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Health, Environmental and Safety Specialist Job


Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Employment Type:  Regular
Category:  Health / Environment / Safety
Posting Date:  Jul 15, 2021

Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials - Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions - accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


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.

HSE Specialist - Grand Rapids




The HSE Specialist is responsible for providing health, environmental and safety support to the Grand Rapids Plant and ensures compliance, improved performance and enhanced HSE awareness. Conducts compliance gap analysis and assessments, develops implementation plans to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards; and implements HSE management systems and work processes.




  • Leads efforts to improve HSE performance by eliminating injuries, exposures, spills, and emissions
  • Consults with corporate HSE group to obtain clear interpretations of site-specific regulatory process, regulations, laws and associated procedures.
  • Recognizes and analyzes HSE risks present in the work environment and assists the team in the development of programs, procedures and/or processes to mitigate those risks.
  • Participate and/or lead incident investigations and corrective action processes.
  • Facilitates the Behavior Based Safety and THA (Task Hazard Analysis) program in accordance with corporate requirements.
  • Develop, coordinate and execute all HSE training programs.
  • Maintains training necessary to act as 2nd in command for incident commander responsibility.
  • Acts as liaison between the Business Unit, Arkema Inc., and site HSE network.
  • Lead the following systems by fulfilling the following roles: OHSAS 18001 Coordinate, Emergency Response Coordinator
  • The primary coordinator who will facilitate and support the occupational health and Industrial Hygiene control system
  • Participates in and provides data for HSE audits.
  • Monthly safety reporting on IMPACT and Sustainability reports.
  • Maintain plant SDS electronic database
  • Participates on PSSR’s, PHA’s, and project executions
  • Ensures compliance with HSE requirements and effective implementation of the various HSE management systems, work processes and data management systems.
  • Utilizes the MOC process to effectively deliver the regulatory guidance, required documentation, and training to the appropriate groups.
  • Maintains reporting of chemical inventory, emission (air-water-waste) metrics and other HSE data to both regulatory agencies and Corporate Arkema.
  • Maintains all safety and environmental records.
  • Interacts with government agencies and ensures permits and license are up to date.
  • Coordinate Industrial Hygiene activities for the plant, including personnel exposure monitoring, and maintain Job Demand Forms and PPE assessment documentation.
  • Manage environmental documentation for waste characterizations, waste disposal, LDAR, fugitive emissions, RCRA, etc.
  • Coordination of hazardous and non-hazardous waste
  • Participates on site team for Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program.
  • Participates in all community outreach or Corporate Social Responsibility programs.
  • Coordinate inventory and procurement of safety supplies, and liaison with supplier of flame-retardant clothing provided to employees.
  • All other duties as assigned




  • This position will be based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Works with production, maintenance, engineering, plant managers and HSE leadership to ensure compliance with HSE regulatory requirements for the Grand Rapids plant.
  • Must comply with all external regulatory requirements, industry best practices and internal policies.
  • Maintain high level of communication from the business on all HSE related matters.




  • B.S. Degree in relevant field of study (e.g. engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, occupational health & safety)
  • A working knowledge of the following federal health and safety regulations; Process Safety Management of highly hazardous chemicals; hazardous waste operations and emergency response and chemical accident prevention.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint is essential.
  • Familiarity with the IMPACT Enterprise system is also highly desirable
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to shift priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills to communicate with hourly workforce, business leaders, customers and business technical resources.
  • Highly motivated team player able to work at a fast pace.
  • Medical and emergency response training and capabilities.


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