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Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Environmental Health & Safety


Location: Waukesha 

Exemption: Exempt 




Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordination of all safety and environmental mandates, programs and activities. This position interfaces with site personnel, vendors and regulatory agencies to ensure facility is compliant and in inspection readiness with regulatory agencies including OSHA, EPA, ADEM and DOT. Manage environmental health and safety budgetary planning, recordkeeping and reporting obligations. Position is also responsible for maintaining OSHA log and all workers compensation activities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for maintaining OSHA 300 log. Assumes all responsibilities for workers compensation claims, reporting, follow ups, etc.
  • Responsible for maintaining OSHA compliance with mandates from corporate. Duties include planning and organizing all necessary safety training, filing and archiving of training documents for safety audits and OSHA visits
  • Responsible for DEP/EPA form filing including 25R, 26R, 330, 330GM, Tier II forms, Form R, medical waste and miscellaneous documents. Maintain proper management of documents for DEP/EPA inspections/audits
  • Responsible for updating permit activity such as storm water permits, air quality permits, wastewater permits and miscellaneous permits. Project Manager for capital projects involved with safety and/or environmental concerns. Submit organization’s request for expenditures and await approval. Maintain compliance with Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and with Spill Prevention Control Countermeasures (SPCC)
  • Update, monitor and integrate any necessary information regarding material safety data sheets (MSDS) into web-based database system (3E System). Conduct periodic audits of potentially hazardous materials. Work closely with the property insurance carrier to meet policy requirements
  • Establishment of awareness programs for general employee population. Plan and execute budget for safety expenses
  • Schedules monthly safety meetings with safety committee. Facilitates the activities of the safety meetings, documents safety meeting minutes and distributes to all management personnel, coupled with resolutions and feasibility of solutions requested
  • Emphasis on accident prevention and behavior based safety programs. Develops JSAs and safe operation procedures for all processing equipment. Develops, implements and monitors all training aspects for the facility including job training for each department, safety training and quality training
  • Stays current with new safety/environmental mandates and/or laws, including any posted information needed. Develop new safety and environmental policies for the facility as situations present themselves that warrant a policy change. Responsible for following all food safety policies, procedures and regulatory criteria including the current SQF code, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and associated preventive controls
  • Other duties as assigned; travel may be required

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health and Safety, Engineering, Industrial Management or equivalent experience
  • 5-10 years of experience in Environmental Health and Safety, Engineering, Industrial Management
  • Experience with behavior based safety programs required

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or equivalent certification is preferred
  • Competent and knowledgeable in OSHA, EPA and other regulatory requirements in a manufacturing setting. Knowledgeable in the principles of safety, workers' compensation along with pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations. Skilled in risk assessment and analysis of potential hazards
  • Excellent written and verbal skills coupled with good computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office 
  • Must be comfortable speaking to large groups of people and facilitating meetings
  • Must be people oriented and have the ability to interface with employees at all levels of the organization


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Waukesha
Nearest Secondary Market: Milwaukee

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