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Safety Engineer at First Quality

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Anderson, South Carolina

Job Description:

First Quality Enterprises, Inc. (FQE), founded in 1988, is a global multi-billion dollar privately held company with over 4,200 employees.  Its corporate offices are located in Great Neck, New York, with manufacturing facilities and offices in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Canada, and China.  FQE is a diversified family of companies manufacturing consumer products ranging from Absorbent Hygiene (adult incontinence, feminine care, and baby care), Tissue (bath and towel), and Industrial (non-woven fabrics, print and packaging materials, thermoformed plastics), and Purified Bottled Water, serving institutional and retail markets throughout the world.  FQE focuses on private label and branded product lines.

Our core business philosophy is built on a proud culture driven by safety and quality, respect, humility, integrity, customer focus, and teamwork.  With leading edge manufacturing technologies and processes and visionary leadership, FQE is positioned to continue significant growth in the coming years.  We are seeking an experienced Safety Engineer for our First Quality Tissue, SE facility located in Anderson, SC.  This position will provide strategic and tactical support through effective use of strong technical and leadership skills that support development, administration and continuous improvement of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System, which requires a broad and moderately deep level of understanding of a wide range of health and safety technical engineering topics, organizational culture, regulatory compliance programs, and risk management principles.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Lead and support an action-oriented, engaged culture that demonstrates safety as a core value; capable of instilling and exemplifying a mindset for all team members to develop desired behaviors that incorporate safety in all aspects of work operations focused on maintaining an incident-free workplace.

  • Provide safety and health subject matter expertise support to key stakeholder leadership and their departments, assisting them to meet or exceed safety metrics and management system requirements.

  • Act as internal OHS risk management resource point of contact for key stakeholder assigned groups and projects, covering technical, regulatory, and cultural issues related to safety compliance topics, company policy, programs, procedures, training and business objectives (e.g. - concept, design, development, delivery measurement of support processes).

  • Provide relevant, useful, and continuously improving health and safety training material and processes that support key stakeholder needs. Drive continuous improvement in training systems, materials and health and safety processes through engagement with key stakeholders, user population and inspection of work areas and job tasks; communicate and support the principle of individual accountability in a team-based culture with a shared sense of responsibility.  Assure that the structure and content of training and communication materials is applicable for target populations, establishes and measures learning objectives, and captures learning opportunities throughout the knowledge learning process for a wide variety of safety and health related topics.

  • Assist with the development of safety management system to assure hazards are identified, moderate or greater risk task procedures are standardized across all operations and provisions are integrated to assure safety and health compliance requirements are met or exceeded for existing and new equipment, procedures and work activities.

  • Apply competencies to support specification design review/approval and/or notice of non-conformances, safety and risk problems for new and modified-existing equipment, process, tooling, and facilities. Serve as technical support resource in the design review and owner acceptance approval processes of controls for hazardous working conditions and unsafe activities.

  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of operational processes and stay up-to-date on hazard control technologies and innovative health and safety developments to maintain position as subject matter expert; Lead or contribute to innovative approaches in the elimination/control of safety and health risks that reduce operating costs, risk loss potential, hazard conditions and risk of personal injury to support the FQT-SE Vision of an Injury Free Culture.

  • Schedule and conduct regular cross-discipline safety audits and inspections in assigned operating areas to verify meeting management system requirements and identify hazard conditions and unsafe practices, document and investigate findings, determine root cause factors, collaborate on development of corrective actions, and verify completed corrective actions and their effectiveness.

  • Ensure incident reporting, investigation, root cause analysis, and risk/hazard recognition, evaluation and control processes are followed for assigned operating areas; assist assigned operating area in establishing risk management processes aimed at hazard condition control and injury prevention through studying incidents, observed and potential hazard conditions in various completed and planned work environments.

The ideal candidate should possess the following:

  • Bachelors’ Degree program graduate in Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Hygiene, or Safety Engineering related field from an accredited college program combined with 3+ years of experience in manufacturing sector in a health and safety job position; or a minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in a health and safety job position in manufacturing.

  • Successful creation, implementation, administration and auditing of a health and safety management system (e.g. BSI 18001 / ISO 45001) required.

  • Data collection, compilation and statistical analysis related to incident occurrence, industrial hygiene data, and cultural surveys.

  • Creating health and safety programs and related training materials; communication of these materials through oral and written communications using various structure and delivery methods to successfully communicate information.

  • Fundamental understanding with application experience of lean principles in manufacturing and business processes.

  • BCSP Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and/or ACGIH certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is a plus.

  • Occupational health and safety processes, with deep knowledge in development and delivery of various safety and health programs, training methods, adult learning principles, behavioral psychology, and continuous improvement practices.

  • OHS management systems (BSI 18001 / ISO 45001).

  • Emergency management and response programs and practices.

  • Accurate interpretation and application of codes, standards and related professional references (e.g., OSHA, NFPA, NIOSH, ANSI, ADA, CCOHS, ACGIH) relating to OHS risks.

  • Bureau of labor statistics recordkeeping rules and Worker’s Compensation Claims Administration process and return-to work processes used to coordinate return to work for occupational and non-occupational illness and injury cases.

  • Auditing and inspection techniques and methods used to evaluate facility design, equipment, tooling and job tasks for hazardous conditions and compliance with regulatory requirements and management system programs.

  • SAP knowledge preferred.

  • Effective communicator: demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully at all levels of the organization, verbally and in writing; Able to interact professionally with business and operations leaders to establish, respect, credibility and influence where necessary. Capable of technical writing of procedures, training materials, policy, and data summaries.

  • Intelligent risk taker: displays a foundation of solid good judgment and a strong ethical framework that consistently lead to the individual making correct decisions instinctively through balanced logic and reasoning skills.  Able to see things from a business perspective and relate them effectively within professional ethical framework to deliver solutions and strategies that address identified risks within business constraints.

  • Leadership impact: ability to plan, prioritize, and execute assigned responsibilities, completing them on time; displaying creativity, energy, dependability and organizational skills that enable management of multiple priorities.  Capable to self-managed project administration.

  • Teamwork and diversity: Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to influence others to achieve engagement and foster alignment of goals and objectives with actions to meet vision and objectives through teamwork and a shared sense of responsibility; Able to bring out the best in others and work through interpersonal and competing objective conflicts; Able to build and successfully facilitate cross-functional, cross-business teams to deliver work product; Equally capable of sharing in the accountability as team/project leader of independent contributor.

  • Produces results: Comfortable with a high degree of responsibility coupled with initiative, capacity to work independently, take ownership of responsibilities, and display dedication to producing high quality work product; Capability to tactically implement and bring projects to closure in a timely manner.

  • Technology and equipment:  Skilled in the use of equipment such as various industrial hygiene monitoring devices, reading and analyzing equipment prints and facility drawings for safety compliance, and technology software packages such as MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), Livelink, Internet/Intranet navigation.

  • Flexibility support:  Skilled in assisting human resources, safety manager  and operations leadership in administration of ADA, HIPAA, and Work Comp compliance through involvement in processes including employment screenings, hiring and placement, verification of essential physical demands analysis, claims investigation and Return-to-Work practices.

  • Critical thinking:  capable of self-directed research of health and safety topics to find relevant codes, standards, and guidance, and able to collect and analyze information, providing accurate problem statements, effective evaluation processes, and feasible solution options; independently able to identify safety compliance and risk problems in site conditions, work activities and programs; capable of defining data collection and analysis requirements to identify trends.

  • Daily: Daily work schedule may vary depending on customer needs – ranging from 8-12 hours/day; walking up to 5 miles/day on concrete; use of stairs and/or vertical ladders; Sitting in meetings and use of a computer workstation monitor and keyboard; talking on the phone and writing.

  • PPE:  safety toe footwear, safety glasses, hearing protection, with or without assistive device capable of hearing alarms at 85 decibels through background noise.

  • Able to distinguish colors – yellow, red, green, orange, brown, and blue.

  • Occasionally: travelling to other company locations, conferences, or vendor sites.

  • Physical Work Environment – primarily office setting and field work in production and construction areas; occasional exposure to WBGT readings of 105 degrees F or higher and cold environments of 50 degrees F for up to several hours with intermittent breaks; occasional walking over rough, uneven terrain, mud and gravel surfaces in construction and outdoor work areas; occasional working at heights up to 60’ above ground on platforms, building and tank roof tops; must be able to climb 50’ vertical ladder.

Excellent compensation and benefits, which are effective the first day of employment!


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