Health, Safety, & Environmental (HSE) Specialist

Washington Penn

Holland, MI

Health, Safety, & Environmental (HSE) Specialist

The HSE Specialist leads the compliance programs by developing, establishing, implementing, reviewing and revising site procedures and programs as required and needed. The HSE Specialist supports the site leadership in cultivating a culture where safety is a value and demonstrated through The Audia Safety Way. HSE will apply subject matter expertise to solve complex issues with other coworkers. As appropriate, the HSE Specialist will act as a team member or project manager providing direction to team activities and help determine decisions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist and coordinate compliance and maintenance of the environmental, safety and health management systems and 3rd party certifications. Apply knowledge and experience to improve site HSE performance.
  • Ensure effective development and delivery of HSE training.
  • Assist with identification, prioritization, and communication of site HSE risks including inspecting and evaluating the environment, equipment, and processes and developing controls to eliminate or reduce the risk and facilitate compliance with government regulations and industry standards.
  • Actively engage and assist with Operational changes to assess HSE impacts of change and communicate requirements to appropriate project teams.
  • Assist with maintenance and coordination of the facilities' HSE performance metrics, support preparation of reports to ensure that performance data is communicated to all applicable parties, internal and external.
  • Assist with coordinating responses to internal and external inquiries and concerns related to HSE.
  • Assist with generating environmental reports and maintaining permits as per state and federal regulations.
  • Acts as liaison with government agencies, insurance carrier inspectors, serves as site environmental representative in case of inquiries and inspections to correct deficiencies and to minimize citations and fines for noncompliance.
  • Periodically assess dust collection systems through system checks, monitoring of maintenance activities (e.g. preventive maintenance inspections), and where appropriate recommend repairs or improvements to dust and fume collection systems.
  • Develop / implement HSE inspection protocols and procedures; schedule routine inspections and audits to monitor compliance.
  • Support completion of incident investigations, root cause analyses, developing action plans and maintaining records of closure of corrective actions; assist with maintaining the site's OSHA recordkeeping and worker’s compensation injuries and return to work programs.
  • Mentor and coach others at the facility who have responsibilities for safety programs, safe work practices, and safety teams; assist with evaluation of risk and employee safety recommendations and complaints; assist with the identification and application of acceptable corrective measures.
  • Observes workers and work practices, guide and promotes safe work performance by developing and preparing JSAs or safety operating procedures and identifying equipment to be utilized based on regulatory compliance and corporate standards and implement accordingly.
  • Conducting and/or coordinating industrial hygiene testing (and other testing as required) according to regulatory standards. Maintain exposure records. Create sampling reports and action plans as directed. 
  • Assist in gathering external regulatory information as needed for outgoing SDS or review of available information regarding proposed new materials or formulations for production.
  • Complete customer requests for information relating to HSE compliance.
  • Lead or support the Safety Committee tours and meetings and documentation and communication of safety improvements projects. 
  • Be an active member of the plant leadership team and global HSE team.

Preferred Experience, Education and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree Environmental Health & Safety, Engineering or other related fields with emphasis in industrial safety programs or equivalent
  • 3+ years of related EHS experience
  • Flexibility to transition to other shifts as needed for HSE activities such as training, observation, exposure assessments, employee concerns, etc.
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations and experience with regulatory reporting
  • Ability to travel for training, audits, etc.
  • Demonstrated behavioral competencies to motivate others, drive action, and get results.