Environmental, Health & Safety Principal at CooperVision, Inc in Rochester, New York

Posted in Manufacturing 7 days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Job Summary

The EHS Principal, as member of the site leadership team, proactively plans, directs and implements plant safety environmental programs to ensure a safe, healthy, and accident-free work environment. Responsible for building a culture of safety and leading all aspects of the plant’s compliance efforts with federal, state and local EHS regulations and all corporate and plant safety programs and policies. Develops, maintains and/or executes plant and company strategic goals, including the successful completion of the annual EHS Plan.  Provides direction and leadership to all plant department managers, supervisors and employees in matters dealing with EHS related matters. Ensure activities involving accident/incident investigation and corrective actions in all matters relating to promoting employee’s safe working environment are implemented and reported through appropriate channels to resolution. Also responsible to develop company culture to drive towards sustainability through both local and global initiatives, aligning with The Cooper Companies Social Responsibility vision, including but not limited to sustainability initiatives.

Essential Functions & Accountabilities

1.    Manage all safety and environmental programs per corporate guidelines.  Act as in-house consultant on all matters pertaining to EHS and Sustainability.  Represent the Scottsville site on the CooperVision global EHS team.

2.    Responsible for leading the site Sustainability Team and driving strategic initiatives that are in alignment with site and corporate objectives.

3.    Manage site LEED-EBOM initiatives including gap assessment, strategy development and overall implementation.

4.    Serve as liaison between the company and external regulatory agencies (i.e., OSHA, DEC) and insurance carriers (property and worker’s compensation).

5.    Create and implement appropriate KPIs for EHS Department.  Track and communicate agreed-upon site EHS metrics to appropriate parties and prepare monthly EHS status reports.

6.    Responsible for ensuring EHS Department’s readiness for audits and prompt closure of audit findings.

7.    Manage the implementation of all applicable OSHA programs (Hazard Communication, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, electrical safety, confined space, hot work, PPE, etc.) with initial and periodic training of employees.

8.    Ensure that relevant compliance documentation as required by OSHA, USEPA, NYSDEC, NYSDOH are maintained by EHS Department.  Responsible to ensure OSHA 300 log, Form 300A, BLS reporting and coordination with Workers Compensation specialist to manage return to work program are properly executed.

9.    Lead EHS aspects of management-of-change, including consulting on design of new equipment for safety, contractor qualification and safety training, review of new/modified equipment for EHS approval, and serving as a resource for other departments as they write internal procedures.

10.    Supervise and mentor all department associates.

11.    Performs other duties as assigned.

CooperVision’s management team is committed to the development of and implementation of the quality management system and maintaining its effectiveness by communicating to the organization the importance of meeting customer as well as statutory and regulatory requirements.

Will require approximately 5% international travel.


Responsible for all Environmental Health & Safety related activities, including Environmental Sustainability, in Scottsville Manufacturing Operations which is a 24/7 manufacturing facility.  Will have interactions with manufacturing operators through corporate executive leadership.  Will be involved in global audits.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:    

•    Technical and regulatory Environmental, Health and Safety knowledge is required.

•    Thorough knowledge of Environmental Sustainability.

•    Ability to interact with and present to corporate executive leadership.

•    Working experience in implementing EHS regulations, conducting incident investigations, and managing cross-functional teams.

•    Ability to establish measurable project goals and implementation plans, balance conflicting work demands for self and department, and develop action plans.

•    Ability to develop standards and/or policies that meet business objectives.

•    Ability to actively listen build, maintain effective working relationships with internal/external colleagues and stakeholders, and resolve conflict constructively.

•    Excellent organization and communication skills in a fast-paced environment.

•    High attention to detail and accuracy in work.

Work Environment:    

•    Light industry to office environment

•    Moderate noise level


•    Five or more years EHS experience in a manufacturing environment.

•    Proven results in execution of sustainability initiatives.

•    Experience in a leadership role demonstrating influence over direct and non-direct reports.

•    Must have working knowledge of OSHA requirements and how these apply in a manufacturing facility.


•    Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

•    Advanced degree in relevant field (i.e. Environmental Sustainability, Health & Safety Management)

•    Active membership / association with the local chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers

•    OSHA certifications

•    EHS or Engineering professional certification is required


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