EHS Director (Garrett, IN)

Posted: Jan 11, 2018

Job Summary:

The Environmental Health and Safety Director in responsible for maintaining compliance with Local, State and Federal safety and environmental regulations. This position will minimize risk to Dekko’s occupational hazards through conducting educational programs, providing emergency response as needed, monitoring work areas for hazards, and promoting safety throughout the US & Mexico Dekko locations. The EH&S Director is responsible for managing worker’s compensation claims to a timely and cost effective closure by communicating with employees, management, medical providers and insurance company.

Essential Duties:

  • Maintain compliance with Local, State, and Federal laws and regulations regarding safety and health by scheduling and conducting facility safety audits.
  • Coordinate and supervise plant level safety committee’s in developing effective safety awareness within the facility.
  • Prepare reports as necessary to document evaluations listing the severity, conditions and appraisal of work practices.
  • Schedule, supervise, and conduct safety and health training programs for US based locations relating to the following: Lock-out/Tag-out, Hazard Communication, Fork-lift Training, Confined Space Entry, OSHA Recordkeeping, Bloodborne Pathogens, Supervisor Safety Training and Safety Committee Orientation.
  • Conduct Industrial Hygiene monitoring and sampling at facilities. Prepare Standard Operating Procedures for sampling activities conducted at each facility and report preparation.
  • Maintain the safety department’s accident record system, investigate accidents, check on the corrective measures taken at the facility, review and evaluate accident reports.
  • Identify injuries that are repetitive motion related, back injuries, and other serious injuries that may be associated with ergonomic disorders.
  • Maintain the Material Safety Data Sheet Database for all facilities, ensuring the information is accurate and complete .
  • Coordinate and supervise the Hearing Conservation Program utilized at each US based facility. Provide, advice and counsel on the effects of hearing loss at each facility and take necessary steps to prevent injury.
  • Responsible for ensuring the completion of the required OSHA 300 form and calculating accident/incident rates for each US and Mexico based facility.
  • Supervise the Personal Protective Equipment Program. Audit programs to ensure proper use and care of personal protective equipment and safety devices.
  • Supervise the Job Safety and Health Analysis (JSHA) program and its implementation.
  • Attend local ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) meetings to remain current on EH&S issues and network with other local EH&S professionals.
  • Attend seminars and conferences sponsored by EH&S professional organizations (ASSE, AIHA, ACGIH, NIOSH, NFPA, and other associations) as appropriate and as approved by management, to stay current on safety, health and environmental laws and regulations, current issues and best practices.
  • Serve as an auxiliary resource for Waste Management consulting services in the absence of Waste services staff.
  • Manage the following Worker’s Compensation program items:
  • Manage the compliance of all state Worker’s Compensation Programs in Indiana, Iowa, Alabama, and Texas, as well as any other US based locations added at a later time.
  • Manage the Worker’s Compensation Reporting Process by conducting accident investigations and assisting with accurate reporting of injury and following up on corrective actions.
  • Maintain Workers Compensation files by submitting reports in a timely manner and working with the insurance company to ensure fair and reasonable reserves are set for claims.
  • Manage Workers Compensation claims expenses by coordinating medical care and treatment of injured employees with the worker’s compensation insurance carrier.
  • Manage and coordinate all communication with the injured employee, plant management, medical providers, insurance company and legal counsel as needed.
  • Ensure medical billing is accurate by reviewing monthly reports from insurance company and allocating expenses internally to operating facilities.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with Sentry and all authorized medical providers.
  • Identify and approve company medical providers for worker’s compensation program.
  • Manage the Return to Work Program.
  • Attend IWCI (Indiana Worker’s Compensation Institute) meetings as a member.
  • Attend applicable seminars to stay current in state worker’s compensation laws.
  • Identify new treatments, cost savings and continuous improvement ideas for the Worker’s Compensation Program.
  • Regularly visit all production facilities to stay abreast of production processes.
  • Act as liaison between Executive Leadership and plants to drive safety goals and initiatives.
  • Establish relationships with management and facilities.


Interpersonal Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively across all level of the organization.
  • Strong ability to motivate and inspire employees to maintain a safe work environment. Must be able to drive culture changes.
  • Strong written communication skills.


Technical Skills:

  • Position requires knowledge of system safety analysis, job safety analysis, job instructions training, human factors engineering, biomechanics, occupational health, and product safety.
  • Requires the ability to administer a Safety Program with many facets: Hazardous material management, machine design, plant layout, security, damage control, fire prevention, emergency planning, toxicology, epidemiology, chemistry, ergonomics, acoustics, ventilation engineering, statistics, and health awareness.
  • This position requires the ability to understand and interpret Local, State, and Federal safety regulations. This knowledge can be acquired through a Bachelor’s of Science or Arts with specialization in Safety Management or related field of study.
  • Environment – experience with air, waste water management.


Other Skills:

  • Demonstrated success with safety programs.
  • Operations experience is preferred.
  • Ability to lead, teach and mentor.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.



  • A minimum of two years of plant level experience.
  • A minimum of two years of multi-level and corporate program management.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in EH&S, business, Human Resources, or Industrial Psychology or other related field
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in a similar position.


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About Us

Established in 1952 by Chester “Chet” E. Dekko and Lyall D. Morrill, Dekko began under the banner of Lyall Electric, with five employees producing ready-made wiring assemblies known as harnesses for manufacturers of commercial refrigerators. The founders believed that manufacturers of commercial refrigerators could benefit from ready-made wiring assemblies, eliminating the labor-intensive practice of hand-wiring cabinets. This inspiration and attention to customer needs led to continued growth and expansion of the brand, and became the foundation of the Dekko value system. As industries continue to change and grow, Dekko intends to continue its legacy of solutions-based innovation and reliable, trusted service.