Environmental Health & Safety Denver, Colorado


Position at Planterra Foods

At Planterra Foods, we believe our planet is filled with delicious ideas. Leveraging the resources of our investor, JBS USA Food Company, we aspire to change the future of protein by giving people more flavorful, plant-based choices. Our goal is to delight people from vegans to flexitarians to meat-eaters by giving them more delicious plant-based protein choices, like our first brand OZO™.

We are building our team and looking for a Manufacturing Environmental Health and Safety Manager based at our first production facility in North Denver, CO (Commerce City area) who will help us create the best plant-based protein company in the world.  Reporting to the Plant Manager, this role will establish and lead the site’s regulatory compliance with safety and environmental requirements including:  permitting, program review, training, inspections, incident management and follow up, workers’ compensation oversight, recordkeeping, and documentation control.  In addition, the position has responsibility for the annual site safety plan and development of the plant safety culture.


  • Ensure compliance to safety and environmental regulatory requirements as they relate to:  permitting, program review, training, Inspections, incident management and follow up, workers’ compensation oversight, recordkeeping, and documentation control
  • Act as the technical expert for safety, training, health, and ergonomics issues
  • Perform site safety audits and inspections of personnel to assure compliance with program requirements
  • Conduct all staff development relating to safety and environmental program requirements
  • Administer monthly group meetings and other specialized meetings as needed
  • Facilitate Health & Safety drills including: fire & evacuation Drills, weather drills, hazmat Drills, LEPC & fire department drills
  • Provide incident and near-miss support including patient care and follow-up actions, investigation, tracking, and trending details for Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) events
  • Review all capital expenditure requests to assure safety and environmental concerns are addressed
  • Provide in-field EH&S support for employees and provide hazard awareness directly to site employees
  • Work with utility group to ensure compliance with OSHA process safety management (PSM) regulations as well as EPA risk management program (RMP) regulation  
  • Participate in all government inspections dealing with safety or environmental agencies 
  • Conduct or participate in annual site compliance evaluation to include the development of an action plan to address gaps
  • Work with consultants to write RMP/SPCC/SWPPP and other environmental programs
  • Customize all site-specific programs utilizing standardized company programs to include:  LOTO, confined space, electrical safety, work at heights, emergency evacuation
  • Manage the PSM program
  • Conduct EH&S inspections and review of all new equipment
  • Work with contractors to create all lockout tag-out procedures and any confined space entry and rescue procedures
  • Function as the primary point of contact and coordinator for all vendor/visitor construction site work force Safety compliance with Planterra and OSHA requirements.
  • Evaluate all jobs/tasks to create PPE hazard analysis and determine PPE requirements
  • Evaluate all confined spaces and work at height tasks utilizing standardized company processes to create safe work procedures
  • Create all emergency evacuation and preparedness maps
  • Work with local regulatory agencies and consultants to review and finalize any site permits. In addition, create programs and work instructions for specific permit requirements


  • Minimum 4 years’ safety experience, preferably within the food processing industry
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Safety, Engineering, Business Administration or Physical Sciences; or an equivalent combination of related experience and education
  • CPR/First Aid Training
  • National Safety Council training
  • Confined Space Training
  • OSHA Training Courses
  • Program, planning, and evaluation techniques
  • Statistical analysis skills
  • Strong written, verbal and computer skills are essential
  • Outstanding communication skills in order to lead and engage employees
  • A thorough understanding of lean manufacturing principles and leadership applications 

Work Environment:

  • Food Manufacturing Operations environment 

The applicant who fills this position will be eligible for the following compensation and benefits:

  • Benefits: Vision, Medical, and Dental coverage begin after 60 days of employment
  • Paid Time Off: sick leave, vacation, and 6 company observed holidays
  • 401(k): company match begins after the first year of service and follows the company vesting schedule
  • Base salary range of $67,000-87,000
  • This position is eligible to participate in the Company’s annual bonus plan, the amount of bonus varies and is subject to the standard terms and conditions of the incentive program

The Company is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our team members and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct a drug, alcohol, and background checks for all new team members post-offer and prior to the start of employment. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.