Health and Safety Specialist in Cascade Steel - McMinnville at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 6/6/2018

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Job Description

If you are looking for a career which offers advancement and growth opportunities, look no further! Schnitzer Steel offers upward mobility, great benefits, and competitive compensation packages.

Founded in 1906, Schnitzer Steel Industries has become one of the nation's largest recyclers of scrap metal. Today, Schnitzer operates 95 recycling facilities, including seven deep water ports – on both U.S. coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico – which enable efficient delivery of processed scrap metals to steel mills and foundries around the world. In 2018, Schnitzer was named a World's Most Ethical Company for the 4th consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. This prestigious award is given exclusively to companies who demonstrate leadership in five key categories: ethics and compliance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership, innovation and reputation. Schnitzer is the only metals recycling company to be among the winners.

This position offers competitive pay along with a variety of benefits including: medical, dental and vision plans for both you and your dependents; 401k with company match; paid time off which starts with your first check; and paid holidays.

The Health and Safety Specialist (H&S Specialist) shall report to the Health and Safety Manager. The H&S Specialist position requires a motivated self starter with a team approach to problem solving. Responsibilities include implementing safety and programs for all assigned locations and for minimizing company liabilities. Liabilities are reduced by establishing and enforcing effective safety policy and loss control programs; including developing a culture of proactive engagement to prevent hazardous conditions through compliance training and implementation of effective procedures. The H&S Specialist must foster management commitment to drive appropriate behaviors that prevent injuries or illnesses in the work place. Provides advice to operations management on the practical and necessary steps to prevent or abate hazardous conditions arising from operations. The H&S Specialist may be responsible for conducting on-site field work associated with sampling, monitoring, observing, recording, and preparing reports, records, plans, and results required by regulatory permit, plan, or agreement.

This position operates within somewhat defined parameters.  The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of health and safety management by driving our health and safety management system to effectively and efficiently decrease accidents and incidents.

Essential Functions:

Health & Safety (H&S)

  1. Leads and coordinates overall safety programs. Includes developing and maintaining written safety programs; and implementing processes and training needed to meet all legal/government requirements in alignment with company needs.
  2. Administers effective safety and awareness programs.
  3. Interprets and remains current on a variety of standards, laws, and regulations applicable to the locations with frequent contact with all levels of the organization.
  4. Acts as a technical resource responsible for maintaining specific safety programs with substantial understanding of OSHA 1910 Manufacturing, OSHA 1926 Construction, NFPA 70, 70E, 70B & 101 regarding disciplines as Lockout/Tagout, Electrical Safety, Arc Flash, Machine Guarding, Construction or Contractor safety, Working at Heights (fall prevention, scaffolding, ladders), Confined Space, Confined Space Rescue Management, Mobile Equipment (crane, aerial, forklift, rail) Hot Work, Torch Systems, Grinding, Cutting, Braising, Welding, PPE, Hazardous Risk Assessments, OSHA or NFPA Compliance Auditing, Near Miss, Illness and Injury Prevention Programs, Accident Investigations, Hazard Communication, Emergency Action Plan and Ergonomics programs. Equipment Inspections and Preventative Maintenance Technical Writing ability to support ORCALE Data base development.
  5. Creates and maintains KPI metrics to monitor performance and create incentive initiatives in these areas.
  6. Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.

Operational Performance & Best Management Practices

      1. Prepares various technical and statistical safety reports.
      2. Ensures accident investigation and incident analysis and completed in order to complete necessary corrective actions.
      3. Substantial time spent in field to assist operations in driving continuous improvements and compliance by making recommendations for improvements and providing risk assessments to managers and leaders of business operations.
      4. Responsible for developing and implementing procedures and behavioral applications that drive incident reduction.
      5. Provides health and safety coaching/assistance to develop managers and safety teams.

Inventory & Quality Control

          1. Prepares and submits permits, reports and records to regulatory agencies on time. Maintains on-site records for all regulatory requirements and due dates.
          2. Produces and maintains company safety compliance calendar, with timely submittals.
          3. Responsible for accident investigation and incident analysis and ensuring corrective actions are completed.

Budgeting & Forecasting

              1. Manages safety related vendors, e.g. safety equipment providers, consultants, contracts and budget.
              2. Prepares proposals and cost estimates for future work 

Administrative Management

  1. Performs statistical safety information trend analysis
  2. Works with Human Resources personnel to prepare job descriptions.

Specific Other Responsibilities (regional, local, compliance, etc.):

The H&S Specialist must be capable of concurrently handling multiple projects at multiple locations. Includes oversight and management of work performed by various consultants and contractors, as well as coordination with both in-house and outside legal counsel.

Within this section and upon the hire or placement of an individual, the Direct Manager will include, if applicable, any additional Essential Functions specific to the region. If necessary, the writer can exclude a specific Essential Function that would not be expected to be performed.

Internal Control Responsibilities:

Supports the Company’s Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures, and controls to better relate to the business.Communicates upward problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.

Supervisory Responsibility:

This position does not directly supervise any employees. But is a key facilitation role to guide, inspire and support program compliance within key departmental roles such as Rolling Mill, Melt Shop, and Transportation & Reliability. See the applicable Health & Safety organization charts for all direct and indirect reporting relationships.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Internal contacts are by phone, email, and in person with all levels of personnel throughout the Schnitzer Steel Industries related locations. External contacts are by phone, in person, and in writing, including rehabilitation workers, state and federal OSHA authorities, etc. The H&S Specialist interfaces with corporate safety/environmental, other safety/environmental professionals internal and external to company, vendors, and regulatory agencies for technical interpretation. From time to time represents the organization at public and/or private discussions including technical forums, regulatory hearings, legal actions, or other public meetings. Maintains relationships with government personnel in regulatory agencies and outside associates while maintaining professional dialogue with key business partners (i.e. Regional Directors, Operation Managers, other H&S peers, Environmental peers, etc.) throughout the organization is absolutely essential to the incumbent’s success.

Required Skills

Job Conditions:

Occasional air and frequent car travel required to visit multiple locations (as regionally required). Exposure to physical operations ranging from office environments to metal recycling yards. Pressure is experienced in decision making concerning applications of code requirements applications versus production requirements. Periodic overtime is required. Position may have to respond to urgent situations on off hours and/or weekends and holidays.

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions:

Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds frequently and up to 50 pounds occasionally; walk, climb stairs, cranes or otherwise negotiate around physical barriers as would be found in environments as heavy steel manufacturing, warehouse or metal recycling scrap yard processes; sit for up to 6 hours per day; keyboard for 1-3 hours per day; and be mobile for extended periods of time, up to several hours per day. Visual acuity required to perform close detail work to input and retrieve data from a computer; read and interpret figures on reports; conduct physical facilities inspections. The ability to communicate verbally and in writing, in a professional manner, with all levels of hourly and management employees is required. Must be able to scale varying heights as necessary. The ability to have flexibility within schedule to accommodate 24-hour, 7-days a week operations with multitude of schedules.

Required Experience


Bachelor’s Degree required. BS in Environmental/Health and Safety, Environmental, Chemical, or Civil Engineering preferred. Two to three years of related experience required and Industrial Hygiene experience, and three to five years of experience in Safety & Environmental Compliance/Management. Knowledge, skills, and ability to execute local, territory, and federal Health and Safety and other government compliance regulations. This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

Must be able to balance business needs with health and safety requirements in a cost-effective manner. Knowledge and experience in collecting, managing, and analyzing various data and trends in health and safety behavior and compliance is needed. Must make recommendations to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, or government law. Effective written and oral communication skills within a culturally diverse environment required. Must be personally responsible and accountable for achieving performance goals as well as those of a team and have a proven track record of building credible relationships.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Experience in a manufacturing or industrial environment preferred. Regional travel required.