Lead Safety Specialist - Evadale, TX

Evadale / Texas / United States

About WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

Reporting to the Safety Manager, this position is expected to be visible throughout the manufacturing areas, interface with employees concerning health & safety, assess hazards, & implement practices to reduce hazards.  Use a proactive & collaborative approach when working with operations, management, & other support groups to create a healthy and safe work environment. This position has responsibility for supporting safety, emergency response, safety training programs, policies, & procedures to ensure the mill complies with all applicable health & safety corporate initiatives & regulations to achieve an accident free workplace.

Duties & Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Integrate continuous safety system improvements by driving employee engagement to achieve desired results

  • Participate in the planning & implementation of communication strategies to deliver accurate, consistent, & timely information on business safety issues & employee concerns

  • Plan & implement safety policies & procedures in compliance with WestRock policies, local, & federal OSHA regulations

  • Inspect facilities, machinery, & safety equipment to identify & correct potential hazards, & to ensure safety regulation compliance

  • Review employee safety programs to determine adequacy

  • Assist with ergonomic assessments & support the behavior based safety process

  • Interview employees to obtain information about work environments, incidents, & feedback for workplace improvements

  • Review plans & specifications for installation of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met

  • Assist with coordination of industrial hygiene program

  • Support SDS recordkeeping & Global Harmonized System

  • Support the Emergency Response Team

  • Evaluate data to determine trends in safety & develop safety processes & programs to issues from trends

  • Perform field duties in support of permitting, job safety analysis & auditing

  • Participate in project reviews & management of change to ensure health & safety issues are adequately addressed prior to the startup of the process. Involvement in operational readiness reviews & approval of written operating procedures

  • Be a resource for incident investigations - identify root causes of near misses, injuries & property damage to prevent future events of the same nature.  Be a resource to operations & support groups so that incident reports are entered in a timely manner & corrective actions completed

 What You need for Success

  • Bachelor’s degree in safety, Engineering or related discipline.

  • 3-5+ yrs. SAFETY experience at a paper mill or related business experience

  • Safety specialist must be able to work in extreme hot & cold temperatures & industrial environments including routinely climbing ladders & stairs

  • Strong technical understanding of Federal & State Safety & Health regulations

  • Experience working with unions preferred

  • Experience working with regulatory agencies on behalf of company required. Experience working with Corporate EH&S group is a must

  • Electrical experience is a plus

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft office suite


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