Safety Manager - Florence, SC

Florence | South Carolina | 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

Safety Manager - Florence, SC

7320 Mill Rd, PO Box 100544
Florence, South Carolina, 29506
United States

WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace.  WestRock’s 39,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 250 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Learn more at

The opportunity:


Responsible for the leadership and technical management of all safety programs at the Florence, SC Mill. The successful candidate will be a key leader in creating a safety focused culture. The position has the responsibility to design, modify, recommend, and implement safety and health programs to assure a safe work environment. Lead compliance with all applicable safety and health regulations, corporate requirements, and audit processes.



How you will impact WestRock:


  • Provide leadership in developing measures and practices that prevent accidents and ensure compliance with OSHA and corporate standards.

  • Leads culture change towards an injury-free facility through leadership, increased employee engagement, effective training and coaching, on-the floor interactions, and rule compliance.

  • Provide effective leadership and guidance in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: machine guarding, lock out systems, fork lift training, fire brigade, hot work procedures, contractor training, mill safety communication, Hazcom training, confined space program, process safety management, fall protection, asbestos etc.

  • Interfaces with Corporate Safety team and provide necessary reports, audit follow-ups etc.

  • Plans and executes industrial hygiene and safety programs including procedure development and employee training.

  • Identifies safety needs for the mill; gathers technical data, cost, or other relevant information; makes verbal and written reports/recommendations to senior management.

  • Ensures follow-up on all accident or near-miss reports, including recommended remedial action as part of the investigative team.

  • Serves as the primary contact for all safety inspections; take charge of inspection activities, makes corporate notifications, and accompanies inspectors/auditors on their tours of the mill.

  • Routinely audits the mill for safe working conditions and procedures; initiates corrective action where appropriate.

  • Oversees areas of Security, First Aid and Janitorial services.

  • Coordinates with HR on workers compensation case management.



What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Safety or related field is required
  • 5-10 yrs. experience as a safety professional administering health and safety strategies and programs in a manufacturing operation (process industry experience preferred).
  • Extensive knowledge of OSHA regulations.
  • A certified or associate safety professional status is desirable (CSP or ASP).
  • Strong working knowledge of OSHA regulatory programs is required, and process Safety Management experience is preferred.
  • Ability to assign priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment.  Must be able to make effective oral presentations to a wide range of audiences ranging from hourly employees to senior corporate executives and government agencies.
  • Confident in presenting training on various safety topics.
  • Ability to communicate with all employees and effectively lead and direct others.


  • Safety – Exhibits strong competencies in Safety Mindset and has a thorough understanding of safety policies and procedures.

  • Ability to Execute – Targets and achieves results, sets and accomplishes challenging goals, prioritizes and manages tasks effectively, maintains an organized system to monitor progress, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability, sets standards and responsibilities.

  • Champion of & Adaptor to Change – Drives for continuous improvement while managing expectations and results.  Able to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and accelerates the change within themselves, their work group, or the organization; challenges the status quo and creatively identifies opportunities for improvement.  Demonstrates a constant commitment to do things better.

  • Customer Focused – Understands and works to meet customer requirements.  Listens to and responds to customer’s needs; builds relationships with and gains trust of customer by always meeting commitments. 

  • Decision Making/Judgment – Recognizes problems and responds by systematically gathering information and weighing options.  Able to sort through complex issues, seeks input from others and addresses root cause of issues.  Makes timely and accurate decisions.  Uses consensus when possible and clearly communicates decisions to others. 

  • Initiative – Tackles problems and takes independent action.  Seeks out new responsibilities, acts on opportunities, generates new ideas, practices self-development, and demonstrates a bias for action without being prompted.

  • Problem Solving/Analysis – Breaks down problems into smaller components, understands underlying issues.  Can simplify and process complex issues and information, understands the difference between critical details and unimportant facts, can analyze data/information and draw accurate conclusions.

  • Influence & Persuasion – Able to exhibit a ‘can-do’ approach and inspire associates to excel, uses competition to encourage others, develops performance standards and confronts negative attitudes.  Develops a team spirit and uses tact when expressing ideas or opinions.  Presents new ideas to authority figures and adapts presentations to suit a particular audience.  Responds to objections successfully.

  • Quality – Attentive to detail and accuracy; is committed to excellence.  Continuously looks for improvements, seeks opportunities to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

  • Integrity – Able to be tactful, maintain confidences, and foster an ethical work environment.  Prevents inappropriate behavior by coworkers, give proper credit to others and handles all situations honestly.

  • Communication – Able to clearly present information through spoken or written word; read and interpret complex information; talks with employees, customers, and supplies, and has strong listening skills.




What we offer:


  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence

  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities

  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential

  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.



WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.


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