Safety Specialist in Clewiston, FL at U.S. Sugar

Date Posted: 5/25/2023

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Why U.S. Sugar?

Employees are our most valuable asset. When we succeed, our employees succeed. Many have an ownership stake in our privately held business through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). As we grow, we hire new employees who are knowledgeable, energetic and committed to keeping us on the cutting-edge of our industry. We reward them with challenging work, opportunities to learn and grow, competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package and a supportive work environment where safety is our top priority.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Safety Manager, the Safety Coordinator will be responsible for assisting with tasks related to safety, health, and environmental hazards in the workplace as well as administrative needs for recordkeeping, training, safety job walks, and ensuring USSC Manufacturing EHS compliance.


  • Identify best practices and lead continuous improvement initiatives to reduce work process risks, raise safety awareness, and improve safe work practices
  • Ability to work with latest technology, including apps, HIS equipment, EHS software, electronic devices, video editing software, et al.
  • Lead by example in terms of engaged Safety Culture and foster a work environment that supports safe and healthy practices.
  • Willing to work weekends when needed, Participate in stand –by duty roster ( once every 3 weeks)
  • Familiar with and/or willing to learn hazardous waste regulations and regulatory compliance requirements
  • Attend spill training, DOT training and all other regulatory compliance trainings as required.
  • Conduct or coordinate worker training in areas such as safety laws and regulations, hazardous condition monitoring, and proper use of safety equipment
  • Perform safety audits and inspect facilities, machinery, and equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure regulation
  • Issue corrective actions and see to their compliance/closure.
  • Investigate industrial accidents, near-miss incidents, and occupational injuries to determine causes, install preventive measures, and manage return-to-work activities
  • Provide technical advice, coaching, guidance, and mentoring to employees on safety initiatives and necessary changes
  • Work within company policy as outlined in the Employee Handbook and in compliment with the EHS Manual and OSHA Safety rules
  • Support investigations of work related incidents, accidents, injuries, environmental impacts, and unsafe working conditions.  Prepare, review and report findings from the investigation
  • Support the determination and implementation of preventive measures and develop recommendations to improve safety policies and programs. 
  • Support mission to standardize programs and develop best practices across the corporate footprint and share with franchise network as needed
  • Observe working practices and consult the risk assessment plan to determine the standard use by worker, distribute and control the usage of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Conduct job hazard analysis (JHA) to drill down on tasks, assess risk profile, and recommend mitigation measures in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Assess equipment (PPE) selected for purchase in continuous quality improvement context to ensure the PPE meets the safety requirements/standards and recommend corrections or changes prior to purchase as needed
  • Perform the necessary training or be willing to attend the train the trainer course required to train personnel on the safe operation of company vehicles, including forklifts, powered industrial trucks, tele-handlers, scissors lifts, boom lifts, and skid steers.
  • Inspect fire protection equipment and other emergency equipment, including emergency eyewash stations, drench showers, AED’s, First Aid Kits, and Spill Kits
  • All other duties as assigned by the EHS Specialist and EHS Manager

Job Requirements

Job Requirements

  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University or College.
  • 2-5 years of experience in the health and safety at the plant level.
  • Applied knowledge of health and safety laws and regulations
  • Interest in pursuing certifications in environmental, health, and/or safety (i.e., ASP, CSP, CHMM, CIH)
  • Technically savvy with latest computers, apps, equipment, EHS software, electronic devices, video editing software
  • Continuous learning mindset
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong team player
  • Innovative and solution oriented
  • Strong moral compass and transparent
  • Hard working and honest person
  • Excellent written, verbal and computer skills (MS Office, SharePoint, SAP, etc.)
  • Proven time management skills
  • Independent worker willing to take and follow directions
  • Ability to establish priorities and work effectively in a high performance team environment
  • Prior experience in an industrial manufacturing or construction environment

Technical Skills – Computer and phone literacy a must; ability to understand and use Microsoft Excel and Word. Duties include ordering, software proficiency, and project/time management.

Communication Skills – Strong interpersonal communication skills and ability to work as a team player.  Highly proficient written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of the organization, as well as customers and partners.  Solution oriented continuous learner with a positive mental attitude.

Work Environment - This job operates in a professional environment and in the field. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and tablets. The job will require long hours on the feet in a heavy industrial environment, including exposure to weather conditions.

Physical Demands - In addition to performing the primary duties described, the employee is required to meet the job’s physical demands while wearing the proper work-safety attire. This includes frequent sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, and lifting up to 50 lbs. or more.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

United States Sugar Corporation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.