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Environmental, Health & Safety Manager

Lactalis Heritage Dairy
Tulare, California, US
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

TITLE: Environmental, Health & Safety Manager

REPORTS TO:Plant Director


Lactalis Heritage Dairy is currently seeking candidates to join our team in Tulare, CA.

Lactalis Group, the world leader in dairy, is a family-owned business with more than 85,000 pragmatic and ambitious professionals worldwide, committed to providing healthy and delicious dairy products that bring people together every day. At Lactalis, our core values of AMBITION, ENGAGEMENT, and SIMPLICITY are at the heart of everything we do.

If you're looking for a unique experience with a company that offers strong brands, professional expertise, and a dynamic work environment that champions entrepreneurial spirit, hands-on responsibility, and real opportunity for career development, we want to hear from you!

Lactalis Heritage Dairy: inviting you to share with us your STORY, your PASSION, and your EXPERTISE.

From your PASSION to ours

The Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Manager will manage the Environmental, Health & Safety Programs at the plant. The EHS Manager will partner with the site leadership team and the corporate EHS team to manage activities involved in establishing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment by following OSHA requirements and other recognized guidelines and regulations.

From your EXPERTISE to ours

Key responsibilities for this position include:
  • Partner with the Corporate Director of EHS to establish and execute an effective portfolio of strategies and plans that promote employee awareness, reduce/eliminate accidents, and risks, and actively monitor overall safety performance in the organization to achieve excellence in safety.
  • Partner with site teams to implement company EHS programs; engaging and involving all workers to understand and employ safety, environmental and security policies, and programs.
  • Provide counsel and floor support to site teams for safety, health and environmental questions, concerns, identification, and control of hazards, recommending best/better practices.
  • Leads the development of risk assessment methods/systems for anticipating, identifying, evaluating, and reducing hazards.
  • Partner with the Corporate Director of EHS on the prioritization or reduction of TF1 and TF2 incidents through appropriate education, training and rigorous safety measures.
  • Lead and manage the incident management and near miss program, investigating incidents, determining root causes, and implementing corrective and preventative actions.
  • Facilitate the safety committee team, providing guidance, overseeing safety inspections, meetings and task list follow-up.
  • Responsible for the administration of the workers compensation program at the plant. Ensures completion of First Reports of Injury and other records, maintains contact with workers' compensation carrier and ensures reports are submitted timely. Proactively conducts ergonomic assessments and makes recommendation to reduce risk. Collaborates with HR on accommodations and return to work programs.
  • Involved in chemical and hazardous materials management programs (i.e., Process Safety Management, Ammonia Refrigeration Management Program, etc.). Ensures Safety Data Sheets are
  • Lead environmental programs established within the organization to include recycling of all office wastes in accordance with program guidelines, initiate power conservation techniques by turning off lights and computers when not in use.
  • Partners with the Corporate Director of EHS to implement the environmental control strategies at the plant (Wastewater Treatment, Particles Emission and Filtration, Dust Hazard Control, Ammonia Systems Controls, Process Safety management. Serves as primary point of contact for all Local, State and Federal EH&S related inquiries.
  • Partners with the Corporate EHS Director and legal teams during all environmental investigations involving government agencies (EPA, DEC, OSHA, etc.). Maintain, monitor and report on all EHS performance metrics.
  • Create, audit and implement necessary programs and projects across the site in support of permitting & compliance (i.e., OSHA, EPA, site/occupancy planning, chemical storage, noise surveying, air quality, wastewater discharge, SPCC, etc.).
  • Owns and manages the plant safety audit program, ensuring audits are performed as scheduled and data is captured, monitored and used to drive improvements.
  • Partner with the Corporate Director of EHS to develop, implement and maintain all EHS written programs/policies/procedures (such as LOTO, Confined Space Entry, etc.) Ensure all policies and procedures are fully deployed and maintained within the plant.
  • Responsible for EHS reporting which includes performance against targets and goals, regulatory reporting, corporate and customer required reporting. Share trends and suggestions with the plant leadership team to proactively correct and improve EHS performance when targets are not met.
  • Collaborate with site teams and HR on annual training plans and required EHS training. Ensure training records are maintained and in accordance with Company procedures.
  • Manage, train and develop EHS team members through mentoring, coaching and coordination of individual development plans. Provide performance feedback on an ongoing basis. Partner with HR on
  • employee relations issues.

From your STORY to ours

Qualified applicants will contribute the following:

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety and/or Environmental concentration preferred; an advanced degree is a plus.
  • 5+ years of experience in safety and environmental management is required. Food manufacturing experience is preferred.
  • 5+ years of experience leading direct-reporting team members.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Proven track record of implementing effective EH&S programs with positive results.
  • Knowledge of appropriate federal, state, county, city and institutional regulations regarding food processing operations.
  • Strong knowledge of Workers Compensation claim management, including managing internal processes and procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of OSHA, EPA, ISO 14001, Federal, State, City and County standards and regulations.
  • Good problem-solving techniques including knowledge of LEAN and/or Six Sigma methodologies.
  • Strong ability to communicate across all levels of an organization.
  • Effective training techniques to diverse audiences.
  • Entrepreneurial and hands-on - committed to innovation, continuous improvement and moving beyond the norm.
  • Self-starter, takes initiative, a driver for change, personable and approachable, collaborative, and passionate about their work.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in a changing, complex environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Excel.

Lactalis Heritage Dairy is an equal employment opportunity employer. We will not discriminate against applicants with regard to any legally-recognized basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disabilities.

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