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Bison Gear & Engineering Corporation Environmental Health and Safety Manager in Saint Charles, Illinois

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Do people describe you as a Go-getter? Do you find challenges exciting? At Bison, our team makes it possible for our customers products to GO! If you're looking for a new role with an organization that will allow you to run with your innovative ideas in a collaborative team culture, don't delay, GO apply today!

About us...

Bison Gear and Engineering began in 1960 by designing problem-solving gearboxes and gear motors for their customers. Today, the company has grown into an industry leader for fractional horsepower electric motor, integral gearmotor and gear reducer products by implementing innovative lean manufacturing processes, world class engineering and customer support teams driven by their Robusticity® design philosophy; allowing Bison to consistently expand its product line with new motion control and power transmission solutions.

At Bison, we make your products go.®

Why join our team?

We believe that personal, professional and company growth all go hand in hand. So we develop, challenge and incentivize our people to deliver the very best for our loyal customers. We’re a team made up of problem solvers, risk-takers, thinkers and doers.

At Bison we give you the opportunity to develop your career based on your strengths and potential. Bison is a career destination for engaged, passionate and talented people who are driven to seek the innovation, growth and opportunity that we offer.

Environmental Health and Safety Manager

Reports to: Vice President of Administration

Department: Administration

Classification: Exempt FLSA

Job Function:

The EHS Manager will design, manage, and complete objectives and activities which will increase Bison’s overall level of safety and environmental regulatory compliance. This will be accomplished through the continuous improvement and development of Bison’s policies and programs, safety training, safety inspections, accident/incident investigations, documentation policy, and job hazard and safety assessments. The EHS Manger will strive to help Bison maintain the highest standards of employee safety and compliance with OSHA and EPA standards by continuing to evaluate changes in regulations and industry best practices and identifying areas for improvement within Bison and working with the VP Administration and management to adopt the necessary changes to Bison’s policies, work practices, and programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Manage the development, continuous improvement, and administration of the Bison Health & Safety Policy.

  • Manage the implementation, evaluation, and the development of the Bison Safety & Health Management System. Develop a project plan to manage the journey towards compliance with ISO 45001 in 2020, with a target of 2023 for certification.

  • Coordinate the integration of Behavior Based Safety practices into Bison’s Safety & Health Management System and Policy.

  • Develop and manage an EPA compliant Environmental Management System using ISO 14001:2015 as a guide. Develop a project plan to manage the project from the initial development to ISO 14001 certification.

  • Continue the safety training curriculum development for Bison Gear. Ensure that this training curriculum complies with OSHA standards. These duties also include conducting new hire training, recurrent training, and incident/accident based retraining for all Bison employees.

  • Organize weekly safety walks with Safety Committee. Record all discrepancies noted and ensure timely remediation of all discrepancies identified.

  • Manage the job hazard and safety analysis program to ensure proper use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE for each job function. Assess JHAs annually or as work procedures are changed to ensure proper employee safety.

  • Assist Bison’s quality department and operations department with the development of standard work procedures and training incorporating manufacturer’s limitations, ergonomic best practices, and safe work considerations.

  • Responsible to identify improvements to ensure Bison’s compliance with OSHA and EPA standards and to work with management to implement corrective actions.

  • Coordinate training and proper utilization of the corporate SDS management system.

  • Conduct accident/incident and near miss investigations with department managers. Identify causation of the incident and development corrective actions and recommendations to prevent reoccurrence. Review recommendations with management and implement approved corrective actions.

  • Manage proper safety records including the OSHA 300, 300A, & 301 forms, accident and incident rate, and workers compensation injury data. File electronic reports with OSHA prior to the deadlines.

  • Interact with managers, supervisors, employees, vendors, and contractors to ensure adherence to Bison’s Safety and Health Policy and Bison’s Safety and Health Management System. Organize meetings and professionally communicate to all areas of the organization to ensure company alignment with our safety program.

  • Attend safety seminars, training, and meetings as required.

  • All other tasks as required by Bison leadership.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Must have 5 to 7 years minimum of safety experience in the manufacturing industry.

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year College or University.

Required Skill(s):

  • Excellent computer skills in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word), Adobe DC.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and government regulations.

  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, procedure manuals.

  • Experience in developing safety training curriculum and teaching small to medium size groups of people with diverse backgrounds.

  • Effectively present information and respond to questions and scenarios, from groups of managers, employees, clients, and the general public.

  • Confidentiality and discretion with strong ethical character a must.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with all levels of management and staff as well as outside clients, business associates and suppliers.

Certificates, Licenses, Registration

  • OSHA 30 Hour Card

  • OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Certified Trainer

  • ASP and/or CSP preferred

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the office work environment is usually quiet.

The noise level and work environment are typical to what is experience in a manufacturing factory. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Bison Benefits

  • Comprehensive Benefit Plans

  • Competitive Salary

  • 401K Match

  • Business Casual Work Environment

  • On-site Fitness Center

  • Tuition Reimbursement Plan