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Environmental Health and Safety Specialist

Job Number:  23676
Group:  Cosma International
Division:  Vehtek Systems Inc
Job Type:  Permanent/Regular

Bowling Green, OH, US, 43402





Job Number: 23676 
Group: Cosma International  
Division: Vehtek Systems Inc 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Bowling Green 




Group Description


Cosma provides a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to global customers. Through our robust product engineering, outstanding tooling capabilities and diverse process expertise, we continue to bring lightweight and innovative products to market.



HSE Specialist

Responsible for ensuring that all safety and environmental standards are maintained and in compliance with OSHA and EPA regulations as well as Vehtek Systems and Magna policies. To provide recommendations of corrective measures in a proactive approach to Ergonomic, Safety & Environmental issues at Vehtek Systems. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure Vehtek Health, Safety and Environmental policies and procedures are consistently applied based on the principles of the Magna Employee’s Charter, the Corporate and Divisional Health, Safety and Environmental Policy & Best Practices, as well as being in compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations, including OSHA, EPA and ODNR
  • Ensure a safe work environment by planning, coordinating, developing & implementing health & safety procedures & programs to reduce workplace accidents and protect Team Members
  • Plan and coordinate internal and external safety training
  • Develop & implement Vehtek HSE Committee & Ergonomics Team & coordinate and attend all meetings and activities of such teams. Provide necessary administrative support to Health, Safety and Environmental Committee & Ergonomics Team
  • Develop & maintain effective communication and coordination with all internal customers, plant leaders and Team Members & Emergency Services in the Community
  • Maintain positive employee relations; listen to issues and concerns and respond (C48) within 48 hours
  • Promote and practice “safety first” by immediately addressing any hazards, defective equipment or unsafe conditions
  • Provide counsel and support to Team Members and Leaders on health, safety and environmental matters
  • Establish written safety standards and annually update and review these policies and procedures
  • Evaluate safety and ergonomic issues in workstation design and layout and in the development stage of manufacturing processes and equipment
  • Provide and maintain statistics to assist in continuous improvement in the area of workplace safety and loss control
  • Assist with & review all accident/incident investigations, including near miss and property damage investigations (as needed) and provide leadership in developing and implementing corrective actions
  • Work with Workers Compensation Administrator & Managed Care Organization in manage/administering worker’s compensation claims
  • Update OSHA 300 & 300A log & analyze loss control statistics and make recommendations for continuous improvement
  • Coordinate the selection of personal protective equipment (PPE) and appropriate fit testing of such items
  • Develop & oversee monthly safety and environmental audits, workplace inspections, and report results to division Leaders
  • Ensure that the Health and Safety portions of the Action Plan resulting from the Employee Opinion Survey are completed in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain a high profile with Team Members on the plant floor and be a strong advocate to ensure that Team Member safety, ergonomics and environmental concerns and issues are resolved in a timely manner
  • Monitor new and amended legislation and remain current with the latest health, safety and environmental requirements
  • Keep safety boards updated throughout facility and post minutes of Health, Safety and Environmental Committee meetings
  • Implement, maintain and report on status of the Environmental Management System per ISO-14001 requirements
  • Maintain statistical information on waste streams
  • Coordinate recycling program and spill control team
  • Provide Leaders with safety topics for use in line meetings
  • Monitor Material Safety Data Sheets (MDS) and ensure they are updated
  • Investigate ways to reduce waste and environmental liability
  • Conduct sampling as required to comply with environmental regulations
  • Coordinate sampling, transportation and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams
  • Ensure all Health, Safety, Worker’s Compensation & Environmental documentation is maintained

Key Qualifications/Requirements

Education and Experience

  • Post secondary education in safety engineering or equivalent experience in an industrial environment - Bachelors Degree in Occupational Safety and Health preferred
  • Three to five years experience in health, safety and environmental field, in a manufacturing environment


  • Physical demands include the ability to climb ladders, lift up to a weight of 40 pounds. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, be able to drive a car and become a licensed fork-lift trainer. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of OSHA, and State OSHA regulatory compliances & basic knowledge of workers’ compensation laws
  • Must be able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment.  
  • Able to demonstrate understanding of how job performance affects product quality and customer satisfaction
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must be a team player and promote a team approach to problem solving
  • Highly self motivated and flexible
  • Must be capable or working under pressure and with short completion times on projects, and of working flexible hours in order to meet both internal and external customer requirements
  • Able to use computer and software as required
  • Able to maintain confidentiality and use discretion and tact

Training Requirements

  • New Hire Orientation including Understanding of Magna Charter
  • OSHA Required Training including Occupational Safety & Health Certification
  • Safety, Health and the Law
  • Planned Workplace Inspections
  • Accident Investigation
  • Loss Control Management
  • Process Overview 
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Hazmat
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Forklift Train the Trainer
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Ergonomics
  • Spill Control
  • MAFACT/Lean Manufacturing Overview/5S
  • IATF 16949
  • ISO-14001
  • OHSAS 18001

Additional Information

  • Manufacturing plant floor, characterized by temperature extremes, loud noise and considerable tow motor traffic
  • The individual must be able to perform all essential functions as appropriate on the plant floor, in meetings, and with team members, leadership, customers and suppliers
  • Must be able to attend planning and training meetings as required
  • Able to work in various locations within and outside the plant
  • Must be able to perform work in an office environment

Nearest Major Market: Toledo
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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