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EH&S Manager- Franklin & Madison, GA in Athens, GA at Veolia North America

Date Posted: 11/18/2018

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Job Description

Veolia Energy has entered a long-term O&M Services Agreement with Georgia Renewable Power. GRP is currently building two 65 MW biomass-fueled power plants in north Georgia. These plants, in Franklin and Madison counties, respectively, are targeting Commercial Operation at the start of the second quarter next year. Veolia Energy will be supporting the commissioning and startup, and is putting together high performance teams for each plant now.
Scope & Responsibilities: Responsible for establishing a proactive safety and environmental culture and for developing, and managing the environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) programs.  Identifies and mitigates EH&S risks in support of plant and company performance and reliability goals.  Establishes and manages programs directed toward the continuous improvement of EH&S objectives.  Integrates EH&S objectives into plant functions. Provides regulatory expertise to strategize and maximize company position within safety, health, and environmental economic programs and interaction with regulatory officials. Coordinates environmental, health, and safety programs with an emphasis placed on identification and communication of regulatory requirements to facility personnel. Provides support to all plant departments and interacts with contractors during expansion projects in an EHS function as well as occasionally project manager functions.  

  • Identifies EH&S risks and provides mitigation plans which are consistent with business performance and reliability goals.  Establishes management systems that support company goals and meet/or exceed regulatory requirements.
  • Develops cost-effective staffing/consultant/employee utilization plan.
  • Integrates EH&S concepts into all facets of power plant business, finance and capital planning, performance modeling, operations, maintenance, and engineering.
  • Provides air regulatory expertise.  Develops long term strategies to enhance company’s stake in economic based compliance programs.
  • Provides waste and storm water regulatory expertise.  Develops long term strategies to enhance company’s stake in economic based compliance programs.
  • Directs EH&S site assessments and due diligence for acquisitions and expansion projects.
  • Audits EH&S program implementation.  Works closely with Managers, Supervisors and hourly employees to ensure effective implementation and enforcement of EH&S policies and procedures including inspections and to help install a proactive positive safety and environmental culture at the plants.  
  • Serves as contact to regulatory agencies.  Negotiates new and modifications to facility permits.  Provides notification to government agencies as required.
  • Provides safety and environmental regulatory expertise to plant manager 
  • Prepares estimates, specifications, and schedules for EH&S consultant, contractor, and equipment upgrades.  Responsible for related project management, and cost and progress reports.
  • Provides EHS input into proposals or actual changes to plant operations.
  • Develops and manages hazardous materials emergency response and contingency planning efforts.  Coordinates facility program with response contractors, LEPC (BFD), and Government Agencies.
  • Serves as planning Team Leader for Toxic Use Reduction and Storm Water Pollution Prevention.
  • Serves as Co-Chairperson of the plant Safety Committee.
  • Prepares and manages the Environmental, Health, and Safety budget.
  • Leads and coordinates facility testing: combustion equipment, stack, wastewater discharge, and solid waste characterization
  • Works closely with managers and supervisors to develop schedules and plans based on the facility’s operating requirements and equipment needs.  Meets formally and informally with all departments to ensure plans are supported and all environmental requirements are in place.
  • Manages environmental record-keeping and reporting program.  Prepares reports for regulatory submittal. Maintains plant environmental records including permits, compliance data, training records etc.
  • Audits environmental and safety program implementation.  Conducts facility inspections. Provides compliance status report to management.
  • Identifies and coordinates environmental and safety training requirements.  
  • Develops hazard control designs, methods, procedures, and programs.  Coordinates work-site evaluation and characterization and job hazard analyses with respect to chemical, physical, and biological exposures.
  • Audits and measures the effectiveness of hazard controls and hazard control programs. Communicates the results to management.
  • Designs and implements Supervisor and Employee training programs on topics such as accident investigation, safety inspections, use of protective equipment, confined space entry, lockout tagout, respiratory protection, etc.
  • Reviews accident and incident investigations.  Performs root cause analysis. Recommends appropriate corrective actions.  
  • Oversee Workers Compensation management and fit for duty/return to work programs with supervisors/managers and Administration  personnel.
  • Coordinates Industrial Hygiene (IH) program, conducts inspections, schedules consultant services, ensures collection of quality data.   Maintains facility chemical inventories, reportable quantities, Material Safety Data Sheets.
  • Maintains a variety of records and documents, onsite and archived, for OSHA and other compliance purposes
  • Observes and complies with all standard safety codes and practices, and performs work in accordance with recognized trade and company standards and, where applicable, local, state, and federal laws.
  • Participates in and leads as requested mandatory training and other programs.
  • Performs other related duties as required. 

Job Requirements


Minimum Qualifications
Education and Training: Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Safety, Environmental Science, Engineering, Chemistry, or equivalent.
Experience:  Minimum of seven years experience with safety and environmental programs in a power utility or manufacturing industry.  Must be familiar with Federal, State of Georgia, and local regulations. Strong interpersonal and written communication skills are required. Requires individual with a high degree of professionalism. Requires the ability to work well independently and effectively with others, on a daily basis. Successful candidate will also be detail oriented, able to take direction and handle multiple tasks, prioritize work effectively, and see a work project through to completion.  A willingness to acquire new skills and utilize technology to streamline processes and problem solve is essential.

Master’s degree preferred.  Ability to obtain CSP or CHI certification .

High level of proficiency with database, spreadsheet, email, and word processing software required; Microsoft Office and Windows preferred.  Experience with internet search engines. Familiar with Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS).

Must be able to wear protective clothing including protective coveralls, respiratory protection (APR/SCBA).   Must be able to work internally in the physical plant and externally on the facility’s grounds or at satellite facilities.  May be required to work evenings and weekends.

The employee will be required to wear personal protective equipment and clothing where appropriate because of their work around potential hazards such as loud noise, airborne particles, vibration and hazardous materials.  This protective equipment includes, but is not limited to, safety eye wear, footwear, hard hat, gloves, hearing protection, and specialized clothing where applicable. Must be able to work in extremes of hot and cold temperatures and inclement weather conditions.  Must be able to tolerate dust and other airborne particles and other materials such as diesel and lube oils. Under certain conditions while working in the plant, may be required to wear a respirator – respirators are required in specified areas, therefore the employee will be issued with and trained in the proper use of this equipment.  At no time is facial hair permitted. May require repetitive stooping, bending, climbing, reaching, and carrying; intermittent lifting, and moving up to 20 lbs. Must be able to work from ladders, scaffolds, high-lifts, and in confined spaces.

Essential; EH&S Incident Coordinator


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