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HSE Specialist Job


Chester, SC, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Health / Environment / Safety
Posting Date:  Jun 24, 2022

Arkema has established itself as France’s leading chemical producer and a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. With annual sales of €8.8 billion and 20,000 people employed in some 55 countries, the Group pursues ambitious recruitment objectives both in France and around the world. Arkema offers diverse employment opportunities in 200 job functions and professions in four major fields: industrial, R&D, business, and support functions.

Reaching far beyond your discoveries!

Regarded as one of the world’s leading innovators, Arkema has made research one of the pillars of its strategy. For example by discovering new solutions to help reduce the weight of materials, hence cut down consumption. By developing innovative thermal insulation systems that can optimize the energy performance of buildings. Or by seeking new applications for its biosourced products at the service of greater sustainable development.

Innovative and durable solutions

Our high performance products have applications in wide-ranging areas, from new generation car batteries or telephones to recyclable wind turbine blades, from adhesives for the protective backsheets of solar panels to drinking water filtration systems, from running shoes and acrylic resins with no solvent and no volatile organic compound for 3D printing to molecular sieves for portable oxygen devices used by people suffering from respiratory failure… Joining Arkema means being part of a Group enjoying sustained growth that in little more than a decade has built up an exemplary achievement record, setting high ambitions for itself and for its employees. All our job opportunities are open to people with disabilities at equal merit or with equal skill levels.


This position reports directly to the HSE Site Manager of the Coating Solutions Platform (CSP) Chester, SC manufacturing facility.



 Working with the HSE Site Manager and in coordination with the Coating Solutions Platform HSE Team, maintain and improve Health, Environment and Safety programs and systems at the CSP Chester, SC location in accordance with all internal Arkema, CSP and regional and federal standards and regulations. Coordinate external communication for the stakeholders, including suppliers, customers, and other agencies as necessary during immediate response and more routine event or program scenarios. Coordinate training programs for all onsite associates and participate in internal audit activities as part of continuous improvement initiatives.




(55%)  SAFETY

  • Participate in and/or lead the development and implementation of all Occupational Safety & Health programs including Hazard Recognition elements such as Behavior Based Safety (BBS), Task Hazards Analysis (THA) and Safe Work Permitting.
  • Lead or participate in onsite Safety Committee events, meetings and initiatives
  • Ensure all facility operations remain in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations related to Safety & Health
  • Participate and support CSP Regional HSE activities at other Americas locations as requested.
  • Coordinate onsite internal audit programs such as Planned General Inspections and periodic Safe Work Permit reviews.
  • Lead or Participate in most Root Cause Investigations related to non-routine HSE events at the site
  • Coordinate and participate as Incident Command in plant quarterly HAZWOPER team DECON, Spill Response, Victim Rescue, and Confined Space scenarios.
  • Participate in Process Safety review programs such as Process Hazards Analyses (PHA) efforts.
  • Develop and implement onsite programs which drive full compliance with established site and task specific Personal Protective Equipment requirements including availability of PPE inventory
  • Oversee new employee, contractor and visitor safety training and maintain required records.
  • Help strategize, develop and drive improvements toward an onsite Safety Culture where recognizing hazards and immediate and transparent reporting of onsite risk and dangers remains an expectation and condition of employment.
  • Ensure site inventory of PPE and Safety Data Sheets remains current and accessible to all associates.
  • Provide safety and labeling advice for dangerous good transportation
  • Assist facility security officer in executing policies to protect business' employees and physical property. Interface with Plant security staff daily, and maintain security records and logs
  • Coordinate and validate an efficient Safety Work Permit program in the production areas.
  • Provide necessary Contractor management and oversight as needed
  • Schedule and participate in Annual Emergency Response & Evacuation Drills.  Serve as Crisis Management Cell Member
  • Prepare and present Bi-Annual Site Review to plant management and corporate business unit manager.
  • Ship chemical samples per plant procedures and regulatory requirements as required.
  • Conduct safety briefings, environmental and safety training classes and professional development classes



  • Coordinate, manage, and implement the industrial hygiene monitoring (Light survey, Noise survey, Respiratory Fit Testing, Ventilation Hoods, Individual Air Parameters)
  • Work with CSP Regional Resources to ensure all required Chemical Exposure monitoring of onsite associates is complete.
  • Ensure compliance with all monitoring instrumentation requirements including annual calibration procedures
  • Prepare health and safety procedure presentations for employee meetings.


(20%)  ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (Water & Waste Systems)

  • Assist with development and submittal of Quarterly Agency Reports and Submittals
  • Coordinate the site’s offsite Hazardous and Non-Haz Waste Disposal programs including storage and third-party handling/transportation logistics.
  • Coordinate the onsite Recycling Reporting program including any and all agency submittals
  • Gather data and develop Discharge Monitoring Reports for review with site HSE Team and later agency submittal
  • Ensure all onsite Flume equipment and instrumentation is properly maintained and working properly
  • Work with Operations Teams to ensure all SC Permit Requirements are continually maintained
  • Obtain and maintain certification as South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) ‘Operator in Charge’ for the Chester site.



  • Ensure quarterly, annual and five year inspections are completed on-time and corrective actions are resolved efficiently.
  • Ownership and Responsibility for functionality, testing and training on various Fire Protection equipment including Foam Systems, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Pumps, Fixed System, Peroxide Cooler equipment and related alarm systems



  • Maintain a high level of expertise in operational disciplines and equipment associated with Chemical Manufacturing
  • Retain knowledge of basic chemistry and chemical hazards and apply this knowledge in daily work activities.
  • Make independent judgments concerning assigned tasks, considering safety and environmental concerns
  • Supports the site HES policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements.
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. and CSP.
  • Travel as requested



  • 5  years’ experience in a chemical manufacturing environment with a minimum of 2 years’ HSE experience.
  • Associate’s Degree in a field of study related to Occupational Safety & Health or equivalent (BS Degree Highly Preferred).  Degree may offset experience requirements. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with common software platforms and data management systems (including Excel and Powerpoint)
  • Experiencin working with ISO / OHSAS management programs.
  • Maintain training required to ship hazardous and dangerous goods internationally and domestically.



  • Experience with Mentoring and Coaching of Operations Personnel
  • Ability to assimilate new information and apply it to unfamiliar situations in the future.
  • Ability to improve safety, organization and house-keeping with minimal direction


A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €8.8 billion ($10.4 billion USD) in 2018, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 55 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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