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Senior Safety Specialist

Date:  Jun 4, 2022

Solon, OH, US, 44139-3378

Req ID:  23772
Onsite or Remote:  Onsite Position

Komatsu is an indispensable partner to the construction, mining, forestry, forklift, and industrial machinery markets, maximizing value for customers through innovative solutions. With a diverse line of products supported by our advanced IoT technologies, regional distribution channels, and a global service network, we tap into the power of data and technology to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance. Komatsu supports a myriad of markets, including housing, infrastructure, water, pipeline, minerals, automobile, aerospace, electronics and medical, through its many brands and subsidiaries, including Joy, P&H, Montabert, Modular Mining Systems, Hensley Industries, NTC, and Gigaphoton.

Job Overview

Seeking an experienced EHS rep with a degree in Safety, Health and Environmental Management or related field to be our on site EHS specialist for a gear manufacturing facility in Solon, Ohio.

Major responsibilities include: 

  • Provide leadership and direction to ensure the successful delivery, implementation, administration and refinement of both regional and site Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) policies, procedures and best management practices. 
  • Oversee all EHS activities within the operational context and guide operations towards the achievement of compliance with national, customer, and company EHS standards and best management practices.  Ensure that plans are consistent with overall Joy Global EHS strategies and corporate mandates. 
  • Interface with and influence operations to ensure the proper analysis, documentation, communication, and implementation of corrective actions items for all incidents of loss (i.e., injury, illnesses, liability, property and near miss).  When necessary assume the leadership role in the investigation of serious or otherwise significant incidents of loss. 
  • Guide Operation pollution prevention and waste minimization efforts in reducing the overall cost in facility waste management. 
  • Collect, record, analyze and communicate key performance metrics on a regular basis (i.e., daily, monthly, quarterly and annually) to effectively facilitate the advancement of the organization’s EHS initiatives. 
  • Assist management in the leadership, development and coordination of EHS representatives; set and communicate goals, strategic direction and priorities to ensure success


Predominant Tasks

  • Lead by demonstrating the required behaviors, attitudes and mindset to further develop the Joy Global EHS culture. 
  • Oversee the implementation of Joy Global EHS initiatives and act as a change agent regarding integration into the core business processes 
  • Monitor all Injury and Illness incidents and assist with the organizations Worker’s Compensation management efforts to effectively reduce costs and other associated negative outcomes (recordability, restricted and/or lost workday classifications), while demonstrating an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement
  • Provide the necessary resources, technical guidance, education, coaching, counseling and mentoring to assist managers, supervisors and employees in the understanding and application of Joy Global EHS requirements 
  • Interface with operations personnel to ensure the proper analysis, identification, documentation, communication, and implementation of corrective actions items for all incidents of loss (i.e., injury, illnesses, liability, property and near miss).  Assist operations with investigations related to major injuries and other incidents of loss 
  • Lead program and site internal audits, provide instruction and assistance to operations and EHS personnel on issues identification, implementation of corrective actions, and documentation of issue closure 
  • Champion the organizations EHS Policies and Principles


  1. A B.S. degree in Safety, Health and Environmental Management or related field 
  2. 5 to 7 years practical EHS experience in the heavy industrial and manufacturing sectors  with increasing roles and responsibilities.  Mining experience helpful but not required 
  3. A Certified Safety Professional (CSP) Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation (CRSP) or Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) designation is desirable 
  4. Comprehensive understanding of all Federal / National, State / Provincial, OH&S regulations and standards as they relate to General Industry and Mining operations (OSHA, MSHA, DOT, EPA, DNR, etc) 
  5. OSHA 500 Train the Trainer or a broad knowledge and additional training expertise in DOT, EPA, DNR, Hazardous Communication, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Transportation of Dangerous Goods, Confined Space, Fall Protection, Respiratory Protection, Hoisting and Rigging/Crane Operator Safety Training, Aerial Work Platform, and behavioral based safety management are desired 
  6. Knowledge of Workers’ Compensation Claims Management and best management practices 
  7. Strong interpersonal, leadership and communication skills
  8. Considerable ability to plan and prioritize EHS initiatives and work with others to execute strategic priorities
  9. Proficient computer skills
  10. Strong capability to lead organization through change and ability to lead multiple projects

Typical Work Environment

  • This position functions within the EHS Group and is responsible for the Solon location of union and non-union employees.  Travel to operations locations is required in performing tasks.  Position is one of high visibility among corporate and site managers, employees and union representatives.  Solid management/employee relations’ skills a key element along with the ability to interface with all levels of corporate and site management. 
  • This position works from an office setting 30% of the time, in a shop or warehouse setting 70% of the time 
  • Position is one of high visibility among divisional, regional and site management, as well as with all craft employee levels and requires solid management and employee relation skills that range from entry level employee to senior level executive.  This position will also have visibility with customers and government entities such as COHS, OSHA, EPA, etc

Komatsu is an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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