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Sr. Safety Specialist

Posted: Dec 05, 2018



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.


To better understand IDEAL’s history and company portfolio, visit



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.

Facility Safety and Risk Manager

Posted: Nov 19, 2018

PAY STATUS:                                                                          DEPARTMENT:

Exempt and Salaried                                                                  Administration



Responsible for the effective, efficient operation and maintenance operations for City facilities, overall safety operations and risk management activities.



The following duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned.



  • Responsible for directing and managing maintenance of all physical facilities and properties; includes daily physical repair, maintenance and operational needs of all support and administrative functions related to facilities
    • Plans for the future needs of facilities, including long-term needs and repairs, modification and construction. Manages renovations, maintenance, repairs and construction of City-owned
      • Coordinates, inspect and supervises a wide range of facility maintenance and improvement projects. Determines the need for, then selects, schedules and oversees the work of outside
    • Manages contracts and resulting warranties and ensures compliance with City purchasing policies and
      • Coordinate and contract for services as needed including negotiations, bidding, and contract preparation and administration and delegate as
    • Evaluates and makes recommendations for contractual and non-contractual services necessary for maintenance related
      • Serve as ADA
      • Responsible for monitoring and planning office and facility space usage, including ergonomics of the office
        • Coordinates with utility companies to ensure energy efficiencies and rebates. Reviews, investigates and analyzes Government Buildings operations to assure efficiency and
      • Ensure safety and security of facilities, including safety and security systems, fire alarms and fire suppression systems, and elevator operation and



  • Responsible for planning, developing and administering all safety programs, safety training and safety initiatives to ensure a safe, healthy, work environment for City
    • Lead safety improvements ensuring that all Department Heads are pursuing relentless improvement in safety performance and that the City is continuously measuring and improving its safety
  • Recommends procurement, use and installation of safety or hazard control equipment, and updates of policies and procedures as
    • Lead City-wide safety efforts across departments, including the Safety
    • Work with Department Heads on developing training requirements and



  • Develop, present and coordinate safety-training activities and training programs for all City Departments. Training will include CPR, Flagger Certification,
  • Monitors safety and first aid equipment and supplies, such as AEDs, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, etc., to ensure they are functional and ready for use when needed. Responsible for purchasing new equipment and supplies for outdated
  • Monitor and respond to behavior issues, safety and customer concerns in accordance with standards of

procedures. Enforce established rules and regulations.

  • Conduct safety inspections of work
  • Complete injury and accident
  • Implement best practices in accordance with OSHA
  • Maintain any and all MSDS sheets
  • Represent the organization in community or industry safety groups and programs including Colorado
    • Coordinates with utility companies to ensure energy efficiencies and rebates. Reviews, investigates and analyzes Government Buildings operations to assure efficiency and


Risk Management

  • Proactively identify risk exposures and potential hazards within our facilities and work sites. Develops action plans to eliminate and/or reduce risk
  • Identify and anticipate safety concerns and hazards by ensuring the timely investigation of all accidents. Review written reports and recommends preventative or corrective measures to reduce and eliminate accident reoccurrence.
  • Inspect buildings, facilities, job sites, equipment and structures for existing or potential hazards; recommend corrective
    • Ensure compliance with environmental requirements and
    • Report and handle all property and casualty
    • Oversee City’s Emergency Action Plan
    • In collaboration with other Department Heads, complete risk analysis for City activities and events including but not limited to Trapper Days and Fourth of July
    • Serve as Emergency Coordinator for City-wide events and



  • Oversee management of City’s fleet of
  • Assist in the development and implementation of programs, policies and
  • Prepare, submit and make recommendations to the City Administrator and City Council regarding the annual fiscal year operating budget of the department and Six Year Capital Improvements
  • Attend City Council workshops and meetings as directed by the City Administrator and/or appropriate committees to present budgets, programs, services and facilities activity reports, studies, analyses, and plans for present and future activities; maintains records, files and
  • Monitor and evaluate the quantity and quality of work performed, and holds staff accountable for their
  • Ensure compliance with all City and departmental values, policies, procedures and philosophies and Federal, State and local laws and industry



  • Respond to complaints and mediates discussions between the public, other City employees, and staff as necessary.
  • May be required to work irregular hours, weekends, evenings, holidays, and/or in emergency
    • Monitor, control and review budgets; request adjustments as needed; and analyze expenditures items for purchasing authority and for conformity with department



  • Extensive knowledge of best practices with building maintenance and
  • Knowledge of management principles and leadership methods and the ability to instill the focus on teamwork in the performance of duties to team
    • Basic ability to operate computers and understand general computer programs. In addition the ability to operate office equipment such as copy machines, fax machines,
  • Ability to manage a diverse group of employees; quantify and evaluate their performance and implement actions designed to facilitate effective performance by the work
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written
  • Ability to identify and implement risk management
  • Ability to coordinate activities with other agencies, organizations, and


  • Bachelor’s degree in safety, health, industrial hygiene, or related field and at least ten years of experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and



  • Five to eight (5 to 8) years of increasingly responsible experience in Facilities Maintenance with at least two (4) years in a supervisory
  • Two to five years safety and risk management
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience to provide for the required knowledge, skills and



  • Associate Safety professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), or Certified Utility Safety Administrator Certification (CUSA) designation
  • CPR, First Aid and AED Certificates or attainable within 180 days of
  • Valid Class R Driver’s License at the time of
  • ADA Coordinator Certification



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed, and are in no way construed or perceived to be exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of   duties does



not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



The employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms; required to stand and walk; use hands, fingers, handle, feel or operate objects, tools and controls; required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, sit, stand on a ladder; pinch or grip objects; talk and hear. Also, have the ability to operate a vehicle. The employee must regularly carry, pull, push or lift up to 30 pounds and occasionally carry, pull, push or lift up to 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required include close and distance vision acuity, night vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust his or her focus, allowing a broad field of vision. It is essential that the employee be physically able to operate a variety of computer, associated software and office equipment, personal computer, first aid equipment and other equipment as assigned.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and humid conditions, hot and/or cold conditions, or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat and vibration.



The City of Fort Lupton maintains a drug free workplace, including marijuana. As a condition of employment, applicants selected for employment with the City of Fort Lupton may be required to undergo pre-employment drug testing and background check. Candidates whom are hired are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing. Some departments are also subject to random drug testing.


Employment references may be conducted on finalist for the City of Fort Lupton vacancies.


The maintenance of a valid license and a good driving record is required if the job duties require the operation of City vehicles or equipment or who must travel by motor vehicle in the course of City business. Applicants may be required to furnish copies of Motor Vehicle Records (less than 30 days old) when applying for positions that require a valid driver’s license.


The City of Fort Lupton is an equal opportunity employer. We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants. It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.


Senior Contractor Safety Specialist

Posted: Nov 19, 2018

Senior Contractor Safety Specialist

This is an at-will, supplemental full-time position hired to staff a project for a limited or defined period typically not to exceed twenty-four (24) months.

The Colorado Springs Utilities Safety and Health Department is looking for a Senior Safety Specialist | Contractor Safety and Health professional to join the team.  In this role, you will be responsible for providing occupational safety and health expertise and oversight of contracted and self-performed construction projects.  This position will be responsible for managing the Colorado Springs Utilities’ Contractor Safety Program and support organizational policies and procedures to ensure a compliant, safe and hazard-free workplace for contractors and employees.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Overall management of the Contractor Safety Program
  • Perform safety qualification and performance reviews of all contractors
  • Coordinates with ALL appropriate parties on projects to identify hazards and controls, compliance and incident-free performance
  • Develops, implements and manages hazard prevention and control programs & methods and techniques to support risk analysis
  • Conducts compliance audits/inspections, accident/injury investigations and incident/hazard trend analyses to ensure compliance with Colorado Springs Utilities Safety & Health requirements, laws, standards and regulations
  • Prepares, reviews and presents reports that communicate valid and comprehensive recommendations for hazard controls
  • Leads, directs and conducts the planning and development of training materials or courses involving hazard recognition and control
  • Remains current on applicable technological developments, laws, regulations, standards and industry trends and best practices to control hazards and worker risks, including participation in safety professional associations and training
  • Ability to use computers and related software applications to include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and 3rd Party vendor applications and Safety solutions

What will it take to be successful? The typical candidate will have a High School Diploma or (G.E.D.) and Safety & Health training or certifications, the ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health, Safety Engineering, Environmental Health, Industrial Hygiene or a closely related field and 5+ years of experience in a Safety and Health environment.

We are most interested in your abilities in the following areas, so be sure to highlight them on your application and/or resume:

  • Knowledge of applicable laws, codes, standards, rules and regulations, including federal OSHA, safety and health and regulations for general industry and construction
  • Incident investigation processes, methods and techniques, including root cause analysis
  • Risk management principles and practices & Hazard recognition and controls
  • Data gathering, analysis and interpretation
  • Construction Safety & Health programs to include training
  • Safety and health inspection and audit processes
  • Continuously improve processes, efficiency and effectiveness of operations with a focus on safety

What a career at Colorado Springs Utilities can offer you…

  • As a community-owned enterprise for over 100 years, we offer the stability of providing a required service and commodity for our community.
  • We are a diverse team of professionals who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community through new and innovative technologies.
  • We understand employees have competing priorities. That is why we have created an environment which embraces teamwork and flexibility.

Join a diverse team of high performers who take pride in delivering exceptional service to our community and tap into the power of your potential!

All postings will close at 11:59pm on the Posting Close Date.  Candidates must apply for the position prior to this date and time. If the Posting Close Date is blank, the position will remain open until filled. Actual starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education, and training of the successful candidate.

Colorado Springs Utilities is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Our differences make us richer. Learning and growing from one another makes us more than what we were. We want our workforce to be as diverse as our business and recognize the limitless benefits of this commitment.  Our desire is to have the organization reflect the diversity of the Pikes Peak Region.  As an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, it is our commitment that no person shall be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, color, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, religious convictions, veteran status, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Affirmative Action is Colorado Springs Utilities’ effort to ensure positive steps are taken to have a representative workforce reflective of the relevant available labor force.

Accessibility Accommodations. If you are an individual with a disability or disabled veteran who is unable to use our online tools to search and apply for jobs, you may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting us at or by calling 719-668-7500. This option is reserved for individuals who are unable to use or require assistance with the online tools as the result of a disability and is not intended for other purposes.

E-Verify and Right to Work Notice. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. Colorado Springs Utilities participates in E-Verify. For more information on your rights and responsibilities as an applicant, please visit:  If you have a legal right to work in the United States, there are laws to protect you against discrimination in the workplace. You should know that no employer can deny you a job or fire you because of your national origin. Unless mandated by law or government contract, employers cannot require you to be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident or refuse any legally acceptable documents. If any of these things have happened to you, you may have a valid charge of discrimination that can be filed with the OSC. Contact the OSC for assistance in your own language. Call 1-800-255-7688. TDD for the hearing impaired is 1-800-237-2515. In the Washington, D.C., area, please call 202-616-5594, TDD 202-616-5525 Or write to: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel NYA 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20530.

Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas.  All eligible applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Job Type:  Safety & Health