Supports the facility in the design, management, and implementation of our comprehensive Health and Safety programs and provides direction to all levels within the plant regarding appropriate Health and Safety practices. Plans, implements, evaluates and communicates safety initiatives that meet and exceed regulatory requirements.
Creates, supports and implements strategies to establish and improve safety compliance.
Supports site safety management systems.
Educates employees in proper safety procedures, safe work practices and policies.
Develops, evaluates and recommends process and equipment changes and improvements to maximize safety and improve environmental impacts of operations.
Administers, monitors and audits safety and health programs to ensure OSHA compliance. Completes annual review on each program. Assists with injury/illness prevention and correction.
Leads proactive efforts in air monitoring to ensure compliance with standard practices.
Conducts root cause analyses and preventative/corrective action follow-up.
Conducts job hazard analysis for ergonomic improvements and soft tissue injury prevention.
Monitors and reviews accident investigation reports and ensure appropriate follow up; participates in claim reviews, mediations, and hearings; reviews workers compensation costs and monitors claims. Provides quality health care to employees to reduce workers compensation costs, absenteeism and turnover.
May provide training to the occupational health nursing staff, production employees and management.
In the absence of key personnel the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university in Safety Management or related field and 5+ years' relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
2+ years of leadership/supervisory experience required.
Experience working with or knowledge of OSHA and Workers’ Compensation; with prior experience in the food industry a plus.
Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
Ability to anticipate needs, forecast conditions, set goals/standards and measure results.
Must have the ability to complete required applicable forms in English, which requires the ability to read and write in English.
Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
The work environment characteristics and physical demands 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.
The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.
Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.
May provide leadership and guidance to employees in the Safety Team.
Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and assisting in providing appropriate resolutions.
Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.