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EHS/Ergonomic Specialist

Columbia, SC, United States  |  Manufacturing (Group)  |  ID: REQ-11318


Job Location

USA, Columbia, SC

Job Posting Title

EHS/Ergonomic Specialist

The Challenge

The EHS Specialist position is an individual contributor role that will report directly to a senior EHS Leader and take additional work direction from the site continuous improvement leader focused on ergonomics. This role is responsible for implementation and maintenance of the GEA EHS Management System in their organization and/or at their site. Examples of support include but are not limited to conducting ergonomic assessment, executing compliance assurance program tasks (e.g., conducting audits and inspections), performing environmental inspections, presenting EHS compliance training, and working closely with operators, technicians, and/or skilled trades and their supervisors to develop a robust EHS culture and reliable processes.

What you will Do

EHS Operations: Provide functional EHS leadership and technical expertise to the site Operations team to support business needs based on compliance requirements, business risk profile, change management needs, and performance objectives.

  • Utilize engineering controls to eliminate hazards that cause or have the potential to cause injuries and incidents.
  • Assist operational team in annual self-assessment of GEA EHS Management System elements.
  • Deliver simple, strong, and sustainable compliance and risk management solutions that are integrated in daily site operations and business lean enterprise strategy.
  • Support development and implementation of the site-specific injury reduction and EHS risk management plan including specific actions, owners, and due dates. Work with the EHS Leader to integrate the actions required to achieve sustainable injury reduction results in the site’s operational excellence goals and metrics.
  • Lead site respiratory protection program administration including medical surveillance and fit testing. 
  • Support execution of annual site EHS training plan. Ensure timely delivery of training including new regulations and standards.
  • Support site environmental compliance as applicable (e.g., air emissions, wastewater operations, water discharge, and waste disposal & recycling). Contribute to site annual environmental reporting obligations as required (e.g., update site inventories).
  • Under the direction of the EHS Leader, work with stakeholders (e.g., project leaders) to complete contractor safe work plans, lock out tag out assessments, and new equipment reviews, which may require travel to the equipment manufacturer.
  • Respond to employee requests for EHS assistance and evaluation and follow through to implement immediate and longer-term corrective actions.
  • Participate in site incident investigations (e.g., injuries, fires, spills) to ensure causal factors are identified, prevention steps are taken and validated, and lessons learned are shared and leveraged in a timely manner. Learn and apply Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) principles.
  • Use data analytics to analyze trends and identify site opportunities that may not be readily visible using only anecdotal levels of feedback. Learn how to use the business EHS management system (i.e., Gensuite).

Culture and Communication:

  • Drive a collaborative, problem-solving culture that supports open reporting and sustainable achievement of business results.
  • Provide excellent customer service and be a technical resource for the operations team to ensure compliance with regulatory and GE requirements. Respond to questions and/or concerns with timely, accurate responses.
  • Work with the site operations team to drive a culture of problem resolution and execute initiatives in the site’s annual EHS operating plan. 

Management Systems and Compliance:

  • Implement EHS management systems, processes, and procedures to achieve sustainable compliance and business performance results. Integrate EHS management tools in the lean enterprise operating processes. Drive for solutions that address both short-term operational risks and long-term environmental liability management.
  • Drive standardization across the operation for management of change and high-risk processes including but not limited to overhead cranes, lock out tag out, and ergonomics

Continuous Improvement / Ergonomics:

  • Support ergo-related first aid/recordable investigations by providing ergonomic assessments and corrective actions.
  • Conduct and record objective ergonomics assessments using GEA approved ergonomic tools for skilled users (examples include but not limited to Michigan 3DSSPP, Ergo Web Enterprise, The Shoulder Tool, Handpak, Force Gauges, or equivalent tools and awareness training for Jack)
  • Maintain an accurate site Ergonomic Scorecard
  • Work cooperatively with engineering, lean, quality, and other stakeholders to develop and implement feasible design and process solutions for ergonomic issues.
  • Educate plant team members (i.e.: Team Leaders (TL), ABLs, safety reps, Kaizen Performance Officers (KPO) and KPS) on basic ergonomics-risk recognition.
  • Support Camden and/or business-wide initiatives as directed by Ergonomics Program Manager

What you need to Succeed

  • Ability to identify problems accurately, develop appropriate alternatives, and work in a team-based environment to implement practical and effective solutions in a timely manner.
  • Ability to provide clear, concise, and effective written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and manage concurrent assignments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a cross-functional team environment and influence/drive change.
  • Proven record of problem solving, results and accomplishments.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years of EHS experience - implementing environmental, safety, and or ergonomics compliance programs.
  • Legal authorization to work in the country/region where the business is hiring is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BS or BA Degree in Engineering, Occupational Safety & Health, Environmental Science, Industrial or Manufacturing Engineering or related discipline/experience.
  • Master's degree in an EHS discipline.
  • Strong knowledge of OSHA, DOT HMT, EPA regulations.
  • Knowledge and application of the principals of LEAN manufacturing, and six sigma.
  • Advanced computer skills.
  • Audit experience or qualifications.
  • Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Hygienist, and/or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Working Conditions:

  • Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment.
  • Work may involve lifting of materials and product up to 30 pounds.
  • Working in this environment requires the use of safety equipment to include but not limited to; eye safety glasses, hearing protectors, work boots, and hardhats.
  • These roles will require frequent walking in a manufacturing plant environment.
  • Travel may be required: 10% - 20%.
  • Hours & Weekends: Working off-shift and weekends may be required.

GE Appliances is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.



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