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EHS Specialist

Posted Date:  Nov 25, 2022
Requisition Number:  116249

Job Location:  Stuarts Draft, VA 




The Hershey Company Stuarts Draft plant is a Non-Union plant producing products such as Reese’s Pieces, Reese Cups, Reese Shapes, Reese Bars, Mr. Goodbar, Mounds, Almond Joy, NutRageous, Oh Henry, FastBreak, Whatchamacallit, Baking Chips, etc. in a high-speed complex environment.


Under limited supervision, provides leadership and direction for development of environmental, health, and safety training programs to ensure compliance with regulations and company policy. Develop and implement plant-wide environmental, health, and safety training. Conduct safety training assessments and provide safety training guidance to BU Managers, supervisors, and other functional teams. Develop and deliver safety training programs to all levels of management, and employees, plant wide. Participate/provide leadership on multifunctional teams to provide safety support and guidance. Work with multiple internal customers. Interact with local, state/provincial, and federal level regulators. 





  • Identify Environment, Health, Safety, and Security training requirements for all site personnel and contractors including Manufacturing Floor Operators, Supervisors, Maintenance, and EHS teams.
  • Ensure compliance with all Regulatory training requirements (OSHA, EPA, DOT, DHS, and all other federal, state, and local regulations)
  • Provide leadership for development and implementation of specific safety policies and programs including training programs. Maintain technical proficiency in key safety areas. Serve as plant resource for EHS training. Develop and deliver safety training programs to all levels of management and employees. Provide technical guidance on specific safety issues to BU Managers, supervisors, and other functional teams to ensure compliance.
  • 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.


  • Perform or coordinate department/plant-wide 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. Support plant management and other safety staff to ensure action plans are implemented and follow up occurs.

Incident Management

  • Independently executes investigations and analyzes incidents to identify trends in people safety information. Initiates corrective and preventative action plans and communicates findings as appropriate. Assists BU Managers and supervisors to determine resolution and implement corrective actions. Uses various computer support systems (ex. SAP EH&S, SharePoint) to document data.

Safety Management System & Continuous Improvement

  • Assists with the development, implementation and monitoring of Safety Management System aspects and written program documentation. Conducts regular written program reviews and prepares updates. Performs regular internal audits and documents and reports findings and follows-up on non-conformances. Participate/lead verification and validation activities for Safety Management System aspects and safety regulatory compliance. 


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. Leads Safety documentation Teams and prepares documents, as necessary. Leads 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.


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


  • 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 and excellent 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
  • Must have the ability to plan, prioritize, and complete multiple priorities.
  • Ability to self-lead work tasks to completion.
  • Must be able to work well in a team environment but also have the ability 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 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. 
  • Preference for 3 to 5 years of experience in a manufacturing environment related to EHS program management. 
  • Experience with fall protection systems, confined space entry, how work, and combustible dust preferred
  • Experience in Safety Management System (VPP, OHSAS 18001, ANSI Z10) is a plus




Nearest Major Market: Charlottesville
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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