Job Title: Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager
Location: Boston, MA
The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and maintenance of comprehensive environmental, safety, and health programs at our facility. In this role, you will provide leadership, guidance, and support to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and standards. Additionally, you will work to exceed internal and external safety and environmental standards while ensuring adherence to sound business practices. You will be responsible for building and maintaining strong relationships with employees at all levels within the organization, including both corporate and plant personnel. As the EHS Manager, you will indirectly drive change across all departments.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The key responsibilities of the EHS Manager include:
- Establishing strategic safety programs for the plant and implementing critical initiatives to achieve these goals.
- Developing safety program performance objectives and tracking performance using key performance indicators (KPIs).
- Communicating safety program status and needs to plant employees and management.
- Providing leadership and direction in the development, administration, and maintenance of EHS compliance.
Compliance and Reporting
- Creating and maintaining safety standards, directives, and procedures to ensure compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.
- Collaborating with the Corporate Safety Manager to develop and implement safety policies and procedures.
- Assisting in accident investigations and reporting, providing recommendations for corrective or preventive measures, and ensuring the accuracy of environmental and injury/illness records.
- Staying up-to-date with EHS regulations and laws to provide expertise and support for EHS assessments, capital projects, work orders, and problem-solving at both the site and corporate level.
- Developing and administering the facility's EHS Management Systems, including hazard analyses, safe operating procedures, risk management, waste management, and emergency planning.
- Ensuring compliance with environmental and safety standards and guidelines through audits, inspections, recordkeeping, and reporting to regulatory agencies.
- Conducting routine inspections and audits to enforce safety policies and procedures and maintain compliance with company and government requirements.
- Taking a proactive approach to accident prevention by conducting employee training and coordinating safety training programs.
- Maintaining training records and documentation.
- Coordinating and conducting OSHA-required training, safety orientations, chemical safety training, and fire extinguisher maintenance and training.
- Coordinating safety culture training to promote a culture of safety within the organization.
Contractor and Vendor Compliance
- Coordinating and reviewing vendor's safety training and ensuring compliance with safety programs.
- Working with temp agencies to ensure safety program compliance for temporary workers.
- Managing first aid supplies and boot trucks.
- Serving as the main point of contact for the Plant Safety Committee and site Cultural project efforts.
- Influencing and directing a culture change across the organization.
- Overseeing the emergency response program, security program, fire protection assets, and inspections.
- Administering plant respiratory protection and hearing conservation programs.
- Emphasizing the importance of safety to managers and supervisors and holding them accountable for creating and maintaining a culture of safety.
Other Duties as Assigned
- Detailed knowledge of OSHA, EPA, and other relevant environmental, health, and safety standards.
- Strong analytical skills to evaluate performance metrics and outcomes.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Effective problem-solving and decision-making abilities, with the capacity to generate multiple solutions and make recommendations for resolution.
- Proficiency in understanding and executing processes, including recognizing customer needs, communicating process changes, measuring and assessing success, and identifying areas of improvement.
- Ability to develop and implement environmental and safety policies, programs, and training.
- Knowledge of manufacturing practices and processes, particularly in the food industry.
- Flexibility in adjusting work hours to accommodate business needs.
- Ability to quickly switch between tasks and projects and to prioritize effectively in response to changing priorities.
- Capacity to work independently or as part of a team.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor's degree in Occupational/Industrial Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Engineering, Environmental Science, or a related field (other four-year degrees will be considered).
- Certification in an EHS related discipline and further education is a plus.
- At least 5 years of experience in EHS program management in a manufacturing environment.