Sr. Safety Specialist



Executive Search Consultant: Ted Fletcher                                                                               

5425 Discovery Blvd. – Suite 201                                                                                                                       (757) 208-7236

Williamsburg, VA 23188


Western Forge (IDEAL Industries) – 5593


Position: Sr. Safety Specialist                                                                                 Reporting to: Engineering Manager


The Company

IDEAL Industries is a 100-year old, family-owned, professionally managed, global manufacturer of diverse products for electrical, automotive, aerospace and construction industries. They are a growing multi-national corporation creating some of the world’s most innovative technology, but are, at heart, a family business. One their segments includes professional hand tools. We’re working with Western Forge, an IDEAL company based in Colorado Springs, CO. Their non-union, 3-shift, 200-person campus of 5 buildings has almost 300,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space and covers the entire manufacturing process from raw materials to finished goods. These processes include forging, heat treating, annealing, plating, finishing. Products made are wrenches, blades, ratchets, pliers, etc. The workforce is proud of what they do and what they make.


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Colorado Springs, CO


The Position

The Sr. Safety Specialist handles all environmental, health and safety related tasks to support the Colorado Springs operations and facilities. These tasks are conducted in accordance with EH&S regulations as specified in federal, state and local laws and guidelines. The EH&S Supervisor is responsible for all Production, Quality and EH&S internal and external audits in each operation and ensures facilitation of program objectives completion by providing clear, continuous direction to staff. They will manage 1 direct report (Safety Technician). This position is open because the prior Sr. Safety Specialist was unable to eventually relocate to Colorado Springs.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The following includes a list of primary responsibilities. Other duties may be assigned by the supervisor or manager to meet various business requirements.

  • Compliance & Regulatory Reporting (i.e., Safety, Clean Air Act, Surface Contamination

[Ground Water], Waste Water Management, etc.)

  1. Manage environmental processes to ensure proper waste management and minimization practices in accordance with regulatory requirements.
  2. Manage environmental processes throughout the plant site to ensure proper surface and ground water management (i.e. permitting, treatment, etc.).
  3. Manage spill and contingency planning in compliance with
  4. Manage environmental processes to assure permitted facilities are in compliance with the Clean Air Act and other regulatory requirements.
  5. Respond to all customer related environmental requirements such as RoHS and REACH.
  6. Manage SDS compliance and distribution program.


  • Creating & Driving a Safety Culture
    1. Conduct safety audits and issue action items by department to improve our work environment.
    2. Document Procedures and Work Instructions for Safety, Heat Treat, Waste Water, Plating, etc.
    3. Lead employees and management safety meetings and awareness.
    4. Promote employee participation in developing a safe work environment through identification and submission of potential safety issues.
    5. Maintain records of all accidents and near miss reports, including loss time and restricted duty logs.
    6. Coordinate all aspects of safety and OSHA training programs including but not limited to Haz-Mat and Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedures.


  • Drive Industry Best Practices and associated cost savings
    1. Create and manage budget (including CAPEX) for PPE, waste water treatment, fire suppression, air handling & quality, industrial hygiene, machine guarding, training, hazardous waste treatment and others as required.
    2. Evaluate outsource vs. internal processing to reduce spend


Top 3 Priorities

  • Perform safety audits, incident reporting, perform “tool talks”, educate supervisors and others on the need for PPE, provide data
  • Drive a proactive approach among the people at the plant, thereby decreasing incident rates (goal is 30% reduction)
  • Ensure compliance for CPR, ergonomics, training, evacuation policy, forklift safety



Must possess a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science or related field along with 7-10 years related experience. Expert knowledge of environmental industry trends and EH&S regulations as specified in federal, state and local laws and guidelines.


Related experience must include implementation of 5S programs, proactive approach to identifying and resolving EH&S process or equipment issues, and support of systematic internal and external change control procedures. Also requires a strong capability to interpret work procedures, governmental laws and regulations.


Preferred Education and/or Experience

  • B.S. in Environmental Science or Engineering is desired (Chemical/Industrial Engineering preferred), although very good Safety leadership experience would be considered in lieu of a BS.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant industry experience within a manufacturing environment
  • Must have experience with heavy machinery/equipment (forklifts, furnaces, etc.), and chemicals
  • Must be able to offer specific examples of being the DRIVER of safety culture
  • This professional needs to be a LEADER who listens to people, values their input, and leads through influence


Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to read, write, and interpret work process procedures, customer reports, and general business correspondence and technical documentation
  • Possess effective project management skills
  • Possess strong communication skills
  • Possess strong attention to detail, organization and prioritization abilities


Physical Demands

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is:

  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.




May be 10-15% and involve visits to other WF/IDEAL facilities (Chicago)


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, chemicals, and metal powders. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Project Schedule

  • Recruiting by TYGES
  • Telephone Interview
  • Onsite(s) – SBD
  • Offer


Compensation Structure

  • Base: $65,800 – 107K
  • Bonus: COULD be considered if an outstanding candidate is at the top end of the range)
  • Will relo (very good package including help with selling/buying house)
  • Medical, dental, 401K, etc.