Environmental Health Safety Manager - Fitzgerald, GA
Watco Companies - Fitzgerald, GA

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The Plant EHS Manager position will review, evaluate, audit, and provide all required EHS training. Will assist in safety talks with supervisors and team members. The EHS Manager will assure all required environmental, health, safety and security activities for plant are accomplished as required by regulatory or policy requirements. The EHS Manager will conduct the daily activities of daily walkthrough inspections, audits, task evaluations, testing, training, briefings and reporting of performance measures. The heart of this position is to identify and integrate proper, safe work procedures, cultivate proper attitudes in a production atmosphere without jeopardizing team members or minimizing EHS in the various workplace job sites. This position uses a hands-on approach to help assure organizational compliance of applicable OSHA and EPA federal, state, local and corporate safety, health and environmental regulatory requirements. This position will evaluate, identify and assure that the plant operations follow and adhere to proven and standardized EHS procedures, policies and rules by all assigned team members, visitors, customers and contractors entering the plant properties. This position will perform regular environmental audits and efficiency testing, identifying poor work procedures, poor safety work behavior and develop remedial actions in coordination with the plant managers and Regional Safety Manager. •
Must be proficient, skilled and knowledgeable in the following areas and able to train and instruct team members:
 Qualified First Aid/CPR Provider and Responder
 Confined Space Entry (Permit/Non-Permit)
 Confined Space Emergency Rescue Procedures
 Atmospheric Testing Procedures
 Hazardous Material Handling/Labeling/Shipping
 Hazard Communications and MSDS
 Respiratory Protection
 Forklift Safety
 Crane Safety, Hoist and Rigging Equipment Inspections
 Personal Protective Equipment and Clothing
 Fire Safety, Prevention and Protection
 Fall Protection, Scaffolding and Elevated Work
 Ladder Safety
 Blue Flag Protection
 Switching and Car Movement Safety (able to recognize and correct hazards)
 Railcar Jacking Safety
 Lockout/Tagout Safety
 Machine Guarding Safety
 Emergency Action and Response
 Plant Security
 Hearing Conservation Program
 Storm Water Pollution Prevention
 Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures
 Plant Environmental Permits and Renewal Updates
 Electrical Safety, Grounding and Bonding
 Watco Safety Spike Program
 Contractor and Visitor Safety Programs
Reporting Relationships:
The Plant EHS Manager reports directly to the Regional Safety Manager and/or Corporate EHS Director but has a dotted line to the plant car shop Manager. This position will work directly with all the plant team members, supervisors and managers in providing assistance, guidance, instruction, training, inspecting, reporting and providing timely accomplishment in meeting all EHS requirements thus assuring protection of team members and plant resources/assets. This position must not only identify problems in safety/environmental compliance, but be able to accurately report the same and be an integral part of the solution.
Responsibilities: • Establish and maintain required EHS standards to ensure the environmental, health, safety and security of team members assigned in their regions. •
Assure compliance with applicable OSHA and EPA federal, state, local and corporate EHS regulations/requirements in region. •
Assist in building team cultural support of policies related to EHS by leading efforts in properly treating workplace injuries or illnesses while ensuring company medical providers are unbiased and understand OSHA and internal rules on injury reporting. • Work closely with regional EHS leadership and plant managers to ensure a continual improvement and compliance in EHS activities. •
Provide EHS direction, assistance and support for corrective actions and recommendations to assure plant safety improvements. •
Help create a culture of injury-free attitudes within the plant team by demonstrating honest, genuine care and passion for safety that is demonstrated by the EHS Manager •
Assure that the processes are in place to evaluate and conduct near miss, incident, injury, or illness investigations to discover root causes and
develop corrective actions to prevent reoccurrences. •
Conduct plant and site workplace inspections and audits to identify work hazards and exposures. Determine trends and action plans for remediation and corrective actions. •
Provide documented reports of findings with corrective actions for resolution and remediation on monthly basis. •
Lead the safety committee in establishing and creating a zero accident and injury culture for all team members. •
Conduct and lead efforts in correctly performing individual efficiency tests and test reviews to determine safety compliance, proficiency in work practices, knowledge of safeguards and desire for continuous improvement. •
Provide hands-on remedial instruction and training to local teams to assure understanding, knowledge and standardization by meeting or exceeding safety expectations and goals. •
Conduct and lead emergency response efforts during local crisis and/or contingency (weather disasters; bomb threats; Homeland Security; Civil Defense Response or other governmental agencies and tasks forces in addressing emergency situations at the plant operations) • Identify and provides request for industrial hygiene assistance and testing needed or planned. •
Assist Human Resources and Risk Management and Claims team members as needed on property, casualty and workers compensation issues. • Responsibilities as assigned by the Regional Safety Manager and/or Corporate EHS Director
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Requirements •

An associate degree or bachelor’s degree in industrial safety, industrial hygiene or related discipline is preferred or a minimum of 3 years of EHS experience. •
Must seek a professional EHS certification or specialized training if not already obtained. •
Must be skilled and knowledgeable in hazard and exposure identification, auditing and inspections; conducting EHS training; and InfoRail Reporting Systems, OSHA 300 and internal record-keeping, and related governmental reporting requirements. •
A solid, demonstrable working knowledge of OSHA, EPA, Federal, State and local regulatory compliance requirements. • Able to effectively communicate with team members • Ability to stay focused on goals, responsibilities and developing trend analysis process to help guide safety accident/injury elimination goals • Able to provide clear, effective written and oral communication to fellow team members and leadership •
Must be able to deal with potential injury and incidents as the plant EHS Coordinator and to interact with internal and external regulatory agencies, customers, visitors on a professional basis. • Be able to determine root causes by using thorough and proven investigation techniques, and then provide findings that are concise, accurate and timely. •
Must be able to use the Microsoft suite of tools including Power Point, Excel, Word, etc. • Must be a Team player and able to interact effectively with all team members and senior leadership. • Must have a demonstrated good work ethic and lead by example in meeting schedules, appointments and timelines. •
Be knowledgeable and sensitive to a union environment including collective bargaining team members. •
Must possess a valid driver license with a clear record • Ability to work in an outdoor environment and be able to climb 20 foot ladders multiple times. •
Must be able to enter vessels and railroad tank cars

- must not possess a claustrophobic nature. **CB