Safety Manager

Posted: Mar 02, 2018


Responsible for the Leadership & technical management of all safety programs at the Tacoma, WA Mill. The successful candidate will be a key leader helping create a safety focused culture. The position has the responsibility to design, modify, recommend and implement safety and health programs to assure a safe work environment. Lead compliance with all applicable safety and health regulations, corporate requirements and audit processes.

How you will impact WestRock:

  • Provide leadership in developing measures and practices that that prevent accidents and ensure compliance with OSHA standards.
  • Leads culture change towards injury-free facility through leadership, increasing employee engagement, effective training and coaching, on-the floor interactions and rule compliance.
  • Provide effective leadership and guidance in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: machine guarding, Lock Out/Tag Out systems, fork lift training, fire systems, hot work procedures, contractor training, mill safety communication, Hazwoper and Hazcom training, confined space program, process safety management, fall protection, asbestos etc.
  • Interface with Corporate Safety team and provide necessary reports, audit follow-ups etc.
  • Plans and executes industrial hygiene and safety programs including procedure development and employee training. Identifies problems or needs; gathers technical, cost or other relevant information; makes verbal and written reports/recommendations to senior management.
  • Maintains a working relationship with local, state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Ensures follow-up on all accident or near-miss reports, including recommended remedial action as part of the investigative team.
  • Serves as the primary contact for OSHA inspections: takes charge of inspection activities, makes corporate notifications and accompanies OSHA inspectors on their tours of the plant.
  • Routinely audits the mill for safe working conditions and procedures; initiates corrective action where appropriate.
  • Coordinate with HR in workers compensation case management


What you need to succeed:

  • Bachelors’ degree in Safety or related field is required
  • 7 – 10 yrs. experience as a safety professional administering health and safety strategies and programs in a manufacturing operation (process industry experience preferred).
  • Extensive knowledge of OSHA regulations.
  • A certified or associate safety professional status is desirable (CSP or ASP)
  • Strong working knowledge of OSHA regulatory programs is required, and Process Safety Management experience is preferred.
  • Ability to assign priorities in a fast-paced and changing environment. Must be able to make effective oral presentations to a wide range of audiences ranging from hourly employees to senior corporate executives and government agencies.
  • Confident in presenting training on various safety topics
  • Ability to communicate with all employees and effectively lead and direct others


What we offer:

  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence
  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities
  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential
  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work


Please email resume to Randi Leonardis in Talent Acquisition at