons in their role in safety.
  • Leads by example the direct engagement efforts by making oneself visible routinely on the floor and by participating in pre-shift meetings.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Implements and maintains compliance-based safety policies and programs to ensure that the facility meets and/or exceeds federal and state OSHA regulations.
  • Motivates all personnel on company rules and safety obligations, as well as newly promulgated rules for regulatory compliance improvement initiatives.
  • Challenges current or existing safety programs for continued improvement and sharing of best practices amongst other manufacturing facilities.
  • Reviews proposed plant layout modifications and directs management of change efforts to eliminate and/or control safety design hazards.
  • Accompanies OSHA, EPA, and MIOSHA officials on inspections and serves as liaison with agencies. Completes required governmental reporting and maintains required recordkeeping.

Injury/Incident Response

  • Leads the incident prevention process at the facility including root cause analysis and corrective actions for all injuries, near-miss incidents, property, and environmental losses.
  • Drives loss control efforts utilizing up-to-date incident analysis data to achieve the greatest impact for continued reduction in injuries, property damage, and environmental losses.
  • Generates key learning memos to share after high-potential incidents for plant-wide and corporate-wide lessons learned opportunities.
  • Administers First-Aid/CPR process, as required.


  • Partners with the Engineering/Maintenance staff in managing and strengthening the facility’s Process Safety Management (PSM), Risk Management (RMP), and HAZMAT programs.
  • Helps drive the HAZMAT program by conducting HAZMAT responder certification training, HAZMAT refresher training, and emergency response drills. Communicates key learnings with interested parties/partners as necessary.
  • Maintains HAZMAT and other emergency response equipment.
  • Conducts monthly PSM Committee meetings.
  • Administers the medical surveillance program for HAZMAT.
  • Maintains site-specific emergency response plan and serves as the liaison with external agencies including local fire department. 

    Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety Management or similar program required or similar work experience in related industry
  • 5+ years of experience in Safety position, with a substantial portion of it in a manufacturing environment
  • 1+ year of experience leading, mentoring, and/or delegating work to other
  • Preferred Qualifications & Experience:

  • Active affiliation with appropriate safety networks and organizations
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification
  • Dairy/Cheese/Food Manufacturing Experience
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities/Competencies:

  • Technically sound in state and federal health and safety regulations including OSHA CFR 29 -1910 General Industry Standards, with demonstrated understanding of correlation to industry standards.
  • Broad knowledge of injury management and workers compensation best practices.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiar with industrial operations, preferably dairy or food manufacturing.
  • Able to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks into an organized annual execution plan.
  • Able to effectively delegate and get work done through others.
  • Capacity to demonstrate composure, display compassion, and the knack for resolving conflict at the shop floor level.
  • Able to inspire passion for safety by delivering impactful key learnings to drive conformance with legal requirements and to influence safe behaviors.
  • Action oriented and the capacity to drive for results.
  • Process improvement mindset.
  • Root Cause Analysis and Problem-Solving experience.
  • Effective written and small group communication skills.

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