Vice President of Safety and Compliance
Watco Companies, LLC. 9 reviews - Houston, TX

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Job Description
To oversee the continuous development of Safe Work Practices through the implementation of effective policies, procedures, and practices throughout Watco Terminal and Port Services. This position requires strong leadership and communication skills in order to effectively influence the safety culture of the company. The primary challenge is to create a standardized and uniform approach to safety throughout a nationwide network of facilities, specifically related to the transfer of crude oil and like commodities, in an industrial setting.

Provide corporate and field level leadership to positively influence the safety culture of a network of facilities in an industrial setting.
• Provide vision and direction in the development of detailed safety policies and procedures, while communicating and ensuring the implementation and execution of these policies and procedures to a wide network of terminals, and ensuring the improvement of safety.
• Oversee and enforce compliance with the applicable OSHA regulations, company policies, procedures, and practices.
• Audit and assess current safety policies, procedures, and practices to ensure they are current and appropriate; and conduct hazard and risk assessments, and develop new or amended safety policies, procedures, and practices as required.
• Create a work environment that reflects a commitment to protecting the health and safety of employees.
• Other duties may be assigned.

Hire, lead, review performance and discipline if necessary including termination of employment for regional safety personnel. Further provide leadership and guidance for terminal operating teams to meet overall safety objectives of the organization.

A Bachelor of Science Degree in an engineering field related to occupational safety and health, or comparable industrial experience in a management role.
• The candidate should have at least 10-years of progressive safety-related experience in particularly related to crude oil transfer and/or the railroad industries.
• Certified Safety Professional preferred, but not required.
Risk-Based Process Safety (RBPS) approaches to design, correct, and improve process safety activities.
• Qualified First Aid/CPR Provider and Responder
Hazard and Operability studies (HAZOP) to investigate process variations.
• Hazardous Material Handling/Labeling/Shipping
• Hazard Communications and MSDS
• Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis activities (HIRA) to identify and evaluate risks at facilities, and to make certain that the risks to team members and the public are consistently controlled.
Respiratory Protection
• Human Factor (HF) studies to ensure that machines, operations, and work environments match team member capabilities, limitations, and needs in order to make the work environment inherently safer.
• Forklift Safety
• Crane Safety, Hoist and Rigging Equipment Inspections
• Performance assurance activities that require team members to demonstrate an understanding of the training module, for the purpose of applying the training in practical situations, and maintaining proficiency throughout their tenure in the position.
• Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing
• Fire Safety, Prevention and Protection
• Fall Protection and Elevated Work
• Administrative controls to hold human and /or equipment performance within established limits.
• Checklists for verification of compliance to policies, procedures, and practices.
• Ladder Safety
• Blue Flag Protection
• Switching and Car Movement Safety (able to recognize and correct hazards)
• Metrics to evaluate compliance, and initiate planned activities to improve performance.
• Lockout/Tagout Safety
• Machine Guarding Safety
• Systematic incident investigations, and provide written documentation to determine the causes of the incident, and develop effective corrective and preventative actions that address the causes.
• Emergency Action and Response
• Site Security
• Hearing Conservation Program
• Storm Water Pollution Prevention
• Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures
• Plant Environmental Permits and Renewal Updates
• Electrical Safety, Grounding and Bonding
• Contractor and Visitor Safety Programs
Ability to read, analyze and interpret financial statements and reports, understand technical procedures as it pertains to rail transportation services and governmental regulations.
• Ability to provide oral and written reports, business correspondence, and effectively present information and respond to customers, team members, managers and the general public.

Ability to apply a minimum level of mathematical concepts to such tasks as required for performing the responsibilities of the position to an acceptable level.


Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions to deal with variables that impact goal achievement.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Mobility and ability to perform job functions in and around field work environment in a safe manner.
• Must be able to travel via automobile or airline.
• Travel requirement 50% with multiple days and at different times.

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