Safety Specialist - Freeport, Texas

Location: Texas
Job Type: Permanent
Industry: Civil Engineering | Construction | Energy
Reference: TA-SSP/USA-TT1_1601542743
Salary: Up to US$90000 per annum + Excellent benefits
Job Published: September 30, 2020 20:59

Safety Specialist

This position plans for, recognizes, evaluates, and controls problems and potential losses in the areas of safety and fire protection, ensures compliance with federal, state, local, and Company safety and health regulations and policies by submitting recommendations for maintaining and enhancing compliance processes and procedures.

Essential Job Functions

  • Abides by all safety procedures and practices applicable to location and position; participates in appropriate safety training; demonstrates commitment to and support of SH&E principles and values; champions safety as necessary
  • Provides health and safety related communications to all employees; handles local public relations advertising
  • Schedules annual physicals and follow up appointments for employees
  • Maintains fire protection equipment; performs monthly inspections; maintains documentation
  • Issues confined space entry permits for maintenance employees or contractors; performs frequent checks on contractors' projects; ensures compliance with procedures
  • Writes policies and procedures to ensure contractor compliance with regulations and manufacturers' recommendations
  • Oversees and maintains safety and health computer-based training programs for contractors; ensures contractors had facility security class; certifies appropriate level of insurance
  • Performs toxicity meter readings and inspections; inspects safety procedures and adherence at designated operating areas; ensures compliance with safety and security rules
  • Conducts and documents required safety orientation for new hires; conducts 8-hour fire training; conducts hazardous operations training; conducts spill response training
  • Trains regularly on all Federal, state and local environmental regulations, requirements and guidelines including, but not limited to, RCRA requirements; follows and adheres to all guidelines, regulations, and requirements
  • Trains employees required to operate forklifts; trains Emergency Response Team members; maintains training documentation
  • Ensures drug screening occurs for any incident requiring more than first aid
  • Manages emergency situations from command center; acts as Incident Commander; maintains first aid supplies at various locations; responds to emergencies; provides first aid and emergency care as necessary
  • Assists with accident and incident investigation; determines root cause; documents findings; makes preventative recommendations; enters incidents into quality system
  • Researches and follows up on assigned quality action items
  • Assists in research for new legislation or environmental issues
  • Responds to reports of unusual odors, noise, etc.; takes appropriate action
  • Maintains employee gate entry system; manages radios, including records, maintenance, and purchasing; maintains employee lockers and locks; maintains list and orders all employee uniforms; maintains signage, particularly safety related signs; Gives tours to new employees
  • Maintains and updates as required Emergency Response Plan and Safety Manual
  • Reviews Coast Guard Response Plan, EPA plan and Company manuals; combines data to create an integrated contingency plan; participates in drills conducted by the Coast Guard, the General Land Office and Homeland Security
  • Gathers documentation and disseminates information and suggested topics for use in monthly safety meeting; maintains files on meetings
  • Acts as alternate facility security officer as required
  • Attends Local Emergency Planning Committee; participates in meetings and drills; attends annual seminars
  • Attends safety meetings for all new projects
  • Participates in customer and regulatory audits; responds to auditor questions
  • Performs other duties assigned by management that fall within the generally expected scope of this position

Experience Requirement

  • Knowledge of construction, industrial hygiene monitoring and sampling, and environmental regulations; experience in environmental monitoring and record keeping preferred
  • Experience working with Federal, state, and local governmental regulations including environmental regulations such as RCRA
  • Fire Protection background; rescue experience
  • Ability to use ropes, knots, rappelling and rigging gear
  • Experience documenting situations, solutions, etc.
  • Ability to take on frequent new challenges and new initiatives
  • Excellent English communications skills including ability to read, write, and speak fluently; ability to communicate with truck drivers and co-workers
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, various email and internet programs and applications, financial programs, database programs, safety protocols and other programs and applications used by the Company
  • Operations experience preferred
  • Ability to prioritize work; multi-tasking skills; good listener

Education Requirement

  • College degree in Industrial Hygiene or related field preferred
  • AA degree in Industrial Hygiene or related field and at least 5 years of plant or terminal experience required
  • Certified in CPR, AED; first aid and EMT certifications preferred
  • Current class C driver's license; class B for fire truck operation