Viking Group
  • MI H
  • Hastings, MI, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Vacation, Holidays, Life Insurance, 401k, Tuition Reimbursement, Fitness Center Reimbursement

The Safety Specialist observes operations and facilities, identifies hazards & corrective actions, and engages employees & supervisors in the effort to achieve local EHS objectives and ensure compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations for Viking operations within the United States.


  • Assists with implementation of the company's Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) program at the plant level, and support the development & administration of Viking policies, procedures & work instructions under direction of the EHS Manager.
  • Works with multiple operational teams to jointly ensure compliance with all relevant environmental, occupational health, and workplace safety regulations and standards.
  • Helps ensure consistent administration of ALL company & plant-level policies and internal requirments as they relate to safety within the workplace.
  • Drafts various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Work Instructions (WIs), Safe Work Permits, and associated forms to communicate both regulatory and company requirements and expectations regarding associated EHS programs within Viking.
  • Periodically reviews various EHS programs and SOPs as required by regulation, and proposes revisions as needed to ensure that these documents area both current and effective.
  • Meets periodically with other operational & design teams within the organization to ensure that all delegated EHS activities, including assessments, periodic reviews, SOP/WI revisions, corrective actions and associated tasks remain on schedule until completion.
  • Leads cross-functional teams in conducting periodic Hazard Assessments of activities, equipment, and operations on the plant floor in order to evaluate the potential for safety & health hazards that employees may encounter while performing their job.
  • Conducts and documents Industrial Hygiene investigations per industry standards and as assigned by EHS leadership, including: noise, heavy metals and acid airborne concentrations, indoor air quality (e., asbestos, bio aerosols), drinking water quality and ergonomics.
  • Conducts periodic floor-level Hazard Assessments and EHS compliance assessments as directed by the Manager of Environmental, Health & Safety.
  • Generates proposed Corrective Actions (CAs) to address safety hazards and related findings, works to obtain consensus from all parties involved, and tracks CAs through to completion.
  • Provides EHS expertise and assistance to both Engineering and Operations with the planning and execution of all process modifications, including the procurement & installation of new equipment before installation on the plant floor.
  • Administers the MSDS Online and associated chemical safety program, including requirements for hazard communication and global harmonization.
  • Supports the development of EHS training tools and educational programs, and improve utilization of the Viking Learning Management System (LMS) as a tool for completion of regulatory required safety training within the organization.
  • Provides classroom-based safety training and documents completion of all training events.
  • Conducts informational EHS meetings and training sessions to satisfy regulatory requirements and promote general safety concepts and safety consciousness not specifically driven through use of the LMS. This may include but is not limited to:  safety orientation; hearing conservation; respiratory protection; hazard communication; electrical safety (lockout/tagout); chemical safety; material handling and powered industrial vehicle permits; personal protective equipment; emergency response planning; and first aid response personnel.
  • Assists the EHS department as requested with Incident Investigations and assists with administration of the Viking Workers Compensation Program.
  • Serves as a member of the Viking Safety Committee and actively participates in any activities or assessments assigned by the committee.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety, Environmental Science, Regulatory Compliance; or equivalent from an accredited college or university; or five (5) years related experience and training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Ability to develop and/or write complex operational procedures, training materials & presentations, and regulatory compliance reports.
  • Detailed understanding state, federal and local regulations and letters of interpretation, as well as, possess knowledge of industrial hygiene sampling and reporting methodologies.
  • Experience with pie plating preferred.
  • Good observational, organizational and investigative skills, along with strong verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks with constant interruptions in the form of e-mails, telephone calls and employee inquiries. 
  • Ability to think clearly, to remain calm, to make sound decisions and to assist others during an emergency situation.
  • Proficiency with safety-related monitoring equipment and with Microsoft Office tools.
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