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EHS Manager - Portland, OR

Portland, OR, US, 97203

Ash Grove Cement Company



Job ID:  194180


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across the Midwest, Texas and Western United States. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.




Administers the plant’s and terminal safety and environmental programs to provide: 1) the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that safeguards the health and safety of its employees, 2) implement programs to monitor and control health and safety hazards and environmental impacts related to the plant’s operations, 3) provide communication and training to all employees to motivate the plant’s employees to conduct on-the-job activities and operations in a safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible manner, and 4) promotes responsible operation in accordance with  all applicable federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety laws and regulations.  Develops open communication with employees, neighbors, local and state governments, regulators, and others regarding the policy on and management of matters pertaining to environmental, health, and safety of its operations.  Uses independent judgment in performing job responsibilities.


Supervision Received


Works with Corporate and plant policies, procedures, and objectives.  Refers to supervisor when clarification or interpretation of organization policy is needed.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities


I.             Safety


  • Works toward compliance with federal, state and local safety laws and regulations (MSHA, OSHA (at terminals), etc).  Accompanies inspectors during inspections and maintains all required records regarding safety activities.  Serves as the liaison between the plant and safety regulatory agencies.
  • Administers safety training and awareness programs for plant employees in an effort to prevent accidents, increase awareness of safety hazards, change unsafe behaviors, and promote compliance with safety policies, procedures, and applicable regulations. Is responsible for the development, monitoring, review and changes to all plant training programs related to safety and health in accordance with the requirements of MSHA including the certifying of competent persons and hiring and/or retention of outside consultants and/or instructors. Serves as a technical resource and expert on health and safety issues.
  • Assists managers and supervisors to develop plant safety procedures, programs, restrictions, and job safety analysis for their work areas and monitors each supervisor’s enforcement of all health and safety policies, procedures, regulations, and job safety analysis.  Takes corrective action when supervisors and employees do not follow these safety program requirements.
  • Coordinates the development of emergency response systems and monitors the implementation of these systems to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Administers the fire protection program.  Coordinates the inspection and maintenance of fire protection systems.
  • Promotes and assists with the safety observation process (behavior based safety); takes cue for involvement in this process from the leadership team.
  • Make recommendations for the purchase of safety equipment including safety shoes/boots, glasses, first-aid supplies, etc. Maintains/distributes appropriate supplies of these materials.
  • Responsible for ensuring that appropriate monitoring is being performed regarding health and safety hazards in all work areas.  Recommends operational or procedural changes to rectify deficiencies.
  • Oversees the activities of Joint Safety and Health Committee meetings and provides recommendations as needed. Develops specific and achievable annual goals and prepares written agenda for each monthly committee meeting.
  • Conducts in-house inspections to recognize and eliminate hazardous conditions and practices.
  • In accordance with Ash Grove policies, conducts industrial hygiene testing such as noise and dust surveys.  Coordinates annual audiometric exams.
  • Investigates accidents and injuries in cooperation with workers' compensation insurance carrier and MSHA requirements.
  • Completes records regarding accidents and injuries, and inputs required data to Riskonnect; the Risk Management, Health and Safety Database (RMHS).
  • Ensures plant responsiveness from first aid through life threatening emergency procedures.
  • Administers first aid and CPR training programs for employees on a regular basis.
  • Administers the Life Saving Rules to ensure compliance with all Company safety policies, procedures, and programs, and federal, state, and local statues and regulations.  Maintain records to demonstrate compliance with the aforementioned items.


II.            Environmental


  • Works directly with the plant’s managers and staff to ensure compliance with applicable environmental laws, rules, regulations and permits. Provides oversight for facility environmental compliance. Discusses problem areas with department managers and recommends corrective action. Reports problem areas and results of oversight to the plant manager and Corporate Environmental Manager responsible for Rivergate.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and execution of Company environmental policies.
  • Prepares and maintains files and records for the CMS, Compliance Management System for the Rivergate facility and the Portland Terminal. Provides a copy of the appropriate files to Sharepoint to provide reference information for upper management and Company staff.  Ensure that all environmental permits are maintained, and that timely applications for permit renewals and modifications are prepared and submitted.
  • Prepare and submit all reports and documents that are required by law, rule, regulation or permit in a timely manner. An example of these reports are as follows: DMRs, air emission inventories, excess emissions reports, compliance and monitoring reports, TRI and Right to know reports, or other required reports. Copies of these reports will be maintained in Sharepoint.
  • Reviews the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan and storm water plans on an annual basis. Assures that these plans are maintained and reviewed by licensed professional engineers in accordance with the applicable regulations.
  • When possible and appropriate, is physically present at environmental inspections and or audits by regulators or government contractors.
  • Participates in projects involving environmental issues including contact with regulatory agencies.
  • Directs and presents training exercises and seminars for plant employees to ensure compliance with Company environmental policy and practice, and environmental laws, rules, regulations and permits.
  • Represents the Company at meetings and conferences with local and state regulators.
  • Ensure the accurate and timely payment of all fees connected with the acquisition and maintenance of environmental permits at assigned facilities.
  • Prepares or assists in the preparation of responses to environmentally related Notices of Violation or other regulatory enforcement initiatives. Development and implement corrective action plans for deficiencies.


III.          Miscellaneous


  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Plant manager or Corporate Environmental Staff


Required Minimum Qualifications




  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local safety and environmental laws and regulations.  Working knowledge of industrial hygiene policies and practices.  Working knowledge of safety and environmental programs, policies and practices applicable to a lime-manufacturing environment.  Skills needed include planning, organization, problem solving, decision making, leadership, and written and verbal communication skills (training program development and delivery).  Ability to use a personal computer.




  • Four-year college degree in industrial hygiene, safety management, environmental resource management or related field preferred.  Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation preferred. Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) or Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) designations would be beneficial.




  • Five or more years of experience in the safety and health field in cement, mining or related industry and at least one year of experience in the environmental field preferred.  Experience dealing with regulatory agencies needed.


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


Ash Grove Cement is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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