Safety Program Manager
Travel - up to 10%
You must be legally authorized to work in the country where this job is located and not require any sponsorship assistance from Covanta
Covanta's Montgomery Transfer Station located in Derwood, Maryland is seeking an energetic, dedicated, versatile, self-motivated Safety and Health professional with a solid track record of leading implementation of safety and health programs in an operating environment, specifically plants in the waste-to-energy, electric utility, process or related industries.
It is not often that a role comes along that provides you the opportunity to play a pivotal role in Safety and Health transformation with a leading firm in its industry.
As a Safety Program Manager, you will:
- Actively serve as the subject matter expert regarding management of the facility's health and safety programs, processes and policies.
- Monitor regulatory compliance, compliance with Covanta safety program requirements, accident investigation and documentation, OSHA VPP efforts, and safety training.
- Implement, motivate, educate and enforce Covanta's safety and health policies.
- Manage the safety training program and ensure training is completed on applicable safety bulletins, memos, Safety Alerts, safety and health procedures/programs, etc.
- With facility management, oversee contractor safety and health performance and ensure contractors are properly trained, use appropriate tools and equipment and protect all employees from injury.
- Continually monitor the performance and effectiveness of the facility safety program and implement adjustments and improvement as needed.
- Manage all aspects of our safety reporting and maintain the facility safety and health records.
- Actively monitor work safety in the field on a very frequent basis. Conduct formal and informal safety reviews and follow-up reporting. When necessary, stop potential unsafe behaviors in the field when observed and coach employees on the proper method. Also provide positive recognition for safe behaviors.
- Work with plant personnel to secure accident scenes when appropriate, ensure the medical treatment of affected employee and/or contract employee, and investigate near miss, first aid, recordable injuries, on site vehicle incidents or incidents related to plant vehicles, and general safety concerns.
- Manage accident investigations, root cause analyses, and related reporting and assist/coordinate recommendations for corrective actions and track to completion.
- Manage the Department of Transportation (DOT) Program for Site and Over-the-Road drivers if applicable.
- Work with plant personnel and contractors to assure fire system inspection, testing, and functionality.
- Primary contact with the plant's health clinic, including scheduling annual physical exams, hearing tests, and/or respirator evaluations.
- Contribute to improvements in lean, Six Sigma, and other quantitative and qualitative approaches to drive workplace process improvements.
Critical Skills and Abilities:
- Demonstrate a personal commitment to safety and health excellence.
- Champion health and safety initiatives at the facility
- Self-directed, action-oriented, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards.
- Dynamic leader with a record of achieving results individually and through others.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to provide constructive feedback in a positive way.
- Strong analytical ability, good judgment and strong safety and health/operational focus.
- Ability to work cross functionally with peers and other company leaders.
- Ability to manage multiple priorities concurrently and build consensus.
- Organized, team player who is an effective influencer.
- Demonstrated ability to lead change in the face of adversity; to challenge the status quo constructively.
- Articulate, strong communicator, verbal and written.
- Proficiency in using Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio).
- Willing to work evenings and weekends on a non-routine basis if needed to support facility operations.
- Able to stand or sit for sustained periods of time, climb stairs and ladders, work at heights and lift equipment that can weigh up to 25 pounds.
- Able to regularly wear basic personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, steel boots and hearing protection on a regular basis, with ability to wear respiratory protection which requires a tight-fitting mask that does not allow any facial hair in the face-sealing areas or fall protection equipment when required.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor's Degree preferred (ideally in a safety and health or science-related area).
- 3-5 years Health & Safety experience with a working knowledge of OSHA 1910 and 1926, or related state safety and health regulations required.
- Knowledge of operations and maintenance in an industrial environment desirable.
The following functional competency levels are required for this position:
- Analytical Skills
- Project Management Skills
- Coaching & Influencing
- Knowledge of OSHA regulations
- Accident investigation and corrective action development
- Technical and skills training
- Safety and Health Audits / Assessments
- Contractor Safety and Health Management
- Written and oral communication
Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.
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Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.
Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.Better for the Environment
Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.
Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.
Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.Safe Operations
Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.Community Involvement
We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.
Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA). For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.
1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.
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