Senior Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Manufacturing Santa Cruz, California


The Senior Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager oversees the implementation and maintenance of company EHS programs and systems.

Develops, maintains, and implements EHS policies and programs to include: IIPP, Accident Reporting and Investigation, Workers' Compensation Claim Management, Emergency Action/Response Plan, Fire Prevention, Forklift Operation, Hazardous Communication, Hearing Conservation, Lockout/Tagout, Machine Safety and Equipment Usage, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Safety Committee meetings, Safety Training, Record Keeping and Posting.

The Senior EHS Manager establishes and promotes a healthy and safe work environment with an emphasis on accountability around safety policies and decisions. This position also supports the development and implementation of divisional and corporate safety strategies across multiple locations.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary contact for all company EHS programs.
  • Conduct regular reviews with site leadership and prioritize issues.
  • Hire, manage, coach, develop and train EHS staff.
  • Regularly inspect, audit and review safe work practices to ensure effectiveness and compliance with regulations and company policies.
  • Develop, conduct, deliver and improve regulatory training programs to meet EHS requirements.
  • Drive incident investigations, root cause and related trend analyses and ensure that corrective and preventive actions are identified, communicated globally and implemented.
  • Ensure accurate and timely recordkeeping and document management.
  • Manage and implement the Accident/Exposure Reporting and Investigation program. Ensure the program prescribes methods and practices for reporting and investigating accidents/exposures.
  • Review, monitor, and manage the claims process. Manage the early return to work and modified duty program, monitor and analyze accident and injury trends, identify areas for increased training and emphasis of accident prevention. Workers' Compensation Claim Management.
  • Collaborate with department leadership in the management of EHS related activities including administering protective equipment, posting signage, addressing hazards, providing employee training, etc.
  • Ensure the company has a current and functioning Machine Safety and Equipment Usage program. Ensure the program is communicated to employees and provide training as required.
  • Develop, implement and maintain the Hearing Conservation Program.
  • In conjunction with Facilities, ensure company's Emergency Response Plan is current and implemented. Ensure appropriate individuals are trained in the processes and procedures should the plan be activated.
  • In conjunction with Facilities and Engineering, review, revise, and implement the fire prevention program including building evacuation procedures and training.
  • In conjunction with Facilities and Engineering, review, revise, implement and maintain the Lockout/Tagout program and Hazardous Communication programs. Ensure the programs and company practices comply with CalOSHA standards.
  • Ensure the company forklift operation program is compliant. Oversee forklift training, track and monitor forklift certification training records and licenses, ensure daily forklift inspections are being conducted and documented, and ensure employees are wearing the appropriate PPE.
  • Interface with regulatory and public sector agencies as appropriate.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in safety management, occupational environmental health and safety, or a related field.
  • 10 years’ professional safety leadership experience.
  • 5 years direct supervisory and leadership experience.
  • Excellent leadership, collaboration, organizational, time-management, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and web-based software applications.
  • Knowledge of U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and CAL/OSHA regulations and standards and other non-regulatory safety standards applicable to the location.
  • Strong record of accomplishment preventing injuries, developing/implementing robust processes and management systems and building productive, collaborative relationships with internal/external business partners. 
  • Excellent demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to lead teams, produce and maintain timelines, create dashboards and track metrics, and assemble project information into clearly written reports that document findings, actions and progress.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing Environment, Health and Safety in large manufacturing sites.
  • Certified First Aid/CPR Trainer status.
  • GMP and/or CPG industry experience.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.


Physical Requirements

The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.