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Sr Environmental Health & Safety Lead

Posted Date:  Sep 14, 2022
Requisition Number:  115806

Job Location:  Hershey, PA 




The Hershey Company Reese plant is a Non-Union plant producing products such as Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & Kit Kat, in a high-speed complex environment.


Under limited supervision, provides leadership and direction for development of safety programs to ensure compliance with regulations and company policy. Interact with local, state/provincial, and federal level regulators. Mentor, lead & guide Plant Leadership through Safety Incident Management, Safety Management System, Audits, Training, Workers Compensation, Industrial Hygiene and Projects as the subject matter expert in safety. Assist as the backup for the EHS Manager, coach/develop the Safety Specialists and lead safety committee teams. Develop & drive the implementation strategy to reduce cost associated with job related injury and illness. Define corrective actions that reduce stresses that impair health and ability of worker efficiency.





  • Implementation of specific safety policies and programs. Develop and deliver safety training programs plant wide. Provide technical guidance on specific safety issues to Plant Leadership & cross-functional teams to ensure compliance. Interpret OSHA standards/regulations and maintain cooperative relationship with OSHA 


  • Perform regular internal audits & safety assessments, document & reports findings, and follow-up on non-conformances. Coordinate inspections of safety procedures, equipment, and programs to ensure compliance with appropriate regulatory requirements and risk reduction management. Report on findings and work with plant management to develop action plans to address deficiencies. Ensure action plans are implemented, and necessary follow up occurs.

Incident Management: 

  • Independently execute investigations and analyze incidents to identify trends in people safety. Initiate corrective & preventative action plans and communicate findings as appropriate. Assist Plant Leadership to determine resolution and implement corrective actions. Use various computer support systems) to document data.

Safety Management System & Continuous Improvement: 

  • Develop and drive the implementation of leading/proactive indicators/metrics. Assist with the development, implementation and monitoring of Safety Management System aspects and written program documentation. Conduct regular written program reviews and prepare updates. Direct the evaluation of areas for hazards (physical, chemical, biological, and environmental) and make recommendations for improvement or define protective equipment requirements. Participate/lead verification and validation activities for Safety Management System aspects and safety regulatory compliance. 
  • Provide technical expertise & assistance to Facilities and Equipment Engineering groups in the design of protective equipment for uses on processes and machinery: and where necessary, redesign equipment to eliminate/reduce safety and health hazards.

Workers Compensation 

  • Assist with workers compensation through detailed investigation and follow up. Provide updates and guidance to plant leadership. Assist in the case management within the plant.

Industrial Hygiene

  • Setup and gather data from sampling equipment. Analyze industrial hygiene reports and make recommendations. Support of the industrial hygiene function and to the other EHS Staff members as required to meet the objectives of Hershey’s EHS process.

Project / Business Unit Support: 

  • Drive continuous improvement through utilization of Safety program elements such as Take 5 For Safety, Safety Documentation Teams, Near Miss Program, Corrective Action initiatives, work orders, QDR, Pre-start up reviews for engineering projects, and other risk reduction programs.
  • Lead Safety documentation Team, and lead and/or participates on multifunctional improvement teams to provide safety guidance and safety problem solving. Interact with Project Managers to ensure safety issues are identified early in the project design and development process and are evaluated and addressed.


  • Create and implement training programs and informational materials as required to convey safety policies and procedures for new hire orientation, on-going regulatory requirements, and specialized training. Develop & conduct health and safety training courses for supervisors and employees as needed.


Minimum knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform major duties/responsibilities: 


  • Maintain currency with all applicable standards and regulations & advise management as to the changes impacting Hershey operations.
  • Working knowledge base of ergonomics to make modification to process to improve ergonomic position and reduce ergonomic risk.
  • Detailed working knowledge of federal, state, and local occupational safety industry regulations and guidelines (OSHA, EPA, L&I, other)
  • Strong document management skills and attention to details
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills & interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem solving/trouble shooting skills
  • Strong auditing / assessment skills
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to influence all levels of employees
  • Proficiency in computer programs / software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, Power Point, SAP EH&S and SAP PM
  • Ability to self-lead work tasks to completion.
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment but also to work independently.
  • Must have strong employee training development and presentation skills.
  • Flexibility is key in this role as priorities change quickly. Must be able to plan, prioritize, and complete multiple priorities, be able to move between tasks and projects on short notice, and quickly change priorities based on customer and department needs, while meeting project deadlines.
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to climb ladders to work platforms, climb stairs to other work areas. Lifting of moderately heavy items such as test equipment or materials.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:  


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational/Industrial safety, Safety Engineering, Human Factors or other EHS related field preferred. Equivalent related work experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in a manufacturing environment related to EHS program management
  • Preference for food, food-related or consumer package goods experience
  • Experience in Safety Management System (VPP, OHSAS 18001, ANSI Z10) is a plus



Nearest Major Market: Harrisburg

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