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Specialist I,II,Sr. Safety & Health

Newport News, VA

The purpose of this position is to ensure Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) compliance, focusing on occupational safety programs. Responsible for managing and administering company policies and procedures to support Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, other local/state/federal EHS regulations, and industry best practices to ensure compliance across regionalized Southern Company Gas employee work groups and territories (including non-reg).

This position is part of a job family of individual contributor positions that spans from entry level safety & health positions (i.e., recent college grad) through seasoned safety professionals with decades of knowledge and experience, and substantial budgetary responsibility. The three position titles 1) Specialist I, Safety & Health; 2) Specialist II, Safety & Health; and 3) Specialist Sr. Safety & Health will be based on years of experience and/or education; demonstrated knowledge, skills & ability; complexity of programs administered, risk and responsibility, and budgetary value managed. Additionally, competency criticality is elevated with each position with higher risk elements.

Job Responsibilities

Functional Expertise:

• Review prospective safety legislation and regulations and work with company representatives and appropriate industry groups to prepare and submit comments, and work with multi-stakeholder groups to guide development of regulations. (Specialist I and II)

• Identify and document relevant safety compliance regulations and develop and write procedures and protocols relating to all Company operations and Business Units. (Specialist I and II)

• Serve as subject matter expert (SME) to internal Southern Company Gas’ business units and departments on matters of occupational safety and compliance. (Specialist I)

• Serve as contact point for OSHA inquiries and complaints; conducts safety investigations and submits reports. (Specialist I and II)

• Inventory, document and validate safety aspects of Southern Company Gas’ operations (e.g. fire extinguishers, respiratory equipment, vehicles, vehicle cameras, employee count). (Specialist I and II)

•Assess and coordinate any needs for occupational safety related permits (e.g. Lock Out Tag Out permits, Hot Work permits) (Specialist I and II)

•Provide content for training of employees pertaining to safety compliance programs and standards, and conduct training in some cases when a subject matter expert is needed. (Specialist I and II)

• Respond to Safety emergency situations (e.g. OSHA or other regulator field inspections, injuries, employee field hazards) to facilitate an investigation or corrective actions. (Specialist I)

• Champion the standardization of safety programs. Lead employees to merge programs, determine efficiencies, and drive a consistent safety culture across the enterprise. May supervisor other employees in the department and provide guidance for the standardization initiatives.

(Specialist Sr.)

Business Acumen:

•Evaluate existing safety compliance programs for the applicable regions within control and determine and implement any corrections/modifications as needed. (Specialist I)

•Maintain and retain compliance documentation as required by OSHA. (Specialist I)

•Counsel and inform business leaders on new or modified EHS regulations and the effects of the regulations on company policies and work practices. (Specialist I and II)

•Provide safety-related statistics and best practices data to internal and external groups (e.g., American Gas Association (AGA)). (Specialist I and II)

•Document, analyze and evaluate occupational safety, process safety, and motor vehicle safety metrics. Interpret the data to determine trends and inform business units of those trends.

(Specialist II)

•Evaluate EHS incidents and recommend corrective and preventive actions for EHS incidents (injuries, motor vehicle collisions, process safety incidents) (Specialist I and II)

•Represent the corporation at applicable association meetings on various EHS issues. (Specialist Sr.)

•Formulate and recommend the annual operating and capital budgets and track the budgets according to plan. (Specialist Sr.)

•Determine EHS best practices to support the company’s goals by consulting with company representatives (internal peers and other key business units) and external sources such as AGA and peer companies. (Specialist I and II)

•Facilitate department meetings and training sessions to coach and educate other employees. May supervise other employees in the department and be responsible for their knowledge of safety programs. (Specialist Sr.)

Engagement:

•Collaborate with business units to achieve shared results. (Specialist I and II)

•Advocate Company’s position regarding safety compliance legislative and regulatory developments in conjunction with internal government relations personnel and industry lobbying groups. (Specialist I and II)

•Demonstrate good communication and interpersonal skills at all levels within the Company necessary to guide business units and individuals with respect to EHS issues. (Specialist I and II)

•Develop and conduct presentations for business and safety meetings, safety committee meetings, safety summits, and other presentations on safety related standards and policies.

(Specialist I and II)

•Partner with other key business units (e.g. Claims, HR/Medical, Fleet) to ensure all incidents / accidents are logged and recorded appropriately and relevant data is recorded and documented.

(Specialist I and II)

•Motivate and encourage development of a safety culture by facilitating focus group exercises (e.g. Hazard Analyses, Safety Culture Assessments, Safety Committee Exercises, Job Hazard Assessments). (Specialist I and II)

•Build team spirit and direction. Train, motivate and guide other employees to work collaboratively with all business units. May supervise other employees in the department and coach on demonstration of strong communication skills. (Specialist Sr.)

Driving Results:

•Develop, implement, and administer compliance programs (e.g. Hearing Conservation, Driver Qualification, Respiratory Protection); Direct EHS programs and projects by developing measurements and qualification processes and maintaining databases that support the programs. (Specialist I and II)

•Conduct safety compliance assessments. Create assessment reports with summaries of observations and corrective actions. Drive the business units to correct deficiencies by conducting follow-up meetings with the business leaders. (Specialist I)

•Direct and oversee investigations of EHS incidents such as higher severity injuries and motor vehicle collisions and process safety incidents. Monitor implementation of corrective and preventive actions to prevent further incidents. (Specialist I and II)

•Ensuring Company operations achieve and maintain compliance with applicable safety laws and regulations and existing safety policies and procedures. (Specialist I and II)

•Takes personal responsibility to ensure that compliance is achieved with high quality and efficiency. (Specialist I and II)

•Monitor EHS compliance, evaluate trends and provide reports to business units and regulatory agencies as required. (Specialist I and II)

•Provide sound business decisions and recommendations in a timely manner with appropriate sense of urgency. (Specialist I and II)

•Develop and maintain EHS related policies and manuals to ensure compliance with regulations.

(Specialist I and II)

•Act and respond to OSHA inquiries, complaints, citations, and observations by overseeing an investigation of the inquiry and developing a report back to OSHA on the investigation findings. (Specialist Sr.)

•Lead and guide other employees to take responsibility for completion of tasks. May supervise other employees in the department to ensure safety related projects and programs are completed according to plan. (Specialist Sr.)

Qualifications

Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required:

•BA/BS degree in Occupational Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Engineering or other related technical or science degree or equivalent combination of education or experience in Health and Safety Management, or equivalent of time and experience in a compliance related field.

Preferred:

Certification such as CSP (Certified Safety Professional), CIH (Certified Industrial Hygienist), PMP (Project Management Professional) or equivalent.

Related Work Experience:

Specialist I, Safety & Health

Required:

•Minimum of 1-2 year's experience in occupational safety, motor vehicle safety, process/contractor safety, and/or industrial hygiene.

•Working knowledge of OSHA/DOT regulations and programs.

•Implements safety programs and initiatives to field operations employees/contractors.

•Utilizes compliance software systems and databases.

•Develops and conducts safety related training and presentations.

•Presents safety related data and proposed action plans to leadership to improve safety performance.

OR:

•Equivalent academic education and experience.

Specialist II, Safety & Health

Required:

•Minimum of 2-4 year's experience in occupational safety, motor vehicle safety, process/contractor safety, and/or industrial hygiene.

•Working knowledge of OSHA/DOT regulations and programs.

•Implements safety programs and initiatives to field operations employees/contractors.

•Utilizes compliance software systems and databases.

•Develops and conducts safety related training and presentations.

•Presents safety related data and proposed action plans to leadership to improve safety performance.

OR:

•Equivalent academic education and experience.

Specialist Sr., Safety & Health

Required:

•Minimum of 4-6 year's experience in occupational safety, motor vehicle safety, process/contractor safety, and/or industrial hygiene.

•Working knowledge of OSHA/DOT regulations and programs.

•Implements safety programs and initiatives to field operations employees/contractors.

•Utilizes compliance software systems and databases.

•Develops and conducts safety related training and presentations.

•Presents safety related data and proposed action plans to leadership to improve safety performance.

OR:

•Equivalent academic education and experience.

Specific Skills & Knowledge:

Specialist I, Safety & Health

Required:

•Strong verbal and written communication skills.

•Knowledge of safe work practices and procedures.

•MS Office Suite - intermediate proficiency, ability to learn other databases and technology tools quickly.

•Project management skills.

•Strong organizational and time management skills.

•Ability to manage multiple projects with limited supervision.

•Ability to understand and analyze legislation and regulation and translate into corporate summaries and policies.

•Competency to work independently, to be a self-starter, and take initiative.

•Strong presentation and team facilitation skills.

Specialist II, Safety & Health

Required:

•Ability to manage multiple projects with limited supervision.

•Ability to understand and analyze legislation and regulation and translate into corporate summaries and policy.

•Strong leadership skills.

•Strong verbal and written communication skills.

•Knowledge of safe work practices and procedures.

•Strong presentation and team facilitation skills.

•MS Office Suite – intermediate proficiency, ability to learn other databases and technology tools quickly.

•Project management skills.

•Strong organizational and time management skills.

•Competency to work independently, to be a self-starter, and take initiative.

•Ability to implement Safety Culture programs to improve safety performance.

Specialist Sr., Safety & Health

Required:

•Ability to manage multiple projects with limited supervision.

•Ability to understand and analyze legislation and regulation and translate into corporate summaries and policy.

•Strong leadership skills and skills.

•Strong verbal and written communication skills to effectively communicate to all levels of the organization.

•Knowledge of safe work practices and procedures.

•Strong presentation and team facilitation skills.

•MS Office Suite – advanced proficiency, ability to learn other databases and technology tools quickly.

•Project management skills.

•Strong organizational and time management skills.

•Competency to work independently, to be a self-starter, and take initiative.

•Strong competence in implementation of Safety Culture programs to improve safety performance.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

•Travel requirements: 20-50% local and overnight air travel.

•On-call duties: Ability to respond to urgent EHS issues when contacted.

•Physical demands: Prolonged Standing or Walking: This position requires frequently prolonged standing and/or walking.

•Ability to lift up to 15 pounds.

•Work environment: office environment and may be exposed to varying outdoor weather conditions when working with field operations, conducting facility inspections, facilitating assessments, etc.

•Shift work: Ability to workday and night shift may be required.

Disclaimer:

This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.2 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states and approximately 600,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other nonutility businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit southerncompanygas.com .

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 6008

Job Category: Safety & Health

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Virginia Natural Gas

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