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Health & Safety Director

Company: Schnitzer Steel
Location: Warwick
Posted on: August 14, 2019

Job Description:

The Health and Safety Director- East (HSD) has regional responsibility to develop, coordinate, direct and monitor all aspects of the Autos and Metals Recycle (AMR) East H&S program. This role will work as part of the Senior H&S leadership to develop the improvement strategies and plans to achieve excellence in all aspects of health and safety management. This role reports to the VP of H&S.

The HSD ensures all AMR facilities in the East region are compliant with applicable Federal and State regulations and policies and procedures as established by Schnitzer Steel Industries. The position is responsible for interpreting laws and regulations, developing and implementing policies for compliance to manage, and mitigating key H&S risks. The HSD is involved in the ongoing design, assessment, implementation, communication and monitoring of the organization's internal H&S policies and procedures in accordance with regulations and laws. The HSD will lead, manage and develop a team of regional health and safety managers/specialists.

The role responsibilities include oversight of the safety programs for assigned locations and for minimizing safety and health liabilities. The individual will also be responsible for maintaining policies and procedure to ensure efficient operations, maintain adequate internal controls, and ensuring internal controls are adhered to and kept up to date. This person should encourage the reporting of any control violations and the implementation of more thorough incident investigation and learnings processes. The HSD must maintain current knowledge of internal control changes and be involved with refinement of the internal control process as necessary.

Essential Functions


  • Implements and maintains company policies adhering to local, state and federal health, and safety regulations.
  • Proactively monitors performance to ensure compliance with state and federal OSHA regulations and keep abreast of any changes to laws and regulations impacting the organization.
  • Coordinates the implementation of all H&S hazard elimination and risk controls within areas of responsibility.
  • Supports the development of programs and systems at corporate and divisional level, including: Hazard and Risk Management, Incident Investigation and learning, SOP / JSA / JHA improvement, Industrial Hygiene and Medical surveillance
  • Establishing and assessing the effectiveness of controls associated with the health and management system.
  • Analyzes performance using leading and lagging indicators, identifying emerging issues and proactively developing risk mitigation strategies and plans.
  • Oversees the performance and development of regional health and safety professionals.
  • Works directly with AMR management and staff to improve training and knowledge in all areas of H&S around the facilities, including site specific H&S training (employees and site management) and working with regional operations management to better evaluate and improve process controls to improve performance.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of facilites, equipment, processes, material handling and personnel management in all assigned locations as they pertain to H&S matters. Monitors and assesses physical inspections of AMR to determine safety needs and violations of policy and or OSHA standards.
  • Review and suggest improvement to H&S related training to new hires and production personnel.
  • Support, participate and improve the intra-company H&S auditing program.
  • Perform structured assignments which require interpretation of data and regulations, identification of problem sources and possible remedial actions.
  • Leads investigations into causes of significant incidents to develop solutions to minimize or prevent recurrence.
  • Leads team in preparation of reports with findings and recommends corrective action from investigation of accidents and/or inspection of facilities.

    Job Conditions

    Frequent air and car travel required to visit multiple locations. Exposure to physical operations ranging from office environments metal recycling yards. Pressure is experienced in decision making concerning applications of code requirements versus production requirements.

    Ideal Experience and Qualifications

    • At least 10 plus years' experience in H&S management. Bachelor's degree in a technical or safety related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Thorough knowledge of general H&S systems and experience in a production and operations environment within industries such as Metals, Waste Management, Mining or heavy industry manufacturing.
    • Knowledge of OSHA and EPA regulations. Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) a definite plus.
    • Experience with MS Office including PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, Access.
    • Fluency in Spanish is a plus but not required.
    • Proven experience in developing and contributing to H&S strategy and success organizing directing, coordinating and conducting large scale initiatives across various operations.
    • Ensuring an open and collaborative communication style and maintaining professional dialogue with key business partners through the organization is absolutely essential to the incumbent success. Invites and uses the opinions and perspective of others. Adapts own approach to the audience anticipating impact of word and actions, preparing for possible resistance and responding in an appropriate style, using a range of influencing styles to teach/explain abstract and concrete ideas to others.
    • Utilize best business practices, benchmarks and metrics to assist the operations team in improving the organization's H&S performance. Champions change and challenges the status quo.

      PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are designed to outline the functions and position requirements of this job. It doesnot identify all tasks that may be expected, nor address the performance standards that must be maintained.

      All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

      Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

      An offer of U.S. employment by Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a post-offer drug screen and background check.

      All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

      As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.

Keywords: Schnitzer Steel, Warwick , Health & Safety Director, Executive , Warwick, Rhode Island

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