Are you looking for a fantastic career at Aqua America?
We have a great opportunity for a Safety Director, under the direction of the Deputy Chief Operating Officer. The person in this role will lead state operations and non-regulated business activities in the implementation and utilization of Aqua America, Inc.’s health and safety standards, implementation of specific programs in safety, loss prevention/control, and employee training. They will perform audits for compliance to Aqua and regulatory agency standards. Additionally, the Safety Director is the central point of contact for all aspects of Aqua’s Safety and Health Program for the various state operations and is responsible for establishing and maintaining points of contact to ensure information is disseminated to all levels of Aqua.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Provide health and safety services to all Aqua state and Aqua Resources operations and other affiliated operations as needed or assigned. The Safety Director will be a liaison between state/divisions and the corporate Safety Department to ensure that safety programs and standards are disseminated and implemented at all levels of operations. The Safety Director will provide services to all Aqua operations, under the direction of Deputy Chief Operating Officer, with guidance from Chair of Aqua’s Safety Council, and Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc.’s Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel.
Supervise and direct state safety specialists to work closely with state operations management in implementation of Aqua wide safety program to establish and maintain a continuously improving, proactive interdependent safety culture.
Maintain and update Aqua web sites for employee and management’s use as a reference for appropriate safety standards and training resources.
Automate and maintain pertinent document systems associated with Aqua’s Safety program as required by Aqua and regulatory agencies.
Maintain Aqua Safety and training programs, review annually and update as needed.
Identify risk to Aqua’s operations and develop/implement Loss Prevention programs. Alert state Safety personnel to findings.
Develop and maintain working relationships with federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agencies and local regulatory agencies. Represent Aqua during regulatory inspections when possible.
Represent Aqua operations with insurance company and regulatory audits in areas related to Risk Management, Loss Control and Prevention Programs and related issues.
Maintain programs for accident and illness prevention which include surveys, recommendations, safety training programs, consultations, root cause analyses of accidents, industrial hygiene and industrial health services. Collaborate with management, Human Resources and various state operations in reviewing accident reports to develop programs, recommend equipment or the development and implementation of new work procedures to reduce work place hazards.
Develop, implement and maintain applicable safety programs and policies in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and all applicable federal, state and local codes. Collaborate with Aqua’s state operations personnel to develop safety training programs inherent to each department function and positions(s) within that particular state operation.
Administer applicable training and maintain records for Aqua Safety Programs as needed.
Conduct periodic reviews of facilities and/or worksites to ensure compliance to applicable Aqua Safety Programs.
Serve as a permanent member of Aqua’s Safety Council, Regulatory Review Committee, and/or other committees as needed/requested.
May, as the need arises, be called out to address safety issues either during the course of the workday or after hours and on weekends and holidays.
Collaborate with appropriate Aqua personnel concerning environmental and fleet safety related matters.
Conduct studies and surveys as directed by Aqua management.
Maintain active membership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and other groups as approved, to include National Fire Protection Association, and American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
Administer employee safety incentive and award programs.
Track, analyze and monitor all accidents and near miss incidents, and look for trends in accidents and lost time. Alert managers and employees of trends by maintaining a data base of accidents, noting type, departments, and physical injuries, etc. Monitor incidents within the industry and alert management of these incidents. Distribute alerts and bulletins to all employees about unusual accidents or incidents, to include employee error or equipment malfunction/misuse.
Ensure effective use and oversight of key technology tools that support safety, such as learning management system and environmental, health and safety management system.
Work with all state presidents to reduce OSHA incident rates and lost time rates and to increase safety observations and near misses to create a culture of continuous improvement and benchmark well against industry standards.
Travel in all states to perform audits of water and wastewater plants, work sites, and remote facilities such as wells, storage tanks, wastewater etc., and provide or monitor training at all company facilities.
Bachelor's degree in safety management, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational environment health and safety, or a related field is required.
A Master’s degree is preferred.
At least 10-15 years of safety management experience, utility construction or general safety preferred.
Must be well organized and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
Proficiency and background knowledge in industrial hygiene training preferred.
Physical security and emergency response knowledge/experience is also desirable.
Professional certifications of COHST, OHST or ASP preferred.
Aqua America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to the following legally protected characteristics: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions, including medical conditions related to lactation), physical or mental disability, covered-veteran status, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.
Internal Number: R638
Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly traded water and wastewater utilities, serving about 1 million customers in Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Founded in 1886 in southeastern Pennsylvania, Aqua has more than 130 years of history and experience. At Aqua, we know that water is a precious resource – one that plays a critical role in sustaining life. That’s why we take seriously our mission: protecting and providing Earth’s most essential resource. At Aqua, we are guided by a set of principles that embody the character of our company and inspire our work together. They are embedded within our business practices and our behavior. We are proud to be united by integrity, respect and the pursuit of excellence to be the best we can be for the customers and communities we serve. At Aqua, we put a strong emphasis on safety. It is part of the fabric of who we are as a company and a culture. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR. More about Aqua is available at AquaAmerica.com. Connect with MyAquaAmerica on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @MyAquaAmerica.