Occupational Health & Safety Specialist

Company: Besser

Department: Human Resources

Location: Alpena, Michigan
Posted: 7/28/2017

Job Description

Collects data on safety, health, and environmental matters in the workplace to evaluate potential hazards of the workplace and to ensure safety regulations are in place.  Implements and conducts evaluation of programs designed to eliminate physical, chemical, and ergonomic risks to workers.  Ensures company compliance to government rules at the local, state, and federal level.  The Occupational Health & Safety Specialist reports to the Director of Human Resources.


Accountability: Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.

Honesty/Integrity: Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.

Respect:  Maintains a positive and respectful attitude.

Loyal :  The trait of feeling a duty to the employer.

Relationship/Consensus Building:  Ability to effectively build relationships with customers and co-workers and bring about group solidarity to achieve a goal.

Time Management:  Demonstrates flexible and efficient time management and ability to prioritize workload.

Tolerance:  Ability to work successfully with a variety of people without making judgments.

Attendance:  Strives for perfect attendance and commits to report to work on time.

Job Functions

  1. Inspect, test, and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices to ensure safety standards and government regulations are followed.
  2. Provide solutions to fix hazardous and potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
  3. Educate employees about workplace safety and demonstrate correct use of safety equipment.
  4. Investigate incidents and accidents to identify what caused them and how they might be prevented in the future.
  5. Maintain inventory of medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
  6. Evaluate situations or make determinations when an employee has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.
  7. Prepare and maintain all required records and documentation.
  8. Prepare and communicate company incident statistics.
  9. Maintain emergency action program and conduct related response drills.
  10. Maintains the safety data sheets.
  11. Organizes and conducts safety training and new employee orientation training.
  12. Lead the safety committees and conduct monthly corporate safety team meetings.
  13. Monitors and verifies adherence to all policies.  Assesses new developments in health and safety field that may have application to the company’s operations.
  14. Establishes target areas and long-range accident prevention and cost-control objectives.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Training or Associates Degree and OSHT Certification.
Experience:  Two years of experience in the field of safety.
Skills:  Strong verbal and written communications skills.  Good organizational skills.  Must be able to multi-task and work well under pressure and with deadlines. Excellent interpersonal and coaching skills.    Competent computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs.
Requirements:  Knowledge of government health and safety policies and regulations.  Willing and able to travel.

Physical Demands

N (Not Applicable) not applicable to this occupation
O (Occasionally) up to 33% of the time (0- 2.5 hours per day)

F (Frequently) 33% to 66% of the time (2.5 to 5.5 hours per day)

C (Constantly) more than 66% of the day (5.5 hrs)

Reaching OutwardO
Reach Above ShouldersO
Squat or KneelO
Lift/Carry LimitsFreq
10 lbs or lessO
10 lbs or lessO
10 lbs or lessO
10 lbs or lessN
10 lbs or lessN
Push/Pull LimitsFreq
12 lbs or lessO
13–25 lbsO
26–40 lbsO
41–100 lbsN

Other Physical Requirements

Vision (Near, Color, Peripheral, Depth Perception)

Work Environment

An office environment in a controlled atmospheric building.

How to Apply

Do you think you’d make an excellent fit for Besser Company?  Please forward your resume to:

Besser Company World Headquarters
Attn: Janet Behnke, Corporate Human Resources Director
801 Johnson Street
Alpena, MI 49707 USA
Fax +1.989.354.1089
e-mail resumes@besser.com