Director of Environmental Health and Safety

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Job Description: 

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Manager/Director is responsible for developing and facilitating the delivery of environmental health and safety activities, and verifying the program's effectiveness in reducing risk. In the delivery of these activities we draw upon the ideas of our workforce to make safety and environmental health protection an integral part of our everyday activities.

Furthermore, the EHS Manager/Director will work with management and other team members across the Company to support a strong proactive safety culture and an effective and compliant safety and regulatory compliance program. The EHS Manager/Director will ensure that Tanimura & Antle complies with all applicable environmental health and safety regulations.

Responsibilities & Duties: 
  • Develop, direct, assist and support corporate EHS policies and programs.
  • Monitor, analyze and report EHS data for trends and areas of concern.
  • Keep abreast of legislative/regulatory changes of both an Environmental Health and Safety nature that may affect business functions.
  • Manage employee safety and environmental training compliance.
  • Serve as a liaison between decisions made regarding interviewing potential EHS candidates, hiring, training employees, planning and assigning, directing and evaluating work, rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Maintain involvement with government/professional organizations such as VPP, OSHA, NIOSH, NRC, ASSE, NFPA, the National Safety Council and our Corporate Insurance provider.
  • Direct the investigations of serious injuries, accidents, complaints and other issues.
  • Implement, manage, and coordinate education and communication needs, and administer EHS budget requirements.
  • Ensure corporate policies/practices are current, compliant and administered regarding federal, state and local regulations and Company requirements.
  • Develop rules, regulations and operating procedures minimizing exposures to EHS hazards and risks.
  • Develop and maintain responsibility for all Tanimura & Antle controlled EHS policies, plans, programs and procedures.
  • Inform appropriate parties of recommended compliance/communication changes.
  • Manage OSHA, VPP, ISO 14001, ergonomics and other training needs and improvement programs.
  • Participate in annual professional development in addition to the required education/training of this position.
  • Accountability measures include: OSHA incident rate, employee engagement initiatives and safety training.

A bachelor's degree in an Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) field and a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience is preferred. Familiarity with a variety of EHS concepts, practices, and procedures including knowledge of applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Labor (DOL), environmental laws and other EHS laws recommended.

A combination of relevant work experience and/or training may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Organizational development and/or training & development experience in an agricultural environment is preferred; experience in EHS operations and program implementation and management in an agricultural environment is also preferred.

The following courses/certifications/trainings are all strongly preferred:

  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • 30-hour OSHA General Industry and/or Construction Industry Certification
  • OSHA 30 hour General Industry Trainer Certification
  • 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Certification

Bi-lingual in English/Spanish required.

Other Qualifications:

Ability to relocate to follow the harvesting operations: Salinas, California from about mid-March through mid-November; and Yuma, Arizona from mid-November through mid-March, depending on the production season, which is affected by weather, plant quality, labor supply and business necessity. Travel intermittently to remote locations.

Able to work independently and in a team environment, have excellent communication and organizational skills and great attention to detail.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position performs the duties in the following environments: greenhouses; farms and field sites; harvest, farming and shipping operations; and office environments, which are subject to hot and cold temperatures and a wide variance of noise. In this position, the employee will sit at a desk and operate a computer, and keyboard; hear; talk; stand; walk; have visual acuity to review and prepare written documentation; have the ability to understand speech at normal room levels and on the telephone; and have manual dexterity to  operate a telephone. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, uneven, muddy walking surfaces and outside weather conditions.

This position requires the employee to lift 10 lbs. horizontally and vertically, bend, stoop, stand, twist, and reach.This position requires the ability to work well under high pressure situations and to meet regulatory deadlines. This position may require working outside of normal business hours.



Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.