Safety Specialist

Prattville, AL, US, 36067

James Hardie Building Products Inc. is the North American leader in fiber cement home siding and exterior design solutions. Hardie® products offer long lasting beauty and endless design possibilities with trusted protection and low maintenance. The company pioneered modern fiber cement building products and continues to invest in innovation to transform the industry. James Hardie is a high-performance organization, with an unwavering commitment to Zero Harm. The company proudly employs a diverse workforce of over 3,000 employees across operations in North America.

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Onsite from the Prattville, AL plant


The Safety Specialist supports the facility in developing both short- and long-term improvement strategies and coaches managers on safety issues. The incumbent ensures the proper management of the safety processes and provides feedback on strengths and focus areas to the site EH&S Manager, Department Managers, Frontline Leaders and Contractors.  As a member of the plant team, the Safety Specialist reports to the site EH&S Manager and assists in the establishment of a safe culture. The incumbent plans and coordinates safety-based activities and training to maintain compliance with company, state, local and federal regulations and provides assistance to other department heads to promote and maintain a proactive and positive safety culture.


What You’ll Do: 

  • Provides direction to the site on improvement strategies and feedback on safety performance to the plant management team and Supervisors on an on-going basis by: (50%)
    • Analyzing Construction and Contractor performance through pre-work task assessment, inspections conducted, and behavioral observations completed to identify safety performance trends;
    • Coaching Construction Managers and Supervisors in daily morning meetings on trends identified in order to improve crews and managers engagement in the safety process;
    • Performing one-on-one coaching sessions with Construction Managers, Engineers and Supervisors who consistently exhibit non-compliance with safety programs to develop performance improvement plans;

    Incident reports:
    • Reviewing incident reports to make sure quality, accuracy, and investigation of the report meets quality standards (on an as-needed basis);
    • Coaching individuals on how to conduct an incident investigation;
    • Assisting in investigations to help identify hazards or risks of the incident; and
    • Following-up on established corrective actions to ensure it has been completed by the due date.

    Hazard Reports:
    • Reviewing the quality and critical thinking process applied during the preparation of the report to ensure accurate information;
    • Ensuring corrective action and completion dates were established within the report; and
    • Following-up on correction actions to ensure they have been completed by the due date.

    Near-Hit Reports:
    • Reviewing the quality, accuracy, and investigation process applied in reporting and representing the hazard or associated risk;
    • Following-up on corrective actions and ensuring completion dates have been established and completed; and
    • Reviewing and assisting (if needed) in a risk assessment.

    Risk Assessment Audits:
    • Coaching personnel on proper execution of risk assessment process;
    • Assisting in risk assessment audits to identify levels and priorities of risks identified;
    • Assisting personnel in formulating corrective actions to the hazards identified through the risk assessment; and
    • Following-up on corrective action to ensure they have been completed by the due date.


What You’ll Bring:  

• Ability to understand, comply with and communicate state or federal safety and health OSHA regulations and environmental regulations (EPA).
• Knowledge and ability to update safety policies and procedures manuals.
• Ability to coach personnel on how to perform audits of job sites, manufacturing, and plant operations.
• Ability to assist with safety-related training as needed.
• Ability to coach personnel on how to thoroughly investigate accidents and development of effective corrective action recommendations.
• Ability to manage the flow of all required reports and documentation.
• Demonstrated intermediate skills with the standard features of various personal computer word processing and spreadsheet software (Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, and other proprietary software).
• Sound judgment, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to deliver sustainable and superior results.

• Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Enviromental Science, or related experience in lieu of education.Degree must be from an accredited institution. High school diploma/GED required.
• 3-5 or more years of manufacturing experience working as an Safety professional.
• 2+ or more years of experience leading, mentoring, and coaching in manufacturing and/or construction organizations.

• Professional Industry Certifications a plus


What You’ll Receive:

At James Hardie, we recognize that our success depends on our people. We've worked hard to build a generous and competitive benefits program that demonstrates our commitment to our employees.

  • Comprehensive low-cost co-pay Health Insurance; medical, dental, prescription, and vision insurance benefits for every 30+ hour full-time employee. Insurance starts on day one!
  • 401(k) Retirement plan that will match 100% of employees saved dollars up to the first 6% of your salary
  • Paid holidays, paid vacation including Jury Duty and bereavement leave
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Parental Leave
  • Community Involvement & Sustainable Solutions - Fire Resistant Siding to Help Rebuild the Grizzly Flats Community | James Hardie
  • And more



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James Hardie Building Products Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, veteran's status, marital status, pregnancy, disability, or any other basis protected by law.

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