EHS Manager
Dean Foods

Garden City, Kansas

Posted in Manufacturing and Production


Job Info


The Environmental and Health and Safety Manager is responsible for managing the Environmental and Health and Safety functions for the assigned facility. Develops, implements, and maintains site policies adhering to local, state, and federal environmental health and safety regulations. Responsible for overseeing the preparation, maintenance, and updating of EHS policy and procedure manuals. Ensures compliance with all environmental, health, and safety regulations and keeps abreast of any changes to laws and regulations that impact the organization. Works with BU EHS Manger, plant management and supervisors to execute effective safety programs that drive positive behaviors and results.

  • Safety. Acts as a key member of the Plant Leadership Team. Participates in plant leadership meetings, and provides leadership in the area of Plant Safety. Ensures effective execution of plant safety programs and policies. Actively assesses plant compliance and execution regarding safety programs, including:
    • Support the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Committee Standard to promote consistency and clarity for the plant in establishing and maintaining an EHS Committee by ensuring monthly meetings are scheduled and held, reviewing the EHS Dashboard with the EHS Committee at each meeting, act as EHS Committee Chairperson or designate a chairperson, ensure meeting minutes are maintained and posted and maintain the EHS Committee Log and ensure all items are completed or addressed.
    • Manages audiometric testing and hearing conservation programs inclusive of noise surveys.
    • Manages the plant personal protective equipment, work clothing and safety equipment programs according to company standards and operating budget. Manages the respiratory protection program, including quantitative fit testing, respirator distribution, and pulmonary function testing
    • Develops and implements effective plant programs for the identification, prevention and control of occupational injuries. Develops, coordinates and administers plant health and safety education and training programs.
    • Maintains current awareness of applicable federal, state, and local health, industrial hygiene, and safety regulations. Maintains legal, governmental and company environmental permitting/reporting, health, medical and safety-related records according to standards, including confidentiality. Maintains an accurate OSHA 200/300 log. Accompanies visiting inspectors and reports findings.
    • Administers the plant hazard communication program, including maintaining up-to-date SDS, effective identification of all chemicals, chemical inventory and related training and education programs including: Respiratory Protection, Hearing Conservation, Hazard Communication, PPE, Hot Work, Confined Space, Lockout/Tagout, Emergency Response, etc.
    • Reviews all manufacturing and support operations to assure ongoing safety. Assists the line organization in developing job safety analyses (JSA's) and safe operating procedures for all tasks and in investigating incidents. Develops and implements audit programs to review and assure compliance with applicable health and safety standards.
    • Reviews and manages site Safety Audit and Observations Programs with emphasis on promoting heightened levels of Safety awareness.
    • Assists plant management in investigating workplace incidents, determine root cause, and develop corrective actions. Maintains the site incident logs.
  • Environmental Program Administration. Acts as a key member of the Leadership Management Team. Participates in plant leadership meetings, and provides leadership in the area of Plant Environmental programs and compliance. Ensures effective execution of plant environmental programs and policies. Actively assesses plant compliance and execution regarding environmental regulatory compliance, including:
    • Administers plant regulatory programs, including Waste Management, Regulatory Permit Compliance (air, storm water, wastewater), etc.
    • Site liaison with corporate offices on environmental and legal concerns.
    • Site owner of regulatory permit completion/submissions.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration. Acts as a key member of the Plant Leadership Team. Actively engages in plant leadership meetings and provides timely feedback to Plant Leadership Team regarding regulatory and safety topics. May provide and/or receive input from across functional boundaries. Understands organizational mesh points and potential synergies. Integrates team efforts across business segments and channels. Interacts with Dairy Farmers of America's (DFA's) Safety Managers/Directors and utilizes Dairy Farmers of America's (DFA's) Safety Program resources. Understands available resources, both in the Plant and outside of the Plant and utilizes those resources when appropriate.
  • Leadership.Acts with integrity. Treats others with dignity and respect. Models behavior that is consistent with Dairy Farmers of America's (DFA's) core values. Delivers on commitments and deadlines and holds others accountable for the same. Provides functional leadership to all plant locations. Acts as a responsible advocate for Regulatory requirements and Employee Safety. Understands the importance of compliance and reports any and all observations of non-compliance.
  • Communication. Effectively communicates with all levels of the organization. Demonstrates excellent presentation, oral, and written communication skills, including facilitating and giving presentations. Communicates effectively and professionally to both internal and external parties using appropriate methods and technology. Executes outstanding customer communication and relationship building techniques.
  • Demonstrated Business Acumen. Understands cause and effect relationships with regard to variables that impact the business viability of the organization.
  • The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned as required.

Other Responsibilities
  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
  • As a leading provider of cheese and dairy ingredients for the global food industry, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is supported by a diverse and educated team of high-quality employees. We seek personnel with expertise in their fields who also demonstrate our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Innovation, and Teamwork. Headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas.
Required Experience
  • BS degree in Safety/Environmental Sciences or related field
  • 3 years of progressive work experience in Safety and Regulatory Administration, preferably in a manufacturing environment
Required Skills
  • Good analytical ability, including the ability to analyze statistical data and make sound recommendations
  • Must be CPR/First Aid certified or ability to be certified
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Must be organized and detail oriented, and be able to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities
  • Must be innovative and performance and quality driven
  • Must be able to demonstrate leadership skills and capabilities as a part of the plant leadership team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and/or relevant software packages
An Equal Opportunity Employer



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