EHS Specialist

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Date: May 9, 2024

Location: Milwaukie, OR, US

Company: Dover Corporation

Warn Automotive, part of Vehicle Service Group is a world leader in driveline disconnect technology. Our heritage comes from making WWII surplus Jeeps easier to drive on the road with the first unlocking hubs. We continue today by making disconnects for cars, trucks, and SUVs around the world. These trusted technologies come from years of innovation and listening to our customer's needs. We have a bright future ahead so come join our growing team at Warn Automotive.

Position Summary:


Working independently and collaboratively with others, this position plays an integral role in executing our mission, philosophy, and commitment to providing high quality products and exceptional customer service to our internal and external customers.  In addition to maintaining a high level of trust, integrity and ethical standards, all employees are also expected to promote a culture of safety by following all safety procedures, protocols and guidelines while working in a manner that minimizes the risk of damage to property and injury to the employee and others. 


The EHS Specialist has a pivotal role within the business to drive and embed Health and Safety to complement existing and future Warn Automotive policies and procedures.  Create a strong culture that engages employees.  This includes championing Health & Safety efforts in regulatory compliance, injury prevention, workers compensation, and risk management.  The EHS Specialist will also administer company Warn Automotive’s Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Management System with the support of the Warn Automotive Environmental Engineer


Company Overview:  Dover’s Vehicle Service Group is the global leader in designing and manufacturing vehicle service, collision and automotive OEM equipment.  It is one of the founding companies of Dover Corporation, an eight billion dollar diversified global manufacturer.  VSG consists of fifteen leading vehicle lifting brands (Rotary, Forward, Blitz, Ravaglioli etc.), collision repair (Chief), wheel services, diagnostics (Butler, Rotary, Chief and Ravaglioli) and tier-one automotive brands (Warn Automotive) with operations worldwide, including regional business operation centers and large manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. 



Essential Job Functions Include:


  • The essential functions of this position include:  plan, implement and coordinate safety programs, requiring application of engineering principles and technology, to prevent or correct unsafe environmental working conditions, to reduce risk, control costs, analyze and ensure compliance throughout all business functions.  Develop and drive cross-functional teams, and projects to evaluate, develop and implement policies, training, metric assessments and hazard controls to ensure regulatory compliance and incorporate best management practices in regard to occupational safety.
  • Provide technical expertise to teams to help evaluate risks and cost-effectively resolve health and safety issues, including recommendations from incident investigations, and internal and/or regulatory audits.  Serve on cross-functional teams, facilitate audits, develop safety procedures, lead and/or participate in incident investigations and safety training, interact with operations and maintenance and interface with external regulatory organizations.
  • Develop and manage EHS programs in support of Warn Automotive’s strategic and team-specific goals which would include but not be limited to (a) Create a culture of injury-free attitudes within the organization by demonstrating honest, genuine care and passion for safety; (b) Develop and manage programs that adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and support the elimination of industrial accidents; (c) Develop accident prevention and loss-control systems and programs for incorporation into operational policies of the organization; (d) Compile, analyze and interpret statistical data related to exposure factors concerning occupational illnesses and accidents and/or environmental standards and requirements and report to business leaders.
  • Drive improvement and track goal(s) achievement through collection, analysis, and communication of EHS and KPI data (including but not limited to programs evaluation, workplace audits, training completion, injuries and illnesses and other significant events in Enablon management system).
  • Active involvement in all plant reviews of new equipment installations, product/ingredient introductions, purchasing specifications, new or redesigned work processes, etc., working cross-functionally to ensure employee safety.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance, communication and reporting in ways which would include but not be limited to: (a) Write EHS policies and procedures in accordance with OSHA, State and Federal regulations; (b) Organize and conduct audits and hazard evaluation and control, performing analysis of equipment, processes, facilities and communication in support of risk reduction; (c) Maintain program records requiring metrics, documentation and budget/cost savings; (d) Work with Warn Automotive’s team members and leadership to evaluate opportunities for recycling, waste reduction and new raw material to reduce existing impacts.
  • Support, manage and improve Warn Automotive’s EHS programs in ways which would include but not be limited to (a) Act as liaison with outside organizations such as fire departments, EMS and rescue teams, inspectors, to assure information exchange and mutual assistance; (b) Maintain inventories of safety equipment and PPE; (c) Managing daily EHS functions such as job safety analysis (JSA), auditing, EHS lean initiatives, issue resolution and change management; Manage programs including hazard communications, hearing conservation, air quality, security and emergency evacuation, STOP, LOTO and First Responders.
  • Communicate in a professional, respectful, courteous, collaborative and effective hands-on manner with all employees, customers, vendors, visitors and others with whom we may work or interact.
  • Contribute to a successful work group through positive interactions, active listening, meaningful collaborations, and the constructive exchange of ideas designed to meet or exceed the organization’s strategic goals.  Work with management/team members in support of Warn Automotive’s EHS goals in ways which would include but not be limited to (a) Provide counsel to managers responsible for safety and environmental protection including remedial and preventative programs tailored to specific team needs; (b) Support EHS activities of leadership to ensure implementation of EHS activities throughout the organization; (c) Prepare and administer EHS training and Incentive programs, identify EHS training and certification needs, develop materials and courses, present topics, identify and train instructors as needed and maintain training records; (d) Conduct incident preparedness evaluation and training; (e) Lead Warn Automotive’s safety committees; (f) Work with engineering and production team members to determine health, safety and ergonomics of products.
  • Manage accidents/incidents in support of Warn Automotive’s EHS goals and accident prevention in ways which would include but not be limited to (a) Lead investigations and identify root cause of accidents; (b) Conduct incident preparedness, response, investigation, root cause analysis, corrective measures and tracking; and (c) Manage workers compensation and Return to Work programs and compliance as well as serving as a liaison with injured worker and workers compensation provider to ensure timely and appropriate resolution.
  • Accountable for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance in assigned area.  Responsible for design and operating effectiveness of internal controls, including a self-assessment and report to management.
  • Accountable for developing and monitoring processes and practices necessary for legal and ethical compliance in assigned area.
  • Work safely and without injury.
  • Responsible for prompt and regular attendance as scheduled.
  • Performs other various duties as may be assigned.


Key Dover Competencies:

  • Builds and Manages Collaborative Relationships: Establishes and nurtures numerous relationships within VSG and Dover.  Takes action to partner with the communities in which we operate and to be an appropriate corporate citizen.
  • Change Leadership: Aligns an organization and its people to drive for improvement and adopt new, challenging directions.  Energizes a whole organization to want to change in the same direction.  Influences others in a mature and empowering manner.
  • Results Driven: Produces results that exceed Dover’s strategic objectives via a combination of planning and implementation, while living the Dover Values.
  • Winning the Right Way:  Operates with High Ethical Standards, Openness and Trust.  Conducts themselves with high ethical standards and fosters a culture in the organization to conduct business aligned with those standards.



Availability Requirements:

Due to the nature and scope of the essential functions of this position, the importance of personal interactions with coworkers and employees, and the availability of job-related tools, equipment and resources at work, performance of the essential functions requires regular, consistent availability, accessibility, and presence on-site and after-hours. 


This is a full-time position.  Days and hours of work are Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 4:00pm.  This position regularly requires long hours and occasional weekend work as job duties demand.  


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out of area travel may be expected.


Education and/or Experience:                                                                                                      

  • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, Engineering or Occupational Safety field required.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in Occupational Safety field in a fast-paced manufacturing environment required.  Experience should include effective health and safety program development, implementation, management and oversight; conducting hazard evaluations and investigations; regulatory compliance and incident command systems.
  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP) designation preferred.
  • Familiarity with ANSI workplace safety standards preferred.



Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:


  • Strong oral and written communication skills commensurate with the job tasks and position necessary to communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external customers while providing exceptional quality of work and outstanding customer service. Ability to present information in a manner designed to educate or inform other team members and customers in one-on-one or group interactions as directed.
  • Ability to review, comprehend, interpret, process and evaluate effectively written work instructions and procedures written in English in conjunction with the performance of the essential functions and other assigned job duties.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills including ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced work environment while maintaining a calm, rational and respectful demeanor and communication style in times of stress occasioned by work demands, tight timelines, heavy production expectations, unexpected quality control issues, and other work-related issues or concerns that may cause a heightened level of anxiety, frustration, anger, disappointment, confusion, etc.
  • Enthusiastic adoption and consistent demonstration of Warn Automotive’s Core Values:  Collaborative Entrepreneurial Spirit, Winning Through Customer Focused Innovation, Respects & Values People, Expectations for Results, High Ethical Standards, Openness and Trust.
  • Strong technical, trouble-shooting, problem solving, research, organizational and analytical skills, combined with the ability to prioritize tasks and meet established deadlines.  Ability to multitask is also essential while remaining flexible with changing priorities and deadlines. 
  • Well-reasoned decision making with a high attention to detail regarding organization, planning, work flow, and project prioritization to ensure tasks are completed efficiently and accurately.
  • Highly ethical, self-motivated individual with ability to work independently and/or with limited direction, as well as cooperatively in a team environment, while consistently demonstrating collaborative, respectful and productive work habits.


Physical Requirements:


The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Receive, understand, evaluate and appropriately respond to communications from employees, members of management, customers, vendors, and visitors using available technology, in person and in a public setting when necessary.
  • Work for extended periods of time in a stationary position daily while operating a computer and other tools and equipment in conjunction with completing required job tasks.  This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required.  This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.
  • Maintain professional and respectful communication style to ensure reactions and responses to both emergency and non-emergency situations serve as an example to others of appropriate workplace communications.
  • Provide intellectually sound and well-reasoned answers, recommendations and solutions to identified business problems, issues and/or questions.  Efficiently and quickly analyze, process, manipulate, and accurately record extensive amounts of data (some of which is technical in nature) and other information that serves as the basis for this position.
  • Move to, from and within the designated work area frequently and consistently throughout the work day and regularly throughout our building and/or across Warn-related property site locations, possibly during inclement weather.
  • Use a personal computer or other technology devices frequently and consistently for the purpose of reviewing, analyzing, creating, transmitting, and presenting documents, data and other business-related information.
  • Lift, transport and/or move up to 20 pounds of weight occasionally in the performance of regular duties.  Occasional bending, stooping, walking up and down stairs, standing on a step stool and kneeling may be required.


Environment/Atmospheric Conditions:


The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  This position’s job duties are performed generally in a shop or warehouse type environment.  Team members in this position may be exposed to loud noises from operating machinery, cold temperatures, chemicals and vapors, and possibly injury associated with work involving manufactured parts, assembly and heavy machinery.  The team member may also occasionally be required to work in an office environment with traditional office lighting and office furniture, as well as consistent and frequent noise, interruptions and other similar distractions.


Machines, Tools Equipment, Software:


Personal computer, network environment, fax machine, copy machine, other office equipment, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows and other company specific software.


The characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be required for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this or similar positions and additional duties may be assigned.



Work Arrangement : Onsite  


We consider several job-related, non-discriminatory factors when determining the pay rate for a position, including, but not limited to, the position’s responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, a candidate’s education/training, the position’s location, and the key skills needed for the position.  Pay is one of the Total Rewards that we provide to compensate and recognize employees for their work.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, age, genetic information, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Job Function : Environment, Health & Safety


Job Segment: Workers Compensation, Machinist, Risk Management, Environmental Engineering, Air Quality, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Finance, Engineering

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