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EH&S Coordinator

Date: Jan 28, 2021

Location: Pulaski, VA, US

Company: James Hardie

Position Summary


As a member of the Environmental Health & Safety  (EH&S) Department reporting to the EH&S Manager, the Safety Coordinator is responsible for making decisions around day-to-day safety issues that may arise in the plant. The primary responsibilities of the Safety Coordinator are to manage all areas of the Safety Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Program, develop and deliver training encompassed around the Company’s core safety programs, and drive and audit corrective action and data driven programs. 


Position Responsibilities


Manages the EH&S Department’s Key Performance Indicator Program by:  (50%)


  • Supporting the Department’s daily, weekly, monthly KPI’s by administering, coaching, and consulting the appropriate individuals to ensure effective execution of all reporting, forms, tasks, and audits in order to meet Company guidelines;
  • Entering data into the KPI database and creating graphs, spreadsheets, or other forms of data-driven reporting tools to aid in supporting decision-making involving safety programs and initiatives;
  • Working closely with plant staff to effectively interact and monitor the established KPI’s which include the following:
    • Incident Reports
      • Review incident reports to make sure quality, accuracy, and investigation of the report is sufficient (on an as-needed basis);
      • Assist in safety investigations to help identify hazards or risks of the incident;
      • Follow-up with established corrective actions to ensure corrective action has been completed by the due date; and
      • Coach individuals on how to conduct an incident report.
    • Hazard Reports
      • Review the quality and critical thinking process applied during the preparation of the report to ensure accurate information;
      • Ensure that corrective action and completion dates were established within the report; and
      • Follow-up on correction actions to ensure corrective action has been completed by the due date.
    • Near Hit Reports
      • Review the quality, accuracy, and investigation process applied in reporting and representing the hazard or associated risk;
      • Follow-up on corrective action and completion date have been established and completed; and
      • Review and assist (if needed) in a risk assessment.
    • Non-Routine Task Forms
      • Review the quality and critical thinking process applied to ensure effectiveness and completeness of all hazards identified and proper controls in place; and
      • Coach individuals on the program when data supports a training need.
    • Behavioral Audits
      • Coach individuals on the program when data supports a training need; and
      • Review documents for quality of focus and reporting of safe and unsafe behaviors.
    • Pre-Shift Topics
      • Aid in selection of weekly pre-shift topics;
      • Assist in the development of weekly pre-shift topics;
      • Advise employees on proper delivery of pre-shift topics to crews; and
      • Audit effectiveness of pre-shift topic discussion involving the delivery of understanding and retaining the information.
    • Housekeeping Audits
      • Review effectiveness of program;
      • Review quality of audits;
      • Consult with individuals on completion of audit or follow-up on items identified when data supports a consultation need; and
      • Generate data involving scoring of audits to drive change.
    • Risk Assessment Audits
      • Proactively identify areas or tasks where possible risk to employees may exist needing a risk assessment conducted;
      • Assist in risk assessment audit to identify levels and priorities of risks identified;
      • Aid in formulating corrective actions to the hazards identified through the risk assessment;
      • Review planned corrective actions for safety compliance; and
      • Provide support in the completion of correction actions when needed.


Assists in developing and facilitating monthly safety training and new hire orientation by: (40%)


  • Developing the training presentation for the Plant Manager to present at the monthly Safety meetings.  The training presentation is to include the following:
    • Incidents from other plants to promote similar task awareness and implementation of corrective actions that may apply;
    • KPI data from the previous month to give crews a representation of their past performance of within Safety program;
    • Communication slide in chart form of completed hazard reports;
    • Comparison slide of incidents by plant represented by bar chart; and
    • Integration of KPI data of crew performance.
  • Creating safety alerts by taking pictures and writing explanations regarding the safety issue to be communicated, distributing the alert and ensuring effective communication;
  • Creating a monthly safety gazette to communicate various safety topics to promote awareness of safety programs selected by the Safety Manager for the month.  (The safety gazette is to include information on changes in the plant, safety program requirements, and instructions on complying with safety programs.);
  • Conducting the EH&S Department’s new hire orientation training on a bi-weekly basis:
    • Ensure safety training agenda is followed;
    • Coordinate employees who may be assisting in executing certain safety training presentations; and
    • Complete grading of quiz packets and review for passing grades and manage, with direction from the Safety Manager, further training of an individual when quiz grade supports a need.


Actively participates in ensuring compliance and cooperation for all safety programs and initiatives, including: (10%)


  • Monitoring the Safety program’s compliance through personal involvement with plant floor staff and interactions;
  • Effectively communicating with the Safety Manager;
  • Reviewing safety documents received by the Safety Department; and
  • Assisting in safety audits.


The position responsibilities outlined above are in no way to be construed as all encompassing.  Other duties, responsibilities, and qualifications may be required and/or assigned as necessary.



Quantitative Dimensions

Lead Responsibilities:

The Safety Coordinator will coordinate various initiatives in the absence of the Safety Manager for the Facility Management Team.

Scope of Position:


Under the direction of the EH&S Manager, the Safety Coordinator will establish and promote a safe, accident free, and healthy work environment.  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 productive EH&S culture.


Position Requirements


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



  • Ability to understand, comply with and communicate state or federal Safety and Health OSHA regulations.
  • Knowledge and ability to update safety policies and procedures manuals.
  • Ability to perform audits of job sites, manufacturing, and plant operations.
  • Ability to assist with safety-related training as needed.
  • Ability to thoroughly investigate accidents and provide 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.





  • B.S. in Health and Safety / Environmental or B.S. in Industrial Hygiene.
  • 1-3 years of EHS experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience leading, mentoring and coaching in manufacturing organizations (preferred).



Decision Making: Identifying and understanding issues; problems, and opportunities; comparing data from different sources to draw conclusions; using effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; taking action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills: Having achieved a satisfactory level of technical and professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas; keeping up with current developments and trends in areas of expertise.

Communication: Clearly conveying information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.

Building Partnerships: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, units, or organizations to help achieve business goals.

Managing Conflict: Dealing effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; using appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.

Stress Tolerance: Maintaining stable performance under pressure or opposition (such as time pressure, or job ambiguity); handling stress in a manner that is acceptable to others and to the organization.

Continuous Learning: Actively identifying new areas for learning; regularly creating and taking advantage of learning opportunities; using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.

Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or the work environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures

Gaining Commitment:   Using appropriate interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans; modifying one’s own behavior to accommodate tasks, situations, and individuals involved.

Information Monitoring:  Setting up ongoing procedures to collect and review information needed to manage an organization or ongoing activities within it.



















James Hardie is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability. Equal Employment Opportunity is the law.

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