Exide Technologies

Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

US-KS-Kansas City
Requisition ID
2017-1435
Category
Environmental, Health, Safety (EHS)
Position Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

The Environmental Health and Safety Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of plant-wide team efforts in improving key performance indicators such as reducing blood lead averages, recordable injuries, lost time injuries, government compliance, and conducting sampling and analysis of air, water and wipe media consistent with business goals from an environmental perspective while supporting the EHS manager and safety team. This position will be responsible for providing and maintaining technical health and safety support to production and administrative personnel. The following will also be required:

  1. Implementation of all plant environmental programs and their objectives.
  2. Assisting in environmental, health and safety training programs.
  3. Monitoring Federal and State regulations to ensure compliance, while ensuring that all federal, state, and Exide policies and regulations pertaining to industrial hygiene (i.e. personal protective equipment, sanitary facilities, emergency equipment, air quality, etc.) are met.

Qualified candidates must be a self-starter with proven leadership and communication skills and will possess the ability to work with individuals from varied backgrounds, skills, and education levels to complete projects in an efficient and organized manner.

 

Additionally, they support guidance and accountability for plant staff, employees, contractors, their employees, agents, and/or subcontractors in the safe and environmentally responsible ways to perform their jobs, the reduction risk of exposure and / or other physical or chemical hazards.

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing/conducting Environmental inspections and audits to ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations. 
  • Facilitate and assist with incident investigations, root cause analysis, and corrective action planning and implementation.
  • Work with various vendors and contractors to ensure safe practices in the Kansas City, KS facility. Coordinate with vendors to acquire necessary liability agreements and ensure insurance requirements are met.
  • Prepare reports and statistical analysis of Environmental data for plant and corporate review; i.e. quarterly water reporting, NESHAP, waste-hazardous reporting, profiling and dealing with manifest.
  • Prepare reports and statistical analysis of Environmental data for submission to government agencies; i.e. Tier II, Form R, Tasca, etc.
  • Recommend & implement safe work procedures and behavior.
  • Ensure records are available for audits.
  • Familiar with lead compliance.
  • Create various reports and PowerPoints to provide to Corporate EHS.
  • Assist in implementing and maintaining (EHSMS) Environmental Health & Safety Management Systems
  • To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Meet or exceed the requirements of national, state and local EHS laws and regulations, as well as our controls, practices and standards.
  • Collect data on work environments for analysis.
  • Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.
  • Support sound EHS and Environmental engineering controls, work practices, management practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect and safeguard all people, equipment and environment at risk during our manufacturing process, specifically employee injuries (recordable and lost time), employee blood lead levels, permit compliance, and environmental hazards.
  • Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of EHS and Environmental program analyses and plant history.
  • Continuously strive to eliminate injuries, reduce blood lead levels and protect the environment by developing, implementing and maintaining appropriate EHS standards, controls, and practices.
  • Monitor our EHS & Environmental auditing program to assure compliance with regulatory requirements and internal standards.
  • Work towards EHS & Environmental goals to reduce injuries, employee blood lead levels and all forms of waste and monitor progress.
  • Monitor and keep up to date on emerging environmental, health and safety issues, regulations and technology changes.
  • Strive for continuous improvement by learning from our results, using tools like Six Sigma Projects and Kaizen events, as well as sharing best practices and lessons learned.
  • Interface with regulatory agencies and divisional personnel to support safety, health and environmental efforts in the plant.
  • Provide training on EHS and Environmental guidelines and assistance as required.
  • Interact with outside vendors as necessary to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and internal standards.

Qualifications

Education, Experience, Certifications :
Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and/or 2 years EHS experience in a related industry.
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Proven EHS experience with significant and verifiable results.

Competencies, Skills, Knowledge :
Required:

  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite products, specifically Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to give and share information to/with co-workers, customers and production management in order to achieve optimum plant performance
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Preferred:

  • Three to four years of experience in the EHS field and experience working with local regulatory agencies are preferred.

OTHER CATEGORIES AS REQUIRED:

  • The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
  • Individual is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • Ability to occasionally lift a minimum 40 lbs. and 26 to 150 lbs. with assistance of equipment
  • Regular use of safety glasses and steel toed shoes. Limited use of respirator, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as required. Vision requirements: close vision.

Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, individual is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles
  • Individual occasionally exposed to precarious places; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock
  • Noise level is minimal to loud
  • Regularly is working in a lead contaminated area and must wear a uniform and safety shoes in that area to prevent the tracking and / or possible lead contamination of other clean areas or outside of the regulated areas

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EEO Statement

Exide Technologies is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Exide

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical energy solutions—batteries and associated equipment and services for transportation and industrial markets. With 128 years of industry experience and operating in more than 80 countries, Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products that keep customers and their businesses powering forward. Leading car, truck and lift truck manufacturers trust Exide as an original equipment supplier, and Exide serves the transportation and industrial aftermarket through a comprehensive portfolio of products and services. The Company’s extensive sales, distribution and service network provides flexibility and quality for an exceptional customer experience.

At Exide Technologies, It All Starts Now. History and scale, combined with a start-up mentality, make Exide the faster, more nimble, more innovative, more digital, and more responsive alternative for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier. Exide is "the 128 Year Old Start-Up," and the Company is moving forward—bringing the energy of the “new Exide” to customers around the world.

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