Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Chesapeake, Virginia

Created 01/14/2021
Reference 128756407
Country United States
State Virginia
City Chesapeake
Zip 23324
  1. We are seeking an entrepreneurial Environmental Health and Safety professional to join our high caliber team.
  2. This is an exciting opportunity develop and implement a comprehensive EHS management system from ground up.

Who we are

  1. Headquartered in Europe, we are the world’s leading manufacturer of highly engineered specialty rail equipment.
  2. Our US headquarters in Norfolk VA, with over 350 associates, which is shortly to undergo a $54 million expansion.
  3. We design and manufacturer complex mobile rail equipment supporting the nations critical rail infrastructure.
  4. We also operate our own contracting fleet supporting civil construction companies, class 1 and short line railroads.


  1. Work closely and partner with Human Resources Manager to transition EHS responsibilities.
  2. The EHS Manager must be capable of developing from the ground up a pro-active EHS culture within a heavy industrial manufacturing environment in addition to supporting our field service team and rail contracting teams.
  3. Expertise at Manager level developing and implementing from the ground up a comprehensive EHS management system with demonstrated results in developing a pro-active, incident free workplace and best practices.
  4. The EHS Manager role is a critical role within our organization and the below are “Must Have” expertise:
    • Be able to demonstrate tangible improvements in recordable injury rates, near misses, first aids and hazard awareness, best practices and training, resulting incomprehensive employee engagement culture.
    • Know “What good looks like” and most importantly ‘How to get there’ with a sense of urgency.
    • Possess depth of expertise developing and implementing comprehensive EHS best practices and business wide communication and tiered training and additional training based on data from hazard observations.
    • Highly visible within the organization, capable of developing robust EHS processes, reporting and corrective action to ensure compliance with all federal, state, local regulations and Company policies.
    • Possess demonstrated success reducing TRIR, DART, first aids, hazards and ‘at risk behaviors’ by engaging all associates in a ‘safety first’ culture with 5S, Lean enterprise, continuous improvement best practices.
    • An articulate communicator, with excellent verbal and written with excellent training skills throughout the business, protecting all associates and business from known and unkown hazards and risks.
    • Develop an array of enterprise wide communication, including toolbox talks, daily gemba walks, behavior driving KPI’s, plant wide communication, training materials and assessments.
    • Develop material, implement and teach a comprehensive EHS training program.
    • Expertise operating in a complex heavy manufacturing environment in compliance with the specifications and regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
    • Expertise operating within Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
    • Possess extensive expertise in environmental compliance developing robust environmental compliance processes such as air, water and spill prevention and emergency response program initiatives.


  1. EHS Manager reports directly to VP Quality and Continuous Improvement.
  2. Partners with Human Resources Manager.
  3. Supports Business Unit Leaders in Equipment, Contracting, Technology, Parts and Service.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Develops and implements a world class comprehensive EHS management system.
  2. Implementing EHS best practices and further develop our internal business and regulatory compliance reporting.
  3. Extensive working knowledge and expertise with EPA, FRA and OSHA regulations.
  4. Implement comprehensive EHS reporting of leading and lagging KPI’s, 5S, “SafeTrack’ awareness and audits.
  5. Timely reporting of all environmental compliance; air permit, water, discharge, noise sampling etc.
  6. Implement comprehensive manufacturing plant “Emergency Response Plan”
  7. Chairs and implements a fully functional safety council across the locations and field teams.
  8. Build relationships with employees, supervisors, managers and executive leadership to bring awareness of EHS.
  9. Seek employee involvement at all levels to develop a pro-active EHS culture, correcting potential hazards.
  10. Must possess excellent “people” and “communication” skills, building trust and respect throughout the enterprise.
  11. Engaging all associates in Plasser American Production System, 5S, Lean enterprise, continuous improvement.
  12. Operates with a sense of urgency, a natural pro-active entrepreneurial leadership style.
  13. Strong organization and planning skills needed for managing multiple projects with deadlines at several locations.
  14. A collaborative style with effective leadership and persuasion skills with ability to hold others accountable.
  15. Candidates must be flexible with travel and remote working on the nation’s railroads supporting our railroad contracting and field service support teams, shift work, early morning, evenings and occasional weekends.


  1. BS/BA (preferably in health & safety, environmental science, engineering, or related discipline) is REQUIRED.
  2. Prefer safety-related certification, e.g., ASP/CSP/CIH/CHMM.
  3. 10 years expertise at Manager level developing and implementing comprehensive EHS systems.
  4. Extensive medium / heavy industrial manufacturing experience in addition to previous railroad experience.
  5. Advanced knowledge of Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulations.
  6. Expertise in developing OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Plan) safety management system.
  7. Advanced knowledge of all Microsoft Office products required (Word, Outlook, Power-Point, Excel).
  8. Driver’s license, with five-year safe driving record.

Licensing and Certifications:

  1. Possess or ability to acquire and maintain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card.
  2. Ability to secure an eRailSafe credentials supporting nation’s railroads.

Working conditions and/or physical requirements:

  1. Work will be conducted in and around industrial manufacturing facilities and railroads.
  2. Some travel required throughout US, Canada and Mexico, up to 20%.
  3. Must be able to climb stairs, access roofs and other areas via ladders and handle hazardous materials.
  4. Ability to lift at least 25 pounds required.

Employer Plasser American Corp

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