Under the general direction of the Human Resources Manager, the Safety Specialist will support the execution and implementation of the Company’s safety programs. This position will coordinate and implement safety, injury and illness prevention programs, conduct related trainings, investigate accidents and identify possible causes and recommend corrective actions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate, administer, and improve the Company’s safety programs to include, but not limited to, the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), Return to Work Program, Heat Illness Prevention, and Hazard Communication Program;
  • Primary responsibilities will be central to improving Frequency and Severity rates resulting in a safer workplace for our employees;
  • Implement safety programs specific to employee needs to promote a healthy and safety culture in the workforce including necessary training and follow up;
  • Conduct routine field inspections and evaluate workplace environments, equipment and practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations;
  • Will conduct and report on ongoing audits and inspections to verify compliance;
  • Provide assistance and resource for corporate, federal, state and local regulatory compliance and required documentation;
  • Administer Safety Incentive programs; 
  • Collaborate with safety management, maintenance, facilities and respective departments to institute control and remedial measures for hazardous and potentially hazardous conditions or equipment;
  • Investigate accidents to identify causes or determine how to prevent recurrence, make recommendations for corrective action and provide follow up related training;
  • Provide information, signs, poster, barriers, and other material to personnel to warn of potential and actual safety hazards and to prevent access to hazardous conditions; 
  • Coordinate Post Injury Management with Return-to-Work interactive process with injured employee(s), supervisor and Workers’ Compensation Manager;
  • Provide on-boarding orientations to newly hired or promoted employees and develop materials for these presentations;
  • Assist with governmental inspections and independent audits;
  • Serve as a resource for managers and employees in the areas of safety, worker's compensation and employee relations policies;
  • Serve as a member of the safety board meetings and activities;
  • Support and back up the existing H-2A Program when necessary.

Job Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health & Safety or related field preferred;
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) is highly desired;
  • Pesticide Safety training is a plus;
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience working in the agricultural industry in the primary areas of safety;
  • Strong knowledge of current employment laws and OSHA regulations, IIPP and compliance requirements;
  • Bilingual fluency in English/Spanish is required. This includes reading, writing legibly and communicating clearly and concisely. Must be able to communicate issues in a constructive manner and handle difficult and/or confidential situations in a professional and confidential manner.
  • Intermediate to Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of applications
  • Valid class “C” California Driver’s license is required and must be insurable;
  • Possess or ability to obtain a valid passport for international unrestricted travel to Mexico is highly desired;
  • Occasional travel and relocation to our other locations will be required.