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Safety, Environmental Health, and Quality Manager

Bluestone, Metals & Chemicals - Joliet, IL

On behalf of our client, Bluestone Metals and Chemicals (BMC), headquartered in Mooresville, we are currently seeking an EHS professional to manage the company’s EHS & Quality systems and processes for their Chemical Manufacturing Plant, Bluestone Specialty Chemicals, LLC., in Joliet, IL, as well the Regulatory Compliance affairs for BMC. This is an excellent career opportunity for a well-versed, experienced, and hands-on EHS- and Quality professional, ideally with experience in a chemical plant setting. The position is based at their plant in Joliet, IL.

 

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Bluestone Metals & Chemicals (BMC) is the global distribution arm of the Specialty Metals Resources group (SMR). It is supplying high-quality products (Metals & Chemicals) of Cobalt, Nickel, Tungsten, Iodine, Copper, Molybdenum, and additional minor metals & chemicals. Products that are widely used in various industries such as Glass, Ceramics, Pigments, Catalyst, Animal Feed, Powder Metallurgy, Agriculture, Surface Finishing, Paints & coating, Pharma, and other specialty chemicals applications.

The company’s offices & warehouses are spread on a global scale with permanent locations in North America, Europe & Asia. There are currently 4 warehouses in the U.S. The company is headquartered in Mooresville, NC.

The company’s manufacturing plant in Joliet was acquired by SMR in 2019 and named Bluestone Specialty Chemicals, LLC. The facility produces Nickel, Copper, and Cobalt chemicals, Nitrate, Sulfate, and Chloride solutions for a variety of applications and markets in North America.

Company website: https://www.bluestonemc.com/

 

POSITION SUMMARY

In the role of the SEHQ Manager, you will report to the plant manager and be responsible for the retention and continuous improvements of quality standards, maintaining compliance with DOT regulations, reducing accident rates and improvement of accident prevention, improving safety culture, and maintaining compliance to local, state, and federal environmental regulations.

You will also be responsible to help the company maintain its ISO 9001 certification. The company will help you obtain the ISO 9000 internal auditor certification.

Regarding the Regulatory Compliance affairs for BMC, you will be responsible for performing hazard evaluation and classification (SDS) for finished goods and incoming raw materials according to OSHA Hazard Communication guidelines.

 

KEY FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

EHS (~65%):

  • Create and maintain Safety Data Sheets, review raw materials, chemical hazards review, classification and labeling in accordance with OSHA Hazard Communication guidelines.
  • Characterize wastes, arrange for disposal, and maintain traceable records. Lead waste minimization efforts. Ensure safe and appropriate storage of waste and other chemicals in compliance with standards.
  • Gather data; perform calculations to determine reporting requirements and complete reports for local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Ensure product labeling compliance with DOT Hazmat.
  • Perform sampling and tests as needed to ensure compliance with permits, regulations, or law.
  • Monitor safety action items and follow-through corrective action.
  • Establish and maintain safety programs and industrial hygiene duties such as, but not limited to, OSHA chemical standards, hearing conservation, air sampling, asbestos management, personal protective equipment selection (PPE), and others as required by standards and regulations.
  • Coordinate the investigation of all incidents, root cause analysis, action item development, and tracking for completion on a periodic basis.
  • Develops and conducts employee health and safety training programs.
  • Manage the chemical inventory system and perform an annual audit
  • Conduct self-audits of the EHS program

 

Quality (~15%):

  • Assist in the verification of incoming materials
  • Manage and complete DOT testing/capabilities/reporting
  • Verify continuous compliance to ISO 9001. Perform internal ISO audits
  • Implement Quality Control testing for product/process verification
  • Create/Review/Update Quality documents; e.g. Technical Data Sheets (TDS) for end-product specifications.

 

Regulatory Compliance for BMC (~20%):

  • Prepare, submit and maintain chemical management regulatory filings (including renewals) to ensure compliance with relevant country regulations in North America.
  • Provide internal and external customer support related to (FDA) registration activities for chemical trade.
  • Evaluate and respond to incoming internal and external customer product compliance requests and perform regulatory compliance views of the company’s product certification, FDA registration, and import and export chemical compliance.
  • Perform internal audits at the company’s warehouses (once/year)
  • Implement Safety Data Sheet (SDS) verification system for all incoming and outgoing product (to customers)

 

POSITION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • Highly visible, key position within the company.
  • Excellent career growth opportunity within a fast-growing company in North America.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or a related field is required
  • 5 years of experience in Environmental Management, Product Safety, or Compliance for a chemical manufacturing company
  • Knowledge of domestic and international product regulations is desirable
  • ISO 9001 internal auditor certification/experience would be a plus but not a deal-breaker.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills are required
  • Must be a team player with excellent written communication and collaboration skills.
  • In-depth understanding of the state and federal health & safety regulations
  • Experience managing safety in a multi-state environment is desired.
  • Knowledge of US EHS regulations, laboratory and hazardous waste regulations, industrial hygiene, and ergonomics
  • Effective analytical problem solving, judgment and decision-making skills are required.
  • Proficient computer skills, Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel 10%, domestic only.

 

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