Plant Safety Manager- Oakdale, CA

ConAgra Foods (
Defense Contracting


  Full Time   Employee

United States

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Plant Safety Manager- Oakdale, CA


Job Summary:

Manages plant health, safety and environmental programs at the site to ensure safe and accident-free work environment. Implements safety key concepts to provide the road map to zero injuries and world class performance. Plans and/or delivers programs to train managers and employees in work site safety practices. Promotes plant safety by working with all departments to analyze current situation and recommend safety improvements. Implements the Environmental Management System to ensure compliance with Environmental Regulations and develop the Plant’s natural resource stewardship.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for all aspects of EHS, including OSHA, and environmental record keeping, safety action item register, safety conference calls, safety audits, and accident investigations
  • Ensure the facility complies with OSHA and environmental laws and regulations and ConAgra safety and environmental programs.
  • Facilitate safety audits for the facility
  • Lead and direct the Plant Safety and Environmental/Sustainable Development Committees. Serve as the Technical Resource to the Safety Action Team.
  • Responsible for developing safety and environmental goals for the functions above. These are monitored and progress in achievement is reported monthly to management.
  • Responsible for developing, with facility managers, a capital spending program to ensure OSHA compliance and hazard elimination. The manager approves all OSHA AFEs concerning safety and monitors all requests for capital expenditures to ensure that they are compatible with corporate objectives and state and federal safety legislation.
  • Serves as or obtains safety expertise for the various plant functions in dealings with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
  • Participates as an active member in professional organizations and serves on committees in order to formulate and promote company positions on pending legislation.
  • Audits to ensure all injuries are properly reported.
  • Reviews Team Leaders' (Supervisors’) Reports of Injury to ensure completeness and that appropriate action is taken to prevent recurrence.
  • Develops computer programs using company accident injury history so that comparative analysis can be available for trends and data.
  • Develops and conducts or procures training programs for line management aimed at loss prevention.
  • Involves peers on policy development and in achieving loss control objectives and performing safety audits. Develop programs and procedures to assist department managers in complying with Federal/EPA and State laws dealing with Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know laws, including also the Hazard Communication Program as it pertains to ConAgra employees.
  • Conduct and/or facilitate safety and environmental programs and OSHA required training and certifications.
  • Provide ongoing support to department managers for safety meetings and department work modification.
  • Develop and implement processes to reduce the injury rate. Specific programs to include the establishment of a “key concept” behavioral-based program, supervisor training, JSAs, and proactive safe practices.
  • Provide up-to-date regulatory guidance to all departments.
  • Serve as primary professional contact on environmental matters and OSHA inspections.
  • Provide a floor presence for employees on safety matters.
  • Provide a significant influence in changing ConAgra culture to a “safety priority environment.”
  • Conduct environmental audits, inspections and reports.
  • Prepare and submit environmental compliance reports to regulatory agencies.
  • Conduct safety inspections monthly, reporting results to the Management Safety Committee.
  • Active participation on plant’s Emergency Response and HAZMAT Teams
  • Provide safety training and consulting services to other ConAgra facilities
  • Manage the activities of direct reports in the EHS Department (Salary and Hourly Safety Coordinators)
  • Responsibility to manage the training and safety process and give direction to those employees who execute that process.
  • Will manage site security, including Food Safety Defense program and other regulatory requirements in this area.
  • Develop, evaluate and maintain department budget for safety area.
  • Will lead medical and first-responder programs for the facility.




Position Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Safety, Business Management, Organizational Development, Engineering or Technical or related discipline required.
  • Requires 5+ years in a manufacturing environment with experience implementing and managing Safety and Environmental/Sustainable Development initiatives in a medium-to-large facility.
  • Experience developing safety programs including working through high performance teams to successfully implement initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and through organization using influence and client management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Strong Organizational, written, verbal and group or individual presentation skills
  • Must demonstrate the ability to manage professionals and work with peers.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of technical information in mathematical and/or narrative form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Strong computer application skills, including the utilization of mainframe, network and PC business application software
  • Basic mathematical and statistical skills
  • Basic financial skills and understanding



  • 5-7 years Manufacturing experience
  • 3-5 years Management / Supervisory experience
  • Food industry experience in a union environment
  • Experience with Intelex / SAP / Microsoft Office Suite
  • Certified Safety Professional® (CSP)
  • Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP®)




This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be, an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with the job.  It is intended, however, to be an accurate reflection of those principal job elements essential for making decisions related to job performance, employee development and compensation.  As such, the incumbent may perform other duties and responsibilities as required.





ConAgra Foods, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

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To apply for this job, contact:
Phil Ziolkowski

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