Safety Specialist
Sargento Foods 16 reviews - Kiel, WI

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For the fourth year in a row, as part of an independent survey, Sargento was voted as one of the top places to work in Southeastern Wisconsin. In fact, Sargento has been recognized among the top places to work across the nation! That's because, we hire good people and treat them like family.

And at Sargento you'll be in a highly visible position in a company big enough to be a national brand leader but small enough for you to feel at home and let you make an impact.

Our rewards include a competitive compensation, bonus and benefits package and generous 401(k) and profit sharing benefits. Sargento offers its employees work-life balance and a unique, values-based culture that makes us recognized as an area employer of choice.

Coordinates and implements organization safety program primarily for Kiel and Hilbert Manufacturing locations to ensure a safe, healthy, and accident-free work environment by performing the following duties personally or through collaboration with other responsible partners.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Implement accident-prevention and loss-control systems and programs for incorporation into operational policies and procedures. Assist with ensuring all applicable written safety policies and procedures are in compliance with local, state, and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations.

Coordinate and conduct safety programs primarily at Kiel and Hilbert facilities on all shifts to train managers, employees and outside contractors in work site safety practices. Programs include, but not limited to fire prevention, correct handling of chemicals, toxins, equipment, and other materials, ergonomic issues, emergency response planning and training, and all other safety issues required by OSHA or typically found in a manufacturing environment. Coordinate outside vendors to provide required training, as necessary.

Assist Engineering and Manufacturing with Process Safety Management (PSM) training at all facilities, where required.

Work with insurance carriers as a resource for promoting safety and preventing accidents.

Prepare studies and analyses of industrial accident causes and hazards to health for use by company personnel and outside agencies, including required OSHA 300 logs.

Serve as a resource for plant safety committees, Engineering, and Manufacturing to advise them on compliance needs, accident/injury trends, build common approaches to safety solutions for all plants.

Inspect organization facilities to detect existing or potential accident and health hazards, determines corrective or preventative measures where indicated, and follows up to ensure measures have been implemented.

Provide information, signs, posters, barriers, and other materials to warn of potential and actual safety hazards and to prevent access to hazardous conditions.

Coach management in effective ways to enforce safety policies and motivate employees to behave in a safe manner.

Lead the investigation of accidents and injuries and cooperates in the preparation of material and evidence for organization use in hearings, lawsuits, and insurance investigations.

Oversee the completion of accident reports required by regulatory agencies.

Keep up to date on best practices, trends, and issues in safety protocols and regulatory compliance and recommend changes and improvements to Sargento’s safety practices.

Maintain safety files and records, and data bases.

Promote a safe environment by coordinating and cooperating with Local, State, and Regional safety groups and agencies.

Maintain complete and steadfast confidentiality in all matters regarding compensation and other appropriate human resource issues.

This position will require travel between the Sargento locations and some overnight travel may be required.

While this position is primarily a first shift position, incumbent must be willing to work on all shifts as needed.

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Sargento Foods Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Associate's degree (A. A.) in Safety or related field, plus a minimum of one to three years safety experience within a manufacturing environment required. Professional training and development in training techniques and safety compliance preferred.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Proficient in the use of Windows, Outlook, Power Point, Internet, and Excel required. Knowledge of SAP, Documentum, and Safety Compliance Suite, or similar systems, a plus. Familiarity with most types of office equipment.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP) – preferred but not required. Valid drivers license required.

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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and 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, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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.

While the primary environment is office work, some work in the manufacturing plant is required. Therefore, while performing the duties of this job in the plant, the employee may occasionally be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

About this company
16 reviews
Sargento Foods Inc., based in Plymouth, Wis., is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced, snack cheeses,...